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2018 CCBM Open House

Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines

2nd Annual CCBM Open House

Monday, October 22, 2018

UC Merced, 5200 North Lake Road


Open to all faculty, staff, students & local community


Keynote Lecture by Dr. Tal Danino, Columbia University Biomedical engineer, Synthetic Biologist & TED fellow. “Tal Danino’s research explores the emerging field of synthetic biology, focusing on building a quantitative understanding of dynamic gene circuits and designing biological behaviors that have technological applications.”

"Synthetic Biology: From Programming Bacteria Behaviors to Cancer Therapies" - Tal Danino, Ph.D.

The last decade of microbiome research has revealed an astounding prevalence of microbes in healthy and diseased tissue within the human body. At the same time, the field of synthetic biology has rapidly progressed in its ability to program living cells like bacteria. These two emerging fields have prompted the exploration of bacteria as a natural platform for the development of engineered therapies and diagnostics. In this talk, I will describe our progress towards a new design framework for engineering bacteria that bridges mathematical modeling, in vitro characterization, and in vivo diagnostics and therapeutics for cancer. The talk will begin with a description of bacteria circuitry that generate synchronized oscillations, and will then describe development of programmed bacteria as both diagnostic and therapeutic agents for cancer.

"Programmable Bacteria: A New Medium for Science and Art" - Tal Danino, Ph.D.

In this talk, I will briefly describe our research on programming bacteria for cancer detection and treatment. I will focus on a description of recent bioart works that give integrate with research and perspective to the past and present research fields.



9:20 AM - 11:50 AM Research, Education, Outreach & Evaluation - SSB 130
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM Keynote Lecture, Dr. Tal Danino, Ph.D. - SSB 130
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Communicating Science Workshop, Tal Danino, Ph.D. - COB 116
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CCBM-affiliated Lab Tours & Demonstrations - SE1/SE2
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Poster Session & Reception - KL 355


Free Admission. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.
Guest parking available in Bellevue Lot. Permit-less parking dispenser, credit card only (no cash).


Contact: Carrie Kouadio, (e) (p) (209) 228-3608


CCBM Executive Committee:
Dr. Victor Muñoz, Co-director & Professor of Bioengineering
Dr. Ajay Gopinathan, Co-director & Professor of Physics
Dr. Sayantani Ghosh, Associate Professor of Physics
Dr. Kara McCloskey, Associate Professor of Bioengineering


CCBM Administrative Staff:
Carrie Kouadio, CCBM Executive Director
Nora Cole, CCBM Programs Manager


Campus map
SE 1: Science and Engineering 1
SE 2: Science and Engineering 2
COB1: Classroom and Office Building 1
SSB: Student Services Building

The NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines uses an interdisciplinary approach combining physical, biological and engineering methods to understand and control the functioning of multi-scale assemblies of biomolecules and cells, and to design and develop novel bio-inspired functioning machines ranging from designer cells and tissue to diagnostic and therapeutic devices. The center is also focused on enhancing biophysics, biochemistry, and bioengineering graduate and undergraduate education, as well as leading K-12 STEM outreach activities in the Merced area for teachers and students.