The MRSEC holds seminars presenting research at the frontier of Bioinspired Soft Materials. The seminars are targeted towards grad students and other researchers in the field, although everyone is invited to attend. As the topic is highly interdisciplinary, seminars are designed to be accessible to a wide range of backgrounds. 

MRSEC Seminars Organizers:
John Berezney (Dogic/Fraden Lab Postdoc) and Stefan Paquay (Hagan Lab Postdoc)

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Jonathan Touboul, Brandeis Mathematics
Title: Some Topics in Mathematical Modeling of Embryonic Development
Abstract: Embryonic development is one of the main historical examples of biological problems where mathematical modeling was successfully applied. From the seminal works of D’Arcy Thompson and Alan Turing, a number of models were proposed to account for embryonic differentiation, increasingly supported by experimental data. In this talk, I will review some recent developments in mathematical modeling of embryonic development. 
I will start by discussing the mechanisms that control the mammalian brain development. First, we will explore the hypothesis that the non-conventional non-cell autonomous action of homeoproteins, a class of transcription factors highly expressed during, could play a role in the localization and regularity of boundaries between brain areas. At a finer scale, we will investigate the mechanisms that may control the number of neurons in the different neocortical layers. With data collected by our collaborators on various mutant mice models of microcephaly or neural cell death, we will highlight a few key mechanisms that could support homeostasis in brain’s basic architecture. If time allows, we will conclude on a recent work aimed at deciphering the mechanisms supporting skin patterning in birds, with new data on five bird species and a unified model, valid across all species, and reproducing not only the final phenotype of feather patterning but also the dynamics of the establishment of the pattern.
Abelson 229, 4PM

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Dan Nguyen, Harvard Medical School
Abelson 229, 4PM

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Timothy Atherton, Tufts University
Abelson 229, 4PM

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Shuang Zhou, UMass Amherst
Abelson 229, 4PM

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Johannes Zwanikken, UMass Lowell
Abelson 229, 4PM

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Alexander Petroff, Clark University
Abelson 229, 4PM

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Thomas Fai, Brandeis Applied Mathematics
Abelson 229, 4PM

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Rebecca Menapace and Bozhanka Vitanova, Brandeis
Title: An Introduction to the I-Corps Program for the MRSEC
The Brandeis Innovation Center will present an overview of the NSF-funded i-Corps Program and showcase how MRSEC research could have applications beyond campus. Attendees will get a sense of what it takes to connect their academic insights to industry applications and even create a new enterprise. If you've ever wondered how Bio-Inspired research could lead to innovation, this session is for you!
Abelson 229, 4PM

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Kirill Korolev, Boston University
Abelson 229, 4PM

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Renato Mirollo, Boston College
Abelson 229, 4PM

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Nathan Derr, Smith College
Abelson 229, 4PM

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