Towards RNA structure/function from scratch

Seminar: Statistical Mechanics | February 17 | 2-4 p.m. | Hildebrand Hall, Library seminar room 100F | Note change in location

 Dr. Rhiju Das, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Dr. Das seeks a predictive understanding of how RNA and protein molecules code for complex biological machines. His main research program involves blind tests of high-resolution computational approaches for modeling and designing RNA molecules and their complexes. He will present recent work in the field, including results from community-wide structure prediction challenges. Dr. Das will also describe recent progress in design of biomedically relevant RNA molecules through the Eterna 'massive open laboratory', which couples a 100,000-player videogame to the lab’s massively parallel experimental tools.