Dan Garcia is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Chih-Ming Ho, where he is using NEMS and nanofluidic technology to develop the actin muscle protein for a bottom-up/top-down hybrid nanofabrication process to construct two- and three-dimensional nanostructures. This will ultimately facilitate the generation of actin filaments according to a two- or three-dimensional, predesigned layout.
Prior to joining Dr. Ho's group, Garcia conducted immunology research in the laboratory of Dr. Genhong Cheng. Garcia's work helped clarify the interaction between a novel protein, TRAF3-interacting JunN-terminal kinase (JNK)-activating modulator (T3JAM), and tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR)-associated factor 3 (TRAF3), two proteins that play important roles in the CD40 signal transduction pathway. The CD40 signaling pathway plays a role in the adaptive immune response, atherosclerosis, and the body's response to transplants.
Dean Ho received his B.S. in physiological science from UCLA in 2001, and his Ph.D. in 2005 from the UCLA Department of Bioengineering. He is currently a Hewlett-Packard Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. His research has covered emerging areas in bionanotechnology to interface membrane-bound proteins with block copolymeric biomimetic membranes to fabricate biomolecular hybrids. Ho has been among the first to demonstrate the coupling of protein function and the potential of using biostructures as energy conversion systems. This work is the subject of a featured article in Nanotechnology that was downloaded more than 1,000 times, which was among the top 10 percent of all downloaded Institute of Physics (IOP) publications, as well as a feature article in Advanced Functional Materials. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters in the areas of biochemical energetics and biotic-abiotic interfacing, as well as developing biologically active devices based on the harnessing of protein functionality. Ho's research achievements have garnered news coverage in Nature, MICRO/NANO, and BBC Radio, where Ho was interviewed on the subject of the societal impacts of bionanotechnology. He has presented several invited talks at internationally renowned institutions, including the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI), Academia Sinica, and the Bionanotechnology: Academic and Industrial Partnerships in the U.K. and U.S. conference held at the University of Southern California. Ho is a member of Sigma Xi, the Biomedical Engineering Society, Materials Research Society, IEEE, AAAS, ASME, and American Academy of Nanomedicine. In addition, he currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business and previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of the CESASC Technical Symposium Proceedings and as an Editor of the UCLA Graduate Scientific Review.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Ho has made extensive contributions to the UCLA community, having previously served as a Trustee-at-Large of the Unicamp Board of Trustees, the body that oversees the official philanthropy of UCLA that is currently in its 70th year of activity. For his service and leadership to the UCLA and greater Los Angeles community, Ho was presented with the UCLA Chancellor's Service Award in 2001.
Chih-Ming Ho is the Ben Rich-Lockheed Martin Chair Professor at the UCLA School of Engineering and the Director of the Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration (CMISE). He graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the National Taiwan University. After receiving his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, Ho started his career at the University of Southern California and rose to the rank of Full Professor. In 1991, he moved to the University of California, Los Angeles, to lead the establishment of the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) field in UCLA and served as the founding Director of the Center for Micro Systems. The UCLA MEMS research has been recognized as one of the best in the world. He served as UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research from 2001 to 2005.
He is an internationally renowned scientist in micro- and nanofluidics, bio-nano technology, and turbulence. He was ranked by ISI as one of the top 250 most cited researchers in all engineering categories around the world, and by ECI as number 7 in the field of MEMS. In 1997, Ho was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In the next year, he was elected as an Academician of Academia Sinica, which honors scholars of Chinese origin with exceptional achievements in liberal arts and the sciences. Ho holds five honorary professorships. He has published 220 papers and 7 patents. He has presented more than 100 keynote talks in international conferences. Ho was elected fellow of the American Physical Society as well as American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his contributions in a wide spectrum of technical areas.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, he has made extensive contributions to professional societies around the world. He has chaired the Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) of the American Physical Society, which is the leading platform in the United States for scientists interested in fundamental fluid dynamics. He is on the advisory board for AIAA Journal and is a member of the IEEE/ASME JMEMS coordinating committee. He was an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering and an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal. He also has served as a Guest Editor for Annual Review of Fluid Dynamics.
On the international level, Ho has served on advisory panels to provide assistance to many countries and regionsFrance, China, United Kingdom, Israel, Taiwan, and Japanon the development of nano- and microtechnologies. Ho also has chaired or served on numerous organizing committees of international conferences on high-technology topics.