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Symposium 4


UBC Life Sciences Institute West Atrium

2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3

The Symposium kicks off at 9:00am, June 7, 2022 and follow this format:






This year, we are working toward a hybrid event where our audience can join in person or virtually (for select sessions).

Learn more about our speakers below

Keynote Talk


Abstract: This talk will cover the development and translational progress for various biomaterials for tissue regeneration and repair, with a particular focus on treating cardiovascular diseases and pelvic floor disorders.

Dr. Karen Christman
Professor & Associate Dean for Faculty,
UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering

Dr. Christman received her Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco and Berkeley Joint Bioengineering Graduate Group in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Randall J. Lee at UCSF, where she examined in situ approaches to myocardial tissue engineering. She was a NIH postdoctoral fellow under the direction of Dr. Heather D. Maynard at the University of California, Los Angeles in the fields of polymer chemistry and nanotechnology. During this time, she developed novel methods for site-specifically patterning proteins into 2D and 3D structures. Dr. Christman joined the Department of Bioengineering in 2007 and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She is also Associate Dean for Faculty with the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Her lab focuses on developing novel biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Projects are highly interdisciplinary and include the development of materials for in vitro differentiation of stem cells to injectable biomaterials for tissue repair and regeneration. The lab has a strong translational focus with the main goal of developing novel minimally invasive therapies for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Christman is co-founder of Ventrix, Inc., and has received several awards including the NIH Director’s New Innovator and Transformative Research Awards, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Translational Research Award, the American Heart Association Western States Innovative Sciences Award, and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society’s Young Investigator Award.


Research Talks

Talk: TBD

Dr. Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood
IBM Fellow and Global Imaging AI Leader
IBM Research



Talk: Mapping Genetic Interaction Networks in Yeast and Human Cells

Dr. Charlie Boone
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics
University of Toronto




Talk: Seeing the Sound: Optical and Ultrasonic Interfaces for Neuromodulation

Dr. Guosong Hong
Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Stanford University




Talk: Semiconductor-enabled bioelectrical interfaces

Dr. Bozhi Tian
Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Chicago



Thank you to everyone who registered to attend. We’re excited to have you join us.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Our lunch and poster sessions sponsor for both our Symposium and SBME Research Day!

Learn more about AbCellera




Our Keynote and Rapid Trainee Talks sponsor for the Symposium and Research Day. Meet them on site at their table.

Learn more about Cytiva



One of our Trainee Awards sponsors for the Symposium and Research Day. Swing by their table and learn about the organization.

Learn more about STEMCELL Technologies

Trainee Awards sponsor for the Symposium and Research Day.

Learn more about CCRM


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