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Fall Quarter 2017

10/05: Matthew O'Donnell, PhD, Frank and Julie Jungers Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering; Professor of Bioengineering
University of Washington
"Light and Sound -- Combining Ultrasonics with Photonics for Biomedical Applications"

10/26: Milica Radisic, PhD, Professor and Canada Research Chair
Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
"Engineering Microenvironments for Cardiovascular Regeneration"

11/9: Michael Cho, PhD, Chair and Alfred R and Janet H Potvin Endowed Professor of Bioengineering
The University of Texas at Arlington
"Elucidation of blast-inducted Traumatic Brain Injury using in vitro Biosystems"

11/16: Ange-Therese Akono, PhD, Assistant Professor and Louis Berger Junior Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Northwestern University
"Fragility of Cortical Bone via Microscopic Scratch Testing"

11/30: Tania Douglas, PhD, Visiting Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Northwestern University
"Health Technology Innovation in Africa"

Winter Quarter 2018

1/11: Vitaliy Rayz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University
"Flow quantification in intracranial aneurysms: numerical models based on 4D Flow MRI"

1/18: Andrew Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Counting Molecules in Cells and Tissues using Next-Generation Quantum Dots and Quantitative Flourescene Imaging"

1/25: Milan Yager, MPA, Executive Director
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
"The Science of Failed Public Policy -- Why Congress Doesn't Fund Medical Research"

2/1: Maria Aristova
Northwestern University
"4D Flow MRI for Characterization of Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations"

2/8: Daniel Anderson, PhD, Samuel A. Goldblith Professor of Applied Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Delivery systems for In vitro genome editing and cell therapy"
*please note: this seminar will take place on the Chicago campus.

2/15: Tejal Desai, PhD, Professor and Chair, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
The University of California, San Francisco
"Two Genes Lecture"

3/8: Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, PhD, Professor and Department Chair in Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
"Biomaterials for Drug Delivery and Cell Transplantation to Treat Nerve Injury"

3/15: Alexandra Kolberg
Northwestern University
"BDNF Mimetic Peptide Amphiphiles for Neural Regeneration"

Spring Quarter 2018

4/5: Yoshua Bengio, PhD, Professor of Computer Science and Operations Research
The University of Montréal
"Bridging the Gap Between Deep Learning and Neuroscience"
*please note: this presentation will take place at the Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium, McGaw Pavilion, Chicago.

4/12: Francisco Valero-Cuevas, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
The University of Southern California
"Feasability Theory: An Integrative Approach to Neuromuscular Control"

4/19: Craig Duvall, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Vanderbilt University
"Precision Polymer Architectures and Conjugates to Enable Molecularly-Targeted and Cell-based Therapies"

4/26: Juan de Pablo, PhD, Professor of Molecular Engineering
The University of Chicago
"Directed Assembly: Taking Examples from Nature to Design Synthetic Process"

5/3: Rebecca Carrier, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair of Research of Chemical Engineering
Northeastern University
"Structurally Biomimetic Biomaterials for Intestinal and Retinal Tissue Engineering"

5/24: Moriel Vandsburger, PhD, Associate Professor of Bioengineering
University of California, Berkeley
"Magnetic resonance imaging as a molecular tool for the study of heart failure and regeneration"

5/31: Erin Lavik, PhD, Professor of Chemical, Biomedical, and Environmental Engineering
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
"Engineering Nanoparticles to Stop Internal Bleeding"

6/7: Matthew McCullough, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemical, Biological, and Bioengineering
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
"Improving Degradable Orthopaedic Devices Using Finite Element Analysis"

Fall Quarter 2018

10/25: Kristen Naegle, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis
"Unsupervised learning to unravel differential cell fate outcomes"

11/8: Melody Swartz, PhD, William B. Ogden Professor of Biomedical Sciences
The University of Chicago
Title TBA

11/15: Peter Ma, PhD, Richard H Kingery Endowed Collegiate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Biological Sciences; Materials Science; Macromolecular Science and Engineering
University of Michigan
"Biomaterials to Engineer Regeneration"

11/29: Cheng Sun, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Northwestern University
"Development of High-throughput Precision 3D Printing Technologies Towards Patients-Specific Biomedical Devices"

12/06: Lena H Ting, PhD, Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology
"Neuromechanics of balance: from flamingos to dancers"

Winter Quarter 2019

1/10: Jacqueline Linnes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University
"Bringing the Lab to the Patients: Point-of-Care Molecular Diagnostics"

1/17: Hasan Otu, PhD, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
"Probabalistic Graph Models for Biological Data Analysis using External Knowledge"

1/24: Peng Yin, PhD, Professor of Systems Biology
Harvard University
"Biomolecular analysis with DNA probes"

1/31: Michael King, PhD, J. Lawrence Wilson Professor of Engineering
Vanderbilt University
"Drivers Wanted: Cellular Delivery of Anti-Cancer Therapeutics in the Circulation"
[this Seminar was cancelled due to weather]

2/21: Krishanu Saha, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Precise Gene Editing of Mutant Alleles Using CRISPR-Cas9 Ribonucleoprotein Complexes"

2/26: Two Genes Lecture
Joanna Aizenberg, PhD, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science
Harvard University 
"Non-Fouling Medical Devices: Slippery Coatings That Resist Adhesion of Biological Matter"
[this Seminar was cancelled due to weather]

2/28: BMEGS Midwest Speaker Exchange
Sevde Etoz Niemeier, PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"One Step Forward: Increasing the Predictability of Microwave Ablation"

3/7: Kevin Tracey, PhD, President and CEO of Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
"Molecular Mechanisms in Bioelectronic Medicine"

3/13: Inaugural Michael Jaharis Distinguished Lectureship:
Heejin Lee, PhD, Principal Engineering Innovation Lead
Amgen, Inc.
"Value Creation Through Innovative Combination Products: Challenges and Opportunities"

Spring Quarter 2019

4/4: Surya Ganguli, PhD, Assistant Professor of Applied Physics, Neurobiology, and Electrical Engineering
Stanford University
"Unsupervised Discovery of Structure in Neural Data Across Multiple Time-Scales: Theory and Application"
*This Seminar will take place in Arkes 6-035 on the Chicago campus

4/11Michael McShane, PhD, Department Chair of Biomedical Engineering
Texas A&M University
"Biomaterials-Based Optical Metabolite Sensing"

4/18: Ngan Huang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Stanford University
"Engineering the Microvasculature for Regenerative Medicine"
*This Seminar will take place in Hughes Auditorium on the Chicago campus

4/25: Chuan He, PhD, John T. Wilson Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Director at Institute of Biophysical Dynamics
The University of Chicago
"Studies of RNA Methylation and Chromatin Organizations"

5/2: Matthew Tirrell, PhD, Dean and Founding Pritzker Director at the Institute for Molecular Engineering
The University of Chicago
"Protein Analogous Micelles: Versatile, Modular Nanoparticles"

5/9: Sarah Heilshorn, PhD, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Stanford University
"Protein Engineering of Multi-Functional Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine"

5/16: No Session (Research Day, featuring speaker Silvia Salinas Blemker)

5/23: Ed Nardell, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health and Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Harvard University
"Climate change is increasing TB transmission - and what can be done about it"

5/30: No session