The Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize


The Dirks Prize recognizes exceptional early-career achievement by a researcher working in any area of molecular programming, whether theory, experiment, computation, or a combination thereof. The winner will receive a cash prize and be invited by ISNSCE to present a Prize Lecture at FNANO.

To be eligible, a candidate must not yet have accepted a tenure-track position at the time of nomination (for example, a candidate would typically be a graduate student or a postdoc), but should have the goal of obtaining a tenure-track position and contributing a professional lifetime of outstanding research and scholarly study.

A nomination consists of:

– the candidate’s CV
– a confidential nomination letter (self-nominations are not permitted, re-nominations are welcome)
After a nomination is uploaded, up to two additional confidential recommendation letters may be uploaded by additional recommenders. If you have questions, please email
Nominations must be uploaded by January 31, 2020. Additional recommendation letters must be uploaded by February 10, 2020.

Molecular Programming: The emerging discipline of molecular programming is jointly inspired by the remarkable programmable molecular circuits and devices that orchestrate life and by the transformative impact of computer science on technology and society. Molecular programming researchers seek to develop the principles and practice for a new engineering discipline that will enable the function of molecules to be programmed with the ease and rigor that computers are programmed today, while achieving the sophistication, complexity, and robustness evident in the programmable DNA, RNA, and protein machinery of biology.


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