Molecular Communication through Gap Junction Channels

Nakano T., Suda T., Koujin T., Haraguchi T., Hiraoka Y.

2nd International Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information and Computing Systems, Budapest, Hungary, 10 - 13 December 2007, vol.5410, pp.81-84 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 5410
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/bimnics.2007.4610100
  • City: Budapest
  • Country: Hungary
  • Page Numbers: pp.81-84
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


Molecular communication is engineered biological communication that allows biological devices to communicate through chemical signals. Since biological devices are made of biological materials and are not amenable to traditional communication means (e.g., electromagnetic waves), molecular communication provides a mechanism for biological devices to communicate by transmitting, propagating, and receiving Molecules that represent information. In this paper, we explore biological cells and their communication mechanisms for designing and engineering synthetic molecular communication systems. The paper first discusses the characteristics and potential design of communication mechanisms, and then reports our experimental and modeling studies to address physical layer issues of molecular communication.