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ECE Colloquium Series – Prof. Doug Densmore on synthetic biology

April 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As part of the Eleanore Hale Wilson Lecture Series*, ECE is proud to present:

Professor Doug Densmore

Boston University


Abstract: Synthetic biology is the process of forward engineering living systems. These systems can be used to produce bio‐based materials, agriculture, medicine, and energy. One approach to designing these systems is to employ techniques from the design of embedded electronics. These techniques include abstraction, standards, and formal models. Together these form the foundation of bio‐design automation, where software, robotics, and microfluidic devices combine to create exciting biological systems of the future. In this talk, I will discuss three general topics. The first is how software tools can be created to act as genetic compilers that transform high‐level specifications into engineered genetic circuits. The second topic is how these genetic circuits can be automatically communicated to both local and community cloud labs where robotics, assembly‐line style automation, and formalized protocol descriptions can be employed to safely and efficiently manufacture these systems. Finally, I will conclude with how these two elements have combined to power the BU Clinical Testing Laboratory where over 5000 COVID‐19 tests are performed daily.

Zoom Link: https://umn.zoom.us/j/92842770045

Host: Professor Marc Riedel

*Established in 2009, the Eleanore Hale Wilson Fund supports engineering field leaders for travel to Minnesota to share their expertise and discoveries with University of Minnesota graduate students, faculty, and alumni. The fund also supports the receptions held in honor of each speaker.


April 29
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm