8th International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

May 28-31, 2019

Presented by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), this conference will bring together leaders and trainees from cutting edge fields of bioengineering and nanotechnology. Topics to be presented include: biomolecular engineering, translational medicine, cell engineering, immunoengineering, and mechanobiology. The global objective of the conference is to bring to the forefront truly transformational development in bionanotechnology.

Technical Program

ICBN 2019 Circulation Flyer

Beginning Tuesday afternoon, May 28, 2019, ICBN 2019 will foster greater knowledge exchange and collaboration in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology - two interdisciplinary fields that integrate different areas in science, engineering, and medicine to create breakthroughs in biomedical research.

Keynote Speakers

Invited Speakers

Session Topics

  • Biomolecular engineering
  • Translational medicine
  • Cell engineering
  • Immunoengineering
  • Mechanobiology

Conference Chairs

Organizing Committee

Featured Speakers

Joel Boerckel

Mechanical forces are important regulators of tissue development and regeneration. In the Boerckel laboratory, we seek to understand the mechanisms by which mechanical cues influence morphogenesis, growth, adaptation, and repair, and we study how these developmental programs can be recapitulated to engineer functional tissues. Dr. Boerckel completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Grove City College, and received the PhD degree, also in Mechanical Engineering, from Georgia Tech in 2011. Following postdoctoral training in vascular biology at the Cleveland Clinic and a...Read more

Dennis Discher

Dennis' research efforts in the nano/bio realm range from stem cell-matrix interactions and high-accuracy proteomics to polymer-based nano-delivery of drugs. His lab pioneered studies of stem cell differentiation due to matrix elasticity and Mass Spectrometry approaches to folding at the proteomic scale. His lab has also developed novel degradable cylinders known as filomicelles as well as degradable polymersomes that shrink tumors and treat genetic diseases.Read more

Alex Dunn

Alex Dunn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. His research focuses on understanding how living cells sense mechanical stimuli, with particular interests in stem cell biology and tissue engineering. Dr. Dunn worked as a postdoctoral scholar with James Spudich in the Department of Biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Harry Gray, where his work focused on understanding the catalytic mechanism selective C-H bond oxidation by...Read more

Rong Fan

Dr. Rong Fan is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. He received a B.S. in Applied Chemistry from University of Science and Technology in China, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, and then completed the postdoctoral training at California Institute of Technology, prior to launching his own research laboratory at Yale University in 2010. His current interest focused on developing single-cell microtechnologies to interrogate functional cellular heterogeneity and inter-cellular signaling network in human health and disease (e.g.,...Read more

Adam W. Feinberg

Dr. Feinberg is the principal investigator of the Regenerative Biomaterials and Therapeutics Group, founded at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010.  He earned his BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University in 1999 with co-op experience at Abiomed, Inc., working on total artificial hearts. This was followed by MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida, where his doctoral work focused on engineering cell-material interactions to prevent and enhance adhesion.  Dr. Feinberg then moved to Harvard University as a Postdoctoral Fellow...Read more

Claudia Fischbach

Claudia Fischbach-Teschl is the Director of Cornell's Physical Sciences Oncology Center on the Physics of Cancer Metabolism. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Regensburg, Germany and holds an M.S. in Pharmacy from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany. She conducted her postdoctoral work at Harvard University in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences and joined the faculty of Cornell in 2007. Dr. Fischbach-Teschl's lab applies biomedical engineering strategies to study cancer with the ultimate goal of identifying new...Read more

Sharon Gerecht

Sharon Gerecht is currently a professor at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Gerecht was a postdoctoral researcher in 2004 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Israel Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Israel Institute of Technology (’04), M.Sc. in Medical Sciences from Tel-Aviv University (’99), and B.A. in Biology from the Israel Institute of Technology (’94).

Her group’s research is focused on employing engineering fundamentals to study basic questions in stem cell biology and applying these to tissue repair and regeneration....Read more

Justin Hanes

Justin Hanes, Ph.D. is the Lewis J. Ort Professor of Ophthalmology with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Environmental Health Sciences, Neurosurgery, and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University.  His degrees are in Chemical Engineering from UCLA (B.S.) and MIT (Ph.D.), and he has completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Oncology and Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins prior to beginning his faculty position in 1998.  He is the Director of the Center for Nanomedicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He is also...Read more

Jeffrey Hubbell

Dr. Hubbell received his bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in 1982, and his PhD from Rice University in 1986, both in chemical engineering. He started his academic career as a member of the chemical engineering faculty at the University of Texas, then at the California Institute of Technology.Read more

Ravi Kane

Ravi Kane is the Garry Betty/ V Foundation Chair and GRA Eminent Scholar in Cancer Nanotechnology. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 1993. Also, he received an M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, working with Bob Cohen and Bob Silbey. After postdoctoral research with George Whitesides in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, he joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as an assistant professor in 2001. He was promoted to associate professor in 2006, to full professor...Read more

Efie Kokkoli

Efie Kokkoli is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and a member of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Johns Hopkins, she was a faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS), and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota for 15 years. She received her Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Chip Zukoski. She...Read more

Erin Lavik

Erin Lavik is a Professor of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as well as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the College of Engineering and Information Technology. Dr. Lavik’s research focuses on engineering polymers to protect and repair the nervous system and treat trauma more broadly. The projects in the lab include developing intravenously administered nanoparticles to stop internal bleeding, drug delivery systems for diseases of the eye, and printing tissue models for high throughput...Read more

Celeste Nelson

Celeste is a Professor in the departments of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Molecular Biology at Princeton University. After earning S.B. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology at MIT in 1998, Celeste attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was awarded her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2003 for work completed with Christopher Chen. Celeste then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Mina Bissell's group in the Life Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Celeste's contributions to the fields of tissue mechanics and...Read more

Andre Palmer

Professor Palmer’s research interests encompass the development of novel hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers for a variety of applications in transfusion medicine and tissue engineering. His lab is also developing non-heme based plasma substitutes, red blood cell storage solutions and monocyte/macrophage targeted drug delivery systems. He is author of more than 100 peer reviewed publications. Among others, he received the National Science Foundation Career Award, and the Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education from The Ohio State University College of Engineering. Prof...Read more

Jonathan Schneck

Jonathan Schneck (Professor of Pathology, Medicine and Oncology) received his MD-PhD in Immunology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing his degree, Dr. Schneck trained in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington DC. From there he went to the National Institute of Allergy and Immunology at the NIH in Bethesda and did his postdoctoral training at the Laboratory of Immunology. He joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1990 and is currently a Professor in Pathology, Medicine and Oncology. He has received several...Read more

Vivek Shenoy

Vivek Shenoy is the Eduardo D. Glandt President’s Distinguished Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania with appointments in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering. Shenoy is the principal investigator and director of the NSF-funded Science and Technology Center for Engineering Mechnobiology established in 2016. Dr. Shenoy's research focuses on developing theoretical concepts and numerical methods to understand the basic principles that control the behavior of both engineering and...Read more

Rong Tong

Dr. Rong Tong is Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He received a B.S. in Macromolecular Science from Fudan University in China, a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He conducted his postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Children’s Hospital, prior to launching his own research laboratory at Virginia Tech in 2015. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including ACS AkzoNobel Award for Graduate Research, an Emerging Investigator by the Journal of Biomaterials Science...Read more

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is University Professor, the highest academic rank at Columbia University reserved for only a few active faculty out of 4,000, as the first engineer in history of Columbia to receive this highest distinction.Read more

Janet Zoldan

Dr. Zoldan received her BSc degree in chemistry from the Hebrew University, and then pursued her master’s degree and doctorate in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Engineering, specializing in polymer science. For her postdoctoral training, she joined Dr. Robert Langer’s lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the Langer lab, she focused on nucleic acid delivery to human embryonic stem cells and protein microfluidic delivery. In 2013 Dr. Zoldan joined The University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor. Research in the Zoldan lab...Read more