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Senior Research Scientist from MIT to Speak at CBE

James C Weaver

James C. Weaver, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and Associate Director of the Biomedical Engineering Center at MIT. Dr. Weaver has published over a hundred peer-reviewed scientific papers and has twenty-four issued patents.

In 2000, Dr. Weaver was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Membership is given to outstanding biomedical and biological engineers who have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 29 from 9:00 - 10:00 AM at the IRP2 First Floor Conference Room located at 4211 Monarch Way. It is titled "Towards Modeling of Everything for Bioelectrics," and a summary is as follows:

Living comfortably with electricity is important to humanity. It is the "smartest" known form of energy and leads to both purposeful and unintentional human exposures. For this reason we seek to understand electrical interactions with biology at all levels that might cause effects. To this end we describe a quantitative modeling approach that appears applicable on spatial scales from sub-nanometer to meters, temporal scales from nanoseconds to seconds or longer, and a wide range of electric field strengths. The approach is based on transport and other non-equilibrium processes. Modeling of electroporation is the present focus, emphasizing simultaneous electrical behavior, poration behavior and solute transport within bulk media and through dynamic pore populations.