Bite Sci-zed Videos

Alex Dainis ’11 (Biology / Film, Television and Interactive Media) explains and entertains in her “Bite SCI-zed” youtube videos about science.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Robot Research Initiative (RRI), Chonnam National University, South Korea


Dr. Jong-Oh Park (left) and Dr. Seth Fraden pause in front of the MOU banner during the inauguration ceremony.

On August 10, 2012 Dr. Jong-Oh Park and Dr. Sukho Park, Director and Principal Investigator of the Robot Research Initiative (RRI), respectively, visited Brandeis as part of an inauguration ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) (Director: Seth Fraden, PhD) and the RRI (Director: Jong-Oh Park, Dr.-Ing). The RRI is a world leader in the field of robotics, focusing on microscale engineering applications and surgery, while the Brandeis MRSEC program focusses on biomaterials and active matter. The two institutions have agreed to work together to transform cutting-edge biophysical science into engineering applications for drug delivery.

Collaboration between the two institutions was first established on March 1, 2012, with a three-year subcontract (KRW  120,000,000 / yr) awarded to the MRSEC by the RRI for the development of micro-swimming robots based on synthetic cilia (PI: Dongshin Kim, co-PI: Zvonimir Dogic). Dr. Fraden welcomed the new Memorandum, saying that it would fortify the collaboration efforts of both institutions.

As part of the exchange program laid out by the MOU, Dr. Sukho Park is planning to visit Brandeis in 2013 to spend a year working on the development of micro-actuators based on microtubules and active hydrogels. There are opportunities for the exchange of students between our two universities.

Social/Developmental Psychology, Tenure-Track Position

The Department of Psychology at Brandeis University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position to begin in September, 2013. Exceptional candidates will be considered for a tenured associate professor appointment. We seek an individual who takes a biological or neuroscience approach to social/developmental psychology.

The successful candidate will show outstanding promise as a researcher, classroom teacher and research supervisor for undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in Social Psychology and Research Methods or Statistics and advanced specialized seminars. Candidates must have an ongoing research program with evidence of, or strong potential for, extramural funding. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, research synopsis, statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and copies of representative scholarly work to:

Mr. Phil Gnatowski (
Department of Psychology MS062
Brandeis University
415 South St
Waltham, MA 02453.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.

Brandeis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the faculty’s diversity. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Inorganic chemistry, tenure-track position

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a faculty position in inorganic chemistry commencing in the fall of 2013. We expect to make an appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor.

Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to, materials, energy, catalysis, and organometallic chemistry. Successful candidates are expected to establish an innovative externally-funded research program and display a commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Applicants should submit a CV and a description of their research plans and arrange for three letters of recommendation. It is preferred that applications be submitted electronically in PDF format to For information about the department, visit Applications will be reviewed as they become complete, but first consideration will be given to applications received by October 15, 2012.

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

Rice ’10 discusses new assay for multiple drug resistant TB

[VIDEO] Lisa Rice ’10 presenting at the 6th Annual New England Tuberculosis Symposium held at the Broad Institute on June 28th 2012. Lisa’s undergraduate thesis work in the Wangh lab involved design and construction of a single-tube assay for species identification using the lab’s LATE-PCR and Lights-On/Lights-Off probe technologies.  After graduation she remained in the lab and worked as a very skilled technician on two projects, a single-tube assay for Sepsis, and on the  construction of a single-tube assay for multi-and-extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (discussed in the video below).  That assay is now beginning validatation in Cape Town, South Africa.

Skye Fishbein ’12 Wins Fulbright

Skye Fishbein ’12 has received a Fulbright grant to perform research at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Her research project will look at interactions between TB and HIV in patients with both (“A Study of the Synergy between Mycobacterial Infections and HIV in Capetown, South Africa”) . She also plans to volunteer with the Kick TB program, which empowers children with an awareness of TB/HIV through an integration of soccer and public health awareness. She graduated with a BS/MS  in biology and a minor in mathematics.

For more about the program and other Brandeis winner, see story at Brandeis NOW.

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