MEMS at Molecular Level: Assembly & Application
Dr. M. Çağatay Tarhan, Laboratory for Integrated Micro-Mechatronic Systems (LiMMS)
Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Place: EA 409
MEMS technology provides high-performance devices working at a wide range of applications from tribology to molecular biology. Combining top-down fabrication and handling capabilities of MEMS technology with bottom-up functionalities of the bio-world allows new methods to perform research at molecular level. MEMS tweezers show a great potential to work on macromolecules such as microtubules and DNA. This talk presents an in vitro motor-protein based nano transport system using MEMS tweezers for microtubule assembly. A similar transport system will be introduced to perform protein detection aiming at a potential neurodegenerative disease diagnosis method. Furthermore, MEMS tweezers will be used to investigate the changes in the mechanical properties of DNA bundles when exposed to different conditions.
M. Çağatay Tarhan is a visiting research associate in the Laboratory for Integrated Micro-Mechatronic Systems, a joint laboratory between CNRS (France) and Institute of Industrial Science (The University of Tokyo, Japan). He received his B.S. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 2003, M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He worked as a project researcher at the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo between 2010 and 2014. His research interests include micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) and applications to biotechnology.