37th Annual Huggins Science Seminar
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18/2016 at 7:30pm in Huggins Science Hall Room#10 - Reception to Follow
PROGRAMMING WITH MOLECULES
Abstract: Biological molecules such as DNA, RNA and proteins do remarkable things in our cells, from information processing and communication to transportation. Just as we carve, weave or otherwise fashion useful and beautiful things from natural materials, it is fascinating to explore what we could create from nature's tiny and versatile bio-molecules.
In this talk I'll describe how principles of computer programming can support such exploration, and the exciting progress to date in the nascent, interdisciplinary field of bio-molecular computation. I'll invite you to imagine a future in which programmed molecular technologies will be as integral to our daily lives as silicon-based computer technologies are now.
Dr. Anne Condon is a Professor of Computer Science at University of British Columbia, where she has served as Department Head and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science. She holds a Bachelor's degree from University College Cork, Ireland and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
The Huggins Science Seminar was established in 1972 on the initiative of Acadia graduate, Dr. Charles Huggins, Nobel Laureate and former Acadia Chancellor.