Seminars & Events

<< Week of February 22 >>

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Melvin Calvin Lecture in Organic Chemistry: DNA-mediated Signaling

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Jacqueline Barton, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech

 College of Chemistry

Many experiments have now shown that double helical DNA can serve as a conduit for efficient redox chemistry over long molecular distances. This chemistry is exquisitely sensitive to perturbations in the DNA base stack, such as arise with base mismatches, lesions, and protein binding. We have now been exploring how this chemistry may be used within the cell for long range signaling. Increasingly,...   More >

Student Hosted Colloquium: Exploring spectral signatures of hydrogen bonding: Vibrational spectra of solvated ions

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | February 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Anne McCoy, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

In this talk, I will discuss recent work in our group in which we made connections between proton transfer processes and hydrogen bonding and vibrational frequencies and intensities. Due to the large amplitude motions associated with proton transfer along a hydrogen bond, the vibrational spectra of these systems contain features that cannot be understood by the usual harmonic description of...   More >

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“Biologically Inspired Engineering: From Mechanotherapeutics to Human Organs-on-Chips”

Seminar | February 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

In this presentation, I will describe work we have been carrying out at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard that I head, which leverages biological design principles to develop new engineering innovations. I will highlight recent advances that my team has made in the engineering of “Organs-on-Chips”— microfluidic devices lined by living human cells created with...   More >

Shortly on the true horizon of Li ion batteries and adventures beyond Li ion batteries: Li oxygen and Li sulfur battery systems with Li metal anodes

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | February 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Doron Aurbach, Bar-Ilan University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Li ion batteries which power most of our mobile electronic devices may be considered as the most impressive success of modern electrochemistry. This energy storage & conversion technology is pushed now to the great challenge of electro-mobility, which requires high energy density, prolonged cycle-life and excellent safety features. I will review briefly the true horizon of these systems in terms...   More >

Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry

Seminar | February 21 | 5-6 p.m. | 9 Lewis Hall

 Luning Zhao, UCB

 Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | February 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Mariko Morimoto, Graduate Student for Professor Dean Toste,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | February 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Ms. Jaruwan Amtawong, Graduate Student for Professor Don Tilley,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Career Fair | February 22 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Stanley Hall, Atrium

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The top talent of UC Berkeley and local biotech employers at the largest biomedical industry event on campus.

Meet representatives from local biotech companies, large and small! All majors and levels welcome - early undergrad to PhD. Not a career fair - some will be hiring, some just want to meet you. Bring your resume if you're job searching and meet some awesome companies.


  RSVP online

Graduate Research Conference

Seminar: Graduate Research Conference | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Ms. Julia Carlstad, Graduate Student with Professor Kristie Boering,

 Mr. Addison Schile, Graduate Student with Professor David Limmer,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @3:50pm at the Coffee Lab

Dr. Aaron McKenna, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington: Resolving whole organism cell fate with CRISPR/Cas9

Seminar | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Abstract: Multicellular organisms develop by way of a lineage tree, a series of cell divisions that give rise to cell types, tissues, and organs. However, our knowledge of the cell lineage and its determinants remains extremely fragmentary for nearly all species. This includes all vertebrates and arthropods such as Drosophila, wherein cell lineage varies between individuals; embryos and organs.

BERC Innovation Expo: Research Poster Exposition and Reception

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 7-9 p.m. | Hearst Memorial Mining Building, Moore Lobby

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Innovation Expo features the best energy-related research from UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. Judges will award prizes totalling $2,500.

 $20 2-Day Student Ticket [Post-docs eligible]

  Register online or or by emailing

Friday, February 23, 2018

BERC Energy Summit: Energy in the Trump era: Industry leaders highlight the way forward at the western U.S.’s biggest student-run energy conference

Conference/Symposium | February 23 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Christine Harada, Chief Sustainability Officer, Obama Administration

 Shayle Kann, Senior Vice President, Greentech Media

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

How are the nation’s energy innovators building a more sustainable future even in the Trump era? Industry leaders, researchers and top government officials will answer that urgent question at the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC)’s annual Energy Summit - the biggest student-run energy conference in the western U.S. Discussions will address this year’s theme: Bridging Divides &...   More >

 $20 2-Day Student Ticket [Post-docs eligible]

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“Systems Approaches for Understanding Antimicrobial Efficacy”

Seminar | February 23 | 12-1 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Jason Yang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Recent advances in high-throughput experimental technologies and data analytics now enable unprecedented quantification and association of biological signals with markers of human health and disease; but current efforts to harness this potential fail to reliably produce the mechanistic biological insights necessary for driving translational innovation. Here, we will discuss systems approaches for...   More >

Neil Bartlett Memorial Lecture: Phosphorus-Element Bond-Forming Reactions

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Christopher Cummins, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

White phosphorus (P4) has been the traditional entry point into phosphorus chemistry. The thirteenth element to have been isolated, it can be oxidized with elemental oxygen or chlorine, or reduced in a variety of ways. We investigated its reduction using early transition metal systems and breakdown to produce complexes with terminal metal-phosphorus triple bonds. Such terminal phosphide complexes...   More >

Bioelectronic Noses for Odorants and Airborne Pathogen: Special Bio/Nano Seminar

Seminar | February 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 247 Cory Hall

 Prof. Seunghun Hong, Seoul National University, Applied Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Recent progress in nanotechnology allows one to combine nanoscale devices with bio-molecules to build versatile nano-bio devices with interesting functionalities. One example can be a bioelectronic nose device to smell specific odorants just like human noses.

In this work, we coated olfactory receptor proteins on carbon nanotube-based transistors to build bio-electronic noses which can...   More >

Grounds for Science- Putting it all together: cell choreography and energy grids

Presentation | February 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Mark Khoury, Molecular and Cell Biology; Christopher Poresky, Nuclear Engineering Department


Exciting short talks on cutting-edge topics by young researchers at UC Berkeley. Grounds for Science is a public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students.

Embryonic development: how cell choreography shapes animals with Mark Khoury

Just as the collective movements of many dancers are needed to perform the choreography in a ballet, the collective behavior...   More >

Mouse embryo. Image: MBL/Woods Hole

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Caminos de la Ciencia: De Ingeniería Química a Microbiología y de Regreso

Presentation | February 24 | 1-3:15 p.m. |  Kapor Center for Social Impact

 2148 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

 Dr. Javier A. Ceja-Navarro, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


This Presentation will be in Spanish / Esta presentación será en español

En esta presentación, el Dr. Javier A. Ceja-Navarro, investigador del Laboratorio Nacional de Berkeley, nos hablará sobre su trayectoria en la ciencia y las oportunidades que lo han llevado a estudiar microbios, bichos y el medio ambiente.

Javier nació en Tuxpan, Nayarit, México, y realizó toda su preparación...   More >


  Registration opens February 14. Register online or or by emailing Katie Bertsche at by February 24.

De Ingeniería Química a Microbiología y de Regreso. Ilustración - Javier A. Ceja-Navarro