Previous BE Seminar Speakers

Below is a listing of the speakers who have participated in the BE Seminar Series in the past.

Spring 2022
01/13/2022 Emma Chory MIT Precise Control and Quantitative Modeling of the Epigenome
01/17/2022 Santiago Correa Stanford University Self-Assembling Nanotechnologies for Precision Biomaterials
01/20/2022 Gregg Duncan University of Maryland Engineering New Tools to Understand Airway Mucosal Barrier Function
01/24/2022 Liangliang Hao MIT Visualizing the Unseen: Enabling Precision Oncology Through Microenvironment-Triggered Diagnostics and Therapeutics
01/27/2022 Yvon Woappi Harvard Medical School Orchestrating Cellular Regeneration at Organ Scale
02/03/2022 Noor Momin Harvard Medical School From Bench to Pet-Side: Intratumoral Immunotherapy Principles and Practice
02/17/2022 Ava Soleimany Microsoft Research End-to-End Precision Medicine: Personalized Sensing, Targeted Diagnostics, and Therapeutic Discovery
03/10/2022 Shriya Srinivasan Harvard Society of Fellows The Interface between man and machine | Neural Interfacing for Sensory Feedback and Neuroprosthetic control
03/24/2022 Sarah Heilshorn Stanford University Designer Matrices and Measurements of Cell-Matrix Remodeling
03/18/2022 Drew Weissman University of Pennsylvania Herman P. Schwan Distinguished Lecture: Nucleoside-modified mRNA-LNP Therapeutics
03/31/2022 April M. Kloxin University of Delaware Engineered Systems for Controlling Cellular Microenvironments: From Synthetic Extracellular Matrices to Multidimensional Disease Models
04/07/2022 Paul Blainey MIT Analysis of High-content Genomic Screening Data with Large-scale Optical Pooled Screens
05/02/2022 Aaron Streets University of California, Berkeley New tools for multi-modal precision measurement of single cells
Fall 2021
09/02/2021 Michael Lin Stanford Synthetic Biochemistry: Engineering Molecules and Pathways for Precision Medicine
09/09/2021 Ken Yamada National Institutes of Health Dynamics of 3D Cell Migration and Organ Formation
09/16/2021 Guillermo Ameer Northwestern University Regenerative Engineering: Enabling Regenerative Medicine
09/23/2021 Susan Thomas Georgia Institute of Technology Material Design for Lymph Node Drug Delivery and Immunomodulation
11/21/2021 Emma Chory MIT Phage and Robotics-Assisted Biomolecular Evolution
10/28/2021 Ilana Brito Cornell University Systems-level Analyses of the Human Gut Microbiome
12/16/2021 Bijan Pesaran New York University Neural Engineering and the Primate Brain: Working at the Electrical and Optical Interface
Spring 2021
01/21/2021 Kelly Stevens University of Washington Deconstructing and Reconstructing Human Tissues
01/28/2021 Pamela Silver Harvard Medical School Designing Biology for Detection and Control
02/04/2021 Christopher Hernandez Cornell University Microbes in Biomechanics
02/11/2021 Glenna Wink Foight Lyell Immunopharma Multi-input Chemical Control With Computationally Designed Proteins for Research Tools and Cell Therapies
02/18/2021 Maria Coronel Georgia Institute of Technology Engineering Synthetic Biomaterials for Islet Transplantation
02/25/2021 Siyu Chen California Institute of Technology Dissecting Multicellular Therapeutic Responses Using a Large-scale Single-cell Profiling Platform
03/18/2021 David Barker University of Washington The Coming of Age of De Novo Protein Design
03/25/2021 Jennifer Lewis Harvard University Grace Hopper Distinguished Lecture: Biomanufacturing Vascularized Organoids and Functional Human Tissues
04/01/2021 Emery Brown MIT Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia
04/08/2021 Weihua Guan Pennsylvania State University Reaction-Coupled Solid-State Nanopore Digital Counting: Towards Sensitive, Selective and Fast Nucleic Acid Testing
04/15/2021 Xiling Shen Duke University Understanding Spatiotemporal Cell Reprogramming for Precision Medicine
04/22/2021 Lea Goentoro California Institute of Technology Promoting Appendage/Limb Regeneration in Jellyfish, Drosophila, and Mouse
Fall 2020
09/10/2020 Quinton Smith MIT Stem Cell Fate is a Touchy Subject
09/16/2020 Kafui Dzirasa Duke University Medical Center Mapping emotions: discovering structure in mesoscale electrical brain recordings
09/24/2020 Kevin Johnson Vanderbilt University Medical Center Patients, Providers and Data: How the EMR and Data Science are Changing Clinical Care
10/01/2020 Stacey Finley University of Southern California Predicting the effects of engineering immune cells using systems biology modeling
10/08/2020 Aaron Streets UC Berkeley Imaging and sequencing single cells
10/22/2020 Kyle Daniels UCSF High-throughput Screening of a Combinatorial CAR Co-stimulatory Domain Library
11/17/2020 Yvonne Chen UCLA Engineering Next-Generation CAR-T Cells for Cancer Immunotherapy
11/18/2020 Daniel Palanker Stanford University Photovoltaic Restoration of Sight in Age-related Macular Degeneration
11/19/2020 Audrey Bowden Vanderbilt University Emerging Technologies for Detection of Early Stage Bladder Cancer
Spring 2020
01/09/2020 Ning Jenny Jiang University of Texas at Austin High-throughput T cell repertoire profiling enabled systems immunology and immune engineering
02/06/2020 Kara Spiller Drexel University Immunomodulatory Biomaterials for Limb Salvage
02/13/2020 Jeff Tabor Rice University Repurposing bacterial two-component systems as sensors for synthetic biology applications
02/27/2020 Michael Yaszemski Mayo Clinic Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering
03/05/2020 Tara Deans University of Utah Engineering Stem Cells to Create Novel Delivery Vehicles
Fall 2019
10/03/2019 Jens Herberholz University of Maryland Developing neuroengineering solutions of biomedical relevance using crayfish as a model system
11/06/2019 Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic Columbia University Herman P. Schwan Distinguished Lecture: Engineering human tissues for medical impact
11/21/2019 Sumita Pennathur UC Santa Barabara Nanofluidic Technologies for Biomolecule Manipulation
Spring 2019
3/14/2019 Shuichi Takayama Georgia Tech & Emory University Microfluidics and Immuno-Materials for Organs-on-a-Chip
11/04/2019 Cynthia Reinhart-King Vanderbilt University Grace Hopper Distinguished Lecture: Powering tumor cell migration through heterogeneous microenvironments
Fall 2018
9/13/2018 Rosalind Picard MIT What Can We Discover About Emotions and the Brain from Noninvasive Measures?
9/20/2018 Brianna Moon BE Ph.D. Student Magnetic susceptibility of hemorrhagic myocardial infarction
9/20/2018 Sohaib Hashmi BE M.D./Ph.D. Student Role of ACTG2 Mutations in Visceral Myopathy
9/20/2018 Christopher Olm BE Ph.D. Student Distinct patterns of longitudinal cortical thinning and perfusion in pathological subtypes of behavioral variant frontotemporal degeneration
10/25/2018 Trevor Vent BE Ph.D. Student Optimization of spatial resolution for a NGT prototype
10/25/2018 Ahmed Aly BE M.D./Ph.D. Student Semi-automated Image Segmentation of the Midsystolic Left Ventricular Mitral Valve Complex for Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation
10/25/2018 Dayo Adewole BE Ph.D. Student Tissue Engineered “Living Electrodes” for Axon-Based Brain-Machine Interfacing
11/15/2018 Titipat Achakulvisut BE Ph.D. Student Claim extraction for biomedical publications
11/15/2018 Zhichun Eric Wang BE Ph.D. Student Very high aspect ratio worm-like micelles self-assembled from a simple recombinant amphiphile
11/29/2018 Alison Pouch Radiology, Penn Shaping Innovation in Heart Valve Surgery with Image-based Modeling
Spring 2018
1/18/2018 Sydney Shaffer Path/Lab Medicine, Penn Cellular Memory and Rare Cell Variability in Cancer
1/25/2018 Kirsten Frieda Caltech Seeing Cell Histories with MEMOIR
3/1/2018 Christopher Voigt MIT General Circuit Design
3/22/2018 Rosalind Picard MIT Media Lab What Can We Discover About Emotions and the Brain from Noninvasive Measures?
4/19/2018 Viviana Gradinaru Caltech Optogenetic, tissue clearing, and viral vector approaches to understand and influence whole-animal physiology and behavior
Fall 2017
10/19/2017 Amina Ann Qutub UT at San Antonio Neural Cell Communication During Growth & Regeneration
11/9/2017 Srinivas Turaga HHMI Janelia Research Campus From Biological Neural Networks to Artificial Neural Networks
11/16/2017 Claudia Fischbach Cornell Grace Hopper Distinguished Lecture: Engineering Approaches to Study Emerging Roles of ECM Dynamics in Cancer
12/7/2019 Sophie Dumont UCSF Cell Division: Mechanical Integrity with Dynamic Parts
12/8/2019 Manu Prakash Stanford Life in Flatland: Toy Models and Systems to Explore Origins of Behavior
in Non-neuronal Ensembles
Spring 2017
1/19/2017 Kimberly Kelly UVA Hitting the Target: Imaging, Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery in Pancreatic Cancer
1/26/2017 April Kloxin University of Delaware Designing and Utilizing Responsive Biomaterials to Control Cellular Microenvironments in the Study of Tissue Regeneration and Disease
2/2/2017 Long Cai Caltech Spatial genomics and single cell lineage dynamics by seqFISH and MEMOIR
2/16/2017 Nandan Nerurkar Columbia Molecular Control of Physical Forces During Morphogenesis of the Vertebrate Gut
3/2/2017 Caleb Bashor Rice University Bottom-up Engineering of Eukaryotic Regulatory Systems
3/13/2017 Lukasz Bugaj UCSF Interrogating Cell Signal Perception Using Optogenetics
3/16/2017 Alex Hughes UC Berkeley Inferring the Design Rules of Development by Tissue Reconstitution
3/20/2017 Michael Mitchell MIT Technologies for Engineering Blood and Marrow for Cancer Therapy
3/30/2017 Aaron Meyer MIT Engineering More Precise and Potent TAMR-Targeted Therapies
4/6/2017 Sindy Tang Stanford Order and Chaos*: Collective Behavior of Crowded Drops in Microfluidic Systems
4/13/2017 Ahmad Khalil Boston University Epigenetics and Evolution in the Age of Synthetic Biology
4/27/2017 Ali Khademhosseini UCLA Nano- and Microfabricated Hydrogels for Regenerative Engineering
Fall 2016
9/8/2016 Glen Niebur Notre Dame Mechanobiology of Bone Marrow and Its Relationship to Bone Physiology
10/17/2016 Orion Weiner UCSF Cell Polarity at the Crossroads of Signaling Physical Forces
and the Actin Cytoskeleton
10/20/2016 Jennifer Cochran Stanford Engineering Proteins for Visualizing and Treating Cancer
10/27/2016 Ibrahhima Cisse MIT RNA Polymerase II cluster dynamics predict mRNA output in living cells
11/3/2016 Otger Campas UC Santa Barbara Mechanical Control of Tissue Morphogenesis
11/17/2016 Peter Lelkes Temple University Modulation of Pluripotent Stem Cell Fate Decision by Microenvironmental Cues
12/1/2016 Eva Marie Collins UCSD Ripping Yourself a New One: Biomechanics of Tissue Rupture in
Regenerating Organisms
12/8/2016 Jun Song University of Illinois Telomere Maintenance in Glioma
12/15/2016 Prashant Mali UCSD Therapeutic Strategies via CRISPR-Cas: New Approaches and New Challenges
Spring 2016
1/14/2016 Sanjay Kumar UC Berkeley Cells as smart materials: Dissecting and reverse-engineering mechaniobiological units
1/21/2016 Mehmet Toner Harvard The Power of Microfluidics to Sort Extremely Rare Cells: Quest to Isolate Circulating Tumor Cells
1/25/2016 Ronit Freeman Northwestern University Instructing Cells with Programmable Peptide-DNA Hybrids
1/28/2016 Dominique Durand Case Western Reserve University Controlling the timing of single cells to prevent seizures
2/1/2016 Paco Robles Duke University Endogenous Molecular Imaging Using Linear and Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy for Biomedical Applications
2/4/2016 Adam Abate UCSF Droplet Microfluidics for High Throughput Biology
2/1/2016 KC Huang Stanford It Came as a Shock: Regulation of Bacterial Growth by Osmotic Pressure
2/15/2016 Dan Wilson UCSB As Simple As Possible (But Not Simpler): Model Reduction in the Treatment of Neurological and Cardiological Disease
2/18/2016 Kyle Quinn University of Arkansas Quantifying Changes in Cell Metabolism Through Label-Free Multiphoton Microscopy
2/29/2016 Thomas Gaj UC Berkeley Translating the Revolution: Development and Aplpication of Therapeutic Genome Editing Technologies
3/3/2016 Hui Mao Emory University Engineering Magnetic Nanoparticles and Nanoparticle Surface for Enhanced Targeting, Imaging and Delivery
3/7/2016 Omar Khan MIT Tissue, vascular and immunological engineering through design criteria
3/10/2016 Dan Simionescu Clemson University Heart Valve Tissue Engineering: A Tale of Scaffolds, Cells, and Stimuli
4/7/2016 Wan-Ju Li University of Wisconsin-Madison Strategies to Improve Stem Cell Differentiation for Skeletal Tissue Generation
4/14/2016 Hang Lu Georgia Tech Deep Phenotyping Enabled by Microfluidics and High-Throughput Quantitative Microscopy
4/21/2016 Lonnie Shea University of Michigan Local and Systemic Therapeutic Immunomodulation
4/25/2016 Konrad Kording Northwestern University Estimating the Trial-by-Trial Timing of Movement Planning
4/28/2016 Jian-Jun Cheng University of Illinois Addressing Delivery Challenges Through Controlled Materials Design
5/24/2016 Jukka-Pekka Onnela Harvard Digital Phenotyping
Fall 2015
9/10/2015 David A. Weitz Harvard Drop-based microfluidics: Biology a picoliter at a time
9/17/2015 Jan Liphardt Stanford Perhaps, Abnormalities of Matrix Mechanics Can Drive Rapid EMT-like Transitions
10/1/2015 Kwabena Boahen Stanford Neuromorphic Chips: Combining Analog Computation with Digital Communication
10/15/2015 Guillermo Sapiro Duke Image processing and machine learning helping to get advanced medicine to the masses: From brain surgery to mental health
10/22/2015 Na Ji HHMI Janelia Research Campus From star to neuron – adaptive optical microscopy for deep brain imaging
10/29/2015 Rajanikanth Vadigepalli Thomas Jefferson University Modeling Multiscale Control of Liver Regeneration
11/5/2015 Lauren Black Tufts University Mechanotransduction and Extracellular Matrix-based signaling in Cardiac Health and Disease: Opportunities for Therapeutic Development
11/30/2015 Matthew Paszek Cornell The mechanobiology of the cancer cell glycocalyx
12/3/2015 Michael Hagan Brandeis University Cargo encapsulation by self-assembling icosahedral containers
12/10/2015 Konrad Kording Northwestern University Making complicated movement out of simple ones: Chunking as a control phenomenon
Spring 2015
1/22/2015 Jané Kondev Brandeis University How Cells Control the Size of Their Organelles
1/29/2015 Jennifer Elisseeff Johns Hopkins Grace Hopper Distinguished Lecture
2/5/2015 Daniel Ferris University of Michigan
2/6/2015 Casey Schneider-Mizell HHMI Janelia Research Campus
2/12/2015 Tarjei Mikkelsen Broad Institute
2/19/2015 R Todd Constable Yale Relating resting-state fMRI connectivity to behavior
2/26/2015 Heike Daldrup-Link Stanford
3/6/2015 Richard Betzel Indiana University Generative models of the human connectome
3/12/2015 Howard Stone Princeton At the intersection of (fluid) mechanics and molecular biology
3/19/2015 Scott Manalis MIT Measuring Single Cell Growth and Response to Targeted Cancer Therapies
3/20/2015 Christopher Macklin University of Illinois Follow your ears: Music and Scientific Problem Solving from Euler to EEGs
3/25/2015 Sheila Keilhoz Georgia Tech What’s in the BOLD Signal? Neural and Non-neural Contributors to Functional Connectivity and Resting State MRI
4/3/2015 David Spivak MIT Thinking about modularity in networks
4/16/2015 Steven George Washington University in St. Louis Vascularizing Engineered (Cardiac and Tumor) Tissues in vitro
4/23/2015 Samuel Stupp Northwestern University Communications Between Cells and Supramolecular Materials
4/30/2015 Fan Yang Stanford Engineering Stem Cells from “Outside-In” and “Inside-Out”: A Biomaterials-mediated Approach
6/5/2015 Peter Fraser The Babraham Institute Chromatin and Chromosome 3D Structure Links to the Epigenome and Gene Expression
Fall 2014
9/9/2014 Sheldon Weinbaum City College of New York Changing the Odds for URM Students in STEM Disciplines Through a New Approach to Mentoring
9/11/2014 Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen NIH Nanoparticle Platforms for In Vitro diagnostics, In Vivo Imaging and Drug/Gene Delivery
10/2/2014 Aaron Wheeler University of Toronto Digital Microfluidics for Three Dimensional Cell Culture and Single-Cell Signaling Assays
11/13/2014 Theoden Netoff University of Minnesota Optimizing Deep Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease
11/20/2014 Jelena Kovacevic Carnegie Mellon University Problems in Biologic Imaging: Opportunities for Signal Processing
12/11/2014 Kevin Plaxco UCSB Stealing Nature’s Tricks to Build Better Biosensors
Spring 2014
1/16/2014 Amy E. Herr UC Berkeley Talking about a (Proteomics) Revolution: Microfluidic Assays as a Foundation for Next-Generation Protein Analysis
1/23/2014 Kevin H. Gardner University of Texas Environmental Sensor Proteins: Understanding and Manipulating Nature’s Switches
1/30/2014 Adam Cohen Harvard Bringing Bioelectric Phenomena to Light
2/6/2014 Samuel K. Sia Columbia Microfluidics for 3D Tissue Engineering and Personal Diagnostics
2/20/2014 Andrew B. Schwartz University of Pittsburgh A High-Performance Brain-Controlled Interface
2/27/2014 Brendan A. Harley University of Illinois Biomaterials to Replicate the Form and Function of Inhomogeneous Structures in the Body
3/6/2014 Sanjay Kumar UC Berkeley Dissecting and Rewiring Contractile Signaling in Single Cells and Whole Organisms
3/27/2014 Jan Grimm Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Novel Tools for Molecular Imaging and Drug Delivery
4/3/2014 Garrett B. Stanley Georgia Tech/Emory University Reading and Writing the Neural Code: Challenges in Neuroengineering
4/10/2014 Timothy J. Deming UCLA Synthetic Polypeptide Materials for Biomedical Applications
4/17/2014 Roger D. Kamm MIT Microfluidics: A powerful tool to study multi-cell interactions in metastatic cancer
Fall 2013
9/5/2013 Igor R. Efimov Washington University in St. Louis Optical Imaging of the Human Heart
9/12/2013 Edward Boyden MIT Media Lab Tools for Mapping Brain Computations
10/17/2013 Xiaoyuan Shawn Chen NIH Nanoparticle Platforms for In Vitro Diagnostics, In Vivo Imaging and Drug/Gene Delivery
10/24/2013 Craig R. Forest Georgia Tech Automated Patch Clamp Electrophysiology of Neurons in the Living Brain
11/7/2013 Dino Di Carlo UCLA Manipulating and Measuring Cell Mechanics for Medicine
12/5/2013 Phillip B. Messersmith Northwestern University Mussel Adhesive Proteins and Biomimetic Materials
12/12/2013 Stefan Zauscher Duke
Spring 2013
1/15/2013 Luke P. Lee UC Berkeley
1/17/2013 Kevin Healy UC Berkeley
1/31/2013 Matthew Gounis UMass Engineering Solutions for the Endovascular Treatment of Cerebrovascular Disease: From Bench to Brain
2/21/2013 Danielle S. Basett UCSB Towards a Predictive Science of Network-Based Biological Systems
4/4/2013 Beth Pruitt Stanford Microtechnology, metrology and mechanobiology
4/18/2013 Farshid Guilak Duke
Fall 2012
9/13/2012 Chin-Lin Guo Caltech Geometrical circuits in the patterning of cell shapes and tubular structures
9/20/2012 Ido Golding Baylor University A quantitative narrative for the living cell: From precise measurements to general principles
10/4/2012 Cynthia Reinhart-King Cornell Pulling apart at the seams: The role of cell contractility in atherosclerosis and metastasis
10/11/2012 Bonnie Firestein Rutgers University Glutamate-induced neurotoxicity: Morphological and microelectrode array studies
10/16/2012 Liangfang Zhang UCSD RBC membrane-camouflaged nanoparticles as a biomimetic delivery platform
10/23/2012 William Murphy University of Wisconsin Orthopedic biomaterials that mimic and harness biological signals
11/1/2012 Sheldon Weinbaum City College of New York From red cells to skiing to a new concept for a jet train that glides on a frictionless soft porous track at 700 km/hr
11/15/2012 Sharon Gerecht Johns Hopkins Regulating the differentiation and assembly of vascular networks
12/6/2012 Shawn Lockery University of Oregon Neuronal flip-flop circuit regulates random search behaviors in the nematode C. elegans
Spring 2011
1/13/2011 Sophie Dumont Harvard Mechanical Forces in Cell Division
1/20/2011 Christine Ortiz MIT Natural Armor: An Encyclopedia of Protective Engineering Designs
1/27/2011 Jeanne Stachowiak Sandia National Laboratories Reverse Engineering Biological Membranes
2/3/2011 Sotiris Masmanidis Caltech Probing brain activity with micro and nanoscale neural interfaces
2/10/2011 William Greenleaf Harvard Making light work in biology: Observing transcription with high‐resolution optical tweezers, and sequencing DNA with fluorogenic nucleotides
2/15/2011 Sai Reddy UT Austin Integrating immunology and engineering for biopharmaceutical drug development
2/17/2011 Neal K. Devaraj Harvard Biomedical Applications of Tetrazine Cycloadditions: Live Cell Microscopy, Clinical Diagnostics, and In-Vivo Imaging
3/3/2011 Gabriel  A. Silva UCSD Engineering methods for making sense of the function of neural circuits and networks from cell signaling
3/10/2011 Viviana Gradinaru Stanford Bioengineering tools for mapping and mending dysfunctional brain circuits
3/17/2011 Lena H. Ting Georgia Tech Neuromechanics of muscle coordination in normal and impaired posture and locomotion
3/24/2011 Linda Watkins UC Boulder Listening’ and ‘talking’ to neurons: Clinical Implications of glial dysregulation of pain and opioid actions
3/31/2011 Mark Churchland Stanford Conserved principles of movement generation: A dynamical systems perspective
4/7/2011 Daria A. Narmoneva University of Cincinnati Regulation of Angiogenesis by Extracellular Microenvironment
Fall 2010
9/16/2010 Peter Cummings Vanderbilt Combined Experimental and Modeling Approach to Cell Motility and its Role in Tumor Growth Dynamics
9/23/2010 Christopher R. Jacobs Columbia Primary cilia as cellular mechanosensors
9/29/2010 Jennifer Cochran Stanford Engineered Protein Therapeutics and Diagnostic Agents Inspired by Nature
10/14/2010 Zeng-Rong Lu Case Western Reserve University MRI Contrast Agents for Molecular Imaging of Tumor Microenvironment
10/28/2010 James E. Ferrell, Jr. Stanford Dissecting the mitotic oscillator
11/4/2010 Darrell J. Irvine MIT New materials and new methods for cancer immunotherapy and vaccine delivery
11/11/2010 Andres J. Garcia Georgia Tech BioArtificial Materials for Harnessing Host Repair
12/2/2010 Paul Sajda Columbia Single-trial Analysis of Simultaneously Acquired fMRI and EEG: A Window into Latent Brain States
12/9/2010 James Moon MIT Novel lipid-based nanoparticles for antigen delivery and vaccine applications
12/16/2010 Daniel A. Heller MIT Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Optical Biosensor Technologies