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Micro/Nanomaterials and Systems for Precision Biology and Medicine

October 04, 2013 | 11:00 AM till 12:30 PM
Nedderman Hall, Room 100 | Seminar Flyer

Seminar Speaker

Dr. Kyungsuk Yum

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington

Interfacing unique structures and functions of non-biological and biological materials and systems at the micro/nanoscale holds a great potential to advance science and technology and improve human health. In this talk, I will present the development of micro/nanoengineering-based tools and systems for biological studies and biomedical applications from the single-molecule to the human body levels. In the first part, I will present the development of a multifunctional, nanotube-based nanoneedle for studying biological processes and mechanics inside living cells with high spatiotemporal resolutions. In the second part, I will present multidisciplinary research efforts toward developing an implantable, completely-passive single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT)-based near-infrared (NIR) optical glucose sensor for long-term in vivo continuous glucose monitoring. Finally, I will briefly discuss a recent development of microengineered physiological systems, particularly a liver-on-a-chip system that uses human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived liver cells for patient-specific drug screening and disease modeling.