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<< March 2019 >>

Friday, March 1, 2019

Mechano- and Visco-NPS: An Electronic Method to Measure the Mechanical Properties of Cells: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 1 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Lydia Sohn, UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

We have developed an efficient, label-free method of screening cells for their phenotypic profile, which we call Node-Pore Sensing (NPS). NPS involves measuring the modulated current pulse caused by a cell transiting a microfluidic channel that has been segmented by a series of inserted nodes.

Previously, we showed that when segments between the nodes are functionalized with different...   More >

Monday, March 4, 2019

Carbopalladation Cascades – Not only syn, but also anti

Seminar: Special Seminar | March 4 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Prof. Daniel Werz, Technical University Braunschweig

 College of Chemistry

A characteristic feature of carbopalladation reactions is the syn-attack of the organopalladium species LnX[Pd]-R on the reacting π-system. Such a step results in compounds bearing Pd and R on the same side of the originating alkene moiety. Embedded into longer domino sequences complex structures are efficiently obtained by
a repetition of this syn-carbopalladation step. In this way, linear...   More >

PHYSICS/SQB Colloquia: "Exploring Embryonic Patterning With Colonies Of Human Embryonic Stem Cells"

Seminar: Structural & Quantitative Biology | March 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 1 LeConte Hall

 Eric Siggia, The Rockefeller University

 College of Chemistry, Department of Physics

Embryology at the beginning of the 21st century finds itself in a situation similar to neurobiology; the behavior of the component pieces is understood in some detail, but how they self-assemble to become life is still very hazy. There are 100’s of molecules that enable cell communication and genetics defines their function by classifying aberrant embryos at a suitable intermediate stage of...   More >

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Biological heterogeneity, a phenotypic trait that we harvested to investigate membranes and membrane proteins

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

 Dimitrios Stamou, Center for Geometrically Engineered Cellular Systems, University of Copenhagen

 College of Chemistry

Membranes serve multiple crucial roles in cell biology: they act as hosts to membrane proteins, as templates for the nucleation of signalling domains, and as boundaries that define cells and their organelles. We are broadly interested at elucidating molecular mechanisms that regulate the structure, function and organization of membranes and membrane proteins. In this talk I will discuss the role...   More >

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Biophysics of cell adhesion: how cells sense and respond to force

Seminar | March 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Sanjeevi Sivasankar, Univerisity of California, Davis

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Cells in tissues exert forces as they squeeze, stretch, flex and pull on each other. These
forces are incredibly small - on the scale of piconewtons, but they are essential in mediating cell
survival, proliferation, and differentiation. A key protein responsible for sensing mechanical forces,
are the classical cadherin family of cell-cell adhesion proteins. Cadherins are essential for...   More >

Eavesdropping on Neurochemical Signaling in Vivo

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

 Anne Andrews, Professor, UC Los Angeles

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Measurements of neurotransmitters in the extracellular space are limited by combinations of poor chemical, spatial, and temporal resolution. Brain chemistries, therefore, are unable to be investigated dynamically, particularly at the level of neural circuits and across numerous signaling molecules.1 To understand neurochemical signaling at scales pertinent to encoded information, micro- to...   More >

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | March 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Brandon Bloomer, Graduate Student for Professor John Hartwig,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | March 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Ms. Amanda Bischoff, Graduate Student for Professor Matthew Francis,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Conference

Seminar: Graduate Research Conference | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. DEGRANDCHAMP, JOSEPH, Graduate Student with Professor Jay Groves,

 Mr. LUNDERBERG, DAVID, Graduate Student with Professor Ronald Cohen/Professor Allen Goldstein,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @3:50pm at the Coffee Lab

Friday, March 8, 2019

Molecular Perspective on Nanoscale Transport: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. David Limmer, UC Berkeley, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Understanding how mass, energy, or charge are transported on small scales is challenging, as standard hydrodynamic descriptions developed for macroscopic phenomena need not remain valid. On small scales, matter is discrete, thermal fluctuations render currents stochastic quantities, and nonlinear response is ubiquitous.

In this talk, I will discuss some recent efforts to develop a molecular...   More >

Monday, March 11, 2019

Magnetic relaxation dynamics in dysprosium complexes

Seminar: Special Seminar | March 11 | 1-2 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Dr. Nicholas Chilton, University of Manchester

 College of Chemistry

Following our discovery of the first dysprosium metallocenium cation, [Dy(Cpttt)2][B(C6F5)4], which is the vanguard of the new generation of high-temperature single-molecule magnets, we have been investigating the magnetic relaxation dynamics of various dysprosium-based single-molecule magnets (SMMs) by experimental and theoretical techniques. Here we present our recent results in unravelling the...   More >

MBTG Seminar: "Mechanism of ER-associated protein degradation (ERAD)"

Seminar: Structural & Quantitative Biology | March 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tom Rapoport, Harvard Medical School

 College of Chemistry

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Chemical Biology Approaches for Interrogating the Contributions of Altered Circadian Rhythms and Macrophages to Cancer Aggression

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

 Michelle Farkas, Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst

 College of Chemistry

Research in the Farkas group involves the development and use of molecular tools in order to study, image, and treat cancer subtypes. Significant advances have been made in understanding and treating cancer, however, there remain many unknowns, especially in the arena of how and why particular diseases become aggressive and metastasize. We are specifically interested in the roles that...   More >

Quantum Diamond Sensors

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | March 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ronald Walsworth, Department of Physics, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

In recent years, optically probed nitrogen–vacancy (NV) quantum defects in diamond have become a leading modality for magnetic, electrical, and temperature sensing at short length scales (nanometers to millimeters) under ambient conditions. This technology has wide-ranging application across the physical and life sciences — from NMR spectroscopy at the scale of individual cells to improved...   More >

Vision+Light: A Conversation with Paul Alivisatos and Kate Nichols

Presentation | March 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 120 Kroeber Hall

 Paul Alivasatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost & Professor, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology; Kate Nichols, Artist


How can artists and scientists work together to create innovative new work?

Bay Area artist Kate Nichols synthesizes nanoparticles to mimic structurally colored animals, grows artificial skin from microorganisms, and makes her own paints, following fifteenth-century recipes. The long tradition of painters as material innovators inspired Nichols to become the first artist-in-residence in the...   More >

That We May See in a Chamber Things That Are Not 2. Silver nanoparticles on glass.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Faculty Candidate Seminar: De novo design of functional proteins

Seminar: Special Seminar | March 13 | 10-11 a.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Dr. Daniel Silva Manzano

 College of Chemistry

Engineering Cells and Microsystems to Study Mechanobiology

Seminar | March 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Beth Pruitt, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Living organisms generate and respond to mechanical forces and these forces are sensed and
created by specialized cells in the body. Force generation and sensing, or more broadly the
mechanobiology coupling tissue (cell) mechanics and biology, are essential in normal development,
wound healing, and tissue homeostasis. Our mechanical senses of hearing and touch allow us to
navigate our...   More >

Impact of atomic structure and dynamics on solar cell performance of metal halide perovskite thin films

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | March 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Joshua Choi, Professor, University of Virginia

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Metal halide perovskites (MHPs) are revolutionizing the solar cell research field - the record power conversion efficiency of MHPs based solar cells has reached 23%, which rivals that of silicon solar cells. What is particularly exciting about MHPs is that they can be manufactured into solar cell devices at low-cost using low temperature solution processing. Based on these attributes, MHPs have...   More >

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | March 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Eric Kalkman, Graduate Student for Professor John Hartwig,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | March 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. Edward Koleski, Graduate Student for Professor Michelle Chang,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Conference

Seminar: Graduate Research Conference | March 14 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. CHEN, CHUBAI, Graduate Student with Professor Peidong Yang,

 Mr. WONG, JONATHAN, Graduate Student with Professor Martin Head Gordon,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @3:50pm at the Coffee Lab

Leveraging Your Digital Presence for Professional Development

Panel Discussion | March 14 | 6-7:15 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

As a graduate student or postdoc, you may be aware of the chance to engage with other scientists through platforms such as Twitter or ResearchGate, but lack important information about how to use them strategically for career and professional growth. During this panel event, you will have a chance to explore which online platforms may be most useful to early career scientists, learn tips for...   More >

Friday, March 15, 2019

Single-Cell BioMEMS Tools for Monitoring Cancer Immunotherapy: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Rong Fan, Yale University, Biomedical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

I will begin with discussing a novel bioMEMS device technology for single-cell immune function profiling, in particular, the co-detection of 40+ cytokines/chemokines at the level of single cells, representing the highest multiplexing recorded to date for a single-cell protein secretion assay.

I will describe how this microdevice called IsoCode was conceived, evolved over generations, further...   More >

Dennis Discher, 2019 Distinguished Lecture in Bioengineering: Mechanosensing: from Scaling in ‘Omics and Nuclear Rupture to a Macrophage Checkpoint in Cancer

Lecture | March 15 | 3-4 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The Department of Bioengineering is pleased to welcome distinguished professor and alumnus, Dennis E. Discher, as the 2019 Distinguished Lecturer in Bioengineering.
Reception to follow.

Monday, March 18, 2019

STROBE Seminar: 3D Phase Contrast Tomography with Atomic Resolution

Seminar: Special Seminar | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 775A Tan Hall

 David Ren, Waller Group, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Electron tomography is a technique used in both materials science and structural biology to image features well below optical resolution limit. In this work, we present a new algorithm for reconstructing the three-dimensional(3D) electrostatic potential of a sample at atomic resolution from phase contrast imaging using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Our method accounts for...   More >

Quantitative analysis of energy metabolism: Dr. Sheng Hui, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University

Seminar | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall

 Center for Computational Biology, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Mammals generate energy by burning dietary carbon into CO2. The largest calorie source for most mammals is carbohydrate, which is broken down into glucose in the small intestinal lumen. Glucose is then absorbed and circulates in the blood stream. To acquire energy, tissues are generally assumed to take in glucose and break it down to CO2 through the concerted action of glycolysis and...   More >

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Novartis Chemical Sciences Lecture: Deciphering the human microbiota using chemistry

Seminar: Organic Chemistry | March 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Emily Balskus, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

 College of Chemistry

The human body is colonized by trillions of microorganisms that exert a profound influence on human biology, in part by providing functional capabilities that extend beyond those of host cells. In particular, there is growing evidence linking chemical processes carried out by the microbial inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract to both health and disease. However, we still do not understand...   More >

The discovery of Kisqali® (ribociclib), a CDK4/6 inhibitor for the treatment of breast cancer

Seminar: Special Seminar | March 19 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Dr. Christopher Brain, Novartis

 College of Chemistry

Kenneth Pitzer Lecture: Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Catalysis and Energy Conversion

Seminar: Physical Chemistry | March 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Department of Chemistry, Yale University

 College of Chemistry

Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions play a vital role in a wide range of chemical and biological processes. This talk will focus on recent advances in the theory of PCET and applications to catalysis and energy conversion. The quantum mechanical effects of the active electrons and transferring proton, as well as the motions of the proton donor-acceptor mode and solvent or protein...   More >

STEM PhD Leadership and Community Expo (SPLiCE)

Information Session | March 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Stanley Hall, First Floor Atrium

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

QB3-Berkeley, VSPA, and Grad Division invite you to participate in our first ever STEM PhD Leadership & Community Expo (SPLiCE), taking place on March 19, 2019, 6pm in Stanley Hall. SPLiCE is a new event with the aim of connecting Berkeley’s graduate and postdoc scientists in an environment which will foster engagement and new opportunities.

Why should you attend SPLiCE? Because at this unique...   More >

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Precision profiling of microbiome-host interactions

Seminar | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 lwijn De Vlaminck, Cornell University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Despite the centrality of microbes to human health, we know very little about how microbes interact with each other and their environment. This lack of understanding is due to fundamental limitations of existing tools to study microbiomes and microbiome-host interactions. In this talk, I will describe key limitations of existing tools, and I will provide solutions. First, I will discuss the...   More >

CBE Colloquium

Colloquium: Chem. & Biomol. Engineering Colloquium | March 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Sabrina Sun, Ph.D. student in the Schaffer Group; Edmond Zaia, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group and the Urban Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

CRISPR-READI: Efficient generation of knock-in mice by CRISPR Ribonucleoprotein (RNP) Electroporation and Adeno-Associated Viral (AAV) Donor Infection/Enhanced carrier transport in organic-inorganic hybrid thermoelectrics: uncovering the underlying physics

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Graduate Research Seminar

Seminar: Graduate Research Seminar | March 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Ms. Joy Wang, Graduate Student for Professor Jennifer Doudna,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @10:50am at the Coffee Lab

Graduate Research Conference

Seminar: Graduate Research Conference | March 21 | 4-5 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Mr. JACKSON, CHRISTOPHER, Graduate Student with Professor Peidong Yang,

 Mr. ALDOSSARY, ABDULRAHMAN, Graduate Student with Professor Martin Head Gordon,

 Department of Chemistry

Coffee served @3:50pm at the Coffee Lab

Modeling Cellular Programs and Interactions Underlying Innate Immune Response: Dr. Samantha Riesenfeld, Broad Institute, MIT and Harvard University

Seminar | March 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Center for Computational Biology, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

To protect the host and maintain tissue homeostasis, the immune system responds not only to a vast array of pathogens, but also to environmental cues, for example, signals of tissue injury or changes in nutrient availability. Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) are a type of immune cell that play a role in maintaining a stable environment and barrier in mucosal tissues but can also promote...   More >

Friday, March 22, 2019

Complex Energy Transfer Networks In Doped Nanoparticles: From Robotic Synthesis to Microlasers: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Dr. Emory Chan, LBNL, Molecular Foundry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Lanthanide-doped nanomaterials exhibit complex photophysical dynamics that give rise to non-linear optical processes such as photon upconversion, which can be leveraged for optical switching, photovoltaics, and imaging through biological tissue.

My research explores the energy transfer networks that govern the optical properties of lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles and the reaction...   More >

Inorganic Chemistry Seminar

Seminar: Inorganic Chemistry | March 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Inorganic Chem seminar speaker

 College of Chemistry

Grounds for Science - Evolving Markets: Developing Fuel Cells and Analyzing Counterfeits

Presentation | March 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Julie Fornaciari; Eric Hsu


Diversifying the Energy Landscape with Hydrogen Technology with Julie Fornaciari
Everyone is talking about energy, renewable and nonrenewable. But another key player in the energy landscape is hydrogen – a gas that can utilize different energy sources for various applications. Julie will be talking about the technology (fuel cells and electrolyzers) and how they play a role in the energy...   More >

Hydrogen Technology - fuel cells

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

BASF Special Seminar: Homogeneous Catalysis at the Interface of Industry and University

Seminar: Special Seminar | March 26 | 6-7 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Dr. Thomas Schaub, BASF SE

 College of Chemistry