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How to watch the solar eclipse April 8

March 26, 2024

MRSEC PP, Seth Fraden, provides insight into how to have the best watching experience for the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. For more information, visit THIS LINK

Dr. Robert Meyer
Remembering Robert "Bob" Meyer

November 17, 2023

We share the sad news of the passing of Robert “Bob” Meyer, Professor Emeritus of Physics, on November 17, 2023 at the age of 80. Bob was the founding director of the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center in 2008. He articulated the philosophy of the Center, which recognizes that advances in materials science and biology have become increasingly intertwined, with progress in one field influencing the other. The Center has prospered following his retirement in 2012 by adhering to his vision. 
Dr. Linnea M. Lemma
HHMI Awards Hanna Gray Fellowships to 25 Early Career Scientists

September 19, 2023

MRSEC Alumna, Dr. Linnea M. Lemma, was awarded one of HHMI’s Hanna Gray Fellowships which is awarded to just 25 early career scientists! Congratulations Linnea. Read the announcement on the HHMI website.
Engineering the Future at Brandeis

September 17, 2023

Students in the university’s inaugural engineering course

For the first time in Brandeis’s history, undergraduates can take engineering courses, in advance of the launch of an engineering major in fall 2026! The first class, Introduction to Design Methodology, taught by associate professor of physics W. Benjamin Rogers, and director for research technology and innovation Ian Roy ’05, was introduced in fall 2023.

Read more about it in Brandeis Magazine.

September 8, 2023

For students from the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences, summer is the opportunity to dedicate time to research, mentor undergraduate students, and get closer to their findings.

Brandeis Stories spoke with Rupam Saha, a fourth-year physics PhD candidate, to learn more about his summer in the lab.

Read more about it in Brandeis Magazine.

September 21, 2021

A cryo-electron microphotograph of a self-assembled icosahedral shell, made from DNA fragments, that has trapped a hepatitis B virus particle. Antibodies on the shell’s interior keep the virus bound inside.

Brandeis researchers knew they had a major scientific accomplishment on their hands when, for the first time, they and their collaborators at the Technical University of Munich were able to program bits of DNA strands to fold up and self-assemble into predetermined complex geometric shapes.

Read more about it in Brandeis Magazine.

September 21, 2021

3D-printed articulating hands lying flat on a table

In April, Brandeis faculty voted overwhelmingly to approve a new interdepartmental engineering major and program that will draw on all aspects of the liberal arts, from history and design to sustainability and ethics.

Read more about it in Brandeis Magazine.

February 18, 2021

Two types of cellular protein - kinesin and microtubules

Researchers at the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) are harnessing the power of swirling cellular proteins to create self-propelling fluids.

Read more about it at BrandeisNOW

MRSEC wins major new grant from the National Science Foundation

MRSEC grant illustrationThe cutting-edge research center received $18 million to develop the next generation of machines and materials.

Read more about it at BrandeisNOW.

MRSEC Featured on PBS NewsHour

February 6, 2019

"How cutting-edge engineering borrows nature's innovations"

Video transcript

MRSEC Video Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 MRSEC Video competition.

  • Winner: Graduate student Farri Mohajerani for "Cargo Encapsulation by Nanoshells"
  • Runner Up: Postdoc Dr. Simon Merminod for "Artificial Butterflies: Characterizing Interfacial Binding to Design"
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