MRS Meetings and Events


SB05.04.05 2023 MRS Fall Meeting

Hybrid-Nanomaterials for Cellular Activity Modulation

When and Where

Nov 28, 2023
9:00am - 9:30am

Hynes, Level 1, Room 102



Tzahi Cohen-Karni1

Carnegie Mellon University1


Tzahi Cohen-Karni1

Carnegie Mellon University1
My team’s efforts are focused on three major thrusts: (i) synthesis and in depth mechanistic investigation of the unique emergent optical, thermal, electrical and electrochemical properties of novel hybrid-nanomaterials and nanomaterials topologies composed on one-dimensional and two-dimensional building blocks, (ii) application and characterization of hybrid-nanomaterials interfaces with cells and tissue, and (iii) development and engineering of nanomaterials-based platforms to interrogate and affect the electrical properties of tissue and cells such as cardiomyocytes, and neurons, with a specific focus to understand electrical signal transduction in complex 3D cellular assemblies. In this talk I will review our current efforts to control cellular activity using photoactive hybrid-nanomaterials. Light has proven itself as a powerful tool to remotely modulate cellular activity with minimal invasiveness. We present a safe neural modulation approach with sub-µJ incident energy using engineered nanostructured Si, Ge, C (out-on-plane grown graphene), and two-dimensional (2D) transition metal carbides nanoflakes without generating cellular stress. Our approach serves as a powerful toolset for studies of cell signaling within and between tissues and can enable therapeutic interventions. Expanding the material library for safe optical modulation and the systematic evaluation of their biosafety will inspire future clinical translation to achieve remote control of cells/tissue in vivo.



Symposium Organizers

Herdeline Ann Ardoña, University of California, Irvine
Guglielmo Lanzani, Italian Inst of Technology
Eleni Stavrinidou, Linköping University
Flavia Vitale, University of Pennsylvania

Symposium Support

iScience | Cell Press

Publishing Alliance

MRS publishes with Springer Nature