Seminar-- J Provine from Halcyon Molecular, Tues, 3/16, 4:00 pm,Allen 101X

Peter Chen jwpchen at
Sat Mar 13 16:33:05 PST 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2009
4:00 pm
Allen 101X Auditorium

A Start-Up’s Efforts in DNA Sequencing via Electron Microscopy

J Provine, PhD
Halcyon Molecular / Stanford University

There has been significant progress in the past decade to improve the 
speed and accuracy of genomic sequencing.  This technological effort is 
reaching critical mass as many commercial and academic efforts have 
continued to increase the pace of innovation.  The goal for all those 
concerned is how to get a complete read of every single base in a genome 
for low cost (i.e., < $1000) and at high speed (i.e., less than 1 hour). 
  In this talk, I will introduce some of the major challenges and 
players in this effort, discuss our work at Halcyon Molecular and in 
particular the role of nanostructures and micromachining, and finally 
give a few short thoughts and lessons learned as a young academic trying 
to help a start-up.

J Provine received BA (in Physics), BS (Electrical Engineering), and 
Masters (also Electrical Engineering) degrees from Rice University in 
1998 and 1999.  He then received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from 
Cornell University in 2005 for work on all optical wavelength routers. 
During his PhD he was able to work at the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator 
Center where he also was a post-doc for 2005 working on integration of 
plasmonic filters and MEMS actuators.  Since 2006, he has been a 
research associate at Stanford University working with the Center for 
Interfacial Engineering in MEMS.  In September 2009, he joined Halcyon 
Molecular part time to aid in their nanofabrication efforts.  Before 
November 2008, you could fit everything he knew about DNA sequencing on 
this page.

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