molpigs, The Molecular Programming Interest Group, is an international group of researchers interested in topics such as molecular programming, DNA computing, and other aspects of biomolecular nanotechnology. We host regular seminars, poster sessions, journal clubs, send out newsletters, and host a forum for discussion and fostering collaboration.
Hello and welcome back to the molpigs newsletter!
- Podcasts and events incoming!
- Job Advertisement: The Ti Lab is looking for students and postdocs
- Interested in helping out, sharing something interesting, or have an idea for something we could do?
1. Podcasts and events incoming!
Thank you all once again for your membership, and for your patience whilst we’ve been working hard to get an exciting lineup of ‘events’ for you! We realise that it is hard for an international community to meet at one time, so we’re very excited about looking into how we can interact as a community asynchronously. As such, we’ll be trying out podcast interviews/chats as our primary medium for sharing your stories, interests and work.
We currently have confirmed with podcast guests Namita Sarraf, Dr. Dominic Scalise, Prof. Rebecca Schulman. We also have a tutorial on Chemical Storage and Computation Using Small Molecules by Prof. Brenda Rubenstein. More details about these events are on the way!
We want to hear your questions and thoughts so we can ask our podcast guests! If you have anything in mind, please fill out our form (anonymously if you wish), and we’ll select the best to ask on your behalf. We also hope our guests will stick around to answer questions on a forum platform (to come—stay tuned!).
2. Job Advertisement: The Ti Lab is looking for students and postdocs
Dr. Greg Ti is starting his lab at University of California, Berkeley in July 2021. Positions for students and postdocs from diverse backgrounds are open. Molecular programming experience is a bonus (but not required)!
For more detailed information, please check the Ti lab website and consult Dr. Greg Ti.
3. Interested in helping out, sharing something interesting, or have an idea for something we could do?
If so, please get in touch with us! Shoot us an email at
contributions AT <this domain>, there are loads of ways you can get involved, and many we haven’t even thought of, but here’s a few ideas of what you could do:
- Be a guest on our podcast series: you can talk about anything vaguely related to the field, whether it’s comments on life as a student/researcher, some thoughts you’ve had about the field, some interesting work you want to share, or if you want to speak out about something like mental health, this is the perfect place to do it!
- Present a poster-podcast! This is something we’re very excited to try out, and we hope you feel the same: the idea is to try to explain something (it doesn’t have to be your own work) within a 20-30 minute podcast, with the challenge that all reference material needs to fit into a poster format.
- Want to advertise something on our newsletter? Perhaps you’ve just passed your thesis defence, or are looking for a team for a hackathon, or have a job posting to share, or have just written a blog post you think might be of interest; whatever the case we’d love to help you share the good news!
- Want to practice and improve scientific writing? If you are struggling with scientific writing and want to find a writing group to discuss and help out each other, we’d like to organize and connect you with peers!
- We’re also open to more conventional seminar-esque things like talks or journal clubs.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you, and getting to know you better!