Professor Maria Santore will present her talk, "From the Surfaces of Cells to Materials Innovation: Synthetic Systems that Mimic the Behaviors of Biological Cells."
When cells contact other cells or foreign objects, their responses can determine an organism’s survival. For example, reactions triggered at the surfaces of white blood cells amplify to produce organism scale behaviors, such as fighting infection or developing immunity.
Synthetic systems from the Santore lab recreate biological mechanisms that start at the surface and become large scale—examples will include materials that selectively scavenge, capture, kill, or release targets in response to chemical and mechanical cues; control particle movement on surfaces; and assemble into molecularly thin force-responsive reconfigurable circuitry. These systems may ultimately facilitate biomedical devices, sensors, and protective gear or materials for energy harvesting.
At the conclusion of the lecture, Professor Santore will be presented with the Chancellor's Medal, the highest honor bestowed to faculty by the campus.
This lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception immediately following the lecture.
Additional information about the 2017-2018 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series is available at http://www.umass.edu/distinguished-faculty-lecture-series