Laurie J. Heyer Professor and Chair 

3027 Chambers PO Box 6959 Davidson, NC 280356959 
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My teaching and research interests are in mathematics and its applications, particularly in genomics and bioinformatics. Davidson College offers many opportunities in genomics, including courses, research, and an interdisciplinary concentration.
At Davidson, I have taught the following classes:
I have worked on the following projects in the application and interpretation of microarrays:
Software Development  


Design of Microarray Controls  


Clustering Algorithm  


Microarray Workshops  


Microarrays for High School Students  

Synthetic biology is a new area of collaboration between mathematicians, biologists, computer scientists, and other traditional science and engineering disciplines. The goals of synthetic biology are to design and construct new biological parts, devices and systems for useful purposes. Davidson College undergraduate teams regularly compete in the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) jamboree.
2006Goal: Build a simple living computer by designing a circuit to solve the Burnt Pancake Problem. Essentially, we let billions of cells "guess" the solution by randomly arranging a sequence of genes, and kill any cells that get it wrong. 
iGEM Presentation (Powerpoint)


2005Goal: Design and construct a biological circuit to interpret the presence or absence of three different chemicals as a number in base 2, and display that number in base 10 using fluorescently glowing bacteria. 
iGEM Presentation (Powerpoint) 
I coauthored the first true undergraduate genomics textbook, Discovering Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics, with A. Malcolm Campbell of the Davidson biology department. Now in its second edition, the book is jointly published by Benjamin Cummings and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. The accompanying web site is freely accessible. The book includes "Math Minutes" that reveal the math behind the biology. Some examples of math minutes are listed in the following table.
