Jodrey School of Computer Science Acadia University SEMINAR PRESENTATION


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1:00 PM

Beveridge Arts Centre Room 244


Models and hardness results for predicting secondary structure and kinetics of interacting DNA strands.


Dr. Anne Condon, Professor

University of British Columbia




The field of molecular programming aims to build computing devices, such as logic circuits, by harnessing DNA's four-letter digital sequence and propensity for secondary structure formation via Watson-crick base pairing. DNA programs execute when sets of interacting molecules change structure over time, consistent with DNA kinetics. Accordingly, it is very useful to computationally predict DNA structure and kinetics, i.e., changes in structure over time. We'll describe our recent progress in developing computational models of DNA kinetics, as well as hardness results on the computational complexity of predicting secondary structure of multiple strands.


About the Presenter

Anne Condon is Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests are in the areas of theoretical computer science and biomolecular computation, with a current focus on ways to computationally predict and design nucleic acid structures.
Anne received her Bachelor's degree from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She is an ACM Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Everyone is invited to attend

There will be a Meet & Greet with light refreshments following the Presentation


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