Bioengineering Friday Talks

Faculty and students with interests in biology and engineering from across the University gather every other Friday during the academic year for a scientific colloquium. Colloquia include talks from graduate students, post-docs, and external speakers from academia and industry.  The goals of these colloquia are to educate Princeton bioengineers about research activities on and off campus, and engage in creative interdisciplinary discussions about recent bioengineering endeavors.

Unless indicated otherwise below, colloquia are in Hoyt Lab, Room 307 and start at 4:45 pm with pizza and refreshments.  The talks run from 5 to 6 pm.

The upcoming schedule of talks is:

February 9, 2018
Highlight Seminar!
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Sherrerd Hall 101

Yi Tang
Chancellor Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UCLA
Expanding Nature’s Chemical and Enzyme Inventory

February 16, 2018
Joseph Koos (Link lab grad student): Expression and in vitro reconstitution of novel lasso peptide gene clusters

Shlomo Zarzhitsky (Hecht lab post-doc): High-level expression of proteins and peptides by fusion to designed novel sequences

March 2, 2018
Leo Barinov (Gregor lab grad student): Characterizing the spatiotemporal architecture of the genome and its relevance to biological function

Dan Bracha (Brangwynne lab post-doc): Using light to study localized phase separation in living cells

March 16, 2018
Highlight Seminar!
4:00PM – 5:00 PM, Maeder Hall Auditorium
Daniel Fletcher
Purnendu Chatterjee Chair in Engineering Biological Systems
Department of Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
Some assembly required: Building biological structures that push, pull and signal

March 30, 2018
Rocky Diegmiller (Shvartsman lab grad student): Spherical Caps in Cell Polarization

Yanfei Zhang (Avalos lab post-doc): Genetically-encoded α-KIV/biofuel biosensor lights up the branched-chain alcohols synthesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

April 27, 2018
E. James Petersson
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry, UPENN
Engineering protein structures through a combination genetic code expansion and semi-synthesis

May 4, 2018
Highlight Seminar!
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Maeder Hall Auditorium

Rohit Pappu
Edwin H. Murty Professor of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University at Saint Louis
Evolved to be just right: A Goldilocks precept for intrinsically disordered proteins uncovered from physical principles

May 11, 2018
Highlight Seminar!
4:00PM – 5:00 PM, EQuad A224
Gustavo Stolovitzky
Program Director
IBM Translational Systems Biology and Nanobiotechnology
Smaller, Faster and Chip-er: Separation of exosomes and biomarkers by nanoDLD lab-on-a-chip technology

For questions about this seminar series, please contact Prof. Mark Brynildsen (