SBME Annual Symposium 2021


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Symposium Agendas & Roster

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June 8 | Day One Agenda

June 9 | Day Two Agenda

Event Poster Roster

The SBME Annual Symposium will take place on June 8-9, 2021, 9:00am-1:00pm (PDT) both days.

The Symposium will be a virtual event this year and showcase industry panels, research presentations, poster sessions, and keynote talks from Dr. Ali Khademhosseini and Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff. Check out our speakers’ bios below, and stay tuned for more event details to come.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ali Khademhosseini
CEO and Founding Director, Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation

Ali Khademhosseini is the CEO and Founding Director at the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation. Previously, he was a Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, and Radiology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He joined UCLA as the Levi Knight Chair in November 2017 from Harvard University where he was Professor at Harvard Medical School and faculty at the Harvard-MIT’s Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and associate faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Dr. Khademhosseini is an Associate Editor for ACS Nano.

Talk: “Engineering in Precision Medicine”

Abstract: Engineered materials that integrate advances in polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, and biological sciences have the potential to create powerful medical therapies. Dr. Khademhosseini is interested in developing ‘personalized’ solutions that utilize micro-and nanoscale technologies to enable a range of therapies for organ failure, cardiovascular disease and cancer. His group also aims to engineer tissue regenerative therapeutics using water-containing polymer networks called hydrogels that can regulate cell behavior. Specifically, he has developed photo-cross linkable hybrid hydrogels that combine natural biomolecules with nanoparticles to regulate the chemical, biological, mechanical and electrical properties of gels. These functional scaffolds induce the differentiation of stem cells to desired cell types and direct the formation of vascularized heart or bone tissues. Since tissue function is highly dependent on architecture, he has also used microfabrication methods, such as microfluidics, photolithography, bioprinting, and molding, to regulate the architecture of these materials. He has employed these strategies to generate miniaturized tissues. To create tissue complexity, he has also developed directed assembly techniques to compile small tissue modules into larger constructs. It is anticipated that such approaches will lead to the development of next-generation regenerative therapeutics and biomedical devices.


Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff
Professor and Director, Translational Tissue Engineering Center
Wilmer Eye Institute and Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Orthopedic Surgery, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering;
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Elisseeff is the Morton Goldberg Professor and Director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center at Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Wilmer Eye Institute, with appointments in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science, and Orthopedic Surgery. She was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, and a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.

Talk: “Regenerative immunology: new therapeutic targets for tissue repair”


Research Talks

Day 1

Day 1

Talk: “Green Electronics to Gray Matter”

Dr. Deblina Sarkar
Assistant Professor, MIT
AT&T Career Development Chair Professor, MIT Media Arts and Sciences
Founder and Director, Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek research lab




Talk: “Re-engineering Distal Gut as a Breathing Organ”

Dr. Takanori Takebe
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Director, Commercial Innovation, Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Research and Medicine



Symposium 3
Day 2


Talk: “Sculpting Human Multicellular Systems via Genetic Design”

Dr. Mo R. Ebrahimkhani
Associate Professor, Pathology, University of Pittsburgh


Talk: “Combining Engineering and Public Health to Improve Sport Safety for Athletes”

Dr. Jillian Urban
Assistant Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine


Talk: “Protein-based resins for 3D printing hydrogel-based devices”

Dr. Al Nelson
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington



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