…to Dr. Dan Rhoads, on successfully defending his dissertation! (In the U.K. a dissertation defence is called a viva voce.) Dan has just posted the introductory chapter of his Ph.D. thesis, and it’s state-of-the-art stuff, involving the use of a microfluidics- based device to produce concentration gradients of integrins and extracellular matrix molecules, in order to study their role in cell migration. The device is based on one developed by George Whitesides and his colleagues at Harvard.
I’m sure Dan will be doing more exciting work at Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.