'Science on Saturday' final lecture explores building better nano-bots for health, energy

Science on Saturday (Download Image) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists Matt Coleman, Amy Rasley and Wei He and Tracy High School science teacher Erin McKay will present “Building Biologically Inspired Nano-Bots.”

Who: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists Matt Coleman, Amy Rasley and Wei He, along with Tracy High School science teacher Erin McKay, will present "Building Biologically Inspired Nano-Bots," the fourth and final lecture in the 2017 Science on Saturday series. The series theme is "Ingenious Inventions."

What: This informative and entertaining lecture will cover how Lab researchers are using both synthetic and molecular biology approaches to produce small nano-machines, termed nano-bots, with defined and measurable functionalities. The main building blocks for these nano-bots are based on nano-lipo-protein particles (NLPs), made up of a lipid raft surrounded by protein that naturally exists in the human body to transport cholesterol. These NLP-based nano-bots represent a unique solution for new approaches to vaccines, drug delivery and energy needs.

When: Saturday, Feb. 25. Session I: 9:30 a.m. Session II: 11:15 a.m. Both sessions have the same content.

Where: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore.

Note: Science on Saturday is sponsored by LLNL's University Relations and Science Education Program. The lectures and demonstrations are open to the public and specifically targeted to middle and high school students. No pre-registration is required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about Science on Saturday and upcoming presentations, visit the web or contact Joanna Albala, Education Program manager, at (925) 422-6803.