PROGRAM

9-9:30 AM:  Breakfast + Registration (Bishop Buddy Sala in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)


9:30-10:30 AM:  Welcome + Keynote I (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 102)

  • Prof. Rae Robertson-Anderson, Chair Physics-Biophysics, University of San Diego, "Untangling the Dynamics of Entangled Biopolymers"


10:30-11:00 AM:  Refreshments + Discussions (Bishop Buddy Sala in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)


11:00-12:00 PM:  Short Talks by Postdocs and Students (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 102)

  • James Neal, Univ of California Irvine, "Controlling Metallopolymer Properties via Monodentate Metal-Ligand Interactions"

  • Asher Preska Steinberg, Cal Tech, "Polymers Compress Colonic Mucus Hydrogel in Vitro and in Vivo"

  • Dr. Gina Policastro, Univ of California San Diego, "Bio-Inspired Oxime Crosslinked Hydrogels for Anti-Postsurgical Pericardial Adhesions"

  • Dr. Olivier Cochet-Escartin, Univ of California San Diego, "Mechanisms of Cell Sorting in Hydra Regeneration"


12:00-1:00 PM:  Lunch + Discussions (Bishop Buddy Sala in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)


1:00-2:00 PM:  Keynote II (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 102)

  • Prof. Seth Cohen, Univ of California San Diego, "Polymer MOF Hybrid Materials"


2:00-2:30 PM:  Refreshments + Breakout Sessions (Bishop Buddy Sala in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)


2:30-3:30 PM:  Short Talks by Postdocs and Students (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 102)

  • Devynn Wulstein, Univ of San Diego, "New microscopy techniques for probing soft materials"

  • Dan Nguyen, Univ of California Santa Barbara, "Tuning phase and aging in dna hydrogels through molecular design"

  • Matthew Naticchia, Univ of California San Diego, "Promoting mesodermal Differentiation using glycocalyx engineering"

  • Dimitri Bikos, Univ of California Los Angeles, "Customizable 3d-printed tool geometries for rheometry of soft matter"


3:30-5:00 PM:  Poster Session + Reception (Shiley Center Atrium)