Here are Organising Committee Members
University of Colorado
Dr. Smithâ€™s research has centered on the application of computer science and mathematical methods to comparative genetic sequence studies. These have ranged from the development of new functional pattern recognition tools to time-calibrated viral evolutionary studies. Recent efforts have focused on the prediction and modeling of protein structure using Markov models and on the evolution of the cellular information processing machinery. In addition, Dr. Smith has been involved in developing database structures suitable for large-scale genome sequencing and analysis, including new Internet Web page interfaces. As the director of the BioMolecular Engineering Research Center, Dr. Smith works closely with many Boston area experimental molecular biologists in supportive and exploratory data analysis.
Fabiola Munarin, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor of Engineering (Research) at Brown University, School of Engineering. She obtained her PhD in Bioengineering cum laude from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2011. Her research interests are directed towards the use of natural polymers to design 3-dimensional systems for tissue regeneration and neovascularization. She was visiting researcher at Instituto de Engenharia BiomÃ©dica, Porto (Portugal) from 2009 to 2010, where she was trained in the use of stem cells for regenerative medicine. She joined Brown University in 2014 as a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Coulombe Laboratory, and widened her expertise to translational research, investigating vascularization, arrhythmia risk and electrical integration of epicardially implanted engineered human cardiac tissues in ischemia/reperfusion models. Her current research interest involves the development of smart biomaterials and delivery systems to leverage the activation of the cells of the immune system for promoting angiogenesis in ischemic tissues. Her research has been supported by the CardioPulmonary Vascular Biology COBRE Pilot Project and by the Rhode Island Foundation Medical Research Grants.
Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Zheng-Rong Lu is M. Frank Rudy and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Lu received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemistry from Lanzhou University, and Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Luâ€™s research efforts involve molecular imaging, image-guided cancer therapy, multifunctional delivery systems for nucleic acids, and non-viral gene therapy. He has over 190 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 25 US and international patents and pending patent applications. He is a Principal Investigator of several major grants from the NIH and private foundations. Dr. Lu serves on the scientific advisory board of several peer-reviewed scientific journal. Dr. Lu has served in numerous NIH and DOD Study Sections and grant review panels. Dr. Lu is a co-founder of start-up companies of Molecular Theranostics, and Motek Pharmaceuticals. One of his inventions, the first-in-class cancer-specific MRI contrast agent, is in clinical trials for precision cancer imaging. Dr. Lu is named a 2018 Gund-Harrington Scholar of Harrington Discovery Institute. He is a fellow of The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
The University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Professor Peter X Ma received his BS and MS degrees in polymer chemistry and polymer materials from Tsinghua University, received his MS and PhD in polymer science and engineering from Rutgers University. He then did his post-doctoral research on biomaterials and tissue engineering at MIT and Harvard Medical School. Currently, Dr. Ma is the Richard H Kingery Endowed Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan with appointments in the Schools of Dentistry, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Maâ€™s research areas include biodegradable polymers, polymeric scaffolds, controlled drug/biomolecule release, non-viral nucleic acid delivery, and tissue regeneration. Dr. Ma has published more than 300 full-length articles, 4 books, delivered 285 plenary/keynote/invited lectures. He is also an inventor of 35 issued and pending US patents. He has served on 92 grant review panels, reviewed articles for more than 90 journals, and served on 13 editorial/advisory boards. He has also served on 49 organizing committees or advisory boards of national and international conferences and has chaired 61 symposiums.Among his recognitions, Dr. Ma received a Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Young Investigator Award. DuPont Young Professor Award, Distinguished Scientist (Isaac Schour Memorial) Award from International Association of Dental Research, a Clemson Award from the Society for Biomaterials, and was named one of the Top 100 Materials Scientists in the world by Thomson Reuters. Dr. Ma is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, and a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Vladimir Torchilin got his M.S, Ph.D., and D.Sc. degrees from the Moscow State University and serves currently a University Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine, Northeastern University, Boston. He has published more than 450 original papers, more than 200 reviews and book chapters, wrote and edited 13 books, and holds more than 40 patents. Google Scholar shows more than 73,000 citations of his papers with H-index of 121. He is Editor-in-Chief of Current Drug Discovery Technologies, and Drug Delivery, Co-Editor of Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and on the Editorial Boards of many other journals. He received more than $30 M from the governmental and industrial sources in research funding. He has multiple honors and awards and in 2011, Times Higher Education ranked him number 2 among top world scientists in pharmacology for the period of 2000-2010.
University College London
Professor Jayasinghe leads the work of the BioPhysics Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London. Jayasinghe has pioneered many works which have been internationally recognised through articles written about these in leading international society periodicals (American Chemical Societies â€“ Chemical Engineering and News, American Institute of Physics Societyâ€™s â€“ Physics Today to many others) and has been featured on international news media such as on the BBC, Associated Press, Bloomberg to Reuters to name a few. Jayasinghe has demonstrated the ability to print multi-material three-dimensional architectures without the use of supports, namely overhangs, to the ability to create 3D porous architectures. This work was awarded the Leonardo Da Vinci Gold Medal and the De Montfort Medal both presented to him at the Houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom. Subsequent he has pioneered and coined bio-platforms well-known as bio-eleectrosprays and cells electrospinning. These bio-platforms are the only technologies having the potential to directly handle multiple living cells in many permutations and combination to whole organisms for the controlled deposition and formation of three-dimensional functional tissues. These discoveries were recognised by the German Aerosol Societyâ€™s (The "Gesellschaft fÃ¼r Aerosolforschung e.V." (GAeF), prestigious award The Smoluchowski Award and The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), through the Professor Sir George Beilby FRS Medal and Price. At present these discoveries are being adopted in the clinic for tissue repair, replacement to rejuvenation, with particular focus on tissue regeneration in cases of bed soars to those demanding wound healing for venous diabetic ulcers.
Foundation State University Center of the West Zone (UEZO)
Professor Glaucio Dire Feliciano (D.Sc.) has a degree in Biological Sciences from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ / 1999), a master's degree in Human Biology and Experimental (Morphology) from the University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ / 2001) and doctorate in Biology (Nuclear Biosciences) by the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ / 2004). He completed his postdoctoral degree in Experimental Pathology from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ / 2005). He is currently a research professor in the area of Neuropharmacology and Neurochemistry of the Foundation State University Center of the West Zone (UEZO), where he is responsible for research on the Study of the biological effects of natural products with investigative interest in the Brazilian single health system (SUS) , which is developed in the Laboratory of Chemical and Biological Analysis (LAQB). This research professor has experience in the areas of Biochemistry, Biophysics, Morphology and Neuroscience, mainly in the following subjects: Radiolabeling, Biological Effects, Medication Interaction, Histology, Physiology, Pathology, Metabolism, Toxicology and Neurosciences. Member of the American Association for Science and Technology
University Estadual Paulista
Prof. Carlos Roberto Grandini, FBSE Carlos Roberto (Beto) Grandini, professor at Physics Department of Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), in Bauru, Brazil. Prof. Beto Grandini received his B.S. in Physics in 1985 from Universidade Federal de SÃ£o Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil, and M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) in Physics from Universidade de SÃ£o Paulo (USP), Brazil. He did his post-doctoral research on Physics at University Degli Studi di Roma â€œLa Sapienzaâ€, Italy. He was chair of Department of Physics at UNESP from 1998 to 2000 and appointed as professor in 2008. He has published more than 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and he has supervised more than 50 M.S. and Ph.D. students. Our research programs are built upon interdisciplinary subjects including physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, biology and dentistry. We develop novel Ti-alloys aiming orthopedical and dental applications, with well-controlled composition, structure and functional properties. Ho Dr. Grandini is a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE).
National University of Singapore
Professor Seeram Ramakrishna is a professor of materials engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and among the leading six researchers of Singapore. He is also among the top three scientists of the world in Biomedical Engineering based on career-long impact of researchers or c-score. Thomson Reuters identified him among the Worldâ€™s Most Influential Scientific Minds. Clarivate Analytics recognized him among the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in the world in materials science and cross-fields categories. Microsoft Academic ranked him among the top 50 authors out of three million materials researchers worldwide in terms of saliency, publications, citations and h-index. He received PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK; and an elected Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). He is senior member of IEEE. He co-authored books An Introduction to Biomaterials Science & Engineering; Medical Devices- Standards, Regulations and Practices; Biomaterials- A Nano Approach; and An Introduction to Bio-composites. He is the Biomaterials Editor of Elsevier Current Research in Biomedical Engineering journal. He is a plenary Speaker of 6th EURO BioMat on Intelligent Biomaterials. He teaches graduate module on Materials in Medicine to the university students.
Biomedical Informatics Institute
Dr. Chengâ€™s research interests are in data science, machine learning, pattern recognition, signal/image processing, and biomedical/healthcare informatics. He is developing data mining and machine learning techniques to help advance biomedical research, for example, to integrate medical data from heterogeneous sources to find useful patterns, enable actionable insights, and facilitate data-driven knowledge discovery. He handles diverse kinds of data such as small-sample data, large-scale or big data, imaging data of various modalities, data with mixed types, and data with significant missing values. His work has appeared in various venues such as IEEE TPAMI, TNNLS, TSP, CVPR, ICDM, AAAI, ICDE, ACM TIST, KDD, TKDD, CIKM, NIPS, and AAAI. He also has a number of patents generated from his work.
Nanyang Technological University
Dr Joachim Loo is Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He holds a joint appointment at the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) and is a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), USA. He is also an international member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) for Sustainable Waste Management, and a member of the Coordinated Research Project (CRP) under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations (UN). His research interests include designing delivery systems for agri-food and biomedical applications. He has published more than 200 international journal papers (h-index: 53 â€“ Web of Science), three book chapters and filed more than 15 patents. From his patented technologies, he has spun-off two companies, i.e.LiberaTx and Dietrics. Recently, he was also awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop delivery systems for nutraceuticals. He is currently a co-convenor of the ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnology National Working Group (WG3), under the Singapore Chemical Industry Council.
University of Miami
Roger M. Leblanc, professor and chair of Chemistry Department of University of Miami. Dr. Roger M. Leblanc received his B. S. in chemistry in 1964 from UniversitÃ© Laval, Canada, and Ph. D. in physical chemistry in1968 from the same university. He was appointed as professor in 1994 and chair of Department of Chemistry at University of Miami from 1994 to 2002 and again from 2013 to present. He was also one of the three editors of Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces from 1998 to 2013. He has published 540 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. As a professor, he has supervised more than 100 M.S. and Ph.D. students.
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Graduated from National University of Singapore. 2014 â€“ now, Assistant Professor, Mary & Dick Holland Regenerative Medicine Program and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Xie laboratoryâ€™s research interests center on the synthesis, surface modification, self-assembly of materials at nanometer scale to address problems in the field of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug/gene delivery. Our research programs are built upon interdisciplinary subjects including materials science, engineering, biology and medicine. We develop novel, smart biomaterials with well-controlled composition, structure and functional properties. We employ analytical tools in materials science, biology and medicine to characterize these biomaterials as either scaffolds or drug/gene carriers. Specifically, we are interested in use of nano-structured materials together with signaling molecules to regulate cell/stem cell behaviors for regenerating various types of tissues including tendon-to-bone insertion site, cartilage, bone, skin, cardiac muscle, and nerve. We are also interested in developing nano-structured materials for enhancing survival, proliferation, and function of human islets in vitro and in vivo. Additionally, we are interested in developing nanofibrous materials as local drug delivery devices for prevention of surgical site infection
Portland State University
Ephraim Suhir is on the faculty of the Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA, Technical University, Vienna, Austria and James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. He is also CEO of a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) ERS Co. in Los Altos, CA, USA, is Foreign Full Member (Academician) of the National Academy of Engineering, Ukraine (he was born in that country); Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Optical Engineers (SPIE), and the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS); Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the Institute of Physics (IoP), UK, and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE); and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Ephraim has authored 450+ publications (patents, technical papers, book chapters, books), presented numerous keynote and invited talks worldwide, and received many professional awards, including 1996 Bell Laboratories Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) Award (for developing effective methods for predicting the reliability of complex structures used in AT&T and Lucent Technologies products), and 2004 ASME Worcester Read Warner Medal (for outstanding contributions to the permanent literature of engineering and laying the foundation of a new discipline â€œStructural Analysis of Electronic Systemsâ€). Ephraim is the third â€œRussian Americanâ€, after S. Timoshenko and I. Sikorsky, who received this prestigious award. His most recent awards are 2019 IEEE Electronic Packaging Society (EPS) Field award for seminal contributions to mechanical reliability engineering and modeling of electronic and photonic packages and systems and 2019 Int. Microelectronic Packaging Societyâ€™s (IMAPS) Lifetime Achievement award for making exceptional, visible, and sustained impact on the microelectronics packaging industry and technology
Dr. Hettie is an NCI/NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Fellow (PI/PD) in the Departments of Radiology and Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery within the School of Medicine at Stanford University that specialized in the design, development, and implementation of near-infrared-I/II peptidyl-, nucleic acid-, and immuno-based activatable bio-/molecular probes, biosensors, theranostics, and nanoparticles targeting biomarkers of brain cancers and their tumor microenvironment for their early detection, direct visualization, and surgical removal via utilizing image-guided surgery. He focuses on their rational design, bio-/chemical synthesis, and bio-/analytical evaluation in both a basic science research and preclinical setting. He has a Ph.D. in synthetic bio-/organic chemistry and previously was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University pursuing nucleic acid-templated near-infrared-I (NIR-I) fluorescent probes
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Completed doctoral course at Department of Genetic Resource Engineering, Graduate School of Bioresource and Environmental Science, Kyushu University in 2003 andPh.Din Agricultural Science. From 2003 to 2006, she worked as Assistant Professor Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo Japan. In 2006, she joined the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST Japan) after serving as a specially appointed faculty member at Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo. Engaged in research and development in the fields of bioinformatics and systems biology. Currently, she is Vice Director at CBBD-OIL and also chief senior researcher atBioproduction Research Institute of AIST Japan. She is a guest professor at â€œNiigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Scienceâ€ and at â€œWaseda Universityâ€, and a guest researcher at RIKEN Japan.
University of Malaya
Dr. Omid Akbarzadeh Pivehzhani is working with Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Centre since 2016. His main research area is heterogeneous catalysis and catalytic reaction engineering. He has spent 10 years in academic-industrial projects as a research officer and post-doctoral. Dr. Omid has worked 5 years in the oil and gas industry as a chemical engineer. He developed advanced smart catalysts, especially for the oil and gas industries. Dr. Omid has contributed to two PETRONAS Research Sdn Bhd industrial catalyst projects and worked on an international Airbus R&D project in NANOCAT. Currently, he is the PI of the graphene catalyst project at Hokkaido University in Japan, project member of FRGS grant in UTP and assigned to the NANOCAT center project. Dr. Omid was the Chairman, keynote speaker and organizing committee of many international conferences. He is currently the supervisor of three Ph.D. students from different countries. He has published many ISI papers; book chapters and has two approved and granted patents. Also, he has hands-on experience and passed several pieces of training on handling different types of equipment which are being widely used for material synthesis, characterization and performance evaluation. He is in close collaboration with other departments, government agencies and universities around the world. He is visiting researcher of Jiangsu University China and Hokkaido University Japan. He is a member of the society of petroleum engineers (SPE) and Senior Member of Hong Kong Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society. Omid awarded a full fellowship from UTP during Ph.D. and were involved for lab demonstrator and teaching in the different courses of chemical engineering. He awarded Silver Medal in 27th International Invention & Innovation Exhibition (ITEX 2016), Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Malaysia and Silver Medal of Post Graduate Research Project in the 35th Science & Engineering Design Exhibition (SEDEX 35)
Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Wei Min Huang is currently an Associate Professor (tenured) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. With over 20 years of experience on various shape memory materials (alloy, polymer, composite and hybrid), he has published over 190 papers in journals, such as Accounts of Chemical Research, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, and Materials Today, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 280 international journals (including Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, and Advanced Functional Materials, etc), project proposals from American Chemical Society, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, etc, and book proposals from Springer, Elsevier and CRC. He has published two books (Thin film shape memory alloys â€“ fundamentals and device applications, Polyurethane shape memory polymers) and is currently on the editorial board of over three dozen of journals.
Indira Gandhi National Tribal University
Vishnu Narayan Mishra is working as Associate Professor and Head of Department of Mathematics at Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Lalpur, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, India. Prior to this, he also held as academic positions as Assistant Professor in AMHD, SVNIT, Surat and Guest Lecturer at MNNIT, Prayagraj. He received the Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2007. His research interests are in the areas of pure and applied mathematics including Approximation Theory, Summability Theory, Variational inequality, Fixed Point Theory, Operator Theory, Fourier Approximation, Non-linear analysis, Special functions, q-series and q-polynomials, signal analysis and Image processing, Optimization etc. He is referee and editor of several international journals in frame of pure and applied Mathematics & applied economics. He has authored more than 250 research papers to his credit published in several journals & conference proceedings of repute as well as guided many postgraduate and PhD students (08 Ph.D.). He has delivered talks at several international conferences, Workshops, Refresher programmes and STTPs etc. as Resource person. He is actively involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as PhD students. He is a member of many professional societies such as Indian Mathematical Society (IMS), International Academy of Physical Sciences (IAPS), Gujarat Mathematical Society, International Society for Research and Development (ISRD), Indian Academicians and Researchers Association (IARA), Society for Special Functions and their Applications (SSFA), Bharat Ganit Parishad etc. Citations of his research contributions can be found in many books and monographs, PhD thesis, and scientific journal articles, much too numerous to be recorded here. Dr. Mishra awarded as Prof. H.P. Dikshit memorial award at Hisar, Haryana on Dec. 31, 2019. Moreover, he serves voluntary as reviewer for Mathematical Reviews (USA) and Zentralblatt Math (Germany). Dr. Mishra received Gold Medal in B.Sc., Double Gold in M.Sc., V.M. Shah prize in IMS and Young Scientist award in CONIAPS, Allahabadd Univ., Prayagraj and best paper presentation award at Ghaziabad