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Each morning of the Summer Institute, participants will hear lectures by, and have the opportunity to interact with, experts in the field.

Invited lecturers from:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Indian Institute of Science
  • National University of Singapore
  • Rice University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pennsylvania

Hands-On Labs (tentatively planned) including:

  • Neuron culture
  • Live cell imaging
  • Micro/nano fabrication
  • 3D printing

Neuroscience and
Cellular Mechanics


The overall objective is to enhance the ability to address overarching challenges in the area of Mechanobiology of the Brain. Highly interdisciplinary in nature, the 2015 Summer Institute will offer faculty expertise from biology, engineering, materials science, medical science, and imaging through a combination of lectures and hands-on lab experiences.

Specific objectives include:

  • Educate researchers and graduate students about the fundamentals of neuroscience and cellular mechanics
  • Provide an intense learning experience and facilitate interaction among engineers, biologists, and clinicians
  • Train a new generation of researchers at the interaction of neuroscience and engineering