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. 

The seminars, for the remainder of the semester, take place online in a virtual format via Zoom. A link will be posted for each seminar.

MRSEC Seminars Organizer:
John Berezney (Dogic/Fraden Lab Postdoc)

Thursday, June 4, 2020
MRSEC Seminar: Building Order and Adaptiveness in Protein Materials by Chemical Design
Akif Tezcan, UCSD
Abstract: Proteins represent the most versatile building blocks available to living organisms or the laboratory scientist for constructing functional materials and devices. Underlying this versatility is an immense structural and chemical heterogeneity that renders the programmable self-assembly of proteins a highly challenging design task. To circumvent the challenge of designing extensive non-covalent interfaces for controlling protein self-assembly, we have endeavored to develop strategies that combine elements of inorganic, supramolecular and polymer chemistry. These strategies have led to the construction of 1-, 2- and 3D protein assemblies that couple structural order over many length scales with adaptiveness and stimuli-responsiveness, thus providing an example for the control of bulk-scale properties of biological materials with molecular-scale design.
4PM - Zoom link to seminar

Thursday, June 18, 2020
MRSEC Seminar
Jérémie Palacci, UCSD
4PM - Zoom link to seminar


See past events.