Focused Workshop on electronic recognition of bio-molecules (ERBM)
The ability to manipulate the enormous information resources contained in DNA molecules for applications in information technology is one of the greatest scientific challenges at the cross road of biology, information science and electrical engineering, for the next decade. In this respect, advances in integrated circuit nanotechnology have provided new tools to investigate the electrical activity of genetic materials, and possibly to conceive and design new devices for sensing or detecting DNA and/or protein molecules, electrically. In particular, the ability to isolate bio-molecules or DNA strands in nanostructure or nano-fluidic pores to read the bio-information directly from the translocation process has opened up a new research field that evolves rapidly.
Following the success of the first 3 workshops (ERBM1 in Belgium, Sept.1-3, 2004; ERBM2 in USA, September 7-9, 2005; and ERBM3 in Belgium, Sept.6-8, 2006) on this topic, the fourth international workshop on ERBM will address the rapid progresses in this emerging field. Experts in various disciplines ranging from biology, biochemistry, biophysics to electrical engineering will discuss and comment on key issues in the recognition or detection of DNA and protein molecules in confined geometry and nano-electronic environment. Emphasis will be placed on transport through ion channels, artificial nanopores, or inorganic quantum wires.
The workshop will consist of plenary presentations, invited talks and posters.
M. Akeson, UCSC, USA