24 MAR. A*Star Seminar: Precision Measurement in Biology by Prof Stephen R Quake


We would like to invite you to attend this seminar hosted by Dr. William Burkholder:

Date: 24 March 2017, Friday
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Venue: Level 3, IMCB Seminar Room 3-46, Proteos, Biopolis
Speaker: Prof. Stephen R. Quake, Depts. of Bioengineering and Applied Physics, Stanford University, USA

Title: Precision Measurement in Biology

Is biology a quantitative science like physics? I will discuss the role of precision measurement in both physics and biology, and argue that in fact both fields can be tied together by the use and consequences of precision measurement. The elementary quanta of biology are twofold: the macromolecule and the cell. Cells are the fundamental unit of life, and macromolecules are the fundamental elements of the cell. I will describe how precision measurements have been used to explore the basic properties of these quanta, and more generally how the quest for higher precision almost inevitably leads to the development of new technologies, which in turn catalyze further scientific discovery. In the 21st century, there are no remaining experimental barriers to biology becoming a truly quantitative and mathematical science.


Dr. Stephen Quake’s research is at the nexus of biology, physics and technology development. He has invented many measurement tools for biology, including new DNA sequencing technologies that have enabled rapid analysis of the human genome and microfluidic automation that allows scientists to efficiently isolate individual cells and decipher their genetic code. Dr. Quake is also well known for his work inventing new diagnostic tools, including the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome and other aneuploidies. Dr. Quake has received numerous awards for his discoveries and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Inventors. He received a B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University (1991) and a doctorate in Theoretical Physics from the University of Oxford (1994), and he was an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 2006-2016.
ALL ARE WELCOME (No registration required)

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