There will be a Bioinformatics colloquium Tuesday 11/10/09 in Bull
Run Hall Rm. 130 at 4:30 pm.
The speaker James Diggans Ph.D. of the Mitre Corporation is one of our
former students. Here is his title and abstract.
DNA Order Tracking System
ability to construct gene- and genome-length DNA fragments from scratch
is a rapidly developing technology in the field of synthetic biology.
Existing efforts to screen DNA synthesis orders rely solely upon direct
alignment of ordered sequence to threat agents. Our approach assumes
intent to obfuscate on the part of the ordering entity. We hypothesize
that any truly valuable screening method will have to collate and
analyze orders over time to determine relationships between orders and
overall correspondence to threat agent sequence. A system capable of
monitoring incoming DNA synthesis requests and identifying hazardous
DNA sequences, ordered whole or in parts and spanning multiple vendor
companies, time frames and points of origin, can be built around
existing techniques utilized for sequence alignment and shotgun genome
We have spaces open for ESP and MMB grad students to present their
research at the Student Research Day this year. As a reminder, it's
3pm on December 8th, Room 130 in BRH.
We have 4 poster slots and 6 speaking slots open. (The oral
presenters have 10-15 minutes for their presentation.)
Please let me know if any of your MS or PhD students would like to
present, and if with a poster or oral presentation.