Harvard’s Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology continues to serve as a meeting place for theorists and experimentalists, enabling a wide range of scientists and engineers to address fundamental questions about the correlation between the nanoscale structure and functioning of biological systems. Their collaborations have fostered applications and new technologies while encouraging scientific partnership at the innovation stage of tool development.
The Institute is led by Prof. Joanna Aizenberg and Prof. George Whitesides, who strive to use KIBST to leverage the expertise of the research community in developing a rational theoretical framework to understand and explore the behavior of biomaterials at the nanoscale level.
Radhika Nagpal was named Fred Kavli Professor of Computer Science in July, 2012. Radhika Nagpal’s work lies on the boundary of artficial intelligence, robotics, and biology. She studies bio-inspired programming paradigms for designing collective intelligence in robotics and sensor-actuator networks, drawing inspiration mainly from multicellular biology and social insects.
Four KIBST-affiliated faculty that intensely participate in the discussions and collaborations established by the Kavli Coffee Hours received research support in 2012: Michael Brenner, Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics; L. Mahadevan, Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Zhigang Suo, Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials, and Katia Bertoldi, Assistant Professor of Applied Mechanics.