The Lakin Lab for Programmable Biology works on the modeling, verification and experimental implementation of biomolecular computers and synthetic gene networks, and on their practical application to biomedical problems such as autonomous nanomedicine and pathogen detection. We are interested in elucidating design rules for engineered biological and biomolecular systems, and in the development of scalable architectures for biomolecular computing. We study the basis for biological and bio-inspired solutions to problems such as adaptation and learning. We also work on the semantics and implementation of domain-specific declarative programming languages for biological modeling, and on formal verification of scientific software. We are part of the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Mexico.
July 2020 Dr. Lakin's review article on domain-specific languages for molecular computing is published online in ACS Synthetic Biology.
July 2020 Tracy's paper on L-DNA molecular logic gates is published online in ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations!
June 2020 Dr. Lakin is appointed as an Assistant Professor (by courtesy) in the UNM Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering.
June 2020 Dr. Lakin is Co-PI on a newly awarded grant: NSF grant 2031774: Engineered, Smart, Nucleic Acid-Binding, Intrinsically Disordered Proteins to Enable Ubiquitous Detection of Viral Pathogens and Diagnosis.
June 2020 A new undergraduate student, Jacob McCullough, joins the group. Welcome!
May 2020 Group member Chris Fetrow graduates from UNM with a B.S. degree in Chemistry with Honors, and with a minor in Physics. Congratulations!
February 2020 A new graduate student, Kaitlin Eversole, joins the group. Welcome!
September 2019 A new undergraduate student, Luis Paez, joins the group. Welcome!
August 2019 A new graduate student, Randi Smith, joins the group. Welcome!
August 2019 Dr. Lakin is awarded a new grant as Co-PI: NSF grant 1935087: Synthetic cells that can learn without evolution.
June 2019 Dr. Lakin is awarded a pilot grant from the NM-INBRE project.
March 2019 Dr. Lakin's paper on compartmentalizing molecular sensors in lipid vesicles is published online in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.