"DNA Structure, Protein-DNA Interactions, and DNA-Protein Expression"

organized by

Pierre F. Baldi and Richard H. Lathrop

This announcement solicits papers and referees for a special track on DNA structure, Protein-DNA interactions, and DNA-Protein expression, to be held as part of the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB-01), Honolulu, Hawaii, January 3-7, 2001.

The session seeks computational approaches to understanding the DNA/Protein/DNA cycle by which DNA and proteins co-exist, co-regulate, and co-create each other. Papers addressing any area of DNA structure, its interactions, and its expression, are welcome.

We are particularly interested in papers that address the underlying structural and functional basis by which these interactions may be understood, modeled, and predicted. There is mounting evidence that DNA structural properties at multiple levels beyond the double helix significantly affect its interactions with proteins and play an important role in a number of biological phenomena, ranging from protein binding sites to gene networks to triplet repeat expansion diseases. While far behind its protein structure cousin, the topic is not less important. Our goal is to accelerate progress in this vital and expanding area.

Referees willing to contribute expertise in DNA structure and related topics should contact Dr. Lathrop, e-mail, or Dr. Baldi, e-mail


Full paper submission and publication is required for oral presentations. Each full paper will be reviewed by at least three independent referees. Accepted papers will be published in a hard-bound archival proceedings, indexed in Medline. The best accepted papers will be presented orally to the entire conference. Poster and demo sessions are available for researchers who wish to exhibit their work at PSB, but do not wish to prepare a paper.

All PSB paper submissions must be submitted electronicly via email to Russ Altman ( We accept postscript, pdf and Microsoft Word format files. We can NOT accept Tex files or other word processors. Please follow the paper formating instructions available from Please note that all submissions must be accompanied by an (email) cover letter that specifies by which specific session (if any) the paper should be reviewed. Please also include a statement in the cover letter that the paper contains original unpublished results not currently under consideration elsewhere and that all co-authors concur with its contents.

Poster and demo abstracts may be submitted electronically. Contact Russ Altman ( for additional information.


** July 17 -- papers due to PSB-01 as above.
** Aug 28 -- final paper decisions announced.
** Sept 25 -- camera ready copy due.
** Nov 6 -- poster abstracts due (after this date, posters will be accepted on a space available basis; space will be limited especially for interactive/computational posters after this date.)

Travel Support

In previous years, PSB has been able to offer partial travel support to some PSB participants. PSB has applied for grants from NSF and DoE to support travel to PSB '01, but there is NO GUARANTEE OF TRAVEL SUPPORT FOR ANYONE. See for more information.

For more information:

Professor Richard H. Lathrop
Dept. of Information and Computer Science, #3425
University of California
Irvine, California, USA 92697-3425
Electronic mail:
Telephone: (949)824-4021
Fax: (949)824-4056


Professor Pierre F. Baldi
Dept. of Information and Computer Science, #3425
University of California
Irvine, California, USA 92697-3425
Electronic mail:
Telephone: (949)824-5809
Fax: (949)824-4056

This page will be updated on a regular basis. This is the version of 2 May 2000.