Seminar - When Engineering Met Biology
Date: May 9, 2008
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Matheson Hall, Room: 109
MinJun Kim, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics
The use of biological nanostructures in engineered systems represents a critical step toward understanding both how the biological world has evolved at the nanoscale as well as how scientists and engineers can mimic and improve on nature using modern fabrication and assembly. Two topics are treated within this seminar. First, we will discuss the practical integration of biomolecular motors for biologically powered microfluidic systems as well as the development of polymeric protein nanostructures such as bacterial flagellar filaments for use in nanoscale devices. Second, this talk will be focused on current nanopore technology for single molecule analysis. Nanometer-sized pores can be used to detect and characterize biopolymers, such as DNA, RNA, and polypeptides, with single-molecule resolution. In addition to the single molecule analysis, the possibility of using nanopore sensors and ionic current blockade techniques will be introduced to detect and configure bacteria/viruses in water for the identification of certain types of pathogens.
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Dr. MinJun Kim is an assistant professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics at Drexel University. Dr. Kim completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Texas A&M University and Brown University, respectively. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yonsei University in Korea. During his doctoral studies at Brown, he held the prestigious Simon Ostrach Fellowship and also spent one year working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rowland Institute at Harvard in Harvard University. His research interests span the topics of biological actuation, sensing, and transports (BAST), nanopore sensors for single molecule analysis, and optical diagnostics for bio/micro/nanofluidics. For the past several years, Dr. Kim has been experimentally investigating biological transport phenomena in synthetic nano/microscale architectures to produce new types of bionanotechnology. He is a recipient of National Science Foundation CAREER Award and Louis & Bessie Stein Family Fellowship.
Matheson Hall is located at 32nd and Market Streets.