John H. Reif

A. Hollis Edens Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Molecular assembly, DNA computing, robot motion planning, parallel algorithms, randomized algorithms, graph algorithms, algebraic computation, data compression, optical computation, and quantum computation.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • A. Hollis Edens Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
  • Professor of Computer Science
  • Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: LSRC D-229, 308 Research Drive, Dept Comp Sci, Duke U, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 407-1961
  • Email Address:
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  • B.S. Tufts University, 1973
  • M.S. Harvard University , 1975
  • Ph.D. Harvard University , 1977

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Tufts Notable. Tufts University. 2010
  • AAAS Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 2003
  • Highly Cited Researcher. Thomson Reuters. 2001
  • Fellow. Association for Computing Machinery. 1997
  • Fellows. Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 1993

Courses Taught

  • COMPSCI 93: History of Computing, Cryptography, and Robotic Devices
  • COMPSCI 531D: Introduction to Algorithms
  • COMPSCI 534: Computational Complexity
  • COMPSCI 590: Advanced Topics in Computer Science
  • COMPSCI 891: Special Readings in Computer Science
  • ECE 891: Internship

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Nagipogu, Rajiv Teja, Daniel Fu, and John H. Reif. “A survey on molecular-scale learning systems with relevance to DNA computing.” Nanoscale 15, no. 17 (May 2023): 7676–94.
  • Yang, M., and J. Reif. “Social DNA Nanorobots.” In Natural Computing Series, Part F821:371–96, 2023.
  • Fu, Daniel, Raghu Pradeep Narayanan, Abhay Prasad, Fei Zhang, Dewight Williams, John S. Schreck, Hao Yan, and John Reif. “Automated design of 3D DNA origami with non-rasterized 2D curvature.” Science Advances 8, no. 51 (December 2022): eade4455.
  • Reif, John, Daniel Fu, Dewight Williams, Hao Yan, Fei Zhang, and Abhay Prasad. “Data from: Automated design of 3D DNA origami with non-rasterized 2D curvature,” November 22, 2022.
  • Bui, H., H. Chandran, S. Garg, N. Gopalkrishnan, R. Mokhtar, J. Reif, and T. Song. “DNA computing.” In Computing Handbook: Two-Volume Set, 1–42, 2022.