The Molecular Information Systems Lab (MISL) at the University of Washington explores the intersection of information technology and molecular-level manipulation using in-silico and wet lab experiments. A partnership between UW Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Microsoft Research, MISL brings together faculty, students and research scientists with expertise in computer architecture, programming languages, synthetic biology, and biochemistry.

Our current focus is on using synthetic DNA for data storage. Using DNA to archive data is an attractive possibility because it is extremely dense, with a raw limit of 1 exabyte per cubic milimeter, and long-lasting, with observed half-life of over 500 years. We are developing a complete system architecture for DNA-backed archival storage, with support for random access and encoding schemes that offer reliability for density trade-offs.

Why are we excited about DNA storage? The faint pink smear in the photo can hold over 10 terabytes of data. And it can last for a long time.

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Research

DNA Storage Architecture and Methods

We are developing methods for reliable and efficient encoding, random access, and decoding of digital data stored in DNA. We are also developing a fully automated whole system architecture.

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Microfluidic Automation

We are working on hardware and software to make microfluidics cheaper, more reliable, and easier to use.

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DNA Security

We are exploring the intersection of DNA manipulation and security and privacy.

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People

Faculty

Luis Ceze
Professor
Karin Strauss
Researcher, MSR
Affiliate Professor
Georg Seelig
Associate Professor

Senior Scientists

Chris Takahashi
Chris Takahashi
Jeff Nivala J
Jeff Nivala

Staff

Ashley Stephenson A
Ashley Stephenson
David Ward
David Ward

Graduate Students

Microsoft Research

Siena Dumas Ang S
Siena Dumas Ang
Yuan-Jyue Chen
Yuan-Jyue Chen
Bichlien Nguyen
Bichlien Nguyen
Hsing-Yeh Parker H
Hsing-Yeh Parker
Rob Carlson R
Rob Carlson
Doug Carmean D
Doug Carmean

Collaborators

Undergraduate Students

Sarang Joshi
Pranav Vaid
Michal Piszczek

Past Undergraduate Students

Alumni

Sharon Newman