As a science geek, TED’s primary draw for me is the innovators and researchers. As a Rochester-based TEDx, with lots of research facilities in the area, we have so many choices we could put up on our stage. Ben Miller’s work is as awesome as it is potentially world-changing. Ben starts off telling us that he views the adage of “work before play” as being over. He introduces us to new memes starting with “Play always”. He then takes us through some background of the principals that guide him and his work which is focused on health care, most specifically creating new optical bio-sensors to detect diseases.
Ben is currently a Professor of Dermatology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester. He completed his undergraduate studies at Miami University (Ohio), receiving degrees in Chemistry (B.S.), Mathematics (A.B.), and German (A.B.) in 1988. He next moved to Stanford University, where he carried out his Ph. D. research in Chemistry. Following a stint as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, he joined the University of Rochester faculty in 1996. His group’s expertise in molecular recognition, combinatorial chemistry, nanotechnology, and sensing has been applied to the development of several novel optical biosensor platforms and therapeutic candidates.