Dr. Anja Kunze's Math Seminar Talk, "Magnetic fields and forces for brain-on-a-chip technology"
- Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 3:00pm to 4:00am
- Wilson Hall, 1-144 - view map
How can we use magnetic fields and magnetic gradients to our advantage to improve neurotherapeutics and diagnostics without imposing further neurodegeneration? This problem is a significant challenge in the field of tool development for next-generation neurotherapeutic devices. One way to overcome this challenge is to provide a systematic quantitative estimation of the magnetic field topography and resulting magnetic force amplitudes and directions acting on brain cells on-a-chip. These estimates can then be translated into force maps helping us to design brain cell appropriate force ranges to prevent degenerative processes for on-chip diagnostics. In this talk, I will introduce a relatively recent approach to regulating neuronal cell growth and function using magnetic field gradient patterns. Specifically, I will demonstrate how forces at the nanoscale can modulate neuronal cell communication and how collaborations with applied mathematicians can be harvested to further improve next-generation neurotherapeutic devices.
- Department of Mathematical Sciences