Biomolecular Circuits for Rapid Detection and Response to Environmental Events
The goal of this project is to develop a set of biomolecular circuit modules for detecting molecular events that can be interconnected to create biological devices capable of monitoring the local environment around a cell, detecting and remembering complex temporal patterns, and triggering a response. We will build on previous ICB-supported work in design of biomolecular feedback circuits for modular, robust and rapid response, including design of proteins with programmable modulation of activity, design of domain-based scaffolds for programmable sensing and computa- tion, and development of forced response testing for signal response and robustness to environmental conditions. We will also exploit ongoing activities (funded by DARPA) in the development of biomolecular breadboards for proto- typing and debugging of biomolecular circuits.
Specific objectives for this project include:
- Demonstrate individual components for signal detection, event memory, species comparison and basic logical operation in a mutually compatible set of technologies.
- Demonstrate a simple set of event detectors that trigger expression of a protein (reporter or enzyme) for the conditions “A > B” and “A followed by B”.
- Demonstrate the ability to interconnect individual event detectors to monitor the environment for more complex temporal patterns
- Repressing Integrase attachment site operation with CRISPR-Cas9 in E. coli (Andrey Shur and Richard M Murray, Submitted, 2017 Synthetic Engineering: Engineering, Evolution and Design (SEED) Conference)
- Engineering pulsatile communication in bacterial consortia (James Parkin, Victoria Hsiao, Richard M Murray, Submitted, 2017 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution and Design (SEED) Conference)
- A population-based temporal logic gate for timing and recording chemical events (Victoria Hsiao, Yutaka Hori, Paul W.K. Rothemund, Richard M. Murray, Molecular Systems Biology, 12: 869, 2016)
- Design and application of stationary phase combinatorial promoters (Victoria Hsiao, Aileen Cheng and Richard M. Murray, Submitted, 2016 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution and Design (SEED) Conference)
- The role of single occupancy effects on integrase dynamics in a cell-free system (Georgios Artavanis, Victoria Hsiao, Clarmyra A. Hayes, Richard M. Murray, 2016 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution and Design (SEED) Conference (17 May 2016))
- Use of population-level cell-state switching for recording transient inducer pulses (Victoria Hsiao, Yutaka Hori, Paul W.K. Rothemund, Richard M. Murray, Presented, 2016 Winter q-Bio (5 Nov 2015))
- Engineering Transcriptional Regulator Effector Specificity using Computational Design and In Vitro Rapid Prototyping: Developing a Vanillin Sensor (Emmanuel Lorenzo Cornejo de los Santos, Joseph T Meyerowitz, Stephen L Mayo, Richard M Murray, ACS Synthetic Biology, 5(4):287–295, 2016.)
- Characterization of minimum inducer separation time for a two-input integrase-based event detector (Victoria Hsiao, Yutaka Hori, and Richard M Murray, Presented, 2015 Winter q-bio Conference (5 Nov 2014))
- Engineering Transcriptional Regulator Effector Specificity Through Rational Design and Rapid Prototyping (Emmanuel L.C. de los Santos, Joseph T. Meyerowitz, Stephen L. Mayo, and Richard M. Murray, Presented at Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution and Design (SEED), 14-18 July 2014)
- Negative autoregulation matches production and demand in synthetic transcriptional networks (Elisa Franco, Giulia Giordano, Per-Ola Forsberg, Richard M. Murray, Submitted, ACS Synthetic Biology (4 Oct 2013))
- Timing molecular motion and production with a synthetic transcriptional clock (Elisa Franco, Eike Friedrichs, Jongmin Kim, Ralf Jungmann, Richard Murray, Erik Winfree, Friedrich C. Simmel, In press, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS))