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“Orthogonal Replication for Rapid Evolution and Synthetic Biology”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Chang Liu, Assistant Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry University of California, Irvine

Abstract: We recently developed an orthogonal DNA replication (OrthoRep) system in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. OrthoRep exploits an unusual selfish DNA element consisting of a DNA plasmid–DNA polymerase pair that stably replicates in the cyto more  »


Mimicking Enzymatic Function in Molecular Catalysts for Energy Transformations

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wendy Shaw, Physical & Computational Sciences Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Enzymes are capable of shuttling gases, protons and electrons with great speed and precision. Enzymes are also capable of very specifically controlling the local environment around the catalytic active site. Using the large range of functional grou more  »


Thesis Defense

Size and Shape Control of Colloidal Al Nanocrystals for UV Plasmonics Applications

Monday, April 3, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Michael McClain, Doctoral Candidate

Al nanocrystals are a cost-effective alternative to noble metal nanomaterials with their own unique plasmonic features throughout the UV, visible, and infrared spectrum. In the past two decades, generalized rules for nanocrystal growth have been esta more  »

Lecture/Lecture Series

Ken Kennedy Award Lecture: "MPI: The Once and Future King" presented by Dr. William Gropp

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dr. William Gropp, Acting Director and Chief Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Message Passing Interface (MPI) has been the dominant programming system for expressing highly-parallel technical applications for over 20 years. This success was due in part to a combination of careful design of the standard by the MPI Forum an more  »


CTBP Research Seminar Speaker: Marija Vucelja

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Marija Vucelja, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

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CTBP Research Seminar Speaker: Carlos Bustamante

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Carlos Bustamante, Professor, Stanford School of Medicine

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Randall Goldsmith, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison


CTBP Research Seminar Speaker: Dave Thirumalai

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Dave Thirumalai, Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, University of Texas, Austin

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