2012 MPP Workshop Retreat

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Welcome to the web page for the 2012 Molecular Programming Project Workshop, to be held on 19-21 August 2012 at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel in Oxnard, CA. The workshop, held yearly, brings together researchers (a) studying the principles of programming with chemistry and biochemistry; and (b) building novel molecular systems that implement useful computations. The workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, through the Molecular Programming Project, an NSF funded Expeditions grant.

The organizers of the workshop are Richard Murray and Lucinda Acosta. If you have any questions or concerns, let us know at molecularprogramming2012@gmail.com.


Sunday, 19 August

Monday, 20 August

Tuesday, 21 August

  • 2:00 pm: Registration opens
  • 3:30 pm: Welcome (Richard and Erik)

Session 1 (Erik)

  • 3:45 pm: Yannick Rondelez (U. Tokyo), "Dynamic DNA circuits and ecosystems"
  • 4:30 pm: Marta Kwiatkowska (Oxford), "Analysing molecular networks using probabilistic model checking: from signalling pathways to molecular programming"
  • 5:15 pm: Break

  • 5:30 pm: Constantine Evans (Caltech), "Modeling sticky ends and improving algorithmic self-assembly"
  • 6:00 pm: Robert Egbert (UW), "Fine-tuning engineered gene networks using simple sequence repeats"

  • 6:30 pm: Group dinner
  • 7:30 pm: Evening on your own

Session 2 (Niles)

  • 9:00 am: Kobi Benenson (ETH Zurich), "In vivo computing: results and challenges"
  • 9:45 am: Christina Smolke (Stanford), "Designing with RNA"
  • 10:30 am: Break (poster setup)

  • 10:45 am: Poster session
  • 12:15 pm: Lunch

Session 3 (Eric)

  • 1:45 pm: Georg Seelig (U. Washington), "Tunable Pulse-generation in a MicroRNA-based Feed-forward Loop"
  • 2:30 pm: Ashwin Gopinath (Caltech)
  • 3:00 pm Break

  • 3:15 pm: Jeff Tabor (Rice), "Using an engineered optogenetic signaling pathway for predictive control of bacterial gene expression dynamics"
  • 4:00 pm: Jeff Vieregg (Caltech), "Selective nucleic acid capture with shielded covalent probes"
  • 4:30 pm: Break

  • 6:30 pm: Group dinner
  • 7:30 pm: Ann Erpino and Erik Winfree, "The Erik Winfree and Ann Erpino Science Series"

Session 4

  • 9:00 am: Deborah Fygenson (UCSB), "Primitives and principles for building macromolecules to the microscale"
  • 9:45 am: Brian Wolfe (Caltech)
  • 10:15 am: Eric Klavins (UW), "The gro programming language"
  • 10:45 am: Break (poster takedown)

  • 11:00 am: Damien Woods (Caltech), "The tile assembly model is intrinsically universal"
  • 11:30 am: Jongmin Kim (Caltech), "Programmability of synthetic transcriptional networks"

  • 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm: workshop ends


The hotel for the work shop is the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach in Oxnard, CA:

Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel & Resort
2101 Mandalay Beach Road
Oxnard, California, 93035
TEL: 1-805-984-2500

Your lodging is in place under your name. Check In: 8/19/2012 3:00PM Check Out: 8/21/2012 11:00AM

Driving Directions

Oxnard is ~65 miles from Pasadena (California 134 West to US-101N). From LAX it's also ~65 (Interstate 405 North to US-101 North).

Shuttle services from LAX providing transportation to and from Oxnard/LAX are:

  • The Coast Shuttle, 1 800 449 8267 info@coastshuttle.co
  • RoadRunner Shuttle 1 800 247 7919

Please contact Lucinda Acosta if you require assistance with booking your travel/transportation arrangements.