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Boltzmann's Dog and Darwin's Finch: The Statistical Thermodynamics of Self-Replication and Evolutionary Adaptation

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Jeremy England, Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstract: Living things operate according to well-known physical laws, yet it is challenging to discern specific, non-trivial consequences of these constraints for how an organism that is a product of evolution must behave. Part of the difficulty he more  »



Diffusion-driven pattern formation in confined geometries

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Jasna Brujic, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, New York University

Onion droplets with multiple layers of oil and water can be created by the liquid-liquid phase separation of ternary mixtures. The number and size of the layers is determined by the phase separation process inside the droplet. We first experimentally more  »

Thesis Defense

Plasmonic Nanostructures: Optical Nanocircuits, Tunable Charge Transfer Plasmons, and Properties of Fano Resonant Nanoclusters

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Fangfang Wen, Doctoral Candidate

Metallic Nanoparticles have attracted increasing interest due to their abilities to confine and manipulate light at the nanoscale via the excitation of surface plasmons, the collective oscillation of conduction band electrons. Surface plasmons can fo more  »


Estimating Transcription Factor-Chromatin Dynamics Across the Yeast Genome

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Stefan Bekiranov, Associate Professor, University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Abstract: Transcription is an inherently dynamic process. However, until very recently, no method existed with sufficient temporal resolution (seconds to minutes) to measure the dynamics of transcription factors, which regulate RNA synthesis and its more  »

Thesis Defense

Advancement of an Agarose Bead-Based Immunoassay Platform towards Point-of-Care Applications

Friday, August 21, 2015, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Eliona Kulla, Doctoral Candidate

Affordable technologies for early detection of disease are of high priority in modern medicine in order to effectively manage diseases and improve outcomes. The programmable bio-nano-chip (p-BNC) platform is an in-development miniaturized micro-devic more  »

Thesis Defense

Development of an Active Display Using Plasmonic Nanorods and Liquid Crystals

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Jana Olson, Doctoral Candidate

The current generation of display technology has already provided the public with displays that exhibit high color fidelity, faster than the eye can see frame rates, and screens spanning an order of magnitude in size, from hand-held to wall-sized. Wh more  »



Gold Nanostars: A Tunable Plasmonic Tool for Highly Sensitive SERS-based Detection

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Laura Fabris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University

Near field techniques, such as surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), rely on the ability of plasmonic nanoparticles to induce localized electromagnetic field enhancements in close proximity to the metallic surface. The possibility of achieving more  »