David Doty


I will join the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Davis as an Assistant Professor in July 2015. Please contact me if you are interested in joining my group as a graduate or undergraduate student to do theoretical or wet lab research related to molecular computing.

Contact Information

David (Dave) Doty
Senior Research Fellow in Computing and Mathematical Sciences
DNA and Natural Algorithms Group
Computing and Mathematical Sciences
California Institute of Technology

Office: 100 Annenberg

Mailing Address:
Moore Laboratories 67W
391 S. Holliston Ave.
Pasadena, California 91125-0001, USA

Phone: +1 402 590 5333

Research Interests

I am interested in applying the theory of computation to problems in biomolecular computation and nanoscale algorithmic self-assembly. I have worked in algorithmic self-assembly, such as the tile assembly model developed by Erik Winfree, and other models of molecular computation such as DNA circuits. I am interested in establishing experimental collaborations with physical scientists to implement biomolecular computation.

Formerly (and possibly in the future) I studied methods of measuring information and the extent to which computation on objects is capable of altering their information content. My research in this direction is in an area in which theoretical computer science intersects with fractal geometry and information theory, known as effective fractal dimension, developed by Jack Lutz. I am also interested in another area known as computational depth, which is a different notion of algorithmic information developed by Charles Bennett.