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Kim Gudeman, CSL

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is undertaking a $1.5 million effort to produce new DNA-based storage nanoscale devices using chimeric DNA, a hybrid molecule made from two different sources. As part of the three-year project, “SemiSynBio: An on-chip nanoscale storage system using chimeric DNA,” the team will design a method to read, write, and store data in a more cost-effective way than current DNA storage techniques. CSL's Olgica Milenkovic (ECE) leads the effort.

Ryan Corey 
Katie Carr, Coordinated Science Lab
Cesar Augusto Uribe Meneses 
Claire Benjamin, Institute for Genomic Biology

Today's crop breeders are trying to boost yields while also preparing crops to withstand severe weather and changing climates. To succeed, they must locate genes for high-yielding, hardy traits in crop plants' DNA. A robot developed by the University of Illinois to find these proverbial needles in the haystack was recognized by the best systems paper award at Robotics: Science and Systems, the preeminent robotics conference held recently in Pittsburgh.

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CSL's C.K. Gunsalus, along with the NCPRE team, have co-authored a resource guide about academic leadership. The aim is to help equip departmental-level leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the face of special features and challenges in academia.
Fri, Jul 27, 10:00 am
Location: 141 Coordinated Science Laboratory
Mon, Jul 30, 3:00 pm
Location: 1030 NCSA and via Webcast GoToMeeting
Wed, Aug 8, 3:00 pm
Location: 1030 NCSA and via Webcast GoToMeeting

Hwu, Wen-mei, "Computation Patterns and Compilation Techniques for Exploiting Intelligent Storage," $696,845, 4.5 years, Jump from SRC.


Schwing, Alex, $15,000, 3M.