Welcome by P.I. Daniel Frankel
We are interested in the reductionist approach to biology which considers complex biological systems as machines allowing us to apply the laws of physics and rules of engineering to understand such systems. In particular we are working on building bio/machine hybrids bringing biological sensitivity and control to robotic devices. We are also interested in constructing artificial viruses for drug delivery (without the nasty infectious bits!!) and understanding/exploiting the ultimate bio/machine interface, the cell membrane.
▪. Engineering Cells to Communicate with Electronics - Most attempts to interface living tissue with electronics involves finding novel approaches to building microelectronic probes. Our approach is to rebuild the biological systems so they can fit the electronics. This involves genetic engineering of cellular systems to enable them to produce a machine readable signal upon specified stimulation
We work at the interface between chemistry, biology and physics and employ both experimental and theoretical approaches. If you are interested in studying challenging systems involving complexity and are not afraid of inter-disciplinary work please don’t hesitate to contact me. Dr. Daniel Frankel : firstname.lastname@example.org
LATEST NEWS !!
PhD opportunities 1) Interfacing tissue with machines The communication between biological tissue and electronic devices is challenging but if successful could lead to robots with exquisite biological control and prosthetic devices with biological sensitivity. This project requires either and engineer who would like to learn cell and tissue culture or a biomedical scientist willing to learn some materials science/engineering.
Biorobot paper accepted!!
4 new papers in print related to protein unfolding
Welcome to the Lab to new PhD student Ana from Ecuador.
Cyberplasm receives media attention, here is the original press release living microrobot
Congratulations to Orr Yarkoni for passing his PhD viva for a thesis entitled "Engineering an inducible NO pathway to facilitate cell-electronics communication"
Congratulations to Darman Nordin for passing his PhD viva for a thesis entitled "Interaction of the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin with model cell membranes"