KNI Distinguished Seminar Series

The Kavli Nanoscience Institute’s Distinguished Seminar Series is a monthly series where eminent scientists and thinkers from various backgrounds in nanoscience and nanotechnology are invited to Caltech to share their expertise with the KNI community. Seminars consist of a one-hour presentation, followed by a Q&A and light reception. Invited speakers have the opportunity to spend additional time at Caltech to meet with fellow researchers and further engage in the exchange of ideas, knowledge and campus enrichment.

Scopes of the seminar presentations range from: recent outstanding scientific highlights/technological advancements, to innovative early-stage research developments, to broader cross-disciplinary topics that are relevant to KNI members. Each seminar is recorded and made available to the public via the KNI YouTube page.

2019 Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, January 29

"The Cell is a Bag of RNA"

Dr. Stephen Quake

Stanford University; Chan Zuckerberg BioHub

Watch the full seminar recording here.


Wednesday, March 6

"New Opportunities with Old Optical Materials"

Dr. Marko Loncar

Harvard University

Watch the full seminar recording here.


Tuesday, April 9

"Making Matter from Light: Mott Insulators and Topological Fluids"

Dr. Jonathan Simon

University of Chicago


Tuesday, April 30

Dr. Nathalie de Leon

Princeton University


Tuesday, May 28

Dr. Michal Lipson

Columbia University