12/5: Joint ME and MSE Seminar with Dr. Seung-Wuk Lee: Making Viruses Work For Us


Mechanical Engineering Department in Conjunction with Division of
Material Science and Engineering Department Seminar

11:00 AM Friday, December 5, 2008 in room 245, Refreshments served at 10:45


Seung-Wuk Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering
University of California, Berkeley
Making Viruses Work For Us
A fundamental challenge in bio-nanoscience is to identify an active building block that can perform highly selective functions with remarkable precision based on specific recognition, programmable self-assembly, and non-toxic biocompatibility. In my seminar, I will introduce emerging multidisciplinary research concepts which use genetically engineered viruses to build various electronic and medical materials. I will demonstrate examples of information-based nanoscience and nanomaterials, which exploit the unique biological advantages from viruses, such as evolution, specific recognition, self-replication as well as self-assembly. Using this concept, I will elucidate our novel approaches to investigate the complex bone regeneration process in nature. In addition, I will introduce how to regenerate the hard and soft tissue using genetically engineered viruses as a novel tissue scaffold.