Fall Seminar series: Dr. Daniel Chiu
University of Washington
Friday, September 22, 2017 · Noon - 1 PM
Semiconducting Polymer Dots for Single-Molecule Studies of Synaptic Vesicles
This coming Friday. September 22nd at noon, our seminar speaker will be Dr. Daniel Chiu.
Dr Chui is the A. Bruce Montgomery Professor of Chemistry/Endowed Professor in Analytical Chemistry/Professor of Bioengineering at University of Washington. One of among his many interesting areas of research (https://depts.washington.edu/chiugrp/index.html ), this talk will be be about "Semiconducting Polymer Dots for Single-Molecule Studies of Synaptic Vesicles"
Abstract: Synaptic vesicle plays a central role in neurotransmission. It is also perhaps the smallest organelle present in the cell, with a diameter of ~40nm, which makes it amendable to high-resolution single-particle and single-molecule studies. This talk will describe some of the surprising findings we made over the years about synaptic vesicles. Because single-molecule experiments depend critically on the availability of a suitable and bright probe, I will describe a new class of fluorescent nanomaterial we have developed to facilitate single-molecule studies, fluorescence assays, and super-resolution imaging.