Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Speaker: Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Molecular Foundry
Talk Title: Nanomaterials for Molecularly-Precise Bioelectrocatalysis and Biosensing
Location: Chemla Room (67-3111)
Dr. Ajo-Franklin has been a Staff Scientist at the Molecular Foundry since 2007. Before that, she received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University with Prof. Steve Boxer and was a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Pam Silver in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Ajo-Franklin's research focuses on using biophysics and synthetic biology to engineer and explore the nanoscale interface between living microbes and inorganic materials. She is particularly interested in the basic mechanisms underlying charge transfer and assembly of materials at this living/non-living interface. Ultimately, her research has applications in carbon capture and sequestration, bio-solar energy generation, and hierarchical assembly of nanostructures.
Dr. Ajo-Franklin is fascinated by the incredible, diverse functionality of biological molecules and nanoassemblies, and seeks to engineer these complexes and their host organisms to address global challenges in energy and the environment.