November 2011 Chapter Meeting

Coming Soon – Nanobiology!

Microfluidics in Next Gen Proteomics

Amy E. Herr, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley

Amy E. Herr received her BS degree from Caltech and her MS (1999) and PhD (2002) degrees from Stanford in Mechanical Engineering. At UC Berkeley, her research focuses on instrumentation innovation to advance quantitation in life sciences and clinical problems.  Translational impact of her research program spans from tools for fundamental research (cell signaling) to near-patient disease diagnostics. Her major awards include the NIH New Innovator Award (2010-15), the NSF CAREER Award (2011), the Eli Lilly & Co. New Investigator Award in analytical chemistry, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2010-12, chemistry), the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2009-11), the 2009 Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award from UC Berkeley, and the 2008 Regents’ Junior Faculty Fellowship from UC.  In 2007 she was recognized as an Outstanding Mentor by Sandia National Labs. She chaired (2009) & vice-chaired (2007) the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on the Physics & Chemistry of Microfluidics.

While the genomics revolution has had sweeping impact on our understanding of life processes, the “proteomics revolution” still remains unrealized.  Proteins are more directly linked to function than genes, but proteins are also dynamic and more biochemically complex. Consequently, protein analysis often demands multi-stage biochemical assays to measure not one, but multiple physicochemical properties.  At UC Berkeley, we are introducing novel non-discretizing integration strategies to answer this problem. This talk will highlight multi-stage assays uniquely enabled by our ‘µMosaic’ fabrication technique:  an approach that allows regional photopatterning of 2D microchambers with heterogeneous, discrete nanomaterials.  In one example, I will summarize our recent progress towards fast, hands-free, and perhaps even quantitative Western blotting, for analysis of specimens from clinical sample repositories. Our ultimate goal is to understand the life processes – including development and disease through quantitative bioinstrumentation.


Thursday, November 17, 2011, 6:30-8:30 pm

Light supper* and networking 6:30pm – 7:00pm

NOTE: Registering w/ Eventbrite will say free;  however, a fee will be collected at the door.

Fee: $5 for members, $10 for non-members.


Location: Novartis , 5400 Hollis St, Building X-310 Emeryville, CA

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ebAWIS is a nonprofit organization and the fee cover cost of food