“We study the design and fabrication of nanostructures as applied specifically to the fabrication of future computing and sensor systems: devices-to-computer architecture.

Chris Dwyer

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and
Department of Computer Science
Duke University

“We aim for developing novel scientific devices and methods for applications in biomolecular physics, biological chemistry, and molecular medicine. To this end, we seek to use DNA to build nanometer-scale devices with atomically precise features.”

Hendrik Dietz

Department of Physics
Technical University Munich

“We seek to control the structure of matter in space and time to the greatest possible extent and on the finest possible scale using inherent chemical information.”

Nadrian C. Seeman

New York University

The X-ray crystal structure of a macroscopic designed self-assembled 3D DNA Crystal [Zheng, Birktoft, Chen, Wang, Sha, Constantinou, Ginell, Mao, Seeman, Nature 461, 74-77 (2009)] Image courtesy of David Goodsell.

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The 19th international Meeting on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

September 22- September 27, 2013

Important deadlines:

Paper/presentation submission deadline: April 15, 2013

Notification of acceptance: May 27, 2013

Poster submission deadline: June 15, 2013

Revised manuscripts due: June 30, 2013

Poster acceptance notification: July 15, 2013

Registration Deadline: July 20, 2013

See the conference webpage ( for further information

Research in DNA computing and molecular programming draws together many disciplines(including mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, material science and biology) to address the analysis, design, and synthesis of information-based molecular systems. This annual meeting is the premier forum where scientists with diverse backgrounds come together with the common purpose of applying principles and tools of computer science, physics, chemistry and mathematics to advance molecular-scale computation and nanoengineering. Continuing this tradition, the 19th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA19), organized under the auspices of the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering (ISNSCE), will focus on important recent experimental and theoretical results.




Special Session at the AAAS Annual Meeting on DNA Nanotechnology

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Boston, MA, Hynes Convention Center

Increasingly, scientists and engineers are learning to control and program matter at the atomic level using DNA as a building material.  While nucleic acid base-pairing is well-known as the basis of information transfer in living systems, it also provides perhaps the only opportunity for designing self-assembling nanostructures and programmable circuits.  Over the past several years, work in the field of nucleic acid nanotechnology has accelerated to the point that intricate, three-dimensional (3D) nucleic acid nanostructures can be constructed either by folding with precision staples (like origami) or by self-assembly of the staples themselves, in an act comparable to a house constructing itself from its own wood supply.  Even more incredibly, DNA nanoconstructs can self-replicate, which would be akin to the wood supply replenishing itself even as the house was being built!  

In parallel, nucleic acids have now been adapted to computation, with circuits generated that can amplify signals, take square roots, and even act as neural networks.  DNA thus acts as the first ‘matter computer’ in which the output is not just information but information represented as new conformations that can directly impact the environment in which the computer finds itself.  This symposium will consist of talks by some of the luminaries in this field, highlighting the remarkable intellectual arc that led from the first conception of engineered structures in the 1980s to a plethora of modern applications. 

Most remarkably, this arc will feature both the scientist that originally conceived the field, Dr. Ned Seeman from New York University, and Dr. Greg Heath from Illumina, a company driving the next-generation sequencing revolution that is transforming biological research and ultimately medicine.  Erik Winfree from CalTech will provide insights into the field of entropy-driven DNA computation that he largely initiated, William Shih of Harvard will show how to design and build extensive DNA nanostructures that are similar in scale to the nanoassemblers originally imagined by Drexler, and Hanadi Sleiman of McGill will discuss the potential for DNA nanostructures to deliver drugs, regulate proteins, and assemble networks.  The Symposium will be introduced by Dr. Andy Ellington of the University of Texas at Austin, the current President of the ISNSCE, the international organization devoted to the propagation of DNA nanotechnology.



New York University

Controlling the Structure of Matter Using the Information in DNA



Harvard University

Self-Assembled DNA Nanostructure Tools for Molecular Biophysics



California Institute of Technology

Chemistry as a New Information Technology



 Illumina, Inc.

Improving Health Care: The Role of Next-Generation Sequencing



McGill University

DNA Cages and Nanotubes: Simple, DNA-Minimal Synthesis and Biological Properties



Foundations of Nanoscience (FNANO13)

The 10th Annual Conference on Foundations of Nanoscience: Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices

Snowbird Cliff Lodge, Snowbird, Utah, USA (20 miles from Salt Lake International Airport).  April 14 - April 19, 2013

Important deadlines:
Abstract Deadline February 1, 2013
Decisions March 1, 2013
Early registration March 15, 2013

See the Conference Webpage and hotel accommodations; book prior to March 10 for reduced rates.

FNANO is a yearly conference on foundations of nanoscience, maintaining the highest scientific standards. Self-assembly is the central theme of the conference. Topics include self-assembled architectures and devices, at scales ranging from nano-scale to meso-scale. Methodologies include both experimental as well as theoretical approaches. The conference spans many traditional disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, and various engineering disciplines including MEMS.