SBME Annual Symposium 2021


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To register to attend, complete the survey linked below by Monday, May 17th, 23:59 (PDT).

Trainees who would like to be considered for the poster sessions and rapid fire talks should also submit abstracts (maximum 1,500 characters) through this registration link:


Symposium Agendas

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June 8 | Day One Agenda

June 9 | Day Two Agenda


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.




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.


Research Talks


Day 1

Talk: TBA

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: TBA

Dr. Takanori Takebe
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics




Talk: TBA

Dr. Su-In Lee
Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington



Symposium 3
Day 2


Talk: “Sculpting Human Multicellular Systems via Genetic Design”

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


Talk: TBA

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