CPLC students participate in JUNIOR NANOTECH NETWORK


In 2010, the Center for the Physics of Living Cells (CPLC) at The University of Illinois (UIUC) participated in a self-organized PhD students International exchange program called the Junior Nanotech Network 2010 (JNN) with the Center for NanoScience (CeNS) at Ludwing-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU-Munich). The 2010 scientific organizers included Taekjip Ha & Klaus Schulten from UIUC/CPLC and Philip Tinnefeld & Jens Michaelis from LMU Munich/CeNS. The program coordinators were Jaya Yodh (CPLC) and Marie-Christine Bluem (CeNS).

The JNN promotes global scientific and intercultural exchange between graduate students in the fields of nanoscience, experimental and computational biophysics. Participating students served as reciprocal scientific and housing hosts during two three-week time periods - July in Illinois and September in Europe. During their stay at the University of Illinois, the visiting CeNS students received scientific training by their host peers in four major areas — single-molecule FRET, optical trapping, fluorescence-force spectroscopy, and computational biophysics. They also participated in the 2010 CPLC Physics of Living Cells Summer School as well as the 1st Annual Midwest Single Molecule Meeting in St. Louis, MO. They experienced numerous recreational and cultural activities across the Midwest including trips to Chicago and St. Louis. During the European part of the JNN, the Illinois students first participated in the CeNS Workshop in Venice, Italy followed by two weeks of peer scientific training at LMU- and TU-Munich.

For more information, please visit: http://cplc.illinois.edu/jnn/