​Past Seminar Series



September 7, 2017**
2:45 pm, Room 12, Brauer Hall
Kristen Myers, PhD
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Columbia University
Co-sponsored with the Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
September 11, 2017**
11:00 am, Room 206, Crow Hall

Adam Engler, PhD
Associate Professor of Bioengineering
UC San Diego
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering
September 21, 2017**
10:10 am, Room 100, Whitaker Hall

Shawn Chen, PhD

Senior Investigator
Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
September 28, 2017**
2:45 pm, Room 12, Brauer Hall

David Odde, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Minnesota
Co-sponsored with the Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
October 31, 2017**
10:30 am, Erlanger Auditorium, McDonnell Science Building

Manu Platt, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Diversity Director, STC on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems, GRA Distinguished Scholar
Georgia Tech
Co-sponsored with Developmental Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
November 2, 2017
10:10 am, Room 218, Whitaker Hall

James Fitzpatrick, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering
Scientific Director, Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging
Washington University in St. Louis
November 6, 2017**
11:00 am, Room 100, Whitaker Hall

Elizabeth Wayne, PhD
Postdoctural Fellow
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
November 16, 2017
10:10 am, Room 218, Whitaker Hall

Princess U II Imoukhuede, PhD
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
December 4, 2017**
11:00 am, Room 206, Crow Hall
Julie C. Liu
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Purdue University
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering


January 19, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate
Nandan Nerurkar
Research Fellow
Harvard Medical School
Title: Molecular Control of Physical Forces during Morphogenesis of the Vertebrate Gut
Focus Area: Regenerative Engineering in Medicine and/or Biomechanics

January 24, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate
Marjan Rafat
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Radiation Physics
Stanford Medicine
Title: Deconstructing the Tumor and Tissue Microenvironment
Focus Area: Biomaterials; Tumor Microenvironment

January 26, 2016

BME Faculty Candidate
Michael Vahey
Postdoctoral Fellow
University California, Berkeley
Title: Catching the Flu in the Act: Quantifying Influenza A Virus Assembly and Organization using Multispectral Viral Strains
Focus Area: Molecular & Cellular Systems Engineering

January 31, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate
Erik Dreaden
Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: A Tale of Two Particles: Engineering Rational Combination Therapies against Metastatic Tumors
Focus Area: Cancer Technologies

February 2, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate
Nathaniel Huebsch
Senior Scientist
University of California, Berkeley
Title: Harnessing Mechanobiology to create better Disease Models and Therapies from Mesenchymal and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Focus Area: Stem Cells and Biomaterials

February 9, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate
Christopher Nelson
Postdoctoral Scholar
Biomedical Engineering
Duke University
Title: Delivery of Genome Engineering Technologies for Precision Gene Therapy
Focus Area: Genome Engineering

February 14, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate
Eduardo Reátegui
Research Fellow
Massachusetts General Hospital /
Harvard Medical School

Title: Microfluidic Liquid Biopsy: seeking Particles Large and Small in Cancer Patient Blood
Focus Area: Cancer Technologies

February 16, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate - Imaging
Raiyan Zaman
Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Stanford Medicine
Novel Fiber-Based Optical Systems for Biomedical Applications
Focus Area:
Biomedical/Biological Quantitative Molecular Imaging

February 21, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate
Erica Jung
Postdoctoral Associate
Synthetic Neurobiology Lab at the Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: High-speed neural imaging with a genetically encoded voltage sensor
Focus Area: Neural Engineering

CANCELED - February 23, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate
Thomas Gaj
Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Berkeley
Title: Therapeutic Genome Editing using CRISPR-Cas9
Focus Area: Molecular & Cellular Systems Engineering

February 28, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate
Michael Mitchell
Burroughs Wellcome Fund CASI Fellow
Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow
Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Engineering Blood and Marrow for Cancer Therapy
Focus Area: Cancer Technologies

March 2, 2016

BME Faculty Candidate
Associate Research Scientist
Institute of Systems Biology
Yale University
Title: The Stag Hunt Game in Cancer: How Cells Cooperate Within Cancer Populations and Stroma to Divide and Conquer
Focus Area: Cancer Metastasis, Intercellular Communication, Integrative Biology

March 9, 2016

BME Faculty Candidate - Imaging Search
Abhinav K. Jha
Johns Hopkins University
Title: Objective Assessment of Image Quality-based Techniques to Advance Technologies for Quantitative Medical Imaging
Focus Area: Computational imaging, imaging informatics

March 23, 2017

Yoram Rudy
The Fred Saigh Distinguished Professor
Title: Noninvasive Imaging of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmias in the Intact Human Heart: Selected Examples
Focus Area: Cardiovascular Engineering

March 28, 2017

Paul Wiseman
Professor of Physics & Chemistry
Otto Maass Chair in Chemistry
McGill University
Title: Mesoscale Regulation of Podosome Turnover in Human Dendritic Cells Revealed with Image Correlation Methods
Focus Area: Biomedical and Biological Imaging
Host: Dr. Steve George

March 30, 2017

Leslie M. Loew
Cell Biology and Computer Science & Engineering
University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Engineering
Title: Signaling to the Actin Cytoskeleton
Virtual Cell (V-Cell) demonstration to follow in Whitaker 318.
Focus Area: Cell Biophysics
Host: Drs. Kristen Naegle and Jonathan Silva

April 13, 2017 in Whitaker 100

co-sponsored by The Institute for Informatics

Andrea Califano
Chair, Systems Biology
Professor, Chemical & Systems Biology
Columbia University
Title: Addressing the Precision Deficit Disorder: leveraging Genomic Data and Models in the Post-mutational Era
Focus Area: Systems biology, cancer, neurodegeneration
Host: Drs. Kristen Naegle & Philip Payne

April 20, 2017

Michel M. Maharbiz
Electrical Engineering
University of California - Berkeley
Title: Recent Advances in Neural Dust, a Platform for Peripheral and Central Nervous System Recording
Focus Area: Biosystems & Computational Biology
Host: Dr. Barani Raman

April 28, 2017

BME Faculty Candidate
Karin Wang
Research Fellow
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard University School of Public Health

Title: Mechanobiology of Breast Tumorigenesis

Host: Prof. Lori Setton

April 27, 2017

David Eliezer
Weill Cornell Medical College
Title: Alpha-synuclein, Tau and Complexin: Disordered Proteins in Neurodegeneration and Neurotransmission
Focus Area: Disease-related proteins
Host: Prof. Jan Bieschke


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Seminar Title


Alaa Ahmed, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado

Metabolic cost in movement decision making: a neuroeconomic framework


Steve George, MD, PhD

Elvera and William Stuckenberg Professor and Chair, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, WUSTL

InVitro Modeling of Vascularized Cardiac and Tumor Tissue


Nenad Bursac, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Engineering of Functional Skeletal Muscle: from Rats to Humans


Patrick Rousche, PhD

Founding Director, Ensis Scientific Consulting

Commercializing Academic Research: What students and faculty in Biomedical Engineering need to know about the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR).


Neb Duric, PhD

Kamanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State Univ.

Ultrasound Tomography: from Laboratory Promise to Clinical Realization


Johanna Temenoff, PhD

Associate Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech/Emory

Tunable GAG-based Biomaterials for Sequestration and Delivery of Therapeutic Proteins


Henry Colecraft, PhD

Associate Professor of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, Columbia Univ.

Calcium Channel Engineering


Roland Kaunas, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M

Mechanobiology of Cell-Matrix Interactions in Blood Vessels and Bone


Chris Xu, PhD

Professor, School of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell

In VivoMultiphoton Imaging of Mouse Brain


Elizabeth Nance, PhD

PD Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

Nanotherapeutics for Neurological Disorders


Samuel Senyo, PhD

PD Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Direct Evidence for Cardiac Proliferation in the Mammalian Heart


Ashley Brown, PhD

Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology

Development of Microgel Systems for Evaluation and Modulation of Biological Responses


Heather Duffy, PhD

Student Attorney, Suffolk Law School Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic

Science and the Law: Protecting and Commercializing Scientific Discoveries


Lori Setton, PhD

Professor, Duke University

Advancing Regenerative Medicine Approaches to Treat Intervertebral Disc Disorders


Eun Ji Chung, PhD

Research Associate, Tirrell Research Group, The University of Chicago

Molecular Engineering for Regenerative Medicine and Theranostic Applications


Mounir Tarek, PhD

Research Director, CNRS Nancy University, Cedex, France

Synergic use of Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Experiments Reveal Key Aspects of Lipid Membranes Electroporation


Corin Williams, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University

Cardiac Extracellular Matrix as a 'Regenerative Biomaterial for the Young Heart


Crystal Ripplinger, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, UC, Davis

Novel Approaches for Calcium Imaging in the Intact Heart


Muyinatu Bell, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Engineering Research Center for Computer - Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology, Johns Hopkins University

Toward Clinical Implementation of Photoacoustic Imaging Systems with Short-lag Spatial Coherence Beamforming


Ying Hu, PhD

CIRM Postdoctoral Fellow, Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center, Salk Institute

Seeing through Light: unveilling new biological structures by Manipulating and Resolving Light in the Sub-diffraction Regime


Hong Chen, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Ultrasound Therapy and Imaging: applications in Brain Drug Delivery and Pancreatic Cancer Treatment


Kai Wang, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Hi Resolution Subcellular Imaging throughout Whole Living Organisms


Liang Gao, PhD

Advisory Research Scientist Computational Optical Imaging Group, RIC

Developing Next Generation Multidimensional Optical Imaging Devices


Garrett Stanley, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology/Emory University

Reading and Writing the Neural Code: Challenges in Neuroengineering


Shu Chien, MD, PhD

Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine; Director, Institute of Engineering in Medicine, UC-San Diego

Role of microRNA in Endothelial Mechanotransduction in Health and Disease


Pamela Kreeger, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Impact of Cellular Network and Microenvironmental Variations in Disease


Quing Zhu, PhD

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut

Ultrasound-guded Difuse Light Imaging/Co-registered Ultrasound & Photoacoustic Imaging: Matching the tool to the Cancer Site


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Seminar Title


Jessica Wagenseil, DSc

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, WUSTL

Elastin in arterial growth and remodeling


Frederic Theunissen, PhD

Director, Auditory Science Lab, Psychology & Neuroscience, UC, Berkley

Neural representation of a complete vocal repertoire in a songbird: from sound to meaning


Ira Cohen, MD, PhD

Leading Professor, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics, Stony Brook University

Acquired Long Q-T Syndrome: Block of IKr or Inhibition of PI3- Kinase?


Sandor Kovacs, PhD

Professor, IM-Cardiovascular Division, WUSTL

How the Heart Works when it Fills: an Engineering Perspective


Spencer Lake, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, WUSTL

Structure-Function Relationships of Orthopaedic Soft Tissues


Jeffrey Jacot, PhD

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering Lab TX Childrens Hosp., Rice University

Engineering Heart Tissue for Pediatric Applications


Shuming Nie, PhD

Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Chair Professor, Georgia Tech / Emory

Nanomedicine: New Opportunities in Targeted Cancer Therapy and Image-guided Surgery


Johannes Reisert, PhD

Associate Member, Monell Chemical Senses Center

Dynamics and basal activity of olfactory receptor neurons


Bastiaan Boukens, PhD

Research Scientist, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, WUSTL

The Origin of Electrophysiological Heterogeneities in the Heart: a developmental and evolutionary view


Stacey Rentschler, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, IM-Cardiovascular Division, WUSTL

Developmental Paradigms in Cardiovascular Regeneration


Andrew McCulloch, PhD

Distinguished Professor, Jacobs Distinguished Scholar, Department of Bioengineering, UC, San Diego

Multi-Scale Modeling of the Failing Heart


Emilia Entcheva, PhD

Professor of BME, Physiology and Biophysics, SUNY at Stony Brook

Towards All-optical Cardiac Electrophysiology via Optogenetics


Zachary Pincus, PhD

Assistant Professor, Developmental Biology and Genetics, WUSTL

Variability in Longevity and the Origins of Individuality


Gerald Dorn, MD

Philip & Sima K Needleman Professor of Medicine, IM-Pharmacogenomics, WUSTL

Mitochondrial Fission/Fusion and Qualilty Control in Development and Disease


Venkatesh Murthy, PhD

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Algorithms and neural circuits in odor-guided behaviors in mice


Vincent Christoffels, PhD

Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Amsterdam

Transcriptional regulation of cardiac conduction system development


H. Peter Larsson, PhD

Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

KCNE1 divides the voltage sensor movement in cardiac Iks channels into two steps


Chris Gemmiti, PhD

Founder & Managing Director, Ridgewood Consulting LLC, Organogenesis, Inc.

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine: Failure and Success


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Seminar Title


Mark Stopfer, PhD

Investigator, NIH

Neural codes for odor and taste


Kathy Miller, PhD Gina Frey, PhD

Professor & Chair, Dept. of Biology
Executive Director of The Teaching Center and co-Director of CIRCLE WUSTL

Washington University’s CIRTL Program for Future Faculty in STEM


Roger Markwald, PhD

Professor & Chair, Medical University of South Carolina

Veni, vidi, vici: from fibroblast origin, through visualization to defeating pathological valve and myocardial remodeling


Simon Tang, PhD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, BME, MEMS, WUSTL

The Biological Regulation of Matrix Quality in Skeletal Tissues


John Cunningham, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, WUSTL

Understanding Computation in Neural Populations


Yongping Zheng, PhD

Acting Head & Professor, Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Biomedical and Engineering, Department of Health Technology & Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Techniques for Measurement of Soft Tissue Elasticity: From Innovation to Application


Brenda Schulman, PhD

Member , HHMI/St. Judes Research Hospital

Twists and Turns in Ubiquitin Conjugation Cascades


Kevin Janes, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

A systems perspective on signaling networks perturbed by viruses, small molecules, and RNAi


Lori Setton, PhD

Professor , Duke University

Engineering Injectable Depots for Intra-Articular and Peri-Neural Drug Delivery


Megan McCain, PhD

Disease Biophysics Group, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University

From Womb to Doom: Mechanical Regulation of Cardiac Tissue Assembly in Morphogenesis and Pathogenesis


Jan Bieschke, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, WUSTL

Protein Misfolding: Mechanisms and Intervention Strategies


Kristen Naegle, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, WUSTL

Predicting novel protein interactions and the case for ensemble clustering


Robin Dowell-Deen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology , University of Colorado, Boulder

Coping Strategies: Adaptation and Aneuploidy


Craig Goergen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering , Purdue University

Cardiac and Vascular In Vivo Imaging in Health and Disease


Pat Alford, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Engineered Tissues for Studying Vascular Mechano-Adaptation


Jim Havranek, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Genetics, WUSTL

Computational Protein Design: Algorithms and Applications


Stephanie Willerth, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Victoria

Engineering reproducible neural tissue from pluripotent stem cells


Karen Troy, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago

Quantifying the input/output relationship between in vivo mechanical loads and bone adaptation in women


Matt Kupinski, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Arizona

Image Science and Adaptive Imaging


Robi Mitra, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Genetics, WUSTL

Recording transcription factor binding using transposon 'Calling Cards'


Regina Murphy, PhD

Smith-Bascom Professor, Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering , University of Wisconsin, Madison

Transthyretin: A natural anti-Alzheimer’s agent?


Jordan Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor, Princeton University

The Role of Cognitive Strategies in Motor Learning