We used kilobots to teach visitors to UCSF about T-Cell engineering to fight cancer. The kilobots were programed to be either antibodies with different selectivity, or signaling domains with varying activity. The correct combination of signaling domain and antibody would selectively disable the robots that represented the cancer cell while not disabling the normal cell robots. The structures of the cells were created by Thao Do using hot glue. We will present a variation of this at the Robotics themed NightLife event at the Cal Academy of Sciences on March 26th.
I attended the AMI conference at the Mayo clinic this year with Graham Johnson and Merry Wang from Autodesk. We presented the latest version of my project, SigViz, in Autodesk's Project Cyborg, which is an online node based scripting program. While I was there, I was able to get a 3D scan of my face from Jesse Knowles at the 3dMD booth, and naturally, I exploded my face in reverse.
The article detailing my PhD work was just published in Chemistry and Biology, and to add to that excitement, the artwork I submitted with it was chosen as the cover image. My thanks to Kevan for mentoring me on my PhD, and to Graham for guidance on creating the artwork.