Bhatia – Computer Science/Engineering/Molecular Biology

Swapnil Bhatia
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

I am interested in the role of computation in biology. Specifically, I am interested in ways of building computational circuits and programs in vivo for programming and controlling cellular behavior. A number of models exist for achieving this but mainly transcriptional circuits based on induction and repression have been explored for building boolean logic circuits.
The goal of this UROP project would be to explore other models of computation for building programs that are more complex than boolean logic. We will start by defining a model of computation, and then develop an architecture for writing programs based on that architecture. If time permits, we will explore ways of building them in the lab.
No deep knowledge of biology or chemistry is required, but it would be a plus if you have some. You do, however, need basic knowledge of biology and chemistry, and an intermediate level knowledge of the primary concepts in computer science or engineering.

I am interested in students from CS, EE, ECE, and BME. Please respond with a c.v. and a short (2/3rd of a page) letter describing your strengths and why you are excited to work on this project.