OIST Mini Symposium "Science and Technology at the Interface of Bio-Nano-systems: Challenges and Opportunities"


Monday, April 25, 2016 - 09:00 to Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 18:00


OIST Main Campus, Seminar Room C209 & C210


Microelectromechanical systems aimed at biological applications, or Bio-MEMS, have the potential to revolutionize a wide range of fields including genomics, point of care diagnostics, pharmacological screening, or even tissue engineering. Miniaturization of current technologies to the micro/nanoscale reduces cost, required reagents volumes, and time to carry out the experiments while simultaneously increasing reproducibility and high throughput potential. To develop these innovative micro/nanotechnologies interdisciplinary work is essential and relies on foundations in chemistry, material science, biology, and electrical engineering.

The emerging field of nanobiotechnology, in a broad sense, is key to tackle some of the major challenges in biology and medicine, for example identify novel biomarkers for early disease diagnosis or develop low cost point-of-care diagnostics for multiple disease. Lab-on-achip devices have already had some great commercial successes such as pregnancy tests or glucose level quantification, but with the ongoing efforts it is clear that many more applications are to come as will be presented in this mini-symposium.

This mini-symposium aims to provide a singular opportunity for the most prominent researchers in the crosscutting areas of Bio-Micro- Nano-systems to: (a) present their most recent research breakthroughs; (b) discuss the most recent trends in fabrication and 3D printing technologies and design tools to achieve miniaturization, integration, automation and parallelization of bio-nano-MEMs devices; (c) participate in a panel discussion on the challenges, opportunities, and barriers to R&D effort in Lab-on-a-chip systems. Additionally, it is intended to serve as a platform for initiating collaborations between researchers at OIST and world experts in Bio-Micro-Nano-systems. These goals will be accomplished through 2.5 days of talks and informal discussions.

Speaker (in no particular order)
Eugenia Kumacheva, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Canada [Abstract]
Yoon-Kyoung Cho, Ulsan National Institute for Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea [Abstract]
Gang Bao, Biological Engineering, Rice University, USA [Abstract]
Juan Santiago, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, USA [Abstract]
Michael McAlpine, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, USA [Abstract]
Serge Lemay, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnogy & Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Netherland [Abstract]
Eiichi Tamiya, Division of Precision Science & Technology and Applied Physics, Osaka University, Japan [Abstract]
Ryuji Yokokawa, Mechanical Engineering Department, Kyoto University [Abstract]
Leslie Yeo, Chemical Engineering Department, RMIT, Australia [Abstract]
Martin Bastmeyer, Center for Functional Nanostructures, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie [Abstract]
Amy Shen, Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit, OIST [Abstract]
Bernd Kuhn, Optical Neuroimaging Unit, OIST [Abstract]
Simon J. Haward, Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit, OIST [Abstract]
(Speaker list is subject to change. Thank you for your understanding)

Main organizer
Amy Shen (Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit)

Program as of 4/11/2016

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