Invited Seminar Series

The Invited Seminar series hosted by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering welcomes world class researchers to present and discuss their most recent research.

Review below for the upcoming seminars that is hosted in the 2020-2021 session.

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Paul S. Weiss

Nanotechnology Approaches to Biology and Medicine

September 15th 2020 

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Abstract: By controlling the exposed chemical functionality of materials from the submolecular through the centimeter scale, we have enabled new capabilities in biology, medicine, and other areas. I will discuss current and upcoming advances and will pose the challenges that lie ahead in creating, developing, and applying new tools using this capability. These advances include using biomolecular recognition in sensor arrays to probe dynamic chemistry in the brain and microbiome systems. In other areas, we introduce biomolecular payloads into cells for gene editing at high throughput for off-the-shelf solutions targeting hemoglobinopathies, immune diseases, and cancers. We circumvent the need for viral transfection and electroporation, both of which have significant disadvantages in safety, throughput, cell viability, and cost. Mechanical deformation can make cell membranes transiently porous and enable gene-editing payloads to enter cells. These methods use specific chemical functionalization and control of surface contact and adhesion in microfluidic channels. 

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Jose Zariffa

Measuring Hand Function at Home Using Egocentric Video

October 13th 2020 

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Abstract: The recovery of upper limb function is often a central priority after neurological injuries. Developing therapies or technologies to improve upper limb function requires high-quality measures to quantify outcomes. Currently, options to directly and objectively measure hand function in real-world environments are lacking. Wearable systems based on egocentric cameras and computer vision present the opportunity to evaluate hand function in unconstrained environments with an unprecedented level of detail. This talk will describe our recent efforts using this strategy to measure the quantity and quality of hand use at home after spinal cord injury and stroke. 

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Doug Lauffenburger

TBA

November 10th 2020 

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Abstract: TBA

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Adam Cohen

TBA

December 8th 2020 

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Abstract: TBA

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Penney Gilbert

TBA

January 12th 2021

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Abstract: TBA

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Eli Sone

TBA

February 9th 2021

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Abstract: TBA

Shyni Varghese
Shyni Varghese

TBA

March 9th 2021 

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Abstract: TBA

Lena Ting
Lena Ting

TBA

April 13th 2021 

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Abstract: TBA