Molecular Biology Meets Nanotechnology: Insights from Computer Simulations

When: Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Where: DA 114
Speaker: Dr. Aleksei Aksimentiev
Organization: Department of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Sponsor: Physics Colloquium

With the ever advancing miniaturization of technology, it becomes possible to manufacture devices with features comparable in size to the building blocks of life: DNA and proteins. Today, such devices can already detect and manipulate biological macromolecules. In the future, they will allow man-made electric circuits to interact directly with the robust machinery of a living cell. Understanding and controlling the interactions between biological and synthetic materials is critical for the development of this field. The complexity of such interactions requires computations to complement conceptual insights of nanoscale physics and molecular biology. In this talk I will highlight the opportunities for molecular modeling in the emerging field of nano-bio-materials, and describe unique challenges modeling such “bio-nano” systems presents