DNA sequencing and detection with nanoprobes

DNA sequencing and detection with nanoprobes



June 11, 2012 to June 13, 2012
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy


Fast and low-cost DNA sequencing methods have been on the scientific horizon since the first sequencing of the full human genome. Success in this field would represent a true revolution: a person could have his/her full genome sequenced so that drugs could be tailored to his/her specific illnesses; doctors could know in advance patients’ likelihood to develop a given ailment; cures to major diseases could be found faster. However, this goal of “personalized medicine” is hampered today by the high cost and slow speed of DNA sequencing methods. Alternatives have been suggested that rely on physical and chemical approaches realized using nanoscale devices to probe DNA at the single-nucleotide level. Central to these novel approaches is the concept of nanochannels or nanopores, which allow for the confinement and control of DNA molecules. In this context, the CECAM workshop “DNA sequencing and detection with nanoprobes” will provide an ideal setting to gather international leaders with different background and expertise in order to exchange information and discuss together future perspectives in this rapidly growing interdisciplinary research field.


Giuseppe Brancato (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy) Massimiliano Di Ventra (University of California, San Diego, USA) Marija Drndic (University of Pennsylvania, USA) Maria Fyta (Technical University of Munich, Germany) Tomoji Kawai (Osaka University, Japan) Branislav Nikolic (University of Delaware, Newark, USA)


How to reach us

Contacts: For general information: cecam@physics.udel.edu For local information: giuseppe.brancato@sns.it CECAM Website
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