(09/06/14) – RELATE Presents “Science By The Pint”

Science by the PintA local group of faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan called RELATE (Researchers Expanding Lay-Audience Teaching and Engagement) is hosting an event called “Science by the Pint” at the Tap Room of the Arbor Brewing Company (114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104).

On Saturday, September 6th, from 7-10pm, student scientists will give 15 to 20 minute talks on a variety of topics involving human physiology and health.

For more information about Saturday’s event, you can visit Science By The Pint.  And to find out more about RELATE, you can visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@RELATEatUM).

From the website, the topics and presenters:


Engineering Blood Vessels”

    Presented by Rahul SinghVascular diseases such as heart attacks, stroke, and diabetic
ulcers are a major cause of mortality and morbidity. An emerging
approach towards treating vascular disease uses engineered tissues to repair wounds. My approach is to create arrays of small blood vessels which can provide a basis for these therapies.About Rahul: Rahul is a graduate student in the department of Biomedical Engineering at U of M. His research is to understand the mechanical cues that govern how small blood vessels grow and organize. When not doing his own research, he enjoys learning about diverse scientific topics, taking advantage of the brief summer to go outdoors, and spending the long, dreary winters indoors weightlifting.

“Isolating Circulating Tumor Cells”

    Presented by Vasudha MurlidharCirculating tumor cells (CTCs) are believed to be involved in the spread of cancer. Identifying and studying these rare cells present in the blood may be able to provide information about the tumor. We work on isolating CTCs with the help of microfluidic devices.About Vasudha: Vasudha is a graduate student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, working in the Nagrath lab on high-throughput isolation of circulating tumor cells. Outside of the lab, her interests include reading, music and movies.

“Say Cheese! Taking Snapshots of Protein Mechanisms”

Presented by Veronica Taylor

Proteins are tiny, molecular entities that are important for living things to function. We can use structural biology techniques to study the movement and interaction of two proteins involved in blood vessel and heart processes, which may help us learn more about heart disease.

About Veronica: Veronica is a Ph.D. student in Biophysics at the University of Michigan. When she’s not in the lab learning about structural biology, you might see Veronica training for her next half-marathon or doing a crossword puzzle at the coffee shop.