News and Announcements
2015 Summer Courses
The annual one-week course offered during the summer of 2015 is “Introduction to Microfluidics Technology” (June 22 ‐ 26). It will be held at Brandeis University and sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Bioinspired Soft Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Brandeis. It is intended for graduate students, post docs, faculty and industrial scientists and engineers interested in utilizing microfluidic technology in their work, in both physical sciences and life sciences, and does not assume any specific prerequisites.
Feb 6, 2015
The Division of Science wishes to announce that, in 2015, we will offer five MRSEC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships for Brandeis students doing undergraduate research, sponsored by the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.
The due date for applications is February 24, 2015, at 6:00 PM EST.
MRSEC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships will provide $5000 in stipend support to allow students to do summer research in MRSEC labs (housing support is not included). Students who will be rising Brandeis sophomores, juniors, or seniors in Summer 2015 (classes of ’16, ’17, and ’18). No prior lab experience is required. A commitment from a Brandeis MRSEC member to serve as your mentor in Summer 2015 is required.
The Division of Science Summer
Anique Olivier-Mason hired as the new Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity.
MRSEC Retreat, November 21, 2014
On Friday, November 21, 2014, the MRSEC will hold an on-campus retreat. The research goal of the MRSEC is to learn how materials are incorporated in biological systems and likewise how biological structures act as materials with highly desirable properties that can be exploited in engineering. The first part of the retreat will be a joint event with the Biochem/Biophys Friday seminar that takes place at 11:15am – 12:15pm. A lunch will be provided and in the afternoon there will be 3 talks by MRSEC students and postdocs. Wrapping up the day is a BREW session / social hour.
MRSEC Retreat Schedule
Friday, November 21, 2014
11:15-12:15 pm Gerstenzang 121 (Talks: Avi Rodal & Zvonimir Dogic) "Membrane Based Materials"
12:30-1:30 pm Shapiro Campus Center 236, 2nd Floor (Lunch)
1:30-2:30 pm Shapiro Campus Center Theater, 1st Floor (Talks: Fiodar Hilitski, Adam Johnston, Ye Zhang)
2:30-4:30 pm Shapiro Campus Center Art Gallery 317, 3rd Floor (BREW: Denise LeBlanc, Steve DeCamp)
BREW: Brainstorming Research Education Workshop. We will identify the most exciting research conducted by the MRSEC and design a hands-on activity to be presented at the Acton Discovery Museum that is suitable for 4 - 8 year old children and their parents.
MRSEC Education Director Job
Click here to find the job description for Education Director. Position starts November 1, 2014.
|Friday September 19, 2014 at 9:30 am|
|60th New England Complex Fluids Workshop|
|Complex Fluids Workshop|
|Invited Speakers: Eric Brown (Yale), Jorn Dunkel (MIT), Alexandra Zidovska (NYU);Erkan Tuzel (WPI)|
Intended for Soft Matter academic and industrial scientists in New England to share research results, network and promote collaborations.
|Registration required. Deadline: Wednesday, September 17|
|Hosted by Seth Fraden|
Prof. Fraden and Prof. Epstein spoke in March on Radio Boston about Alan Turing's Morphogenesis Theory. They confirmed that Turing's mathematical model of cell differentiation works. Read more at http://radioboston.wbur.org/
Prof. Schmidt-Rohr joined the Chemistry department in July. He is a highly regarded spectroscopist, with a background in both physics and chemistry. Read more at http://blogs.brandeis.
Overview of the Bioinspired Soft Materials Center
The Brandeis MRSEC seeks to create new materials that are constructed from only a few simplified components, yet capture the remarkable functionalities found in living organisms. In addition to opening new directions in materials science research, these efforts will elucidate the minimal requirements for the emergence of biological function. This challenging endeavor draws upon our expertise in diverse and complementary experimental and theoretical techniques that span the physical and life sciences. Brandeis offers an ideal environment for such an interdisciplinary undertaking. Its small size engenders a highly collaborative environment. Its innovative graduate program trains students who work and thrive at the interface of physical and life sciences. Its life science faculty have pioneered biochemical studies of molecular motors and cytoskeletal machinery, its chemists have synthesized biocompatible self-assembling filaments, and its physicists have made important contributions toward understanding soft materials such as liquid crystals, gels and colloids. Researchers in the BioInspired Soft Materials Center combine elemental building blocks, such as motor proteins, DNA origami and filamentous virus, to understand the emergence of biomimetic functionalities that are highly sought-after in materials science and to synergistically engineer life-like materials.
The goal of IRG1 (Membrane based Materials) is to uncover the design principles that cells use to shape and reconfigure membranes, and to apply these principles in order to engineer heterogeneous and reconfigurable membrane materials. To accomplish this we will exploit the analogy between nanometer-sized lipid bilayers and micron-sized colloidal monolayers assembled from filamentous viruses or DNA origami rods.
The goal of IRG2 (Biological Active Materials) is to create active analogs of quintessential soft matter systems including gels, liquids crystals, emulsions and vesicles using elemental force generators, such as motor proteins and monomer treadmilling. We will experimentally and theoretically characterize the emergent properties of such materials, including their ability to convert chemical energy into mechanical work, perform locomotion, and undergo dynamical reconfiguration.
A National Science Foundation sponsored Material Research Science and Engineering Center.