7th International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

March 19-22, 2017

Presented by the Society of Biological Engineering (SBE), this conference will bring together leaders and trainees from cutting edge fields of bioengineering and nanotechnology. Topics to be presented include: immune-engineering, synthetic vaccines, targeted drug delivery, stimulus-responsive polymers, bioconjugates, cell mechanics, microfluidics, synthetic biology for nanomedicine, and many more. The global objective of the conference is to bring to the fore truly transformational development in bio-nano-technology.

See Preliminary Technical Program Here

Conference Chairs:

  • Matthew Tirrell, University of Chicago
  • Jeffrey Hubbell, University of Chicago

Invited Speakers:

  • Patrick Stayton, University of Washington
  • Ashutosh Chilkoti, Duke University
  • Stephen Quake, Stanford University
  • Darrell Irvine, MIT
  • Arup Chakraborty, MIT
  • Daniel A.  Fletcher, UC Berkeley
  • Daniel A. Hammer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Charles Gersbach, Duke University
  • David Tirrell, Caltech
  • Michael Jewett, Northwestern University
  • Prashant Mali, UC San Diego


  • Microfluidics
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Immuno-engineering
  • Soft Matter/ Tissue Engineering
  • Synthetic biology
  • Recapitulating biology with synthetic systems

Featured Speakers

Arup Chakraborty

After obtaining his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Delaware, and postdoctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in December 1988. He served as the Warren and Katherine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Chemistry, and Professor of Biophysics at Berkeley. He was also Head of Theoretical and Computational Biology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In September 2005, Arup moved to MIT.Read more

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Ashutosh Chilkoti is the Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.

My research in biomolecular engineering and biointerface science focuses on the development of new molecular tools and technology's that borrow from molecular biology, protein engineering, polymer chemistry and surface science that we then exploit for the development of applications that span the range from bioseparations, plasmonic biosensors, low-cost clinical diagnostics, and drug delivery....Read more

Daniel Fletcher

Daniel Fletcher, Ph.D. is the Purnendu Chatterjee Professor of Bioengineering and Biophysics at UC Berkeley, where his research explores organizational principles of the cell membrane and cytoskeleton, mechanotransduction in cancer and infectious diseases, and development of biomedical technologies for global health.
He received a B.S.E. from Princeton University, a D.Phil. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. After a postdoctoral fellowship in the Stanford University School of Medicine, he began his...Read more

Charles Gersbach

Dr. Charles A. Gersbach is the Rooney Family Associate Professor at Duke University in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, an Investigator in the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, and Director of the Duke Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering. His research interests are in genome and epigenome editing, gene therapy, regenerative medicine, biomolecular and cellular engineering, synthetic biology, and genomics. 

Dr. Gersbach’s work has been recognized through awards including the NIH Director’s New...Read more

Daniel Hammer

Alfred G. and Meta A. Ennis Professor
Bioengineering (BE)
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE)
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Honors and Awards:  Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research - 2004, AIMBE Fellow - 1997, Presidential Young Investigator Award - 1982

Research Expertise: Cellular Engineering | Bioengineered Therapeutics | Devices and Drug Delivery | Cell Mechanics

Dan applies his research in nanometric soft matter to his studies in biology. Working with colleagues, he has forged polymersomes, membranes made of block...Read more

Darrell Irvine

Dr. Irvine obtained an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Pittsburgh.  As a National Science Foundation graduate fellow he then studied Polymer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Following completion of his Ph.D., he was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell postdoctoral fellow in immunology at the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine. He is presently a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is an Associate Director for the Koch Institute...Read more

Michael Jewett

Michael Jewett is the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and co-director of the Center for Synthetic Biology at Northwestern University. He is also an Institute Fellow at the Northwestern Argonne Institute for Science & Engineering. 

Dr. Jewett’s lab seeks to re-conceptualize the way we engineer complex biological systems for compelling applications in medicine, materials, and energy by transforming biochemical engineering with synthetic biology. Dr. Jewett is the recipient of the NIH Pathway to...Read more

Prashant Mali

Prashant Mali received a bachelor’s and master’s in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, with a research focus on solid-state biosensors; and a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, with a research focus on human pluripotent stem cell engineering. During his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Genetics at the Harvard Medical School, he pioneered the development of the CRISPR-Cas systems for eukaryotic genome engineering. For his graduate work he received the Siebel Scholar Award in 2011, and in 2014 he...Read more

Stephen Quake

Stephen Quake
Ph.D., University of Oxford, Physics (1994)
M.S., Stanford University, Mathematics (1991)
B.S., Stanford University, Physics (1991)

Professor Quake's interests lie at the nexus of physics, biology and biotechnology. His group pioneered the development of Microfluidic Large Scale Integration (mLSI), demonstrating the first integrated microfluidic devices with thousands of mechanical valves. This technology is helping to pave the way for large scale automation of biology at the nanoliter scale, and he and his students have been exploring...Read more

Patrick Stayton

Patrick Stayton currently serves as the Distinguished Career Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. He received his B.S. in Biology (summa cum laude) from Illinois State University, his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, also at the University of Illinois. Stayton has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and has been the recipient of the Clemson Award from the Society For...Read more

David Tirrell

David A. Tirrell is the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. After earning the B.S. in Chemistry at MIT in 1974, Tirrell enrolled in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, where he was awarded the Ph.D. in 1978 for work done under the supervision of Otto Vogl. After a brief stay with Takeo Saegusa at Kyoto University, Tirrell accepted an assistant professorship in the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie-Mellon University in the fall of 1978.

Tirrell...Read more