Reinhard Heckel, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at Rice University in 2017-19, is co-author of “Reading and Writing Digital Data in DNA,” published in the journal Nature Protocols.
Heckel, who serves as an ECE adjunct professor at Rice, published his first paper related to DNA storage in 2015 in partnership with Robert Grass of ETH Zurich. Inspired after discussing a seminal paper on DNA data storage, the pair set out to build a robust DNA storage system, drawing on their expertise in ECE and chemistry.
Their research includes collaborations between ECE graduate students at Rice and students in chemistry and applied biosciences at ETH Zurich. At Rice, the team developed and tested the corresponding algorithms to error-correct the data stored in DNA.
“The goal of the Nature Protocols paper is to describe our system in sufficient detail to make it easy for other groups to get started in the field of DNA data storage,” Heckel said. “There’s a lot to gain and a lot of potential applications for this research. It’s also great to work on a project that crosses so many fields.”
To read the Nature Protocols article visit https://www.nature.com/articles/s41596-019-0244-5