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2011 Annual Meeting

AES's next annual meeting will be October 16-21, 2011 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. The organizers for the 2011 meeting are Blanca H. Lapizco Encinas, CINVESTAV-Monterrey (blapizco@cinvestav.mx) and Zachary Gagnon, Johns Hopkins University (zgagnon1@jhmi.edu). Contributions are invited until December 1, 2011 for an Electrophoresis Proceedings Issue.

AES is in the process of organizing the 86 abstracts and 12 poster abstracts we received into a 3 day meeting with outstanding technical sessions. A preliminary schedule is viewable via the AIChE website. Some AES meeting highlights are:

We hope you'll join us for an intense week of electrophoresis-related research and development discussions!

Plenary Speakers
Proceedings Issue with Electrophoresis

We are pleased to announce that this year, AES is pleased to team up with the journal ELECTROPHORESIS to publish a special proceedings section highlighting selected manuscripts associated with work presented in the AES Topical Sessions. Benefits of contributing your work to this special section include enhanced visibility and rapid turnaround time. To ensure timely communication of these proceedings, we will follow an accelerated timeline, with a deadline set for December 1, 2011 for manuscript submission with a tentative publication date by the end of June or July 2012. Please submit your manuscripts electronically at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/elpho indicating that it is intended for this special proceedings section, or contact one of the co-editors directly. The co-editors for this special section in ELECTROPHORESIS are Victor Ugaz (ugaz@tamu.edu) and Blanca H. Lapizco-Encinas (blapizco@cinvestav.mx).

Meet our organizers!

Blanca Lapizco-Encinas
I am presently the Director of the Microscale Bioseparations Laboratory at CINVESTAV-Monterrey in Mexico. I received my PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Cincinnati and I was a postdoc at Sandia National Laboratories where I worked with the inventor of Insulator-based Dielectrophoresis, Dr. Eric Cummings. My current research focuses primarily on microscale electrokinetic (EK) techniques for bioparticle manipulation, we work towards the development of robust and rapid EK methods for the manipulation, concentration and separation of macromolecules and cells. The most exciting benefit of the AES is the annual meeting, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to be one of the organizers this year. We hope to continue the strong topical programming at the meeting. In addition, we are arranging a plenary and award sessions of invited speakers at the cutting-edge of electrophoresis and its applications. Link to web lab pages: http://microbioseplab.org/

Zachary Gagnon
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. My research is directed at employing AC electrokinetic and microfluidic techniques to study basic questions in cell biology. Specifically, I study directed cell migration and cell signaling with the long term goal to determine how a cell can sense the microenvironment and bias its motion in response to external cues such as shear force, chemical gradients and voltage. I am excited to be involved with the AES annual meeting. AES offers a wonderful and unique environment to discuss, learn about, and present work in many exciting fields including electrophoresis, proteomics and microfluidics.