Talking DNA: Programming a New Life Language
Saturday, March 12
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
We use DNA to cure diseases, pinpoint genetic disorders and create new materials. To do this effectively, scientists must be able to design and concisely specify collections of changes to DNA for in-lab testing. To empower these users, what’s needed is a declarative language that allows people to express DNA design constructs in a more human-readable way. How much more could we do if we applied a programming language similar to SQL to DNA? This technical presentation will take audience members through the process of designing a flexible system that is built by engineers, used and understood by scientists and interpreted by machinery, ultimately opening new doors to designing DNA.
Aaron Kimball is the CTO at Zymergen. Aaron's career has involved work at several big data-oriented startups. At Zymergen, he is responsible for building the data architecture to facilitate a robot...Show the rest
Aaron Kimball is the CTO at Zymergen. Aaron's career has involved work at several big data-oriented startups. At Zymergen, he is responsible for building the data architecture to facilitate a robotics-driven approach to DNA synthesis. Aaron was the first employee at Cloudera, where he helped with a variety of big data challenges. In 2010 Aaron cofounded WibiData, the big data application company. Aaron has been working with the open-source project Apache Hadoop since 2007 and is the original author of Apache Sqoop and MRUnit. He holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's degree from the University of Washington, both in computer science.Hide the rest