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Synthetic biology attempts to create new biological systems using engineering principles such as abstraction, modularity, composition, modeling, and simulation. As bioengineers attempt to design systems with increased complexity, component interaction, and de novo genetic material, rigorous design methodologies will be required not only to manage the design material but also to make sure the created designs function as intended.

IEEE Design & Test seeks original manuscripts for this special section, which will cover recent advances in bio-design automation. Advances that use techniques and algorithms from the larger design automation community will be of particular interest. Papers should address one or more of the following:

  1. Design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems that do not already exist in nature.
  2. The redesign of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes.
  3. Combine in silico and in vivo experimental approaches.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • High-level specification and synthesis of synthetic biological systems
  • Standardized biological part-based designs and case studies
  • Data exchange formats and data models for synthetic biology
  • Simulation and modeling of synthetic biological systems

Submission and review procedures

Prospective authors should follow the submission guidelines for IEEE Design & Test. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to the IEEE Manuscript Central Web site at Indicate that you are submitting your article to the special section on "Bio-Design Automation in Synthetic Biology." All articles will undergo the standard IEEE Design & Test review process. Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts must not exceed 5,000 words, including figures and a maximum of 12 references (30 for surveys). This amounts to about 4,000 words of text and a maximum of five small to medium figures. Accepted articles will be edited for clarity, structure, conciseness, grammar, logical organization, readability, and adherence to D&T and Computer Society style. Please see IEEE D&T Author Resources at, then scroll down and click on Author Center for submission guidelines and requirements.


  • Articles due for review: 15 August 2011
  • Reviews completed: 1 November 2011
  • Article revisions due: 1 December 2011
  • Notice of final acceptance: 15 January 2012
  • All materials due for edit: 15 February 2012
  • Publication date: May/June 2012


Please direct questions regarding this special issue to Guest Editors Douglas Densmore ( and Soha Hassoun (

Special Section on Bio-Design Automation in Synthetic Biology

May/June 2012

Guest Editors: Douglas Densmore (Boston University) and Soha Hassoun (Tufts University)

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