Ben Shirt-Ediss

From September 2023 I am a postdoctoral researcher at Donostia International Physics Centre (San Sebastian, Spain) conducting origins of life research; namely minimal agency and its evolution in simulated protocell systems.


Previously, I was a senior postdoctoral researcher at Newcastle University UK, working in computational DNA/RNA nanotechnology.

New paper!

Reverse Engineering DNA Origami Nanostructure Designs from Raw Scaffold and Staple Sequence Lists

Shirt-Ediss, B. et al. Comput. Struct. Biotechnol. J. 21, 3615–3626 (2023).

Link: doi:10.1016/j.csbj.2023.07.011

Recent paper

A Last-In First-Out Stack Data Structure Implemented in DNA

Lopiccolo, A., Shirt-Ediss, B. et al. Nature Communications 12, 4861 (2021).

Link: doi:10.1038/s41467-021-25023-6

Publications on Google Scholar

My doctoral thesis (2016, defended in San Sebastian, Spain) was centred on the origins of cellular life problem, where I argued that the emergence of cellular life should be tackled from the view point of the emergence of autonomous protocell systems.

My areas of scientific interest are:

Other misc software projects:

Contact me! ben[at]