Bhatia – Computer Science/Engineering/Molecular Biology

Swapnil Bhatia
swapnilb@bu.edu
Options: Volunteer Basis, Potential for UROP Funding, Potential for Academic Credit

With progress in being able to write DNA, one now has the ability to design small genetic networks that accomplish a desired behavior. There currently exist very few tools for systematically exploring the combinatorial space of possible genetic designs, even when a template of the genetic network is given. The goal of this project is to design an algorithm and build a software tool for systematic exploration of a combinatorial genetic design space. Our focus will mainly be on how we can integrate design-of-experiments approaches and numerical constraints into an existing approach for genetic design.

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 to advanced 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.