Dr. Hieu Bui


  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • School

  • School of Engineering
  • Expertise

  • Advanced Computing
  • Molecular Computing
  • DNA Nanotechnology
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Semiconductor
  • Theory of Computing
  • Courses

  • Computational Thinking (CSC120)
  • Theory of Computing (CSC212)
  • Computer Graphics (CSC322)
  • Concepts of Programming Languages (CSC370)
  • Fundamentals of Neural Networks (CSC527)
  • Bio

    Dr. Hieu Bui is currently serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Catholic University of America. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University, along with an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Boise State University. 

    Throughout his academic career, Dr. Bui has demonstrated a passion for teaching and research. He has taught Computer Science and Nanotechnology courses for the Duke University and Duke Talent Identification Program. Additionally, he served as a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C.

    Dr. Bui's research interests are focused on advanced computing, molecular computing, DNA nanotechnology, and synthetic biology. He is particularly interested in programming and engineering nucleic acid systems with DNA nanotechnology and bio-materials to address engineering, health, and energy applications. His research work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, such as Nano Letters, ACS Synthetic Biology, ACS Nano, Small, and New Journal of Physics, as well as conferences including Foundations of Nanoscience, International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming, ISDRS, and IEEE IRW.

    Dr. Bui's academic accomplishments are notable. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Charles H. Kaman Award for Excellence in Research in the School of Engineering, the Outstanding Ph.D. Award from the Computer Science Department of Duke University, the Duke University Nanoscience Fellow, the Micron Scholar, and the National Academy of Sciences Research Associateship. His contributions to the field of molecular computing and DNA nanotechnology continue to inspire and advance scientific knowledge.

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    Spring 2024
    Fall 2023
    Spring 2023
    Previous Semesters
    • CSC120 - Introduction to Computational Thinking (Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022)
    • CSC212 - Theory of Computing (Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022)
    • CSC322 - Introduction to Computer Graphics (Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022)
    • CSC370 - Concepts of Programming Languages (Spring 2021, Spring 2022)
    • CSC527/427 - Fundamentals of Neural Networks (Fall 2020)
    • CSC590 - Molecular Computation (Spring 2020)

    Student Mentees

    Graduate Mentees
    • Alireza Omidi (Ph.D. Electrical Engineering) (Fall 2022 - present)
    • Hoang Cao (Ph.D. Computer Science) (Spring 2022 - present)
    • Manal Althobaiti (Ph.D. Computer Science) (Spring 2021 - present)
    • Arwa Aldakheel (Ph.D. BME) (Spring 2021 - present) (Co-advise with Dr. Raub)
    • Khalid Khawaji (Ph.D. Computer Science) (Fall 2021 - present)
    • Alana Torres Vidal (M.S. Electrical Engineering) (Fall 2019 - Spring 2021)
    • Ava Filipour (M.S. Computer Science) (Fall 2019 - Fall 2020)
    • Victor Manzueta (Ph.D. Computer Science) (Fall 2020 - Fall 2021)
    Undergraduate Mentees
    • Hoang Dao (B.Sc. Computer Science) (Spring 2021 - present)
    • David Olumilua (B.Sc. Computer Science) (Spring 2021 - present)
    • Rhea Roxy (B.Sc. Computer Science) (Fall 2021 - present)
    • Garrett Farrell (B.Sc. Mathematics) (Summer 2021)
    • Trieu Nguyen (B.Sc. Computer Science (Fall 2019 - Fall 2020)
    Student Committee Services
    • Lan Nguyen (M.S. Computer Science) (M.S. Reader) (Graduated Fall 2021)
    • Ibrahim Al Mubark (Ph.D. Computer Science) (PhD Reader) (Graduated Spring 2021)
    • Afnan Alniamy (Ph.D. Computer Science) (PhD Reader) (Graduated Summer 2021)
    • Alana Torres Vidal (M.S. Electrical Engineering) (M.S. Director) (Graduated Spring 2021)
    • Abdullah Almalki (M.S. Computer Science) (M.S. Reader) (Graduated Fall 2020)

    Selected Publications

    1. Jinny L Liu, Dan Zabetakis, Lisa C Shriver‐Lake, George P Anderson, Ellen R Goldman, Hieu Bui. "Coupling Single Domain Antibodies to Catalytic Hairpin Assemblies for Homogeneous Assays." Adv. Sensor Res. (2023): DOI: 10.1002/adsr.202300111
    2. Torres Vidal, Alana, Igor L. Medintz, and Hieu Bui. "DNA Microsystems for Biodiagnosis." Micromachines 11, no. 4 (2020): 445. DOI: 10.3390/mi11040445
    3. Song, Tianqi, Abeer Eshra, Shalin Shah, Hieu Bui, Daniel Fu, Ming Yang, Reem Mokhtar, and John Reif. "Fast and compact DNA logic circuits based on single-stranded gates using strand-displacing polymerase." Nature Nanotechnology 14, no. 11 (2019): 1075-1081. DOI: 10.1038/s41565-019-0544-5
    4. Bui, Hieu, Carl W. Brown III, Susan Buckhout‐White, Sebastián A. Díaz, Michael H. Stewart, Kimihiro Susumu, Eunkeu Oh, Mario G. Ancona, Ellen R. Goldman, and Igor L. Medintz. "Transducing Protease Activity into DNA Output for Developing Smart Bionanosensors." Small 15, no. 14 (2019): 1805384. DOI: 10.1002/smll.201805384
    5. Song, Tianqi, Shalin Shah, Hieu Bui, Sudhanshu Garg, Abeer Eshra, Daniel Fu, Ming Yang, Reem Mokhtar, and John Reif. "Programming DNA-based biomolecular reaction networks on cancer cell membranes." Journal of the American Chemical Society 141, no. 42 (2019): 16539-16543. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b05598
    6. Bui, Hieu, Shalin Shah, Reem Mokhtar, Tianqi Song, Sudhanshu Garg, and John Reif. "Localized DNA hybridization chain reactions on DNA origami." ACS Nano 12, no. 2 (2018): 1146-1155. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b06699
    7. Bui, Hieu, Vincent Miao, Sudhanshu Garg, Reem Mokhtar, Tianqi Song, and John Reif. "Design and analysis of localized DNA hybridization chain reactions." Small 13, no. 12 (2017): 1602983. DOI: 10.1002/smll.201602983
    8. Bui, Hieu, Craig Onodera, Carson Kidwell, YerPeng Tan, Elton Graugnard, Wan Kuang, Jeunghoon Lee, William B. Knowlton, Bernard Yurke, and William L. Hughes. "Programmable periodicity of quantum dot arrays with DNA origami nanotubes." Nano Letters 10, no. 9 (2010): 3367-3372. DOI: 10.1021/nl101079u

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