Colloquium: Computational challenges and opportunities in RNA secondary structure prediction

Venue: 327, McVey Hall, Center for Computational Sciences.

Refreshments at 3:00pm

Professor Anne Condon, University of British Columbia, Canada

Host: Professor J. Goldsmith

Speaker's personal page


DNA and RNA molecules have proven to be very versatile materials. Structures formed by RNA molecules play important regulatory and catalytic roles in the cell, and show promise in therapeutics. Molecular programmers can now design and realize nano-scale structures and sensors, and even simple machines with moving parts, built from DNA.

Function follows form in the molecular world and so our ability to understand nucleic acid function in the cell, as well as to design novel structures, is enhanced by reliable means for structure prediction. In this talk, we will describe some algorithmic and combinatorial problems that arise in predicting DNA/RNA secondary structure and the pathway along which a molecule folds, along with progress in solving these problems, along with background and motivation from both biological and nanoscale engineering contexts.

(Joint colloquium with Center of Computational Sciences)

Speaker additional information:

Professor Anne Condon is currently Head of UBC's Department of Computer Science. Professor Condon is internationally recognized for her research in complexity theory and bioinformatics, and is a leading Canadian proponent for women in science and technology.

For more information, visit UBC site.