Engineered Living Micro Swimmers

Saturday, February 18, 2017: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room 311 (Hynes Convention Center)
Taher Saif,University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
For the last few decades, engineering has produced marvelous machines and devices. With the increasing understanding of living cells, there are possibilities of developing biological machines with unprecedented capabilities, as they would carry the footprints of the evolutionary journey of life. We will demonstrate a family of micro scale swimmers, a biological machine, that emerges from interactions between muscle cells, neurons and flexible scaffolds. These engineered living machines may deliver drugs to specific locations on their own decision.