Illuminating the Brain & Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy

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Illuminating the Brain & Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy

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Cafenated Coffee Co. 2085 Vine Street Berkeley, CA 94709

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Illuminating the Brain &

Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy

Tuesday, October 4th | 5:30–6:30 PM (PT)

Cafenated Coffe Co. | 2085 Vine Street, Berkeley

Illuminating the Brain: How light, color, and a jellyfish protein help us study the mind

How do we study our own brains? What's going on in our neurons? A fluorescent protein from jellyfish revolutionized how we can study what goes on in our cells. Learn the history of how we've made our brain signals glow by tracking brain electricity, neurotransmitters, and calcium. Then take a peek at the field today, as scientists develop new ways to watch the electricity in our brain.

Featuring:

Anneliese Gest

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Chemistry

Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy

We typically think of viruses as infectious agents that should be eliminated, but what if they could be reprogrammed for good? Come see how a virus infecting tobacco plants can be adapted to harvest light energy. By mimicking photosynthesis, we can learn how to design more efficient solar technology to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

Featuring:

Amanda Bischoff

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Chemistry

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About our Speakers:

Anneliese Gest is a chemistry PhD student in her sixth year in Evan Miller's lab at UC Berkeley. She uses fluorescent dyes to study how cells use electricity to grow and communicate with one another. She is interested in how we can light up biology using chemistry, and what chemists can learn from biology. She is also interested in science communication and writing. Outside of the lab, she likes to draw, go for hikes around the beautiful bay area, and hang out with her cat, Professor Pumpkin.

Amanda Bischoff grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. From an early age, she loved to read fantasy novels and spend time in the mountains near her home. Her interest in nature led her to pursue a degree in chemistry from the University of Utah, where she performed research on the computational prediction of chemical reactions. Before graduating, Amanda took a two-year hiatus to volunteer and teach English in Romania and Moldova. After returning and receiving her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2017, Amanda moved to Berkeley, where she is currently a PhD candidate in chemical biology. Her research focuses on modifying viruses to give them useful functions. At Berkeley, Amanda has also been involved in STEM outreach programs such as Expanding Your Horizons and has volunteered as a designer and author for the Berkeley Science Review, a graduate student-run publication. She also currently co-directs the Berkeley College of Chemistry Transfer Student Mentorship Program. In her free time, Amanda enjoys finding new hiking spots around the Bay and expanding her orchid collection.

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