Conferences - Seminars

12FEB
25FEB
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From February 12th to 25th, EPFL Library invites you to take part to Love Data Week 2018. This world wide event aims to share awareness about research data management among researchers. On this occasion, EPFL Library offers you several activities and events online and on EPFL campus. Come and join us! February 12th-16th Love Data ... Read more about "Love Data Week at EPFL"
19FEB
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

Multimodal materials combine materials with complementary imaging and therapeutic capabilities into one platform and are receiving increasing interest in the field of scancer theranostics. These surface modified nanomaterials carriers offer several advantages, such as high drug loading capacity, ability to evade efflux pump action at the brain microvessels, and size-tunability. By integrating different component modules ... Read more about "Tracking Nanoparticles inside Cells at High Resolution: Significance for Medicine and Toxicology"
By Prof. Alexandra E. Porter, Imperial College London
20FEB
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  11:00-12:00 CH G1 495

The study of quantum materials in out-of-equilibrium conditions following excitation with ultrafast lasers represents one of the novel research frontiers in condensed matter physics. With femtosecond optical pulses, electronic and lattice degrees of freedom can be transiently decoupled, giving the opportunity of stabilizing new states inaccessible by quasi-adiabatic pathways. This becomes particularly interesting for the ... Read more about "Ultrafast study of out-of-equilibrium quantum materials - LACUS Seminar"
20FEB
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  12:15 SV 1717

Pathogen properties in infected host tissues are crucial for disease and control. Novel single-cell technologies reveal an astonishing diversity of pathogen cells with disparate molecular compositions, fates, and impact on overall disease progression. A current key challenge is to understand the relation between these various pathogen subsets and their respective host microenvironments. As a first ... Read more about "Single-cell biology of Salmonella in infected host tissues"
By Dirk Bumann, Biozentrum, University of Basel
20FEB
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  12:15-13:15 MED01418

Our research focuses in developing soft-MEMS devices that enable fast and accurate mechanical measurements of single cells and/or cell monolayers. These devices are cost-effective, compact and cell culture compatible, allowing, therefore, continuous measurements for drug screening assessment. For centuries, medical doctors have used palpation exploration as a part of their examination to detect lumps or ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Soft-MEMS for mechanobiology"
20FEB
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  16:15-17:15 MXF 1

This lecture is designed to be accessible to a wide variety of backgrounds. In the first part, I will briefly review density functional theory and why it is important to many branches of modern physical science. I will also review machine learning and its recent applications to molecules and materials. In the second half, I ... Read more about "Machine-learning of density functionals for applications in molecules and materials"
By Prof. Kieron Burke (University of California, Irvine)
21FEB
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  15:15-16:15 SV 1717

BIOENGINEERING SEMINAR Abstract: The key influence of the microenvironment on cell behavior and fate is increasingly recognized. It follows that new techniques to control the 3D environment around cells are essential to understand the processes by which cells probe and respond to the cues received by their microniches. Here, we present an approach that allows ... Read more about "From Microdishes to Microniches: 3D Micro-Environmental Control around Single Cells. Application to Single-Cell Apico-Basal Polarization and Lumenogenesis Control."
By Prof. Virgile Viasnoff, CNRS-ESPCI ParisTech, Paris (F) & National University ...
22FEB
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  10:30-11:30 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series In this talk, I will introduce metal-organic frameworks[1], deal with some fundamental questions concerning their synthesis and characterisation[2-3] and highlight their potential towards the capture of industrially important molecules[4-5] and as photocatalysts for the generation of H2 from water splitting[6-7]. [1] Anderson, S. L.; Stylianou, K. C. ... Read more about "Metal-organic frameworks: from fundamental concepts to application"
By Dr. Kyriakos Stylianou
Laboratory of Molecular Simulation (LSMO),
EPFL Valais ...
23FEB
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  14:15 INM202

Time-of-flight imaging and LIDAR systems enable 3D scene acquisition at long range using active illumination. This is useful for autonomous driving, robotic vision, human-computer interaction and many other applications. The technological requirements on these imaging systems are extreme: individual photon events need to be recorded and time-stamped at a picosecond timescale, which is facilitated by ... Read more about "Computational Single Photon Imaging"
By Prof. Gordon Wetzstein, Stanford University
Bio: Gordon Wetzstein is an ...
26FEB
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  08:30-15:00 SV 1717

General assembly and user's day.The opportunity to get updates on the instruments and the science going on at CIME. This year we have invited Prof. Thomas Walz from The Rockefeller University to give a inspiring invited talk. We will have presentations from our CIME staff members and three submitted posters will be selected for a ... Read more about "CIME DAY 2018"
By Speakers: Prof. Thomas Walz, Graham Knott, Thomas La Grange, Cosmin ...
26FEB
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

In recent years, electricity-driven hydrogen production by electrochemical splitting of water has received particular attention because of its potential applicability in decentralized energy storage concepts.(1) Most of the efforts have been focused on the electrochemical reaction occurring at the anode side, the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), since it is source of large overpotentials.(2) Advances in ... Read more about "Insights into Perovskite Nano-Catalysts as Oxygen Electrodes for the Electrochemical Splitting of Water"
By Dr Emiliana Fabbri, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen Switzerland
27FEB
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  12:15-13:00 DIA 005

Abstract: The presentation will give a detailed introduction into the technology behind the FemtoTools MEMS-based microforce sensors, covering the MEMS design, the fabrication and the readout of these sensors. Furthermore an introduction into the different micromechanical testing instruments of FemtoTools is given, outlining how these MEMS sensors are important for our competitive advantage In our ... Read more about "MEMS-Based Capacitive Microforce Sensing"
By Dr. Simon Muntwyler
27FEB
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  17:30-19:30 Bâtiment F, EPFL Innovation Park

Les étudiants en master de l’EPFL à la recherche d'un stage pour le semestre d’été/automne 2018 - 4 à 6 mois disponibles dès juillet ou septembre 2018 - pourront découvrir en un clin d’œil un choix de stages en 180 secondes! Sans oublier que des pizzas seront servies ! Les entreprises de l’Innovation Park profiteront ... Read more about "Ton stage en 180 secondes"
27FEB
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  19:30-20:30 MED 3 2215

The goal of the project is to create an open-software, open-hardware spectrophotometer that is cheap and reliable. We will present all the tools that we used (Eagle, FreeCad, OpenSCAD, Arduino, ...) and show the experiments that can be achieved with the final product. All the code is available on http://github.com/hackuarium/simple-spectro Read more about "From concept to production: Open spectrophotometer, an interdisciplinary project"
By Luc Patiny, Hackuarium
01MAR
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  11:45-13:30 salle Uranus, bâtiment D, EPFL Innovation Park

The conference Pizzas&Start-up calls on 4 young innovative companies from EPFL or installed at EPFL Innovation Park. They each have 6 minutes to present their activities and achievements to their audience. The start-up that will present are as follows: Datapred Feeltronix Viventis Technology Picterra The conference is followed by a networking lunch with pizzas. The ... Read more about "Pizzas&Start-up"
05MAR
09MAR
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  Grand Hotel du Golf & Palace; Crans Montana

Energy research is key for the transition towards a sustainable society fully powered by renewable resources. To realize this transition, one single technology is not enough. Instead, we have to rely on different strategies to address the fuels and electricity generation, the storage of renewable energies, the CO2 capture and storage, the efficient use of ... Read more about "Challenges & Opportunities in Energy Research NRG2018"
05MAR
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

Lattice point defects and their coupling with electronic defects dominate the overall electrical properties of electroceramic materials, and thus great effort is expended on controlling the defect equilibria via oxygen activity during processing and/or doping. In device applications, because the lattice defects are typically charged, the applied voltage provides a strong driving force for defect ... Read more about "Point Defects in Metal Oxides and Their Interactions with Electric Fields"
By Prof. Elizabeth C. Dickey, Department of Materials Science and Engineering ...
05MAR
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  16:00-17:00 SV 1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING Abstract: Dysfunction of the immune system underlies many diseases, and results from certain cancer therapies. However, strategies to effectively accelerate return of immune function and program disease-specific immune responses by manipulating stem cells and immune cells are at an early stage. We are creating biomaterials capable of concentrating, interrogating, and ... Read more about "Building Immunity with Biomaterials"
By Prof. David J. Mooney, Wyss Institute, Harvard University, USA
06MAR
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  12:15-13:00 DIA 005

Abstract: The trend towards integration of microsensors in a broad variety of devices and contexts is flourishing. This trend results in abundant product innovations striving to bring value to applications. Many of these innovations are dominantly triggered by progress in sensor miniaturization. In particular, monolithic sensor systems comprising the sensor element and signal processing on ... Read more about "Challenges in Smart Sensor Systems"
By Lucas Tschuor
06MAR
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  12:15-13:15 MED01418

Industry 4.0 embraces a set of technologies enabling smart products. Smart products are characterized by the capability of performing computations, storing data, communicating and interacting with their environment. Fluid film bearing technology is nowadays witnessing an explosive expansion of active magnetic bearing technology, a typical so-called smart product. Some of the limitations and drawbacks associated ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Controllable Fluid Film Bearings – Theory & Experiments"
08MAR
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  10:30-11:30 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series New photovoltaic (PV) technologies, delivering high performances at low price, are ideal candidates to sustain the actual paradigm shift towards a carbon-free economy. In this context, Perovskite Solar Cells (PSCs), pioneered by methylammonium lead-iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite, are leading the photovoltaic scenario, showing impressive power conversion efficiency beyond ... Read more about "Interface engineering and physics therein for high efficient and stable perovskite solar cells"
By Dr. Giulia Grancini
Group for Molecular Engineering of Functional Materials ...
09MAR
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  09:00-17:00 Room BI A2 458

This interactive one-day workshop targets the development of skills to manage classroom interactions, design exercises to maximize student learning and to manage a team. It is of particular relevance to assistants involved in the 'tutorat' for first-year courses. The workshop is given in English with the possibility to participate in French. Read more about "Teaching toolkit"
By Roland Tormey & Cécile Hardebolle
12MAR
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Two dimensional (2D) layered structures, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), have attracted much attention for future electronics and optoelectronics due to their unique electronic structures. The properties of 2D materials are strongly influenced by their atomic structures. Visualizing their structural and chemical configuration at atomic scale is thus essential to understand and ... Read more about "Atomic scale investigation of two dimensional materials using transmission electron microscopy"
By Dr Hanako OKUNO, CEA-Grenoble, France
13MAR
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  12:00-18:00 Hall SG

EPFL offers a range of specialized master's degrees designed to meet increasing demand for experts on the labor market in specific fields. In order to outline those options to EPFL students, a Specialized Master's Day will take place on March 13th with presentations and representatives available for discussions and questions. The degrees presented are the ... Read more about "Specialized Master's Day"
14MAR
15MAR
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  10:20-19:00 SV 1717

The Symposium "Stress in Health and Disease" will explore recent advances in stress research from a broad perspective, including contributions from the fields of neuroscience, metabolism, psychology, sociology and genetics. It aims at fostering a dialogue between these different approaches to advance innovative ideas in this area. Registration Read more about "Stress in Health and Disease"
19MAR
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

Highly concentrated electrolytes are important in nature and in technology; most recently their importance has been highlighted in the design of next-generation electrolytes for energy storage devices. An extreme case of concentrated electrolyte is pure ionic liquid: solvent-free salt in the liquid state under ambient conditions. Recent focus on the physical properties of ionic liquids ... Read more about "Puzzles with Ionic Liquids and Concentrated Electrolytes"
By Prof. Susan Perkin, University of Oxford UK
22MAR
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  09:00-12:30 BI A2 468

Demonstrations have been used to make lectures more interesting and accessible for a very long time – but is there any point in investing time and effort into demonstrations in the age of smartphones and instant YouTube clips? This workshop will discuss this question, as well as give practical tips on designing and using demonstrations ... Read more about "Lecture Demonstrations in the age of YouTube"
By Ilya Eigenbrot
26MAR
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

Organisms are able to construct an array of optical “devices” including diffuse scatterers, broadband reflectors, tunable photonic crystals and mirrors by varying the size, morphology and arrangement of organic crystals. These “devices” perform a variety of optical functions, such as generating the white color of certain spiders, the metallic silvery reflectance of fish scales, the ... Read more about "Biogenic Scatterers, Mirrors, Multilayer Reflectors and Photonic Crystals. Futuristic Ancient Technologies"
By Prof. Lia Addadi, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot Israel
27MAR
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  12:15-13:00 DIA 005

Abstract: MEMS mirror have been developed since the early 90’s, originally for telecom-switching application, but also in parallel for scanning-based laser projection systems with the great benefit of providing a projected image with very large color gamut, always-in-focus, ultra-small and low power. Lemoptix, a spin-off from the EPFL Micro-Systems laboratory was one of the pioneer ... Read more about "Laser-MEMS scanning mirror for ultra-miniature video projection"
By Dr. Nicolas Abelé
09APR
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  10:15-11:00 SV 1717

Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture Abstract: Micromachined ultrasonic transducers (MUTs) are best known for their use in medical imaging, a field where imaging performance dominates over features such as transducer size, weight, power consumption and cost. In comparison, these features are the main drivers for the success of the MEMS sensors used in consumer ... Read more about "Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers for Consumer Devices"
09APR
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

Fluorescence to nonlinear coherent optical microscopy can reveal important spatial properties in nanomaterials, cells and biological tissues from fixed situations to in vivo dynamics. While microscopy can guide interpretation through morphological observations at the sub-micrometric scale, optical imaging cannot directly access the way molecules are organized in specific ulstrastructures, occuring at the molecular scale. This ... Read more about "Exploring ultrastructure in nanomaterials, cells and biological tissues by polarized microscopy"
By Prof. Sophie Brasselet, Institut Fresnel, Marseille France
16APR
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  12:15 SV 1717

BIOENGINEERING SEMINAR (sandwiches will be served) Abstract: To be advised Bio: Sai Reddy is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at ETH Zurich in the Dept. of Biosystems Science & Engineering (D-BSSE, Basel, Switzerland) since 01.02.2012. He is the principle investigator of the Laboratory for Systems and Synthetic Immunology, whose research is focused on ... Read more about "To be advised"
By Prof. Sai Reddy, ETH, Basel
16APR
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Most of the consumer goods that we use every day contain flavors to make them taste good or fragrances to make them smell clean and fresh. Flavors and fragrances are typically composed of dozens of organic molecules characterized by high volatility and in most cases, by limited water solubility. There is thus a need to ... Read more about "Bio-inspired Delivery Systems for Flavors and Fragrances"
By Dr Daniel Benczédi, Corporate R&D, Firmenich SA
23APR
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Dirk Grundler, Laboratory of nanoscale magnetic materials and magnonics (LMGN), IMX, STI, EPFL Modern information technology and mobile communication exploit microwave signals ranging from MHz to GHz. The internet of things will further enhance the needs for smart microwave electronics. In recent years magnetic materials and collective spin excitations (magnons) have experienced increasing interest in ... Read more about "Magnetic materials for mastering microwaves on the nanoscale"
By Prof. Dirk Grundler, Laboratory of nanoscale magnetic materials and magnonics ...
30APR
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Pressure is a thermodynamic variable that is as fundamental as temperature but is arguably underutilized in materials chemistry research. It can, for example, control interatomic distance, tune chemical reaction kinetics and thermodynamics, allow for solvents with hybrid liquid-like and gas-like properties, and infiltrate molecules and materials into near atomic scale voids. Our group has used ... Read more about "High-Pressure Synthesis: from Semiconductor Optical Fibers to Carbon Nanothreads"
By Prof. John V. Badding, Penn State University USA
07MAY
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

Halide perovskite semiconductors can merge the highly efficient operational principles of conventional inorganic semiconductors with the low‑temperature solution processability of emerging organic and hybrid materials, offering a promising route towards cheaply generating electricity as well as light. Perovskites not only show exceptional primary optoelectronic properties such as a direct bandgap, small exciton binding energy, low ... Read more about "Halide perovskite nanocrystals: Synthesis, transformations and their application in devices"
By Prof. Liberato Manna, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova
14MAY
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

Abstract: Making molecular machines that can be useful in the macroscopic world is a challenging long-term goal of nanoscience. Inspired by the protein machinery found in biological systems, and based on the theoretical understanding of the physics of motion at the nanoscale, organic chemists have developed a number of molecules that can produce work when ... Read more about "Out-of-equilibrium Integration of Molecular Machines"
By Prof. Nicolas Giuseppone, University of Strasbourg France
15MAY
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  08:00-18:00 CHUV, César Roux Auditorium, BH 08 Rue du Bugnon 46, 1011 Lausanne

The symposium will be dedicated to students and post-docs, who will have the opportunity to present their work, either via poster or oral presentation after abstracts selection by the organizing committee. Registration is free for LIMNA members but mandatory. (http://www.limna.ch/events/581) Deadline for abstracts submission: April 3, 2018. Registration deadline: April 24, 2018. 10 abstracts will ... Read more about "11th Lausanne Integrative Metabolism & Nutrition Alliance (LIMNA) Symposium"
By Prof. Béatrice Desvergne, Center for Integrative Genomics, UNIL, Lausanne, Switzerland ...
17MAY
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  09:00-12:30 salle BI A2 468

Explore ways to design lab experiments that help students develop a scientific approach which is transferable to real world complexity. Read more about "Leveraging Labs for Learning"
By Cécile Hardebolle
28MAY
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Efforts to engineer polymer material mechanics is increasingly coupled to the design of transient crosslink dynamics. We have sought to gain a deeper understanding of how polymer gel mechanical properties can be controlled over multiple hierarchical time-scales via design of bioinspired metal-coordinate crosslink structure on multiple length-scales. By utilizing metal ioncoordination complexes and metal nanoparticle-coordination ... Read more about "Bio-inspired metal-coordination crosslinking: easy access to broad dynamics when engineering polymer gel mechanics"
By Prof. Niels Holten-Andersen, Laboratory for Bio-Inspired Interfaces (LBI) at MIT ...
09JUL
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  10:15-11:00 SV 1717

Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture Abstract: The field of micro and nano robotics has made impressive strides over the past decade as researchers have created a variety of small devices capable of locomotion within liquid environments. Robust fabrication techniques have been developed, some devices have been functionalized for potential applications, and therapies are being ... Read more about "Soft Microrobotics and its Application in Medicine"
29JUL
02AUG
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  17:00-18:00 Forum Rolex

The IEEE International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics is an annual conference that draws in leading researchers harnessing light, or photons, and control its propagation phenomena via interaction with produced structures at the micro and nano scale. This leads to diverse applications in technology fields such as imaging, communication, sensing, and instrumentation, as well ... Read more about "IEEE 2018 International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics"
By Keynote : Prof. Igor Aharonovitch, Prof. Lih Y. Lin, Prof. Eric ...
03SEP
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Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture Abstract: Our insatiable demand for sensing, communication and computing has been a key driver in the relentless scaling of CMOS feature sizes. However, as the benefits of technology scaling are coming to an end, an increasing amount of out of the box thinking will be required to maintain the ... Read more about "Mixed-Signal Interfaces for the Data-Driven World"
24SEP
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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be advised Bio: B.A., Stanford University, 1993; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997. Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2000-05; Associate Professor, 2005-06; Professor, 2006-16; HHMI Investigator, 2005-07, 2010-16; Binder/Amgen Professor, 2016-; Davis Leadership Chair, 2017-; Executive Officer, 2017-. Read more about "To be advised"
By Prof. Dianne K. Newman, Caltech, USA
01OCT
  10:15-11:00 SV 1717

Inistitue of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Satoshi Kawata Abstract and Biography to follow. Read more about "Prof. Satoshi Kawata - IMT Distinguished Lecture"
05NOV
  10:15-11:00 SV 1717

Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Radhika Nagpal Abstract and Biography to follow. Read more about "Prof. Radhika Nagpal - IMT Distinguished Lecture"
19NOV
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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be advised. Bio: Richard Mann is the Higgins Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and holds an Interdisciplinary Faculty appointment in the Department of Systems Biology. He uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system for studying a range of problems related to how ... Read more about "To be advised"
By Prof. Richard Mann, Columbia University