Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 09/09/2014
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)
Professor Miriam Rafailovich
Stony Brook University
Materials Science and Engineering
"Using Polymer Thin Film Surface Confinement for Engineering Adult Stem Cell Differentiation"
In contrast to embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells are subject to deferentially small changes in the mechanical, morphological, and chemical cues. The nature of the response may provide us with a better understanding of the role of stem cells in tissue regeneration, wound healing, and aging. Here we discuss how new materials can be engineered where each of these cues can be varied independently in a controlled and precise manner, such that their influence on stem cell response can be assessed both individually and collectively.
BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Dr. Miriam Rafailovich is a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and co-director of the Program in Chemical and Molecular Engineering at Stony Brook University. Dr Rafailovich obtained her PhD in Physics from Stony Brook University and completed her post-doctoral training at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She subsequently served as a Senior Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, a Visiting Scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory and a Professor of Physics at the City University of New York (Queens College) before joining Stony Brook's Department of Materials Science and Engineering.