Join us for this celebration of soft matter science occurring in the greater Chicago area!
This inaugural polymer science symposium is planned as the first of many of its kind. The event, to be held at the University of Chicago this year, will be hosted at Northwestern University for the next symposium.
Plenary lectures will feature faculty, postdocs, and students from both universities. Registration is free but required for lunch. For the full schedule and to register, visit the event's microsite.
Jennifer Prescher, University of California, Irvine
Spying on Cellular Communication with Chemical Tools and Noninvasive Imaging
Cellular networks drive diverse aspects of human biology. Breakdowns in cell-to-cell communication also underlie numerous pathologies. While cellular interactions play key roles in human health and disease, the mechanisms by which cells transact information in vivo are not completely understood. The number of cells types involved, the timing and location of their interactions, the molecular cues exchanged, and the long-term fates of the cells remain poorly characterized in most cases. This is due, in part, to a lack of tools for observing collections of cells in their native habitats. My group is developing novel imaging probes to “spy” on cells and decipher their communications in vivo. Examples of these probes, along with their application to studies of cancer progression and host-pathogen interactions, will be discussed.