Biomolecular Engineering for Cell and Tissue Engineering

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 4:00pm-5:50pm EST

Session Co-Chairs:

  • Debra Auguste, City College of New York
  • Cliff Wang, Stanford University

Invited Speakers:

  • David Schaffer, University of California, Berkeley: Molecular Elucidation and Engineering of the Stem Cell Fate Decisions
  • Denis Wirtz, Johns Hopkins University


Oral Presentations:

  • Jeremy Lakey, Newcastle University: Getting Life From the Black Death; Re-Engineering a Yersinia Pestis Virulence Factor Into a Cell Culture Hydrogel
  • Matthew Lazzara, University of Pennsylvania: Imbalanced Oncogenic Signaling Initiated by Constitutively Active Mutants of EGFR

David Schaffer

David Schaffer is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as the Director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1993. Afterward, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned his Ph.D. also in Chemical Engineering in 1998. Finally, he did a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Fred Gage at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA before moving to UC Berkeley in 1999...Read more

Denis Wirtz

Denis Wirtz is the Theophilus H. Smoot Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering.
Wirtz directs the Johns Hopkins Physical Sciences-Oncology Center and co-directs the Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center, both National Cancer Institute-funded entities. He also serves as associate director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology.

Wirtz studies the biophysical properties of healthy and diseased cells, including interactions between adjacent cells and the role of cellular architecture on...Read more