Bioengineering Upcoming Events How to complete the MCAT and succeed in applying to medical school:, May 2 The aim of this workshop is to help underrepresented researchers of color better understand the process of applying to medical school and completing the MCAT. Gilead Infosession, May 2 Thinking about your career?<br /> <br /> By joining the Pharmaceutical Development & Manufacturing team at Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.<br /> <br /> Meet Dr. Roshy Pakdaman, Senior Director; Berkeley alumnus Dr. Bob Strickley, Principal Scientist; along with university recruiters.<br /> Food provided! <br /> <br /> To learn more about our company and career opportunities please visit <br />, and join our Talent Community at Jacobs Spring Design Showcase, May 3-4 On Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, please join the Jacobs Institute for the Jacobs Spring Design Showcase. At this open house, you can meet student designers, check out innovations in fields from health to socially engaged art, and celebrate the semester over conversation and refreshments.<br /> <br /> Over the course of two days, students from 16 courses, along with student clubs and other makers, will share their work. With projects spanning a wide range of experience levels, academic fields, and focus areas, this lively showcase is a chance to explore the diversity of the design innovation ecosystem at Jacobs Hall and at Berkeley. All are welcome to attend: the showcase is free and open to the public.<br /> <br /> See the full showcase lineup: Policy Entrepreneurship, May 3 Abstract:<br /> President Obama made science, technology and innovation top priorities of his Administration. The White House launched initiatives in areas such as data science, robotics, materials by design, neurotechnology, open innovation, STEM education, and the Maker Movement.<br /> <br /> Where do these ideas come from? What role do "policy entrepreneurs" play in recognizing new opportunities, and design, launching, and sustaining policy initiatives? What tools are at the disposal of a policy entrepreneur to achieve a given goal? Former senior White House official Tom Kalil will discuss these and other issues in an informal talk, and answer audience questions.<br /> <br /> Biography:<br /> Tom Kalil has served in the White House for sixteen years for two Presidents (President Clinton and President Obama). Until January 2017, he served as Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at UC Berkeley, and Senior Advisor for the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group.<br /> ---------<br /> Free and open to the public. Register online by Monday for a free lunch at UC Berkeley. The CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series is a weekly dialogue highlighting leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12pm Pacific time and is hosted live at Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. <br /> <br /> Live broadcast at <a href=""></a>. All talks may be viewed on our <a href=""> YouTube channel </a>.<br /> <br /> Live webcasting of each CITRIS Research Exchange seminar is available at these CITRIS campuses:<br /> <br /> CITRIS @ Davis: 1065 Kemper Hall, College of Engineering, UC Davis BioE Seminar: “Biologically fabricated materials composed of engineered biofilm matrix proteins”, May 3 Spring 2017 Seminar Series<br /> <br /> Wednesday, May 3<br /> 3:00-4:00PM<br /> 290 Hearst Mining Building<br /> <br /> “Biologically fabricated materials composed of engineered biofilm matrix proteins”<br /> <br /> Neel Joshi<br /> Associate Professor of Biological Engineering<br /> Harvard University<br /> School of Engineering and Applied Sciences<br /> Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering<br /> <br /> The intersection between synthetic biology and materials science is an underexplored area with great potential to positively affect our daily lives, with applications ranging from manufacturing to medicine. My group is interested in harnessing the biosynthetic potential of microbes, not only as factories for the production of raw materials, but as fabrication plants that can orchestrate the assembly of complex functional materials. We call this approach, “biologically fabricated materials”, a process whose goal is to genetically program microbes to assemble materials from protein-based building blocks without the need for time consuming and expensive purification protocols or specialized equipment. Accordingly, we have developed Biofilm Integrated Nanofiber Display (BIND), which relies on the biologically directed assembly of biofilm matrix proteins of the curli system in E. coli. We demonstrate that bacterial cells can be programmed to synthesize a range of functional materials with straightforward genetic engineering techniques. The resulting materials are highly customizable and easy to fabricate, and we are investigating their use for practical uses ranging from bioremediation to engineered therapeutic probiotics. Structure Property Relationship of Single-Ion-Conducting Block Copolymer Electrolytes/An Imaging-Based Human Embryonic Stem Cell Assay for Teratogenic Activity, May 3 Finding Research Funding, May 4 This workshop will describe the mechanisms that federal agencies and private foundations use to fund research and teach methods for finding opportunities to apply for. Order and Chaos*: Collective Behavior of Crowded Drops in Microfluidic Systems, May 9 Droplet microfluidics, in which micro-droplets serve as individual reactors, has enabled a range of high-throughput biochemical processes. The talk will start with our recent application on using droplets to identify microbes, specifically methane-metabolizing bacteria, for the more efficient generation of bioplastics. Unlike solid wells typically used in current biochemical assays, droplets are subject to instability and can break especially at fast flow conditions. Although the physics of single drops has been studied extensively, the flow of crowded drops or concentrated emulsions - where droplet volume fraction exceeds about 80% - is relatively unexplored in microfluidics. Ability to leverage concentrated emulsions is critical for further increasing the throughput of droplet applications. Prior work on concentrated emulsions focused on their bulk rheological properties. The behavior of individual drops within the emulsion is not well understood, but is important as each droplet carries a different reaction.<br /> <br /> This talk examines the collective behavior of drops in a concentrated emulsion by tracking the dynamics and the fate of individual drops within the emulsion. At the fast flow limit, we show that droplet breakup within the emulsion is stochastic. This contrasts the deterministic breakup in classical single-drop studies. We further demonstrate that the breakup probability is described by dimensionless numbers including the capillary number and confinement factor, and the stochasticity originates from the time-varying packing configuration of the drops. To mitigate breakup, we design novel amphiphilic nanoparticles, and show they are more effective than surfactant molecules as droplet stabilizers.<br /> <br /> At the slow flow limit, we observe an unexpected order, where the velocity of individual drops in the emulsion exhibits spatiotemporal periodicity. Such periodicity is surprising from both fluid and solid mechanics point of view. We show the phenomenon can be explained by treating the emulsion as a soft crystal undergoing plasticity, in a nanoscale system comprising thousands of atoms as modeled by droplets. Our results represent a new type of collective order not described before, and have practical use in on-chip droplet manipulation. From the solid mechanics perspective, the phenomenon directly contrasts the stochasticity of dislocations in microscopic crystals, and suggests a new approach to control the mechanical forming of nanocrystals. Scientific Writing, May 11 Clear writing is a valuable skill for all researchers, and it can positively influence the impact of your science. This workshop will help you write about your research more clearly and effectively. Proposal Development Consultations, May 18 Bring your questions, ideas, and proposal drafts to an open consultation session with the Berkeley Research Development Office.