Tuesday 12pm, 20 September 2016
Interactive Biotechnology: Cloud Labs, Biophysics, and Biotic Games
Ingmar H. Riedel-Kruse, PhD
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering - Stanford University
Modern biotechnology gets increasingly powerful to manipulate and measure microscopic biological processes. Nevertheless, no platform exists to truly interact with these processes, certainly not with the convenience that we are accustomed to from our electronic smart devices. In my talk I will provide the rational for such “Interactive Biotechnology” and conceptualize its core component, the BPU (biotic processing unit). I will demonstrate multiple platforms, such as scalable biology cloud experimentation labs, tangible museum exhibits, biotic video games, or low-cost interactive DIY kits using smartphones. The biophysical phenomena featured on these platforms utilize the photo- and chemotaxis response of organisms like Euglena and Physarum – resulting in spatio-temporal dynamics from the single cell to the self-organized multi-cellular scale, e.g., bioconvection. I will discuss applications for formal and informal education as well as for professional and citizen science and even diagnostics. Hence, we turn traditionally observational microscopy into an interactive experience.
Ingmar H. Riedel-Kruse is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University. His lab focuses on Multi-cell Biophysics (e.g., biofilms, organismal development, pattern formation) and Interactive Biotechnology (e.g., biology cloud experimentation labs, biotic video games). The advancements of “interactive and playful” electronics provide a major inspiration for the lab as current biotechnology has many parallels with electronics 5 decades ago, suggesting novel means for putting microbiology into the hands of experts and lay people alike. Ingmar received his Diploma in Theoretical Physics at the Technical University Dresden, did his PhD in experimental biophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, followed by a postdoc at Caltech.