Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. We rely on computers to operate laboratory equipment, design genetic constructs, and store, share, and analyze genetic data. Cyberbiosecurity is a new field of science that explores novel risks at the interface of biology and computer science.

The Peccoud lab is investigating cyberbiosecurity in a variety ways. These include:

  1. Applying techniques in cybersecurity to DNA
  2. Exploring how DNA sequencing can be used to verify that digital reference sequences match the physical samples they’re supposed to describe.
  3. Examining the potential for digital sequences freely available in public databases to be transformed into physical entities with implications in human health or biosafety.

As a result of this work, our lab has been featured in a variety of news outlets including Scientific American, The Academic Minute, and, most recently, Rocky Mountain PBS:

Jenna Gallegos_CyberBiosecurity RMPBS from Colorado State University on Vimeo.