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Welcome to molpigs, the Molecular Programming Interest Group! molpigs is a group aimed at PhD students and early career researchers within the fields of Molecular Programming, DNA Computing, and other related specialties. We run most of our events in the form of podcasts, which you can find right here!

Welcome to molpigs, the Molecular Programming Interest Group! molpigs is a group aimed at PhD students and early career researchers within the fields of Molecular Programming, DNA Computing, and other related specialties. We run most of our events in the form of podcasts, which you can find right here!

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United States

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Welcome to molpigs, the Molecular Programming Interest Group! molpigs is a group aimed at PhD students and early career researchers within the fields of Molecular Programming, DNA Computing, and other related specialties. We run most of our events in the form of podcasts, which you can find right here!

Language:

English


Episodes

Dave Doty

9/5/2021
In our latest Meet The Molecular Programmer, our guest was David Doty. We dove right in to the way he splits his research time, which has been between software development, theory, and sometimes experiments! He talks about how his experience doing his first experiment made him realise the need for good software, as good software enables good experiments. We then moved on to discussing what “nice” theory is. Doty explains how typically people seek to publish the most elegant, and often...

Duration:01:13:24

William Poole

7/31/2021
This week we spoke with William Poole, a graduate student at Caltech working on quite a few topics! His research spans synthetic/systems biology to molecular programming, software development to chemical reaction network (CRN) theory, machine learning to cell free systems. We certainly had a lot to talk about! We started off by discussing BioCRNPyler, a library which Will has been working on that allows for the rapid development and compilation of complex CRNs. He describes how BioCRNPyler...

Duration:00:57:46

Anastasia, Boya, Georgeos, Will: Meet the Committee

7/16/2021
Join us in this experimental episode as our conversation turns inwards! Instead of finding out about the life and interests of someone from the field, we share some of our own views and anecdotes. We discuss a little about who we are, graduate school, the definition of the field, and more. Will, the founder of molpigs, gives a bit of an insight into what the motivation for starting molpigs was and what they hope this project will achieve. Boya, our newsletter editor, explains how learning...

Duration:00:58:33

Lee Organick

5/27/2021
Today we are joined by Lee Organick, a PhD student in the Molecular Information Systems Lab (MISL) at the University of Washington. Lee is a biologist turned computer scientist and engineer, quite a unique transition! She explains how she was “forced” to take a computer science class in her undergrad, which opened up a completely new field of interests. After this, she started incorporating more programming into her research, and as such slowly moved into more computational fields. This is...

Duration:00:53:02

Kent Kemmish

5/16/2021
Join us this week for an extremely interesting conversation with Kent Kemmish, the founder and chief exorcist (yes, exorcist) officer of Molecular Reality, and the creator of the new, and world’s first “molecular” games console, the demonpore 64. This is our first podcast with a member of the molecular programming community who works in industry, and in the startup sector. At its heart, Kent’s demonpore 64 is a device which utilises solid state nanopores in order to sense its environment at...

Duration:04:59:51

Namita Sarraf

3/27/2021
What do ant colonies have to do with molecular programming? In this podcast, we spoke with Namita Sarraf, a graduate student at Caltech in Lulu Qian’s group. We discuss her research, which revolves around the production of multifunctional and modular DNA robots. Namita takes inspiration from ant colony dynamics to design robots, which alone may exhibit simple behaviour, but show emergent complexity when put together. By having these robots pattern the surface, ant pheromones can be...

Duration:01:23:52

Kate Adamala

3/24/2021
Kate Adamala is a biochemist building synthetic cells. Her research aims at understanding chemical principles of biology, using artificial cells to create new tools for bioengineering, drug development, and basic research. The interests of her lab span questions from the origin and earliest evolution of life, using synthetic biology to colonize space, to the future of biotechnology and medicine. She received a MSc in chemistry from the University of Warsaw, Poland, studying synthetic...

Duration:03:37:37

Erik Poppleton

2/28/2021
In the third episode of our ‘Lab Pigs’ series, which highlights the research and journeys of early career researchers in our field, we talked with Erik Poppleton. Erik researches the use of computational modeling in informing the design of molecular machines. As part of this, he also develops general-use analysis tools for oxDNA, and conversion tools to integrate the various design and simulation tools in the nucleic acid nanotechnology ecosystem. We talked about his research, his experience...

Duration:01:21:14

Yuan-Jyue Chen: Random Access and Similarity Search in DNA Data Storage

1/26/2021
In this episode we talked with Yuan-Jyue Chen, of Microsoft Research and the University of Washington, on some of his research into DNA Data Storage. Yuan focussed on two topics: random access of data, and the accompanying issues with stochasticity and errors, and an application of DNA storage for efficiently searching a large database of images by similarity. Please note: The views expressed by Yuan in this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of Microsoft. --- Find more...

Duration:01:15:48

Josie Kishi

1/14/2021
In the second episode of our 'Lab Pigs' series, which highlights the research and journeys of early career researchers in our field, we talked with Josie Kishi. Josie was instrumental in developing the Primer Exchange Reaction (PER) synthesis method and the related imaging method, SABER. As well as talking about these, we found out what excites her about molecular programming, how she got into the field, and where she things it's going to go. --- Find more information at the episode page...

Duration:00:33:19

Tom Ouldridge: Molecular Programming and the Physics of Computation

1/9/2021
Join us this week for a long and interesting conversation with Tom Ouldridge of Imperial College London on Maxwell’s demon, Szilard’s engine, what people get wrong about thermodynamics and information theory, how this all relates to biology, and how his lab is using these ideas to develop exciting new approaches to molecular programming. Tom Ouldridge is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Bioengineering Department, where he leads the “Principles of Biomolecular Systems”...

Duration:05:25:00

Dominic Scalise

12/4/2020
Join us for the first of our ‘Lab Pigs’ series, in which we talk with early career researchers on their research and journey within our field. In this episode, we chatted with Dominic Scalise. We talked a lot with Dominic about his work towards building a stored program chemical computer. Dominic Scalise is a postdoctoral scholar in Lulu Qian’s lab at Caltech. He earned his PhD in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Johns Hopkins, advised by Rebecca Schulman, and his B.S. in...

Duration:01:23:41

Q&A with Brenda Rubenstein, on Storage and Computing with Small Molecules

11/21/2020
Following on from Brenda's fantastic tutorial, we chatted with her to get answers to many questions, find out more about her lab's work, and get her thoughts on the future direction of this approach! --- Find more information at the episode page here: https://podcast.molpi.gs/media/rubenstein-b-2b86de754345/

Duration:00:31:52

Rebecca Schulman

11/18/2020
Join us for the first of our 'Meet the Molecular Programmer' series, in which we talk with seasoned academics in our field about their journey and life experiences. In this episode, we chatted with Prof. Rebecca Schulman. We briefly talked with Rebecca about her work from her early PhD journey to more recent work coming from her lab. We heard about her stories, the challenges, fun and exciting memories she had and lessons she learned during graduate school, and her wisdom about running her...

Duration:04:08:09

Brenda Rubenstein: Storage and Computing with Small Molecules: A Tutorial

11/12/2020
For our first event, Brenda Rubenstein has presented a tutorial on her lab's approach to storage and computation, making use of the chemical properties of a variety of types of small molecules. This was a real tour-de-force, and is worth a watch. Be sure to listen to our subsequent Q&A session in a couple episodes time! Abstract: As transistors near the size of molecules, computer engineers are increasingly finding themselves asking a once idle question: how can we store information in and...

Duration:01:03:40