Countless biological processes occur at or near interfaces, including cell-cell and cell-surface adhesion, protein synthesis and secretion, and the transport of cellular nutrients and wastes. These processes rely on a complex interplay of molecular-level interactions for their proper function. Because this interplay is often disrupted by the presence of foreign surfaces, a major challenge facing biomedical engineers is to more deeply understand molecular-level interfacial processes so that the rational design of biocompatible materials, tissue scaffolds, artificial organs, and drug delivery vehicles can be achieved. The goal of this symposium is to bring together scientists and engineers applying surface science techniques to systems of biological importance. Our discussion will include both advances in instrumentation and novel insights into interfacial phenomena in biological systems.
Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
In vitro force, traction, and adhesion measurements on living cells
Single-molecule measurements on biomolecules
Novel techniques to measure forces and adhesion in biological systems
Cell-matrix interactions in engineered tissues
Cellular response to biomaterial surfaces
Physical chemistry of drug and gene delivery
Attachment processes in marine environments
The role of interfacial phenomena in disease processes
This symposium will feature a keynote lecture by
Prof. Daniel Hammer, Department of Bioengineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and
Institute of Medicine and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
"Colloidal Mimetics with the Adhesive Properties of White Blood Cells"
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