News and Announcements
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.
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.
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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Announcement date: Nov. 15, 2011
Summer Courses 2012 announced
(Dogic Lab photo)
Application deadline: March 30, 2012
Note: These professional development
courses are sponsored by the Brandeis
MRSEC program. They do not count
towards university credit in any way.
BZ BOOTCAMP WORKSHOP
July 13, 2011
All day workshop took place July 13, 2011
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Advances in materials science and biology have become increasingly intertwined, with progress in one field influencing the other. The central theme of the Brandeis Materials Research Laboratory is the development of this relationship between biology and materials science using two complementary approaches.
In a “bottom-up” approach, we build on our expertise in the understanding of relatively simple material and chemical systems (liquid crystals, colloids, polymers, oscillating chemical reactions). We are exploring how the addition of constraints typically found in biology – confinement, crowding and local forces that compete with and sometimes frustrate long range order – leads to emergent properties, in the realms of structure and dynamics.
In a complementary “top-down” approach, we are studying functional cellular components, which are complex combinations of materials with specific constraints. We make qualitative and quantitative analyses of their structure and properties, and then deconstruct these “devices” by modifying or removing constraints, to understand just how the combination of materials and constraints leads to biological function.
A National Science Foundation sponsored Material Research Science and Engineering Center.