By Derrick Bang
Christopher Chapman, a Ph.D. student in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to attend the 65th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, taking place June 28-July 3 in Lindau, Germany. Chapman will join a U.S. delegation of roughly 55 “young researchers,” as they’re designated by the Lindau committee.
The U.S. delegation will be among the Lindau Meeting’s approximately 650 global student and postdoctoral researchers from all three natural science Nobel Prize disciplines: medicine and physiology, physics, and chemistry. They’ll meet and confer with the 65 Nobel Laureates who will gather to interact with this next generation of leading scientists and researchers.
“I’m happily surprised,” Chapman admits. “The selection process began back in September 2014, and has taken awhile, so I’ve tried not to think about it too much. But now that I’ve been chosen, and the reality has sunk in, I’ve started talking to people, and now I’m getting quite excited.
“I’m already planning how to use this meeting for networking, because being able to build one’s network on an international scale doesn’t happen frequently. And, of course, I’m excited by the chance to interact and learn directly from Nobel Laureates. Since my work focuses on a wide range of areas within these three natural science disciplines, this is an incredible opportunity.”
Chapman is a member of the Multifunctional Nanoporous Metals Research Group headed by Erkin Şeker, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Chapman earned twin undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering in 2012, at North Carolina State University; he expects to complete his doctorate at UC Davis in 2016.
His research has focused on nanoporous gold. He is engineering a microchip-based testing platform to rapidly screen for materials and surface chemistries with the long-term goal of developing a next-generation neural electrode coating for making recordings from single brain cells.
Two other UC Davis scientists, Aimee Bryan and Pablo Zamora, attended the Lindau Nobel meeting in 2013.
The first Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting took place in 1951. Today, the annual meetings provide a globally recognized forum for the transfer of knowledge between generations of scientists, while inspiring and motivating both Nobel Laureates and international “best talents.”