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Abstract: Peptides, nucleic acids, lipids, and sugars are the most versatile building blocks that underlay cellular structures and functions. Key to their emergent functionality is the dynamic interplay between components across length scales, and their responsiveness to physical and biochemical cues. While nature only uses a fraction of the available sequence and structural space, more is beginning to become accessible by innovative design strategies and chemistries, advanced characterization techniques, and computational tools that uncover design principles for the construction of structures with high complexity. I will give an overview of our recent work involving the design of cell-inspired assemblies and interfaces that provide expanded complexity and functionality towards materials with life-like properties. 

Bio: Dr. Ronit Freeman leads a multidisciplinary team and conducts cross-functional research in the area of molecular self–assembly and biomaterials. She is trained in multiple fields such as Chemistry, Nanotechnology, and Computer Science.

Freeman's unique entrepreneurial approach to research extends basic science understanding into applications that directly benefit the society by commercialization of bench discoveries. Dr. Freeman's bio-inspired design features innovative scientific solutions to existing health problems with the power of self-assembly, from rapid diagnostics to reconfigurable scaffolds for tissue engineering, and targeted biomimetic therapies.

**Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:30 pm in the Olin Lobby. 

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