Congrats to Alfredo!

We are so happy Alfredo was awarded the Chinese Government Fellowship to move to China to pursue graduate education. Alfredo is joining OpenFIESTA in Shenzhen to pursue a Master program in Biology, Nanosciences, and Informatics.

Congrats Pablo!

Pablo, our first physics undergraduate, conducted amazing work helping us up understand the statistical physics of swarming. Also developed great computer vision algorithms. We wish the best of lucks to Pablo who is now moving to Georgia Tech’s Q-biology school to pursue his Ph.D. in biological physics.

Congrats Miles!

We are super super happy Miles (Wetherington) won a Conicyt graduate fellowship to support his graduate research! Miles studies the collective behavior of bacteria in synthetic ecosystems. He constructs spatially distributed landscapes of habitat using micro-fabrication and uses them to challenge bacteria on-chip. Well deserved Miles!

AI + Education @ Ed Tech Asia

We are so happy to be in our beloved Hong Kong to join Ed Tech Asia’s AI + Education conference where Juan will be part of the panel Cultivating the Creative Edge through Technology and Janneke will be discussing HomeScope as a platform to hybridize education and research using open science hardware!

Congrats Pablo!

We are very happy Pablo (Bravo) has been accepted to the Quantitative Biosciences Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech! We wish Pablo the best of times in Atlanta! This is a great Ph.D. program at the interface of quantitative sciences (physics and math) and the biological sciences my friend and colleague Joshua started a few years when he moved to Georgia Tech.

ORIC+: 我们爱中国!


Our last Chinese experience was a total success. Together with our Chinese collaborators we had an amazing research-by-doing summer school at Tsinghua University High School (ORIC+ or if you Wanna translate the 中文?) where we all learned together about nanotechnology, microfluidics, artificial intelligence, electronics, open source hardware and software. We constructed 5 Homescopes (DIY robotic microscope) and with them did research on microfluidics ecosystems on-chip were we tested the microbiome of Tsinghua’s campus as well as used artificial intelligence, computer vision and machine learning to describe the spatial ecology of these ecosystems. All in 2 awesome weeks, we learned so much from an amazing team of students (谢谢!你们学生). We love China (我们爱中国)!

Lab outing 2016: ECIM @ Las Cruces, Valparaiso, Chile

Our fist lab outing in Chile was a success!!!. Thanks to all lab people (Janneke, Ivan, Miles, Alfredos, and Juan) and to ECIM, ECIM’s people, and special thanks to Glenda Llanos and Sergio Navarrete for setting up all the logistics for us and setting us up with the best room ever to hold a meeting/brainstorming/workshop sesh.

Some pics documenting キメロ.LAB@ ECIM ’16


In a nutshell: We learned to code in C and to code Arduino controller boards (thanks 2 Ivan), about Las Cruces urban history and development (thanks 2 Janneke), about cosmology (thanks 2 Alfredo L), about neurobiology (thanks 2 Alfredo A), about cellular automata & philosophy of science (thanks 2 紀皇) and Ecology (thanks 2 Miles). At the same time we also sampled and learned intertidal ecology as well as eat our ass off at the town local sea food restaurants. We also focused (or attempted to) on a strategy for experiments and theory to understand bacteria (or maybe all cell types) in space and time after all we learned from the outing.

The timetable was almost followed on time Dutch/Chilean/French/US style.

Welcome Gabriel

We welcome Gabriel Ramos to the Lab. Gabriel is a graduate student in the Ph.D. program of the Department of Physics (DFI) at U.Chile’s FCFM pursuing a Ph.D degree working with Rodrigo Soto and Maria Luisa Cordero. He is interested in bacteria-driven droplet dynamics in chemo attractant gradients.