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Please join us for a talk with Abdel F. Isakovic : Visiting Professor of Physics at Colgate University

Contributed by Jill Ackerman on 09/23/19 

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The Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy invites you to join us for a talk with Abdel F. Isakovic, entitled

Geometrical and Electric Field Control of Cells on Micropatterned Substrates

One of the current biophysics and bioengineering focus problems in the area of lab-on-chip research is the need to understand and control motion and dynamical properties of a collection of cells, under the influence of controllable external factors. Electric field controlled reversible elastic deformation of white blood cells has been a goal for more than two decades. We show how it could be achieved on the same deformation scale as red blood cells with the addition of well-designed gold nanoparticles. This result is likely to help in immunology through the automatization of the purification of leukocytes.
In the second project, we show some unexpected results for motility of cells on a complex patterned substrate. Results from the cell velocimetry show a deviation from a predicted diffusive motion. Both, motility coefficient and chemotactic index analysis indicate presence of a transition from nearly purely random walk of cells to a directed motion, despite lack of a change in any external control.

Abdel F. Isakovic is a visiting professor of physics at Colgate University, which he joined after the appointment as Associate Professor of Physics and Associate Dean for Research at newly founded Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE (2010-18).  His research covers areas of spintronic and nanoelectronic devices, charge and spin density waves, X-ray optics and spectroscopy, and, in recent years, bio-inspired computing and biotech microdevices. He was a research scientist at Brookhaven National Lab (2006-09) and a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at Cornell University (2003-06). He earned PhD degree at University of Minnesota in 2003.

Tuesday Sep. 24, 2019
12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CNS 204

Pizza will be provided for $1. Please bring your own cup. Recycle, Reuse, Reduce

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