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Integrating Signaling in Space and Time – Calmodulin as a Case Study

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Neal Waxham, Professor, The University of Texas Medical School

Abstract: Cell signaling involves an intricate series of protein-protein associations whose interactions are further complicated by the densely packed and heterogeneous cytoplasm. Protein association is dictated by concentration and diffusion and re more  »


Thesis Defense

Carbon-Based Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications

Friday, August 29, 2014, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Gabriel Ceriotti, Doctoral Candidate

The presentation will concern the chemistry, applications, and methods for the synthesis of graphene oxide (GO), GO derivatives, graphite derivatives, carbon black derivatives, and activated charcoal derivatives, with an emphasis on applications rele more  »

Thesis Defense

Radiofrequency-induced Cellular Hyperthermia: Water-soluble Fullerene as a New Cancer Therapeutic Agent

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Matthew Cheney, Doctoral Candidate

Due to the susceptibility of cancer to hyperthermia, abundant biomedical research is being conducted for the development of therapies using nanotechnology for noninvasive cancer hyperthermia. In this work, the water-soluble and neutrally-charged C60 more  »


Crossing from the Molecular to the Cellular: How Polymers Dictate Cell Shape in Bacteria

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Joshua W. Shaevitz, Associate Professor, Princeton University

How bacteria grow into specific, 3D shapes remains a central mystery in microbiology. My group has developed an imaging and analysis pipeline to simultaneously probe the shape of cells and the localization of proteins in 3D during growth. We find evi more  »

Thesis Defense

Anisotropic Noble Metal Nanomaterials for Analytical Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Courtney Payne, Doctoral Candidate

Noble metal mesoscale and nanoscale materials exhibit unique optical properties that are of interest to a wide variety of fields including sensing, imaging, biomedicine, and catalysis. The properties of the nanomaterial are strongly dependent on the more  »

Thesis Defense

Rh(II) metallopeptides for asymmetric catalysis

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Ramya Sambasivan, Doctoral Candidate

The development of peptides as chiral ligands for asymmetric Rh(II) catalysis is discussed in this work. Mother Nature’s solution to chiral ligand design is to make use of the naturally available chiral building blocks – amino acids. Polypeptides, bu more  »


Thesis Defense

Long-lived Luminescent Metal Complexes for Small Molecules Sensing Application

Monday, July 28, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Kewei Huang, Doctoral Candidate

The study of long lived emissive probes has been a hot issue within the past few years, since they can improve the sensitivity and accurate of detections by combined with time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy (TRPS). Ruthenium and iridium comp more  »