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Programmable Biology

University of New Mexico

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2022

August 2022Tracy is voted 1st runner-up for the DNA28 Best Student Presentation Award for her talk entitled "Protecting heterochiral DNA nanostructures against exonuclease-mediated degradation." Congratulations!

August 2022The 28th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA28) is hosted at UNM by Dr. Lakin and Prof. Darko Stefanovic. The conference attracted 124 participants from 46 institutions in 12 countries to a fully in-person event held over 5 days. There were 5 invited keynote talks, including the Tulip Award keynote talk delivered by Dr. Andrew Phillips, as well as 31 contributed talks, 47 poster presentations, and a special tribute session in honor of the late Prof. Ned Seeman.

June 2022The first iteration of our NSF CAREER-funded biotechnology summer camp concludes! High-school students from the Albuquerque area spent four days at ¡Explora! working with Lakin Lab members carrying out activities and assays including cell-free expression reactions, gel electrophoresis, and CRISPR interference experiments!

June 2022Tracy's paper on using L-DNA to protect molecular circuits from degradation is published online in ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations!

May 2022David gives a speech at the UNM School of Engineering's Spring 2022 Convocation.

May 2022David has successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Control Mechanisms for Nanoscale Devices." Congratulations!

May 2022Dr. Lakin is featured on the UNM School of Engineering Faculty Highlights webpage.

February 2022Dr. Lakin gives an invited talk as part of the University of Minnesota's ECE colloquium talk series.

February 2022David's paper on supervised learning in chemical neural networks is published online in IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems. Congratulations!

January 2022Dr. Lakin is Co-PI on a newly awarded grant to support the DNA28 conference: NSF grant 2202396: Student and Postdoc Travel Support for DNA28.

January 2022Dr. Lakin is a local organizer for the 28th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA28), scheduled to be held at UNM on August 8-12, 2022!

2021

December 2021David's paper on implementing finite state automata using approximate majority reactions is published online in Royal Society Open Science. Congratulations!

December 2021Dr. Lakin is a co-author on a perspective piece arising from the SynCell2020/2021 conferences, now published online in eLife.

December 2021Group member Luis Paez graduates from UNM with a B.S. degree in Biochemistry, and with a minor in Statistics. Congratulations!

November 2021Dr. Caroline Rempe joins the group as a technical staff member working on outreach projects. Welcome!

November 2021Tracy won second place in the LoboBITES competition at the UNM Shared Knowledge Conference. Congratulations!

September 2021Dr. Lakin is co-editor of the proceedings of the DNA27 conference, now available online.

August 2021Dr. Lakin gives an invited talk as part of the Build-A-Cell virtual seminar series.

August 2021A new undergraduate student, Sameen Jawadi, joins the group. Welcome!

August 2021Dr. Lakin is Co-PI on a newly awarded grant: NSF grant 2124308: Toward lifelike synthetic cells via engineered control of DNA replication.

August 2021Dr. Lakin's book chapter on applications of DNAzymes in nanotechnology is published by Wiley.

July 2021Dr. Lakin gives an invited talk at the Synthetic Approaches to Biology and Artificial Intelligence (SB-AI) workshop, a satellite workshop of the 2021 ALIFE conference.

July 2021Dr. Lakin is Co-PI on a newly awarded grant: NSF grant 2123465: Synthetic P-bodies: Coupling gene expression and ribonucleoprotein granules in synthetic cell vesicles for sensing and response.

June 2021Sarika's paper on structure sampling for tethered DNA nanostructures is published online in Scientific Reports. Congratulations!

May 2021Dr. Lakin gives an invited talk at the 2021 International Conference on Engineering Synthetic Cells and Organelles.

May 2021Dr. Lakin receives the UNM School of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Excellence award!

March 2021Dr. Lakin's NSF CAREER award is featured on the UNM Newsroom website.

January 2021Dr. Lakin receives the NSF CAREER award! He is the PI of NSF grant 2044838: CAREER: Robust heterochiral molecular computing in mammalian cells. See the project website for more.

January 2021David's book chapter on nanoscale robotics is published by Wiley. Congratulations!

2020

July 2020Dr. Lakin's review article on domain-specific languages for molecular computing is published online in ACS Synthetic Biology.

July 2020Tracy's paper on L-DNA molecular logic gates is published online in ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations!

June 2020Dr. Lakin is appointed as an Assistant Professor (by courtesy) in the UNM Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering.

June 2020Dr. 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 2020A new undergraduate student, Jacob McCullough, joins the group. Welcome!

May 2020Group member Chris Fetrow graduates from UNM with a B.S. degree in Chemistry with Honors, and with a minor in Physics. Congratulations!

February 2020A new graduate student, Kaitlin Eversole, joins the group. Welcome!

2019

September 2019A new undergraduate student, Luis Paez, joins the group. Welcome!

August 2019A new graduate student, Randi Smith, joins the group. Welcome!

August 2019Dr. Lakin is awarded a new grant as Co-PI: NSF grant 1935087: Synthetic cells that can learn without evolution.

June 2019Dr. Lakin is awarded a pilot grant from the NM-INBRE project.

March 2019Dr. Lakin's paper on compartmentalizing molecular sensors in lipid vesicles is published online in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.

2018

December 2018Group member James Boney graduates from UNM with an M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering. Congratulations!

November 2018A new undergraduate student, Kelsie Herzer, joins the group. Welcome!

October 2018Dr. Lakin's paper with collaborators from Microsoft Research on modeling molecular systems using logic programming is published online in ACS Synthetic Biology.

September 2018Dr. Lakin's paper with the Lidke groups on super-resolution microscopy is published in PLOS ONE.

August 2018Dr. Lakin is awarded a new grant as Co-PI: NSF grant 1843958: Programmable control of metabolism in synthetic cells using intrinsically disordered proteins.

August 2018A new Ph.D. student, Sarika Kumar, joins the group. Welcome!

June 2018The journal version of Dr. Lakin's DNA23 paper is published online in Natural Computing.

June 2018Dr. Lakin is awarded a new grant as Co-PI: NSF grant 1763718: Biocompatible I/O interfaces for robust bioorthogonal molecular computing.

June 2018Dr. Lakin is awarded a new grant as sole PI: NSF grant 1814906: Models and design tools for tethered molecular circuits.

May 2018A new undergraduate student, Danielsen Moreno, joins the group for a summer project. Welcome!

May 2018A new Masters student, James Boney, joins the group. Welcome!

May 2018Former group member Julian Weisburd graduates from UNM with a B.S. degree in Computer Science. Congratulations!

January 2018A new postdoc, Peter Davenport, joins the group. Welcome!

January 2018A new Ph.D. student, Tracy Mallette, joins the group. Welcome!

2017

September 2017Dr. Lakin gives a talk on constraint-based analysis of tethered molecular circuits at the DNA23 conference in Austin, TX.

August 2017A paper co-authored by Dr. Lakin on lipid bilayer-based molecular logic gates is published online in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

August 2017The Lakin Lab opens! Founding members of the team are David Arredondo (Ph.D. student), Chris Fetrow (undergraduate student) and Julian Weisburd (undergraduate student).