David Soloveichik, Texas ECE assistant professor, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his work on "Robust molecular computation: error-correcting reaction networks and leakless DNA circuits." It focuses on the theory and implementation of engineered molecular systems that perform computation. Such "smart" molecules could provide the foundation for disruptive innovations in a range of applications, e.g., manufacturing, chemical sensing, synthetic biology and medicine. Unlike silicon chips, molecular computers could, in principle, operate inside cells and control their activity. David’s work addresses the key challenge of robustness in the disordered and error-prone chemical environment. The NSF CAREER Award is presented in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
David Soloveichik is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His scientific area of interest is Molecular Programming: the engineering of complex molecular systems for synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and bioengineering. He is also studying underlying theoretical connections between distributed computing and molecular information processing. Dr. Soloveichik was the recipient of the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (Theory) from the Foresight Institute in 2012, and the Tulip Award from the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering in 2014.