ME Graduate Seminar Series: “Nanoscale 3D Printing to Enable Fundamental Biology Studies”

Wednesday, December 05, 2018
10:00 am to 10:50 am
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WPI ME Research Seminar Series 2018-2019

Nanoscale 3D Printing to
Enable Fundamental Biology Studies

Professor Alice E. White
Department Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Boston University 

10:00-10:50 am, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
Higgins Labs 218


The ability to rapidly prototype arbitrarily complex 3D nano- to micro-scale structures and topographies using a type of 3D printing called Direct Laser Writing (DLW) has enabled us to address a variety of research challenges.   For example, understanding the role of peripheral nerves in fighting disease has been limited due to the challenges in reliably accessing and measuring the signals in these microscopic nerves.  With our tool, we have developed a customizable nerve cuff to enable this type of study.   In another study, we have extended 2D cell-migration studies to a 3D environment.  Recently, through our NSF-funded CELL-MET Engineering Research Center, we have been applying this technology to the challenge of engineering heart tissue.

About the Speaker

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Alice White joined the College of Engineering of Boston University in 2013 from Bell Labs, where she held various leadership positions including Director of Materials Physics Research, Director of Integrated Photonics Research, VP of the Physical Technologies Research Center, President of the NJ Nanotechnology Consortium, location leader for Bell Labs North America, and finally Chief Scientist. She has a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University and a broad technical background in experimental solid-state physics and fabrication of optical components. In 1991, she received the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society for her work on compound formation using ion implantation.  She was named a Bell Labs Fellow in 2001 for her work in “developing and applying novel integrated photonic device technologies in advanced optical networks”. With over 125 publications and 7 patents issued/pending, she is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the IEEE Photonics Society, and the Optical Society of America.  At BU, she leads a department with 51 faculty members.  In 2014, she established the Multiscale Laser Lithography Lab and is developing mechanical metamaterials for biological studies using a laser direct write technology.  This research is one thrust of a recently established BU-led NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC), CELL-MET.  In addition to her role in Mechanical Engineering, she is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and a Professor of Physics, as well as an affiliate of the BU Photonics Center and BU Nano.