Exploiting biology in functional materials

The intellectual focus of this RIMSE Summer School is to engineer living systems to generate new polymeric materials. These composite materials can be responsive to diverse stimuli and are capable of generating complex, genetically encoded material outputs. Such materials can enable biosynthetic electronics, chemical threat decontamination, synthesis and/or delivery of therapeutics, and soft robotics, among other applications. Led by Professor Jonathan Pokorski, the course offers an introduction to skills relevant to synthesis and fabrication of engineered living materials. Trainees will learn techniques to create materials at the living/non-living interface, including polymer chemistry, additive manufacture, and soft matter characterization.

2023 Application Deadlines are closed. Please check back during Winter 2023 for RIMSE 2024 program information.

For questions, please contact mrsec@ucsd.edu

2023 RIMSE - SSELM Participants

Tran, Hailey

ORCID: 0009-0002-9528-5207
BIO: Hailey is a Chemical Engineering undergraduate at UC San Diego with a minor in Chemistry. Her current project focuses on cyanobacteria-based photoresponsive hydrogel, and she is eager to learn more about the field of ELMs and their biomedical applications. Outside of lab and school, Hailey is actively involved in AIChE and helps bring the ChemE community together.

Yang, Elita

ORCID: 0009-0001-2577-6214
BIO: Elita is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley (Class of 2027) pursuing a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is participating in the 2023 RIMSE Summer School for Engineered Living Materials (SSELM) and has strong interests in exploring regenerative medicine and advancing drug delivery techniques with the application of nanoparticles.

John, Doe

John, Doe