Navigation Links
New research center at Brandeis to combine materials science and biology
Date:9/15/2008

Waltham, MABrandeis University has won a highly competitive $7.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The Center will study the effects of imposing constraints on materials, such as DNA confined in cells and the self-assembly of large arrays of rod-like virus particles, as a guide to engineering semiconductor nano-particles into shapes and forms suitable for applications such as biosensors and solar cells.

"Brandeis has been at the forefront of recent advances in materials science and biology, both in studying the properties of materials occurring in biological systems, and in understanding the role of material properties in the structure and function of cells and cellular components," said principal investigator Robert Meyer, a pioneer in the physics of liquid crystals.

The collaborative, interdisciplinary center will to try to produce a new category of materials known as "active matter." Distinct from normal inert materials such as plastics and steel, active matter can move on its own and exhibits properties previously only observed in living materials, such as muscle and cells.

"In general, we want to understand how biological gadgets are built out of materials, carefully structured and constrained, and from this to learn how to engineer functional bio-mimetic nano-systems for important applications," said Meyer.

The Brandeis center will involve physicists, biochemists, chemists, and biologists in a two-pronged approach to research. In a bottom-up approach, the researchers will explore how the addition of typical biological constraints, such as crowding and confinement, affects materials. For instance, DNA is a long polymer chain, confined to a small volume within a cell. How does this affect the dynamics of this molecule, for instance in division of an e.coli bacterium into two daughter cells? Likewise, the scientists want to unders
'/>"/>

Contact: Laura Gardner
gardner@brandeis.edu
781-736-4204
Brandeis University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Childrens Hospital researchers identify genetic mutation that may predict organ rejection
2. 1-hit event provides new opportunity for colon cancer prevention, say Fox Chase researchers
3. Researchers identify cancer-causing gene in many colon cancers
4. MGH researcher Gary Ruvkun named a co-recipient of the Lasker Award
5. Curbing coal emissions alone might avert climate danger, say researchers
6. K-State professors USDA research shows mad cow disease also caused by genetic mutation
7. Researchers develop nano-sized cargo ships to target and destroy tumors
8. UT Knoxville wins 2 $3M National Science Foundation research and education grants
9. Gap junction protein vital to successful pregnancy, researchers find
10. Johnson & Johnson honors 2008 recipients of the Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research
11. Cortisol and fatty liver: Researchers find cause of severe metabolic disorders
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/24/2014)... has different effects on different species of fish, ... of Bristol and Exeter which tested fish anti-predator ... a flying seagull predator model when exposed to ... European minnows. , Lead author Dr Irene ... "Noise levels in many aquatic environments have increased ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... smog-free Los Angeles, where electric cars ply silent freeways, ... heat from beneath the earth, from howling winds and ... study finds that it is technically and economically feasible ... by clean, renewable energy. Published in Energy , ... and reliable energy supply in California that could create ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... sticky research out of York University shows a surprisingly ... toxic grass fungus: moose saliva (yes moose saliva). ... "Ungulate saliva inhibits a grassendophyte mutualism" shows that moose ... (which hosts a fungus called epichlo festucae that produces ... less toxicity. , "Plants have evolved defense mechanisms to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Stanford study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun 2Stanford study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun 3Stanford study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun 4Moose drool inhibits growth of toxic fungus: York U research 2
... a cold or flu knows, a high temperature is ... immune reaction when fighting off pathogens. Laboratory studies, in ... in detail, have shown that these responses display significant ... the maximum possible level of intensity? New immunological theories ...
... about positive and negative emotions they often use spatial metaphors. A ... person is down in the dumps. Some researchers believe these metaphors ... do we use spatial words to talk about emotional states, we ... and emotion To test this link between vertical space ...
... two license agreements with SuperPower, a wholly-owned subsidiary ... intellectual property on second generation (2G) high temperature ... Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA) previously executed between the ... by Venkat Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson chair professor of ...
Cached Biology News:Only some like it hot 2To remember the good times, reach for the sky 2SuperPower and UH sign high temperature superconducting wire license agreements 2
(Date:7/25/2014)... July 25, 2014 Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (Nasdaq: ... China , today announced that it will ... June 30, 2014, after market close on Thursday, August 14, ... to the market opening on Friday, August 15, 2014, at ... China Standard Time) to review the Company,s financial results and ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Calif. , July 24, 2014  Now available ... to home. Rehealth Regenerative Therapies , located in ... and other physically active people a new health option: ... Regardless of age, countless patients suffer from joint ... activities, such as muscle tears, torn rotator cuff, tennis ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... led by group leader Yung-Eun Sung has announced ... sulfur-doped and nitrogen-doped graphenes which can be applied ... fuel cells. Yung-Eun Sung is both a group ... Institute for Basic Science* (IBS) and a professor ... has great significance with regards to the development ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... report to their offering.  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ... vitro growth of plant or animal cells for several ... Cell culture is a crucial step in tissue engineering ... consumables are necessary for the in vitro production of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Sinovac to Host Conference Call to Report Second Quarter 2014 Unaudited Financial Results 2Stem Cells In Sports Injuries, Joints And Muscular Pain 2Stem Cells In Sports Injuries, Joints And Muscular Pain 3Global Cell Culture Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Becton, Dickinson and Co, EMD, GE Healthcare, Lonza Group, Sigma Aldrich and Thermo Fisher Scientific 2
... company that provides a smart federated data integration architecture. ( ... Manager Eric Westra that the new name for the company ... ) Imagis was the first of some dozen or so ... Columbia, and in some ways it is the odd-one-out. Vancouver ...
... Wis. - A proposed state ban on all ... Assembly Committee on Children and Families and is headed for ... on a fast track with identical bills - SB 243 ... The legislation has drawn vigorous opposition from both the scientific ...
... Thursday that Joe Hogan, head of GE Healthcare Technologies in ... in London next year as part of the parent ... ,Hogan will succeed Bill Castell as head of GE Healthcare ... of the Waukesha-based GE Healthcare Technologies division since 2000, when ...
Cached Biology Technology:Fleet management vendors capitalize on wireless 2Fleet management vendors capitalize on wireless 3Fleet management vendors capitalize on wireless 4Cloning ban too broad, stem-cell researchers argue 2Cloning ban too broad, stem-cell researchers argue 3Cloning ban too broad, stem-cell researchers argue 4
...
Highly efficient electroporation solution suitable for transfection of plasmid DNA, oligonucleotides and siRNA. Compatible with all common electroporators....
Removes polysaccharide and phenolic inhibitors of PCR; yields DNA greater than 50 kb in length...
...
Biology Products: