When 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Sep 27, 2018
Where Stamps Auditorium
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Van Vlack Lecture: Materials Science and the Study of Human Diseases


Subra Suresh
President and Distinguished University Professor Nanyang Technological University, Singapore & Former Director, U.S. National Science Foundation

How are the onset and progression of human diseases influenced by changes in the physical, mechanical and rheological properties of biological cells, and vice versa? How are surface to volume ratios and shapes of cells influenced by the dimensions of small constrictions for passage of cells in the human body? How do human diseases influence surface to volume ratios and shapes of cells? What new platforms can be developed for isolating rare circulating tumor cells, vesicles and exosomes from whole blood for disease diagnostics, therapeutics, and drug efficacy assays from advances in engineering, materials science, physics and chemistry? We discuss these and other related questions as well as some potential clinical applications by recourse to our recent research results at the intersections of engineering, sciences, and medicine. The discussion is guided through specific examples from experiments and computation in the context of infectious diseases, hereditary blood disorders, and human cancers. 

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