Cellular and Molecular Mechanics with a focus on Developmental Biology The 2012 GEM4 Summer School program consists of lectures in the mornings by experts in cellular and molecular mechanics and developmental biology, and hands-on labs in the afternoons on various experimental techniques in biology and engineering. The objectives of the GEM4 Summer School are to educate researchers and graduate students about the fundamentals of cell and molecular biomechanics, and to provide an intense learning experience, and to facilitate interactions among engineers, biologists and clinicians. The goals are to help train a new generation of researchers with in-depth knowledge of mechanics and biology and to help engineers and biologists apply biomechanical approaches in biomolecular, cellular, tissue-level, animal model studies. GEM4 Summer School website
Muhammad Zaman, Boston University
Muhammad Zaman is the principal investigator of the Laboratory for Molecular & Cellular Dynamics at Boston University and a Faculty Fellow of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and was a Hermann and Margaret Sokol Foundation Fellow post-doctoral fellow in cancer research at MIT. He has been a recipient of FEBS outstanding Young Investigator Award and was most recently awarded Regents Teaching Award, the highest teaching award across the entire University of Texas System of Institutions. Prof. Zaman joined BU from UT Austin in Fall 2009.
Dr. Zaman's research focuses on understanding the systems biology of tumor invasion and metastasis. The second main thrust of his research focuses on developing computational and experimental tools to improve the quality of life, education and the practice of medicine in the developing world. He is working closely with institutions of higher learning in curriculum development and implementation. In addition, he partners with various nonprofits around the globe, in particular with the developing countries, to develop cheap, robust and easy to use solutions to develop improved diagnostics in remote areas.
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