Biodefense is a new component of national security, dedicated to protecting the country and the people against infectious disease and harmful biological agents. Since germs can grow and multiply in a host body and then spread to other people - even a small quantity of a deadly pathogen could be used to infect tens, thousands, or possibly millions of individuals. Infectious diseases continue to plague to modern society. Scientists are working to understand the mechanism of infectious disease. Engineers are building new tools and instruments to detect, prevent, and/or eliminate infectious disease. Doctors and health-care providers are using these new technologies in their practice, and alert us to new diseases which may be emerging.
Location:Los Banos High School, 1966 S 11th St., Los Banos, CA (Map)
To understand new methods being developed at LLNL to detect germs before they can cause an epidemic outbreak of potentially deadly infectious disease.
Dr.Frank Y. S. Chuang
Associate Director for Science and Education Integration at the NSF Center for Biophotonics, Science and Technology
Frank Y. S. Chuang, M.D., Ph.D. received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering at UC Berkeley in 1987. Frank joined a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to develop one of the first systems to treat surgically-inoperable brain tumors using accelerated heavy charged-particle beams. This work became part of the clinical neurosurgery programs at UCSF and Stanford University, and led to the eventual construction of the dedicated medical proton accelerator facility at Loma Linda Medical Center. In 1990, Frank received an NIH fellowship to join the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. His graduate research using fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy to characterize the transmembrane signal activation of human white blood cells contributed to the current body of evidence which supports the existence of lipid rafts and microdomains in biomembrane architecture and physiology.