Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Postdoctoral Fellow

Assaf Rotem
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Assaf Rotem is a post-doctoral fellow in the Weitz group at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at The Weizmann Institute of Science in 2008, where he conducted research with Elisha Moses on magnetic stimulation of neurons and neuronal devices. In the MRSEC as part of IRG 2, he has developed microfluidic-based techniques to use micron size drops as compartments for performing biological assays at small scale and at high throughput. This effort has broadened to a nationwide collaborative project exploring how viruses evolve in micro-environments to better understand the emergence of epidemics. In addition, he has developed a method for measuring the molecular state of single cells by genetically labeling each cell in a micron size compartment and then sequencing the contents of many compartments in parallel. Assaf is also responsible with other post-doctoral fellows as a point of contact for the Soft Lith cleanroom.