PAST NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


US-India Advanced Studies Institute on Thermalization: From Glasses to Black Holes put together intensive series of pedagogical lectures. Read more at http://blogs.brandeis.edu/science/2013/12/05/thermalization-from-glasses-to-black-holes/.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

MRSEC RETREAT

On Friday, November 22, 2013, 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 poster session/social hour.

Please RSVP if attending to katie55@brandeis.edu and include the following: 

NAME/DEPARTMENT/
YEAR GRADUATING/TITLE IF STAFF MEMBER


MRSEC Retreat Schedule

11:15am - 12:15pm,  Abelson 131 - Welcome from Dean Birren and Seth Fraden; Jane Kondev, "Materials science that we can learn from yeast"

12:15pm - 1:00pm, Pizza Lunch, Shapiro Science Center Lobby

1:15pm - 2:45pm, Abelson 131 - MRSEC talks: Steve DeCamp, Gabe Redner, Charlotte Kelley

2:45pm - 3:00pm, Poster set-up, Shapiro Science Center Lobby

3:00pm - 5:00pm, Poster Session, Shapiro Science Center Lobby, Beer Hour

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Microfluidics Mini-Symposium over Dinner (Chinese) served at 6:15pm. 

Harvard University Geological Lecture Hall, 10024 Oxford Street, Cambridge 

Register (free) at:www.cns.fas.harvard.edu/users/training_events.php

6:30pm: “Paper-Based Microfluidics”
Dr. Ramses Martinez, Harvard University
 
7:15pm: “Microfabrication and Microfluidics Technologies for Tissue Engineering”
Dr. Mehmet Dokmeci, Harvard Medical School
 
8:00pm: “Droplet Microfluidics Technology Enabling Single-Molecule Interrogation for Cancer Research”
Dr. Brian Hutchinson, RainDance Technologies
 
8:45pm: “Less is Better than More in Microfluidics”
Prof. Seth Fraden, Brandeis University

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Prof. Dogic's Lab won the Andor Insight Award for their video of Oscillating Microtubule Bundles. See the Brandeis Science Blog page for their winning video, the competition homepage and the Dogic Lab YouTube page.

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Asst. Prof. Thomas was the recipient of the 2013 Brandeis Strage Award in March. Thomas’ group attended the AAAS Family Science Days in February 2013 and presented some activities related to acid/base chemistry and thin films. Her undergraduate John Shen '13 who was working on a MRSEC-funded project completed a senior honors thesis on the project, and was awarded high honors in the chemistry department for his work. 

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Prof. Haber has attended and spoken at several meetings in the past year: Keystone Replication and Recombination (March 2013); BMC Epigenetics conference (Boston, March 2013); FASEB Summer Conference on Yeast Chromosomes (July 2012); EMBO Workshop on Recombination (May 2012); Gordon Research Conference on Chromatin (May 2012).

Haber organized the Brandeis Café Science that presents Brandeis scientists including MRSEC scientists to the community, once a month, meeting at a local restaurant (Elephant Walk). He also spoke to parents of Brandeis students at Fall Fest 2012.

Baris Avsaroglu, Prof. Haber’s Lab, attended the ASCB 2012 annual meeting last December. You can find his abstract here.

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An Active Matter Workshop was held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.
It was held in Shapiro Science Center from 9:00am - 7:30pm.
Prof. A. Samadani  hosted the workshop.


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Ye Zhang, postdoctoral fellow from Prof. Bing Xu's research group at Brandeis wins Materials Research Society Poster Award on Nov. 29, 2012. See more......

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Collaboration between Brandeis MRSEC and Robot Research Initiative (RRI) announced Aug. 10, 2012.collab
See article on the Science Blog  or view here via pdf


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2008: The Brandeis Materials Research Laboratory was established by the award of a highly competitive $7.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the University. Learn more.

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Upcoming Events

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Announcement:
Announcement date: Nov. 15, 2011
Summer Courses 2012 announced
 
Summer School
(Dogic Lab photo)
Application deadline: March 30, 2012
         ENROLLMENT CLOSED

Note:
 These professional development
courses are sponsored by the Brandeis
MRSEC program. They do not count
towards university credit in any way.

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Announcement:
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July 13, 2011
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Past Events



Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Membrane IRG
Speaker: Andrew Balchunas
Title: Using a microfluidic device to explore nonequilibrium states of colloidal membranes



Thursday, July 23, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Ian Morrison, Harvard
Title: Measurements on particles to “predict” liquid-particle interactions
Abstract: For over 200 hundred years, we’ve known that measuring the contact angle of liquids on solids is a start to understanding liquid-particle interactions. However, contact angles can only be measured on large, preferably flat, surfaces (even though some publications claim otherwise). Possibly interesting progress has been made by combining (1) a thermodynamic derivation by Gibb’s with (2) some separate suggestions by Derjaguin and by deGennes, and (3) Lifshitz’s physics on the stability of thin films.  If useful, then the measurement of gas adsorption of a few of organic gases, with the usual linear free energy relations used in physical chemistry, gives a predictive method for the interaction of other liquids or polymers  (similarly characterized) with those particles.
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Summer Seminar
Speaker: Jacqueline McDermott
Title: Synapse Development: Using Semaphorin4D as a Tool to Form Connections Within the Brain
Abstract: The cells in your brain form a number of different types of connections, or synapses. These synaptic connections must be made correctly in order for the proper development of the nervous system, as well as to avoid the manifestation of neurological disorders. I specifically use Semaphorin4D (Sema4D) as a tool in order to rapidly drive the development of a specific type of synapse: the inhibitory GABAergic synapse. In this way, Sema4D can be used in order to initiate and study the process of how inhibitory connections form within the mammalian brain.

Speaker: Adriane Otopalik
Title: Probing Nervous Systems, Big and Small, with Photo-Activatable Molecules
Abstract: Single neurons must integrate diverse chemical signals through time and space, and respond appropriately. How neurons accomplish this task remains a puzzle.  In this short talk, I will discuss how photo-activatable molecules allow for tightly-controlled spatial and temporal experimental manipulations. With these optical tools, we can gain a better understanding of how single neurons and neuronal circuits manage their dynamic chemical milieus.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Membrane IRG
Speaker: Feodor Hilitski
Title: Extensile Microtubule Bundles
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Matthew Webber, MIT
"Molecular Engineering of Peptide and Protein Therapeutics"
Abstract: Through molecular engineering, it is possible to address complexities associated with the deficiencies and dynamics of diseases, such as ischemia and diabetes, in order to engineer improved therapies. The biological relevance of peptides, and the ability to precisely engineer supramolecular interactions through directional assembly and organized hydrogen bonding, enables the generation of platforms that can be utilized as new therapeutic materials. These bio-inspired materials interface with biology and physiology in a mimetic and active way. Self-assembling peptides can be used to present potent bioactive signals at high density to mimic the effects of angiogenic growth factors, or to prepare favorable niches for stem and progenitor cell therapeutics. This facilitates injectable strategies to regenerate blood vessels in models of peripheral ischemia, with improvements in microcirculation, limb necrosis, and motor function. Molecular interactions can additionally be leveraged to alter therapeutic dynamics and afford aspects of biologically relevant sensing in molecularly engineered protein therapies. Diabetes, and the complexities associated with glycemic control, present a significant engineering challenge in the design of therapies to recapitulate and replace the dynamics of native insulin signaling. Through covalent modification of insulin with molecular recognition motifs and aliphatic groups, the kinetics of insulin activity can be modulated by glucose-mediated intermolecular interactions, resulting in biomimetic insulin therapy. Specifically, this approach facilitates glucose-triggered insulin activity and responsiveness to glucose challenge mirroring that of a healthy functioning pancreas. An alternative strategy would endeavor to leverage supramolecular excipient-only approaches to modulating insulin stability and function. In sum, these findings point to a new era of rationally engineered therapies rooted in predictable, biomimetic, tunable, and dynamic intermolecular and supramolecular interactions.




Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Membrane IRG
Speaker: Xuewen Du
"Enzymatic Transformation of Phosphate Decorated Magnetic Nanoparticles Selectively Sort and Inhibit Cancer Cells"
 







Thursday, July 9, 2015

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Nikta Fakhri, MIT
"Active stochastic fluctuations stir the interior of the cell & remodel the networks"
Abstract: Active processes in cells and tissues create a novel class of non-equilibrium materials composed of molecularly interwoven structural elements and force generators that individually consume energy and collectively generate motion or mechanical stresses. Active systems exhibit a wealth of intriguing properties, including anomalous fluctuations, non-equilibrium phase transitions and unusual mechanical and rheological properties. In this talk, I will discuss two different systems in which cytoskeletal motors create complex dynamics.
I will first present a quantitative study of molecular motions in the cytoskeleton of adherent cells over times from milliseconds to hours. Noninvasive tracking is accomplished by imaging near-infrared luminescent single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) targeted to kinesin-1 motor proteins in COS-7 cells. We discover active "stirring'' driven by cytoplasmic myosin as an intermediate random mode of transport, clearly distinguishable from both thermal diffusion and ballistic directed kinesin motor activity.
The cortical actin cytoskeleton is a quasi 2-D active material in which dynamics are dominated by rapid actin turnover and myosin-driven contractility. In the second part, I present a reconstituted model system that emulates these processes in artificial cell-like compartments. By tuning physical and chemical parameters, we induce a non-equilibrium state transition. We characterize the local dynamics of these reconstituted cortices by tracking embedded SWNTs. We find evidence that connectivity percolation drives transitions between different non-equilibrium steady states.







Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Summer Seminar
Speaker: Josef Clask
"The Capacity of Target Silencing by Drosophila PIWI and piRNAs"
Abstract: Piwi proteins and piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) actively silence transcribed transposable elements (TEs), but the mechanism is not fully understood. This silencing mechanism may involve Piwi binding nascent RNA transcripts and then recruiting chromatin modifying proteins. To dissect the Piwi-mediated transcriptional silencing mechanism of TEs, we developed a reporter assay platform in the OSS cell culture system. We are able to show that siRNA induced knockdown of Piwi protein can allow for transcriptional derepression of reporter plasmid proportional to the density of piRNAs binding the transposon sequence within nascently transcribed RNA. Furthermore, this reporter system has allowed us to examine the requirements of Drosophila chromatin silencing factors, as well as factors involved in transcriptional dynamics. Our data suggests that Piwi-dependent deposition of silent histone marks, as well as a slowing of transcription may induce more efficient silencing of our piRNA-targeted reporters. Further experiments will dissect the mechanism that is required for Piwi-mediated transcriptional gene silencing of TE loci.
Speaker: Raunak Sakhardande
Title: Chiral Rafts in Colloidal Membranes
Abstract: In contrast to bulk liquids or crystals clusters of finite size are rare and their assembly usually requires sophisticated engineering. Recent experiments conducted on monolayer membranes composed of two species of chiral rodlike molecules leads to the spontaneous formation of thermodynamically stable, rafts with a well-defined finite size. To understand the fundamental forces driving this self-limited assembly, we combine Monte Carlo simulations and a mean field theory to explore the phase diagram of a monolayer of bidisperse rodlike molecules as a function of interparticle interactions and chirality.  The simulations demonstrate that differences in chirality between the two rod species can stabilize finite-sized rafts.  We present a phase diagram which predicts parameter ranges over which finite-sized rafts are stable.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee 





Friday, June 26, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker:  Xixiang Zhang, KAUST
"Magneto transport properties of three-dimensional flexible and conductive interconnected graphene networks"
Abstract: A new type of graphene material, three-dimensional flexible and conductive interconnected graphene networks (graphene foam ) has been synthesized using chemical vapour deposition with Ni foam as a template [1]. This material exhibit interesting properties and has found a number a applications, such as, flexible lithium ion batteries with ultrafast charge and discharge rates [2], electromagnetic interference(EMI) shielding materials [3]. In this work we presents the study of magneto-transport properties of the three-dimensional flexible and conductive interconnected graphene networks. The magnetoresistance (MR) as a function of applied magnetic field was measured in different configurations: a) magnetic field being perpendicular to both the foam plane and the current; b) magnetic field being parallel the foam plane and the current; and c) magnetic field being perpendicular to the current, but angle between the magnetic field and normal direction of the foam plane being changed. As large as 300% of magnetoresistance was observed in two both configurations of (a) and (b). More importantly, the observed MR is not only very large, but also nearly temperture independent over the whole temperature range. This characteristics of the MR qualifies the graphene foam as a potential material candidate for the field sensors operating in both wide temperture range and with magnetic field range. Another very interesting observation is that an anisotropic MR was observed in the third configuration, which was not expected for three dimensional nature of the material. All the above observation indicate that this novel material opens a wide possibility not only for applications but also for the fundamental research.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Outreach
"Career Pathways Networking Lunch"
Abstract: A lunch for grad students and postdocs with individuals from different career paths ready to discuss their work and advise how a recently minted PhD can get their foot in the door.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Outreach
"2015 Summer Undergraduate Science Symposium"
Abstract: This year, the MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) Student Committee and Education Director are planning the Undergraduate Mini Symposium. This special career-planning event is for undergraduates doing research at Brandeis over the summer to learn about the variety of careers open people with a science background. During the full day event, students will hear inspirational stories from faculty and students about their personal journeys into science and pose questions to a faculty panel on the graduate admissions process. Students will also participate a new interactive speed-networking event with twelve guests from a variety of career paths. Most of the guests are Brandeis alumni or former postdocs.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Summer Seminar
Speaker: Mahsa Siavashpouri/ Joseph Rauch
"Hierarchical self-assembly of DNA origami rods/ The evolution and maintenance of cooperation"
Abstract: The connection between the macroscopic properties of a liquid crystalline material and the microscopic features of the constituent molecules is the essential theme that permeates the field of liquid crystals. Previous studies have shown that in presence of attractive interactions mediated by non-absorbing polymers, monodisperse rod-like colloids such as filamentous bacteriophage self-assemble into twisted ribbons and monolayer membranes. The microscopic properties of the colloidal particles play an important role in determining the physical properties of these mesoscopic assemblages. Using structural DNA nanotechnology, we present the design and structure of DNA origami six-helix bundles with tunable microscopic properties, which can be used as a new building block for the self-assembly of rod-like colloidal particles. We demonstrate that formation of higher order structures from the assembly of colloidal rods is universal. By tuning the chirality, aspect ratio and flexibility of the DNA origami particles we can control the physical properties of the entire self-assembled structures.
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Cooperation seems to pose an evolutionary dilemma in light of natural selection. Generally, natural selection states the fittest species will survive, however, cooperation, which by definition involves a cooperator raising another’s fitness while often lowering their own, is found abundantly in nature.  Over the last half century or so, there as been an outpouring of research devoted to understanding this dilemma; how does cooperation originate and how is it maintain in a population?  Here I present several mechanisms capable of maintaining cooperation  and the conditions under which they are applicable.




Thursday, June 18, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Jin-Gyu Park, Harvard 
"Self-assembly of colloidal particles for structural coloration"
Abstract: Structural colors arise from interference rather than absorption. This pigmentation scheme is common in nature such as blue birds, beetles, chameleons, and some seashells, where reflected light by the nanostructures constructively interfere at certain wavelengths of visible range. This talk will present a convenient way to achieve such non-fading structural colors using colloidal particles as building blocks of nanostructures. The structurally colored materials could potentially replace dyes and pigments in paints, cosmetics, smart optical sensors, and reflective color displays. 






Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Outreach
Speaker: Seila Selimovic
"Science Policy: Science for Policy or Policy for Science?"
Abstract: As a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in Washington, DC, Dr. Selimovic has been involved in a range of projects: from attending the UN's IAEA General Conference in Vienna as member of the US delegation, to setting up international innovation and scientific cooperation programs, to piloting education coursework on nuclear energy, and finally preparing analyses and papers for administration principals. Dr. Selimovic will speak about her path to the AAAS Fellowship and her experiences as a Fellow working on science policy. In some of her projects she focused on using scientific data to draft or support policy goals, while in others she relied on her policy and diplomacy skills to effect improvements in scientific communication and outreach. Last, not least, Dr. Selimovic will reflect on how a scientist can weather the shift from academia to policy and use her analytical and research skills and expertise to excel in this new environment.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Outreach
Speaker: Anique Olivier-Mason and Steven Karel
"Career Discovery Workshop: an IDP (Individual Development Plan) Introduction"
Abstract: A 90-minute workshop for grad students and postdocs on how an Individual Development Plan can enhance your training at Brandeis today and ensure you land your dream job tomorrow. Facilitated by Drs. Steven Karel and Anique Olivier-Mason.





Thursday, June 11, 2015

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Simone Dussi, Utrecht University 
"Can entropy alone stabilize cholesterics? A proof from computer simulations"
Abstract: Hard particles have been used as indispensable models to elucidate the role of entropy in the stabilization mechanism of very many different thermodynamic phases. The effect of particle shape on the liquid crystalline phase behaviour was studied by Onsager in 1949, who predicted an entropy-driven isotropic-nematic transition for infinitely long and hard rods. In 1976, Straley predicted that entropy alone could stabilize a cholesteric phase of infinitely long, weakly chiral hard rods. Our theoretical predictions confirm that also for finite hard helices cholesterics are stable, even if in this case the relation between micro- and macro-chirality is far from being trivial [1,2]. However, despite an extensive simulation study on the phase behaviour of hard helices [3], arguably the simplest chiral hard-particle model, no evidence of a cholesteric phase has been observed in computer simulations yet. In this talk, I will consider a novel particle model for chiral hard rods and present the first simulations of a cholesteric phase that is purely entropy-driven. 
Monday, June 8, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee






Thursday, June 4, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Michael Clarage, Brainsell Technologies
"Electric Double Layers and Birkeland currents in Astronomy"
Abstract: Electric fields and electric currents have been traditionally under emphasized in astrophysics. Over the past several decades in-situ satellite measurements and improved remote sensing techniques have revealed many electric phenomena around all planets, between planets and moons, on stars, and even at the galactic level. This talk uses the fundamental plasma physics models of electric double layers and Birkeland currents as a starting point for an electric vocabulary in astrophysics.  






Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: George Nounesis, Biomolecular Physics Laboratory National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”
"Nanoparticles dispersed in liquid crystals: Adaptive targeting of topological defects"







Thursday, May 7, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Wesley Wong, Children's Hospital Harvard 
"Mechanical Force in Nanoscale Biology: From hemostasis to single-molecule centrifugation"






Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting







Thursday, April 30, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Manis Chaudhuri, SEAS Harvard
"Exploring strong coupling phenomena in classical many body systems: from dusty plasma to colloids"





Monday, April 20, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Silke Henkes, University of Aberdeen, Dept of Physics
"Active matter, curvature and confinement"






Thursday, April 16, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Tony Gao, Courant Institute, NYU
"Modeling and Simulation in Complex Fluids: From Passive to Active Systems"





Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting





Thursday, April 2, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Nesrin Senbil, UMASS Amherst Dept of Physics
"How contact line deforms around a sphere at a liquid interface: Effect of interface shape, roughness"




Thursday, March 19, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Roy Ziblat, Wyss Institute at Harvard
"Determining the specificity of proteins to lipid compositions by combinatorial screening of lipid membranes"
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"Microstructure, Mechanics, and Self-assembly of Natural and Artificial Staphylococcal Biofilms"




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 
Brandeis University
Executive Committee Meeting




Thursday, December 4, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Michael Juniper, Brandeis Physics
"Dynamic mode locking in a driven colloidal system"




Monday, November 24, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Jayson Paulose, Dept. of Physics, Leiden University 
"Topological modes bound to lattice dislocations in mechanical metamaterials"




Friday, November 21, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC On-Campus Retreat





Thursday, November 20, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Guillaume Duclos, Institute Curie
"Nematic order and defect dynamics in a fibroblast tissue"
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 
Brandeis University
Executive Committee Meeting




Friday, November 14, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC PREM 




Friday, November 7, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: David L. Hu, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Georgia Tech
"Fire ant rafts assemble, morph and repair"




Thursday, October 16, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Thomas Miller, Dept of Chemistry, Caltech
"Regulation of Sec-Facilitated Protein Translocation and Membrane Integration"



Wednesday, October 15, 2014 
Brandeis University
Executive Committee Meeting




Friday, September 19, 2014

Brandeis University
New England Complex Fluids Workshop

Thursday, September 18, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Anupam Sengupta, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT
"Towards Topological Microfluidics: Harnessing surface, elastic and viscous interactions at micro-scales"
 




Monday, September 15, 2014 
Brandeis University
Chemistry Seminar
Speaker: Jonathan Wilker, Purdue University
"Chemistry at the Beach:  Characterization, Synthetic Mimics, and Applications of Shellfish Adhesives"





Thursday, September 4, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Douglas Brumley, MIT Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
"Flagellar Synchronization Through Direct Hydrodynamic Interactions"






Thursday, August 28, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Chandan Dasgupta, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
"Complex Rheology of Nematogenic Fluids: Connection to Elastic Turbulence"




Thursday, August 21, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Summer Seminar
Speaker: Joia Miller
"Chirality and Raft Formation in 2D Colloidal Membranes"
Speaker: Charlotte Kelley
"Self-assembly of Nwk drives F-BAR domain mediated membrane remodeling"




Thursday, August 14, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Yaouen Fily, Brandeis University
"Active particles under strong boundary confinement"


Wednesday, August 6, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Summer Seminar
Speaker: Gabriel Redner
"More for Less:  Enhanced Sampling Techniques in Simulation"
Speaker: Stephen DeCamp
"Directed Motion in an Active Matter System"


Thursday, July 24, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Tim Still, Dept. of Physics at University of Pennsylvania
"Colloidal Hydrogel Particles, Glass Transition, Jamming, and Friction"




Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Brandeis University
MRSEC Summer Seminar (Mechanisms of Genetic Maintenance)
Speaker: Vinay Eapon (Haber Lab)
"DNA Damage Response and Cell Cycle Control"
Speaker: Cara Pina (Lovett Lab)
"Cellular DNA organization and the problem of keeping rope tangle free"





Thursday, July 17, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Alfredo Alexander-Katz, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT
"A New Path for Nanoparticles: Toward Fully Synthetic Protein Mimics and Beyond"





Thursday, July 17, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting





Friday, July 11, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Jean-Francois Joanny, ESPCI
"Physics of Epithelial Tissue layers"




Wednesday, July 9, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Summer Seminar
Speaker: Sandeep Choubey, Kondev Group
"Deciphering transcriptional dynamics in vivo by counting nascent RNA molecules"
Speaker: Larry Tetone, Gelles Group
"Reprogramming a macromolecular machine: How GreB interacts with RNA polymerase"





Thursday, July 3, 2014
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Jerald Dumas, Hampton University
"Protease sensitive technologies for rapid cancer detection and tissue engineered models of bone metastases"


 
Thursday, June 26, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting




Thursday, June 26, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Bryan Chen, Instituut-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University
"Topological soft matter: from linkages to kinks"




Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Brandeis University
MRSEC Summer Seminar Series
(Molecular Engineering for Active Materials and Self Assembly)
Speaker: Ye Zhang, Brandeis University
"Bottom-up Molecular Engineering for Active Materials"
Speaker: Junfeng Shi, Brandeis University
"Pericelluar Hydrogelation of D-peptide to Inhibit Cancer Cell"




Thursday, June 19, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Adrian Serohijos, Dept. of Chemistry at Harvard University
"Interplay between protein biophysics and population demography in evolution"


Thursday, June 12, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Ye Zhang, Brandeis University, Dept. of Chemistry
"Smart Materials Built on Ru(bipy)3 Derivatives"



Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Brandeis University
MRSEC Summer Seminar Series
(Maintaining the size of cellular structures. An example from the yeast cytoskeleton.)
Speaker: Julian Eskin, Brandeis University
"Formin regulation controls budding yeast actin cable length and shape"
Speaker: Lishibanya Mohapatra, Brandeis University
"How do cells build structures of a particular size?"


Thursday, June 5, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Arvind Murugan, Harvard University
"Design principles for heterogeneous materials synthesis: Lessons from biology"



Thursday, May 29, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Nate Tompkins, Brandeis University, Dept. of Physics
"Testing Turing's Theory of Morphogenesis in Chemical Cells (How the Leopard Got Its Spots)"
Friday, May 16, 2014 

Brandeis University
Research Elevator Talks and Grad Student Social



Thursday, May 15, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Tony Dinsmore, Dept. of Physics, UMASS Amherst
"Fluid membranes and proteins: binding and bending under tension"



Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Brandeis University
Olin/Brandeis MRSEC Engineering Project Presentations
Speaker: Elliott Donlon, Suzy Hong, Kathryn Lau, Avery Louie, Katherine Stegner, Markus Ludwig, Alison Wu
"Collaborative Senior Capstone Project with Olin College of Engineering: Rapid Prototyping of Microfluidic Foil Chips"



Friday, May 2, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting


Thursday, April 24, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Baris Avsaroglu, Brandeis University
"Polymer model of a genetic switch: Chromosome folding-mediated DNA recombination during yeast mating type switch"



Wednesday, April 9, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting


Thursday, April 3, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Catherine Kuo, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts
"Mechanical Regulation of Tenogenesis: Instructions from the Embryo"
 

Thursday, March 27, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker:  Kenny Breuer, Division of Engineering at Brown University
"Viscosity, Elasticity and Bacterial Motility"




Tuesday, March 25, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting



Thursday, March 20, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker:  Yao Lin, University of Connecticut, Dept. of Chemistry
"Supramolecular Polymerizations: Incorporating Cooperativity into Macromolecule and Macromolecular Assemblies"



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Jeff Urbach, Dept. of Physics at Georgetown University 
"Mechanical and structural sensitivity of axon growth"



Thursday, February 27, 2014
 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Lyderic Bocquet, MIT
"Nanofluidic Transport in nanotubes: applications to osmotic energy harvesting"
 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Thomas Waigh, Dept. of Physics at Univ. of Manchester
"Microrheology of Complex Fluids"




Thursday, February 13, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Randall Erb, Dept. of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University 
"Manufacturing Ordered Composites with Colloidal Assembly"


Thursday, February 6, 2014 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker:  Zhigang Suo, Harvard University, SEAS
"Soft Materials and Soft Machines"



Monday, February 3, 2014

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting




Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Brandeis University
MRSEC-Sponsored Physics Colloquium
Speaker: Leif Ristroph, Courant Institute at New York University
"Learning aerodynamics from insects and dreaming up new ways to fly"




Thursday, January 23, 2014
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker:  Jerome Fung, Brandeis University
"Measuring the 3D Dynamics of Multiple Colloidal Particles with Holographic Microscopy and Electromagnetic Scattering Solutions"
 




Thursday, December 12, 2013 
Brandeis University

MRSEC Seminar

Speaker:  Jason Perlmutter, Brandeis University

“Simulations of Capsid Assembly around Polyelectrolytes or Nucleic Acids”




Wednesday, December 11, 2013 
Brandeis University

Collaborative Senior Capstone Project with Olin College of Engineering Mid-Year Update

Presenters: Elliott Donlon, Suzy Hong, Kathryn Lau, Avery Louie, Katherine Stegner and Markus Ludwig

“Rapid Prototyping of Microfluidic Foil Chips”



Thursday, December 5, 2013
                         
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker:  Isaac Krauss, Brandeis University, Chemistry 
"Clustering Carbohydrates on DNA and Peptides to Mimic HIV"




Monday, December 2, 2013 

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting



Tuesday, November 26, 2013 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Alex Evilevitch, Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University
"Solid-to-Fluid DNA Transition in Viruses Facilitates Infection"



Monday, November 25, 2013 

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Charles Reichhardt, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Theoretical Division  
"Self-Organization, Fluctuation Forces and Transport of Active Matter On Disordered Landscapes"



Friday, November 22, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC On-Campus Retreat




Thursday, November 21, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Tom Powers, Division of Engineering and Department of Physics at Brown University
Swimming in Complex Fluids”




Thursday, November 14, 2013
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Berengere Abou, CNRS and Paris Diderot University 
"Microrheology in the beetle secretion"


                        
Thursday, November 7, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Moumita Das, Department of Physics at Rochester Institute of Technology
"The cell cytoskeleton as a composite: mechanics and force transmission"


                         


Wednesday, November 6, 2013 

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting




Tuesday, November 5, 2013
 
Brandeis University
MRSEC-Sponsored Physics Colloquium
Speaker: Efi Efrati, University of Chicago
"Orientation dependent handedness and chiral design"



Thursday, October 31, 2013
 
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: John Lisman, Brandeis University
"A Potential Solution to the Mechanism of Memory Storage in the Brain"



Thursday, October 24, 2013     
                   

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker:  Dirk Albrecht, WPI, Department of Biomedical Engineering 
"Microtechnologies for high-content, high-throughput neuroscience"



Thursday, October 17, 2013
                   

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: John Pojman, Louisiana State University, Dept. of Chemistry
"Fabrication and Characterization of Stable Hydrophilic Microfluidic Devices Using Acrylate Chemistry"



Wednesday, October 16, 2013 
  

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting





Friday, October 11, 2013 

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker:  Prerna Sharma, Brandeis University
"Self-Assembly of Colloidal Rafts"




Thursday, October 3, 2013 

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Martin Loose, Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School 
"The bacterial cell division proteins FtsA and FtsZ self-organize into dynamic cytoskeletal patterns"



Thursday, September 26, 2013
Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Alberto Perez Muñuzuri, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela, Department of Physics
"Pattern formation in liquid reaction-diffusion systems, coupling with hydrodynamic instabilities"



Thursday, September 19, 2013 

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Niels Holten-Andersen, MIT, Department of Materials Science Engineering 
"Metal-coordination: Using one of Nature’s tricks in new polymer material design"



Tuesday, September 17, 2013 

Brandeis University
MRSEC-Sponsored Physics Colloquium
Speaker: Robert Holyst, Polish Academy of Sciences
"Biologistics:Mobility in cytoplasm of the eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells"



Thursday, September 12, 2013 

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: James Puckett, Yale University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
"Interactions in insect swarms: beyond attraction and repulsion"




Monday, September 9, 2013    

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting


Tuesday, August 27, 2013 

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Sindy Tang, Stanford University, Department of Mechanical Engineering 
"Leaky Droplets"



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Roy Beck Barkai, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv University
"Order and disorder in biological complexes"


Monday, August 12, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speakers: Iskra Staneva, Cambridge University; Naomi Chayen, Imperial College
"How simulations can explain aspects of protein crystallization"; "Smart Materials for Protein Crystallization"



Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Harvard University
Microfluidics Mini-Symposium over Dinner 
Dr. Ramses Martinez, Harvard University: “Paper-Based Microfluidics”
Dr. Mehmet Dokmeci, Harvard Medical School: “Microfabrication and Microfluidics Technologies for Tissue Engineering”
Dr. Brian Hutchinson, RainDance Technologies: “Droplet Microfluidics Technology Enabling Single-Molecule Interrogation for Cancer Research”
Prof. Seth Fraden, Brandeis University: “Less is Better than More in Microfluidics”



Thursday, August 1, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Dan Chen, Brandeis University
"Tangled up in goo: mechanics and rheology of motorized filamentous materials"

Monday, July 15, 2013    

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting


Friday, July 12, 2013                         

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Richard Sear, University of Surrey
"‘Chaos is a friend of mine’: How random is the nucleation of crystals?"


Tuesday, June 11, 2013  

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Cristian Micheletti, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
"DNA knotting inside viral capsids"

Thursday, June 6, 2013  

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Mo Khalil, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
Programmable biology: circuits for programming the inside and outside of cells”




Thursday, May 30, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Cristian Staii, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Tufts University
"Cytoskeletal dynamics of living neurons measured by combined fluorescence and atomic force microscopy"


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting




Thursday, May 9, 2013                     

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Patrick Underhill, Dept. of Chemical and Bilogical Engineering, RPI
"Collective behavior in suspensions of swimming microorganisms"



Monday, May 6, 2013

Brandeis University
Speaker: Olin SCOPE Team
Olin Capstone MRSEC Final Project Presentation



Thursday, May 2, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Greg Grason, Dept. of Polymer Science & Eng., UMASS Amherst
"Frustration & Optimal Packing in Soft Assemblies:  from Spherical Crystals to Twisted Filaments Bundles (and back again)"


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Discovery Museum Visit in Acton
Part of upcoming workshop "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Science

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Sarah Olson, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, WPI
"Integrative models of sperm motility"



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committe Meeting



April 18, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Tim Atherton, Tufts University
"The role of geometry of in directing self-assembly"



April 17, 2013

Brandeis University
Art of Science Lecture series
Speaker: Debbie Chacra, Professor, Olin College of Engineering
Chacra's work in material science and biometrics


 

April 10, 2013

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Joseph Paulsen, Dept. of Physics, University of Chicago
"Things Come Together: Experiments on Liquid Drop Coalescence"


March 13, 2013

Brandeis University
Art of Science Lecture Series
Dianna Dabby, Professor, Olin College of Engineering
"Creating Musical Variation - from Chaos"
Additional info at: http://www.brandeis.edu/programs/wgs/news/womeninscience.html




March 07, 2013

Brandeis University
Sukho Park, Chonnam University, Korea
"Microrobots for biomedical application"
February 28, 2013

Brandeis University
Carole Perry, Dept. of Chemistry, Nottingham Trent University
"Understanding chemical interactions at the bio-nanomaterial interface - progress towards the development of new materials"



 
February 21, 2013

Brandeis University
Lisa Burton, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
"How to move: The dynamics and kinematics of swimming"
February 20, 2013

Brandeis University
Azadeh Samadani, Dept. of Physics, Brandeis University
Active Matter Workshop




February 14, 2013

Brandeis University
Jane' Kondev, Dept. of Physics, Brandeis University
"Do cells care about entropy?"
February 06, 2013

Brandeis University
Ed Banigan, Dept of Phyisics, Univ. of Pennssylvania
"Repelling invasion: cell motility and the immune defenses"
January 31, 2013

Brandeis University
 Shima Parsa, Dept. of Physics, Wesleyan University
"Rotation and alignment of rods in fluid flows"
December 24 , 2012

Brandeis University
Peter Yunker, Dept. of Physics, Harvard University
"Effects of Particle Shape on Evaporating Drops of Colloidal Suspensions: From Uniform Coatings to Universal Growth Processes"
December 20 , 2012

Brandeis University
Yeng-Long Chen, Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
"Conformation and dynamics of polymers and soft particles in micro- and nano-fluidic channels"
December 13 , 2012

Brandeis University
Christian Santangelo, Dept. of Physics, UMass Amherst
"Using growth and folding to shape elastic sheets"
December 12 , 2012

Brandeis University
Brandeis-Olin College Joint Project Presentation
Speakers: Scope Team: Lillian Tseng, Benjamin Smith, Torie Hamilton, Jeff Hart, Camille Girabawe (Brandeis)
Title: Brandeis/Olin Mid-Year presentation: "Drop-on-Demand Microfluidics Platform"
Sponsored by: NSF/MRSECept. of Applied Physics and Molecular Cell Biology, Harvard University
December 06 , 2012

Brandeis University
Daniel Needleman, Dept. of Applied Physics and Molecular Cell Biology, Harvard University
"The Metaphase Spindle as an Active Liquid Crystal"




November 29 , 2012

Brandeis University
Tuomas Knowles, Dept. of Chemistry, Cambridge University
"Biophysics of protein aggregation"  
November 18 , 2012

Brandeis University
Melissa Kosinski-Collins, Brandeis University
"Pirate Science at the Acton Discovery Museum"  
Brandeis MRSEC group hosted "Pirate Science Day" at the Acton Discovery Museum.  They sponsored a series of engineering and physics activities for elementary school children.  Also sponsored 5 stations of hands-on activities asking students to build, construct and engage in the science of the pirate age. 
November 15 , 2012

Brandeis University
Raymond Samuel, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Hampton University 
"Atypical growth behavior of DNA multilayer thin films"
November 7 , 2012

Brandeis University
Raghunath Chelakkot,  Dept. of Physics, Brandeis University 
"Flagella-like beating of connected, self-propelled, Brownian particles"




November 1 , 2012

Brandeis University
Alfred Redfield,  Emeritus, Dept. of Physics, Brandeis University 
"Sub-Tesla Nuclear Spin Relaxation in Complex Fluids: Accomplishments and Speculations"
October 25 , 2012

Brandeis University
Michael Giver, Brandeis University 
"Patterns and Oscillations in Noisy Reaction-Diffusion systems"
October 11-12 , 2012

Brandeis University                       
NSF site visit schedule

Abelson sessions open to MRSEC PIs only
Lunch for students by invitation
Poster sessions open to all (Shapiro Science Atrium)




October 12 , 2012

Brandeis University   
Fall FEST Science Fest                    
The fall fest committee took students and their families to the Museum of Science in Boston on Friday, October 12th of the Fall Fest weekend. Before leaving, MRSEC students were asked to greet the families and have demonstrations and exhibits on the work they do in the lab from 3-4 pm in the SSC atrium. Headed by Melissa Konsinski-Collins.




October 04 , 2012

Brandeis University
Jay Tang, Dept. of Physics, Brown University 
"Trapped at the surface: How a flagellated bacterium probes molecular absorption and viscosity at the air-liquid interface"
September 26, 2012

Brandeis University
Heinrich Jaeger, Dept of Physics, U. Chicago
"Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Membranes"   




September 20, 2012

Brandeis University
Andela Saric, Dept. of Chemistry, Columbia University
"Deformable Surfaces as a Platform for Particle Self-assembly"     
   


September 14, 2012

Brandeis University
External Advisory Board Meeting (open to all MRSEC members)    
    


September 13, 2012

Brandeis University
Anindita Basu, Dept of Physics, Harvard University   
" Shear deformation in polymer gels and dense collodial suspensions"  



September 04, 2012

Brandeis University
Venkatranmanan P. R., Raman Research Instituten  
" A modulated phase in smectic-C liquid crystals and the structure of the TGB-C phase"
 



August 20, 2012

Brandeis University
Sebastian Seiffert, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and Freie Universitat Berlin  
" Small but Smart: Sensitive ans Supramolecular Microgels"
 



August 9, 2012

Brandeis University
Jong-Oh Park, Dr.-Ing., Director, Robot Research Initiative [RRI] , Professor, School of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Chonnam National University 
" Current RRI Research Issues in Biomedical Robotics" 



July 23 , 2012

Brandeis University
Marcus Hauser, Dept. of Physics, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
"Characteristics of the vein network of the slime mould Physarum polycephalum"




July 11, 2012

Brandeis University
Ullrich Steiner, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University
"Biological, bio-inspired and biomimetic nano- and micro-structured materials"




June 25, 2012
Brandeis University
Ranjini Bandyopadhyay, Raman Research Institute
"Scaling behavior in the convection-driven Brazil nut effect"




June 15, 2012

Brandeis University
Francesc Sagués from the University of Barcelona, Dept. of Chemical Physics
"Photosensitive Langmuir monolayers: Chiral selection and liquid crystals patterning"
June 14, 2012

Brandeis University
 Christopher Harrison, Schlumberger-Doll Research, Cambridge
"Schlumberger:Microfluids in the oilfield"
June 07, 2012

Brandeis University
Jianhua Xing, Virginia Tech, Dept of Bilogical Sciences
"Learn how to design a nanomachine from bacteria"
May 24, 2012

Brandeis University
Hunter King, UMASS, Amherst , Dept. of Physics
"Wrinkling and Crumpling of Supported Thin Sheets"




May 10, 2012

Brandeis University
Viktor Horvath,  Dept. of Chemistry, Brandeis University
"Dynamic behavior of pulse-coupled chemical oscillators"




May 09, 2012

Brandeis University
Olin College Students, Olin College
Final Presentation
"Interrogation, merging, and sorting of microfluid droplets"




May 03, 2012

Brandeis University
Erkan Tuzel, Dept. of Physics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
"The transport and deformations of cargo tracks in cells" 



April 26, 2012

Brandeis University
Rennie Mirollo, Dept. of Mathematics, Boston College
"Applications of Möbius group methods to the Kuramoto and other coupled oscillator models"
April 19, 2012

Brandeis University
Bin Liu,  Dept of Mechanical Eng., Brown University
"Helical swimming in complex fluid media"
April 05, 2012

Brandeis University
Silke Henkes, Dept of Physics, Syracuse University
"Active Glasses: Self-propelled particles at high density" 
April 03, 2012

Brandeis University
Joint MRSEC/Martin Weiner Colloquium
Michael Shelley,  NYU
"Biological Flow and Mechanics"
March 30, 2012

Brandeis University
Trush Majimudar, Courant Institute, NYU
"Experiments and theory of Undulatory Locomotion in Structured Media" 
March 27, 2012

Brandeis University
Joint MRSEC/Martin Weiner Lecture Series Colloquium
Jonathan Fisher, The Rockerfeller University
"Light and Sound: An optical approach for illuminating the elusive mechanics of hearing in the mammalian cochlea" 
March 22, 2012

Brandeis University
Sujit Datta, Dept. of Physics, Harvard University
"Between a Rock and a Pore Space: Imaging Multiphase Flow in 3D Porous Media"
March 15, 2012

Brandeis University
Thomas Butler, MIT
"Fluctuation driven Turing Patterns"
March 08, 2012

Brandeis University
Homin Shin, Dep. of Material Science, UIUC
"Self-assembly into "unusual" order or morphology: from patchy colloids to polymer vesicles"



February 23, 2012

Brandeis University
 Ning Li,  Dept. of Physics, Brandeis University
"Coupled oscillations in a  1D emulsion of Belousov-Zhabotinsky droplets"



February 09, 2012

Brandeis University
Sean Ling, Dept. of Physics, Brown University
"Nanopore DNA Sequencing: making a  Solid-State "Nanoporase" for Active Kinetc Proofreading"
February 02, 2012

Brandeis University
Shirley Ao, Chief Engineer, GE Sensing
"High Accuracy Ultrasonic Flow Measurement"

January 26, 2012

Brandeis University
Sridhar Seshan, Depts. of Physics & Chemistry, Brandeis University
"Controlling spatial patterns in excitable media (A tale of disease, dynamics, and doctorate)"
January 24, 2012

Brandeis University
Joint MRSEC/Martin Weiner Lecture Series Colloquium
William Irvine, University of Chicago
"Knotted Fields"



December 19, 2011
Brandeis University
Jin Seob Kim, Dept. of Biochemistry, John Hopkins University
"Modeling the Self-Organization of Keratin Intermediate Filaments"



December 15, 2011

Brandeis University
Yaouen Fily, Dept. of Physics, Syracuse University
"Self-propelled particles at high density"
December 14, 2011

Brandeis University
Olin College Scope Students, Oilin College
"Interrogation, merging, and sorting of microfluid droplets" 
December 09, 2011

Brandeis University
Jason Perlmutter, Dept. of Biomedical Eng., Univ. of Minnesota
"Computational Molecular Modelling of Membranes and Membrane Proteins"
December 08, 2011

Brandeis University
Romain Grossier, Dept of Mtl. Science and Engineering, MIT
"Microdroplets as confined systems: unusual access to nucleation"



December 01, 2011

Brandeis University
Joint MRSEC/Neuroscience Seminar
Shimon Marom, Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel
"Interpretations of response fluctuations: neurons, networks, and simple behavior"



November 30, 2011

Brandeis University
 Brandeis MRSEC External Advisory Meeting
November 17, 2011

Brandeis University
Narayanan Menon, Dept. of Physics, UMass, Amherst
 "Emergence of shape in thin elastic sheets" 
November 10, 2011

Brandeis University
Prerna Sharma, Dept. of Physics, Brandeis University
"Dynamics of Interfaces"


November 4, 2011

Brandeis University
Paul Garrity, Dept of Biology, Brandeis University
"Overheated and highly irritated: thermal and chemical sensing from the Cambrian to the sushi bar"


October 7, 2011

Brandeis University
Biochemistry-Biophysics Pizza Talk


September 01, 2011

Brandeis University
 Jian Liu, NIH (Laboratory of Computational Biology)
"Mechanochemistry of endocytosis"


August 26, 2011

Brandeis University
Shashi Thutupalli, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization"
"Swarming behavior of simple model squirmers"


August 24, 2011

Brandeis University
Professor Annette Zeppelius, Univ. of Gottingen, Germany
"Structure and elasticity of anisotropic macromolecular networks"
August 12, 2011

Brandeis University
Jure Dobnikar, University of Cambridge
"Self-assembly and emergent dynamics of magnetic colloids" 
July 21, 2011

Brandeis University
 Taniki Yanagishima, Cavindish Laboratory, Cambridge (UK)
"Real time monitoring of complex  moduli from micro-rheology"  
July 15, 2011

Brandeis University
Prof. Richard Sear, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Surrey (UK)
"Dynamics of the Muscular-Dystrophy Protein in Muscle Fiber Cells"  
July 13, 2011

Brandeis University
MRSEC BZ Bootcamp Workshop
Attendance was by invitation
All day event
Hosts: S. Fraden, I. Epstein
June 16, 2011

Brandeis University
Lawrence Wilson, Roland Institute (Harvard)
Title:  "Quantitative Hi-speed Imaging of Mobile Microorganisms"


June 8, 2011

Brandeis University
Dibyendu Das, Assoc. Professor (Physics Dept), IIT, Bombay, India
Pedagogical lectures meant for graduate students
Title:  "Lectures on Stochastic Processes"
 

June 7, 2011

Brandeis University
Dibyendu Das, Assoc. Professor (Physics Dept), IIT, Bombay, India
Title:  "A model for collective cell migration"
June 6, 2011

Brandeis University
Prof. Abraham Atta Ogwu, Thin Film Centre, Univ. of West Scotland, UK
Title:  "International Education development and biomaterials research at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rhuanda"
May 20, 2011

Brandeis University
Dr Rene van Roij, Institute for Theoretical Physics Leuvenlaan 4 (Netherlands)
Title:  "Liquid crystals in colloidal mixtures: how flexible needles become obese and biaxial rods schizophrenic"

 
April 28, 2011
Brandeis University
Anand Bala Subramanian, Harvard University
Title:  "Lipid membrane biophysics on topographically patterned and glycan-coated surfaces"
April 21, 2011

Brandeis University
Yuan Gao
Title:  "Molecular Self-Assembly for Making Gels Outside and Inside Cells"

April 14, 2011
Brandeis University
Prof. Greg Huber, University of Connecticut Health Center
Title:  "Membranes, curvature, and ER"


March 18, 2011

Brandeis University
Victor Rühle, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Germany)
Title:  "A multiscale description of charge transport in organic semiconductors"
March 17, 2011

Brandeis University
Meredith Betterton, Univ. of Colorado (at Boulder)
Title: "Coupled aggregation and liquid-crystalline order: Theory and Monte Carlo Simulation"
March 10, 2011

Brandeis University
Cristina Berciu, Brandeis University
Title: "Introduction to Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy"
February 24, 2011

Brandeis University
Dr Apala Majumdar, University of Oxford
Title: "The Mathematics of Liquid Crystals - Analysis, Computation, and Applications"
February 17, 2011

Brandeis University
Jennifer Schwartz, Syracuse University
Title: "Modeling the actin cytoskeleton at the leading edge of a crawling cell: Lamellipodia and Filopodia"
December 9, 2010

Brandeis University
Adam Cohen, Harvard University
Title: "Controlling Molecules with Electromagnetic Fields"
December 3, 2010

Brandeis University
MRSEC/Biophysics Joint Seminar
Pankaj Mehta, Boston University
Title: "Communication and Collective Behavior in Unicellular Organisms"
December 2, 2010

Brandeis University
MRSEC EternalAdvisory Board Meeting
EAB Members:
Rama Bansil, BU
Alan Hurd, Los Alamos National Lab
Arjun Yodh, U. Penn
Nicholas Abbot, U. Wisconsin  

November 18, 2010
Brandeis University
Hector Gonzalez-Ochoa, Brandeis University
Title:  "Active Emulsions: Coupled Chemical Photosensitive Oscillators"


November 17, 2010
Brandeis University
Luncheon with MRSEC Director, Robert Meyer
Faculty Club  
November 15, 2010
Brandeis University
Elisabetta Matsumoto,University of Pennsylvania
Title:  "Defects in Smectics A: From Focal Conics Domains to the Helical Nanofilament Phase"  
November 4, 2010

Brandeis University
Madhavi Krishman, Technische Hochscule Zürich
Title:  "Geometry-induced electrostatic trapping, levitation, and assembly of nanometric objects in a fluid"  


October 14, 2010

Brandeis University
Shashi Murthy, Northeastern University
Title:  "Bio-adhesive Microfluidic Channels in Clinical Medicine & Basic Science"  


October 7, 2010

Brandeis University
Melick C. Demirel, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar at Wyss Institute, Harvard University
Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Title:  "A Bio-inspired Nanofilm with Unidirectional Properties"  


Sept 13, 2010

Brandeis University
Prof. Adrian Parsegian, Univ. MA, Amherst, Dept. of Physics
MRSEC / Chemistry Combined Seminar
Title:  "Big Molecules in small places --packing and pushing of flexible polymers in concentrated solutions and in protein channels"  


Sept 9, 2010

Brandeis University
Zahera Jabeen, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Universal Scaling Dynamics in perturbed granular gas"  


Sept 3, 2010

Brandeis University
Prof. Peter D. Olmsted, School of Physics and Astronomy, Univ of Leeds, UK
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Membrane interactions with surfaces, soaps, and proteins"  


Sept 2, 2010

Brandeis University
Dieter W. Heermann, University of Heidelberg
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Ring Polymers, Entropy and Confinement"  


July 30, 2010

Brandeis University
Arvind Gopinath, MIT
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Getting Stuck"  


July 29, 2010

Brandeis University
David Kong, MIT
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Microfluidic Synthesis of Membrane Proteins for an Olfactory Receptor-Based Odorant Biosensor"


July 27, 2010

Brandeis University
Magdaleno Medina, Institute of Physics (San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Glass Transition, irreversible Processes, and Aging in Collodial Suspensions"

July 21, 2010

Brandeis University
Daniel Tien-Nang Chen
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Microrheology of Soft Matter"


July 15, 2010
Brandeis University
Sirsish Kaushik Lakkaraju, Texas A & M University
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Elasticity of α-helices and coiled-coils: Role in Tropomyosin and the stalk of Kinesin-14 Ncd"

       


July 13, 2010
Brandeis University
Christian Hentrich, EMBL, Heidelburg Germany
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "How crosslinking mitotic kinesins organize microtubules in vitro"       
June 17, 2010
Brandeis University
Yue Hu, Wellesley College
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  ""The role of surfactants in suppressing aging to silica-PDMS gels"      
June 10, 2010
Brandeis University
Mark Williamson, Northeastern University
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Force-induced DNA interactions: From small molecules to viral replication      


June 3, 2010
Brandeis University
Anna Balazs, Univ. of Pittrsburgh
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Self-Oscillating Gels as Mechano-responsive Materials"    


May 18, 2010
Brandeis University
Laurence Navailles, CRPP (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal) , France
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Confinement Induced Phase Transition in a DNA-Lipid Hydrated Complex"    


May 13, 2010
Brandeis University
Jingshan Zhang, Research Associate, Harvard University
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Optimality in Affinity Maturation of antibodies"   


May 6, 2010
Brandeis University
Daan Frenkel, Cambridge University
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Dense packing and beyond" 


May 5, 2010
Brandeis University
Andrew Spakowitz, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Physical Mechanisms for the Reading and Storage of Genomic DNA"Dense packing and beyond" 
April 30, 2010
Brandeis University
Olin College Scope Team
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Imaging Platform for Control and Measurement of Microfluidic Applications"
 
April 28, 2010
Brandeis University
Thomas Gibaud & Nadir Kaplan, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  " The Effect Chirality on Self-Assembly of attractive rod-like particles"
 
April 14, 2010
Brandeis University
Prof. Leonid Mirny, MIT
MRSEC Seminar
Title:  "Biophysics of Protein-DNA Recognition and DNA Folding" 


April 9, 2010
Brandeis University
Madan Rao, Raman Research Institute/National Center for Biological Sciences, India
MRSEC Seminar
Title: "Active Clustering, Fluctuations and Stresses in Living Cells"


March 24, 2010
Brandeis University
Hyunmim Yi, Dep. of Chemical and Bilogical Engineering, Tufts University
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Viral Templated Palladium Nanocatalysis"


March 18, 2010
Brandeis University
Shomeek Mukhopadhyay, Dept. of Chemistry, Columbia University
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Packing Soft Spheres: From Jamming to Faceting"


March 15, 2010
Brandeis University
Sankha Bhowmick, U Mass Dartmouthy
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Dessication Preservation of Mammalian Cells at Ambient Temperature: Experience in Bovine and Murine Sperm Model"
March 11, 2010
Brandeis University
Yoshiaki Uchida, Harvard University, Kyoto University
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Paramagnetic Liquid Crystals without Metals"
March 5, 2010
Brandeis University
Younan Xia, Dept of Biomedical Eng., Washington University
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Putting Nanomaterials to Work for Biomedical Research"


February 25, 2010
Brandeis University
Pascaline Mary, Harvard University
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Microfluidic Stickers: An alternative to PDMS devices"


January 28, 2010
Brandeis University
Robert V. Lange, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " An Organic Relationship: Materials Research and Projects for Health, Environmental Conservation, and Poverty Reduction in Africa"


January 14, 2010
Brandeis University
Peter Weigele, Staff Scientist, New England Biolabs, Inc
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Biobatteries: Electricity from Microbes and Compost"
January 13, 2010

Brandeis University
Rob Shaw, ProtoLife Inc (S.F. , California)
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Diffusion, Osmosis, and Parking Problems from Local Constraints to Macroscopic Transport"
December 17, 2009
 Brandeis University
Gautam Menon (IMSC, Chennai, India)
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Stretching Fluctuations  and Loop Formation in Short Double-Stranded DNA Molecules"
December 10, 2009

Brandeis University
Luca Giomi, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Active Systems: Past and Future"


December 3, 2009
 Brandeis University
Marina Ruths, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Mass Lowell
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Tribology of Confined Molecularly Thin Films"

December 2, 2009

Brandeis University
Erwin Frey. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Biopolymer Conformations and Dynamics"

November 19, 2009

Abelson 333, Brandeis University
Thomas Gibaud, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Yielding Dynamics of a Colodial Gel"

November 12, 2009

Brandeis University
Daniel Reeves, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Effect of rapid rebinding on biochemical rates: Theory and single molecule experiments"


October 22, 2009

Brandeis University
Chris Henley, Cornell University (visting Boston University)
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Possible Mechanisms for Initiating Macroscopic Left-Right Symmetry in Animals and Plants"


October 15, 2009

Brandeis University
Oren Elrad, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Title: " Dynamic Encapsidation of Polymers by Icosahedral Viruses"

October 10, 2009

Brandeis University
Zvonomir Dogic, Brandeis University
Ce'sar A. Hidalgo, Harvard University
Christian Santangelo, UMass, Amherst
Patrick T. Underhill, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Seminar
Title: "11th Annual greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting"


October 1, 2009

Brandeis University
Patrick T. Underhill, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MRSEC Seminar
Title: "Correlation in Suspensions of Swimming Microrganisms: Theory and Simulation"


September 18, 2009

Shapiro Theatre, Brandeis University
Complex Fluid Workshop
Jeremy Agresti, Harvard University  -  Aparna Baskaram, Syracuse University  -   Chris Santangelo, UMass Amherst    -  Wesley Wong, Rowland Institute@Harvard
Topics: active matter, droplet microfluids, self-folding origami, protein folding  with laser tweezers


Thursday, Sep 03, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Rumi De, Brown University
Title: "Dynamics of Cellular Response to Mechanical Stress"


Thursday, Aug 14, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
J.F. Joanny, Institut Curie, Paris
Title: "Active Gels"


Thursday, Aug 13, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Stephen Hicks, Cornell University
Title: "Two Stories of Virus Assembly"


Thursday, Aug 6, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Joshua Blouwolff
Staff Scientist, US Genomics
Title: Us Genomics Direct Linear Analysis: DNA Mapping Using Microfluidic-Based, Single-Molecule Detection"
Host:  Host: Seth Fraden


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Jorge Delgado
Brandeis University
Title: Simple Theories further away in wormlike micelles under shear
Host:  Host: Seth Fraden


Thursday, July 20, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Thibaut Divoux
Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France
Title: On Creeping Flows in Complex Fluids
Host:  Host: Seth Fraden


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Catherine Klapperich
Boston University
Title: Molecular Diagnostics in Plastic Microfluidics
Host:  Host: Seth Fraden


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Eric Akkermans
http://physics.technion.ac.il/%7eeric
Yale University
Title: Dicke superradiance and Anderson localization of photons
Host:  Host: Seth Fraden


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Jeffrey W . Ruberti
Northeastern University
Smart Matrix Theory. Is collagen a brilliant string or a dumb rope?
Host: Seth Fraden


Friday, May 8, 2009

Brandeis University 
MRSEC meeting
Schlumberger reps. meeting with Brandeis MRSEC Investigators
Host: Bulbul Chakraborty


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Brandeis University
Monthly MRSEC Meeting
Groups: Samadani, Dogic, Kondev
Subject: Confined Polymers


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Sean Calvo, Leif Jentoft
Olin College
"Automated Imaging Platform for Microfluidic Applications"
Host: Dongshin Kim


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Eli Sloutskin
Harvard University
"Entropy in Crystal Nucleation of Hard Spheres"
Host: Seth Fraden


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Wesley P. Wong
Harvard University
"Probing Single-molecule Kinetics with Optical Tweezers Techniques"
Host: Zvonomir Dogic


Friday, March 13, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
David Lacoste
Laboratoire PCT, ESPCI (France)
"Active fluctuations in biology: single actin/microtubules filaments and active membranes"
Host: Bulbul Chakraborty


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Brandeis University
Monthly MRSEC Meeting
Subject: "Chiral Assembly"


Tuesday , March 3, 2009

Brandeis University
"Response and Fluctuations in Active Systems"
Andy Lau, Florida Atlantic University


Thursday , February 26, 2009

 Brandeis University
"Vibrational dynamics and heat conduction in amorphous solids."
Vincenzo Vitelli, University of Pennsylvania


Tuesday , February 24, 2009

Brandeis University
"Bacteria as a fluid: Applying the materials physics paradigm to biology"
Aparna Baskaran, Syracuse University


Friday, February 13, 2009

Brandesis University
"Defective ground states of toroidal crystals"
Luca Giomi, Syracuse University


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Brandeis University
"Swimming in viscoelastic fluids and gels"
Henry Fu, Brown University


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
"Frustrated phenomena in physics and biology:  From supercooled liquids and glasses to protein folding dynamics."
Gregg Lois


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
"A thermodynamic mechanism for the agglomeration of DNA-looping proteins"
Sumedha Sumedha, Brandeis University


Friday, December 12, 2008

 Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
"Senior Design Project: Microfluids Imaging Systems--Concept Design"
Leif Jentoft, Oilin College of Engineering


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Brandeis University
MRSEC  Seminar
"About the Parrondo's Paradox"
Rafael "Phoenix Waterman" Aguade, Brandeis University


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

 Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
"Self-assembly of rod-like polyelectrolytes: from materials to cystic fibrosis"
Erik Luijten, University of Illinois


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
"Examination of Nonliquidlike Behaviors in Molten Polymer Films"
Ophelia K.C. Tsui, Boston University


Monday, November 24, 2008

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
"Modeling, Crowding, and Confinement: Toward a quantitative understanding of cellular environments"
Huan-Xiang Zhou, Florida State University


Friday, November 21, 2008

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar/Condensed Matter Theory Seminar
"Active Fluids, Films, and Filaments"
Sriram Ramaswamy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
"Self Assembly of Colloidal Particles of Small Numbers"
Guangnan Meng, Harvard University