The conference was co-chaired by Luke Lee (University of California, Berkeley) and Matthew Tirrell (University of Chicago) and co-organized by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum.
The meeting, titled "Bionanoscience and Bioengineering for Translational Medicine" will foster greater knowledge exchange and collaboration in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology - two interdisciplinary fields that cut across and integrate different areas in science, engineering, and medicine to create breakthroughs in biomedical research.
Although it has been known for sometime that cells behave differently when cultured outside the body, most of the information known about cells was, and still is, collected when cells are cultured on two-dimensional surfaces. In order to get closer to the in vivo setting, three-dimensional culture systems, such as hydrogels, that can control several aspects of the cell microenvironment have been proposed as alternatives for the study of cell function in vitro and guide regeneration in vivo.
Theresa M. Reineke, Ph.D., is joining the Department of Chemistry as a professor with tenure in September 2011. With expertise in polymer science and gene therapy and diagnostics, Reineke is a world leader in the area of polymer/deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) nanostructures for medical applications.
The Chan Research Group aims to develop and applying nanomaterials for improving the diagnosis of cancer and infectious diseases, two of the leading causes of death in the world.