Breakout Sessions

Common suggested points:

  • State of the art and recent breakthroughs
  • Promising/Wrong directions
  • Main challenges in the discipline
  • Tentative unifying themes of disciplines

Wireless to Bio Transducers
Synthetic Biology
Molecular Computing
Nanoscience for Bio-Synthetic Wireless Sensor Networks
Wireless Control of Nano-Structures and Bio-Networks in Healthcare and Medicine
Information Collection for Complex Biological Systems

Wireless-to-bio transductions

Group leaders: Ada Poon (Stanford University, EE), Arnd Pralle (University of Buffalo, Physics)

Suggested Discussion Points:

  • What are the possible ways for remote controlling/interfacing biological systems?
  • Is it possible to couple a radio frequency (RF) signal with biogenic biological systems?
  • What are the research directions in optimizing the design of synthetic nano-devices coupled with RF signals?
  • Which biological systems are accessible / suitable for basic research ? Which biomedical applications might be the motivator?
  • What are the required time-scales for the transduction ?
  • Which remote sensing techniques are compatible with RF actuators ?
  • Which signal transducers may be created using synthetic biology ? Which require external chemistry ?
  • How to achieve cell / organ level specificity ?
  • What are the potential undesired interaction of the RF signal with the biological system ?
Participants List
Hussein Abouzeid Kaylan Basu J. C. ChiaoHooman Javaheri
Zohar NussinovAda PoonRadha PoovendranArnd Pralle
Torsten RitzReshma ShettyJinglin Fu

Synthetic biology

Group leaders: Douglas Densmore (Boston University, ECE), Christina Smolke (Stanford University, Bio Eng)


Suggested Discussion Points:
  • Why synthetic biology? What specifically do we need to leverage here?
  • What are the promising design principles for synthetic biology to robustly scale from module to systems?
  • What types of information can synthetic biological systems sense (receive) and what kind of information can they signal (transmit)?
  • What can wireless interfacing with bio-synthetic systems open in terms of applications and fundamental research?
  • What are the promising technologies for the design and manufacturing robust and scalable bio-synthetic systems?
  • What types of environments can synthetic biological systems survive in? What do these systems need to survive?
  • What are the time scales required for computation in this domain?
Participants List
Nitin BaligaDouglas DensmoreSanjay Kumar Timothy Lu
John ReifMarc RiedelHerbert M. SauroChristina Smolke

Molecular Computing

Group leaders: Christopher Rose (Rutgers University, ECE), Thomas Schneider (NIH, NIC)

Suggested Discussion Points:

  • What are the promising approaches to molecular computing?
  • What are fundamental physical limits for computation and communication?
  • How to leverage computation using matter to solve complex problems (e.g., Levinthal’s paradox of protein folding)?
Participants List
Preetam GhoshChengde Mao Carlo PiermarocchiManu Prakash
Christopher RoseThomas SchneiderChristof TeuscherDinesh Bhatia

Nanoscience for Bio-Synthetic Wireless Sensor Networks

Group leaders: John Reif (Duke University, CS), Christof Teuscher (Portland State University, CS)

Suggested Discussion Points:

  • What are the converging scientific and research aspects for nano-based bio-synthetic wireless sensor networks?
  • What are the promising avenues to integrate inorganic nano-devices and biological parts?
  • What are the benefits and limitations of bio-synthetic wireless sensor networks?

Wireless Control of Nano-Structures and Bio-Networks in Healthcare and Medicine

Group leaders: Sanjay Kumar (UC Berkeley, Bio Eng), Carlo Piermarocchi (Michigan State University, Physics)

Suggested Discussion Points:

  • What are the emerging technologies, research efforts, and application scenarios of wireless control of nano-structures and bio-networks in healthcare and medicine?
  • What could be the role of molecular computing in enabling such technologies and applications?
  • What would be the resulting paradigms shift in healthcare and medicine?
  • Which major diseases can be treated by such technology?
  • What are the main technological obstacles and fundamental limits?
  • What are the economical, ethical, and legal implications of the theses technologies on society.

Information Collection for Complex Biological Systems

Group leaders: Kalyan Basu (CARLBio), Jung-chih Chiao (University of Texas at Arlington, EE)

Suggested Discussion Points:

  • What information, sensors and networks required for understanding complex and adaptive biological systems?
  • What are the constraints and challenges limiting the  implementation of information and physical networks in complex system studies?
  • What are the interfaces and their implementation between biological objects and electronics?