Fluids CDT Summer School @ Imperial

Last week I gave a couple of lectures at the Fluids CDT Summer School, organised by Eric Keaveny and Chiu Fan Lee. It was great fun (for me, at least), and I would have liked to be able to stay more than just one day… In any event, if you’re interested, you can find a PDF of my presentation on bacterial and eukaryotic motility (…as in swimming) here and here. Enjoy! …and please let me know your thoughts/comments!

SynBio Teaser Week: how it happened (take 2)

Photo 25-09-2014 09 50 40Today wePhoto 25-09-2014 10 47 18 had the second microfluidics half-day for the SynBio students. We really enjoyed our time with them, and hope they enjoyed it too. Thanks to our “training” yesterday, we were able to speed up things a bit, with the result that the students managed to extract tracks of swimming microalgae from their movies (this is a step further than just recognising the position of microorganisms in individual frames).

Photo 25-09-2014 12 06 35Three extra guests joined the students: Munehiro Asally, a newlyPhoto 25-09-2014 12 06 30 recruited Assistant Professor in Life Sciences here at Warwick; Paul MacDonald, a new Ph.D. student of Alfonso Jaramillo; and Christopher de Wolf, a technician/researcher from Orkun Soyer’s lab.

SynBio Teaser Week: how it happened

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Today, we hosted the first half of this year’s Photo 24-09-2014 10 18 35cohort of new Ph.D. student from the SynBio CDT for a chat about microfluidics. The students had a varied background (physics, chemistry, biology) but were all equally enthusiastic! We started with a presentation on microfluidics by Raphael, before heading down to the wetlab Photo 24-09-2014 10 34 46where we saw how to cut and bond a PDMS microfluidic channel onto a glass coverslip. Then the students took turns to cut a piece of glass capillary onto a microscope slide and filled it with a suspension of swimming algae (Chlamydomonas).

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The group then moved to the microscopy room to observe the algae and record a movie of their motion. Finally, they tried to Photo 24-09-2014 12 50 22make the computer recognise the position of the microorganisms in their movies using a particle tracking Matlab code. They actually managed to do it quite well! Well done everybody!!