6th International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering 2018

December 5-7, 2018
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Presented by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), this conference will bring together leaders and trainees from cutting edge fields of stem cell engineering including basic and applied studies to discuss progress and needs to develop the next generation of stem cell technologies.

Call for Abstracts is now open until September 5th, 2018

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Stem Cell flyer

Stem cell engineering is a distinct field at the intersection of stem cell biology, engineering and regenerative medicine. The understanding of how biophysical and biochemical cues in the cells’ surrounding regulate cell fate and differentiation can be harnessed for the development of novel approaches to modulate stem cell behaviors and leading eventually to their clinical utilization. As stem cell knowledge matures, its appropriate translation to the clinical setting is crucial for success. Thus, in addition to fundamental studies, approaches to monitor stem cell responses, enhance regeneration through material properties, uncover the immunological response during regeneration and the accurate design of clinical trials are all required to unlock the therapeutic potential of stem cells.

Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Session Topics

  • Disease modeling
  • Organoid engineering
  • Endogenous repair and immune engineering
  • 3D printing
  • Computational stem cell biology
  • Clinical applications and challenges
  • Differentiation and morphogenesis
  • Towards regenerative therapies

Conference Chairs

Organizing Committee

Featured Speakers

Randolph S. Ashton

Randolph S. Ashton received his B.S. from Hampton University (Hampton, Virginia, 2002) and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY, 2007) in Chemical Engineering. During graduate studies under Prof. Ravi Kane, he researched how engineering biomaterials at the nanoscale could regulate the fate of adult neural stem cells. He continued to pursue his interest in stems cells and tissue engineering as a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Berkeley’s Stem Cell Center in the lab of Prof. David Schaffer. In 2011, he was appointed to a faculty position in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering.Read more

Kevin D'Amour

Kevin D’Amour, Ph.D. is an expert in stem cell science, an inventor of ViaCyte’s key patents and a co-author of high profile publications in renowned scientific journals. In addition to leading research advances in the stem cell program, Dr. D’Amour is frequently called upon to address the biological aspects of ViaCyte’s technology platform with regulating bodies, such as the US patent office and the FDA. Prior to joining ViaCyte, Dr. D’Amour performed pre-doctoral research with Dr. Fred Gage at The Salk Institute where he studied stem cell plasticity in neural stem cells. His past experience also includes a research position at Gen-Probe, Inc. Dr. D’Amour performed undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire and earned his Ph.D. in biology at the UC, San Diego.Read more

Juergen Knoblich

Juergen Knoblich is the vice director of IMBA, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna, Austria. He obtained his PhD from the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen. After a postdoctoral period in the laboratory of Yuh Nung Jan at UCSF, San Francisco, he joined the Institute of Molecular Pathology (Vienna) as a group leader in 1997. In 2004, he moved to the newly founded IMBA where he became deputy director in 2005. Juergen Knoblich is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europea and has been awarded two advanced grants of the European Research Council.Read more

Brenda Ogle

Brenda M. Ogle, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The primary goal of the Ogle Laboratory is to research mechanisms by which stem cells contribute to tissues during development and use these insights together with engineering principles to replace damaged systems, especially the cardiovascular system.Read more

Professor Peter Zandstra, PhD, FRSC, PEng

Dr. Peter Zandstra graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, under the supervision of Jamie Piret and Connie Eaves. He continued his research training as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the field of Bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with Doug Lauffenburger).  In 1999, Dr. Zandstra began his faculty appointment at the University of Toronto’s (UofT’s) Institute...Read more

Shyni Varghese

Shyni Varghese, Ph.D., is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, and Orthopaedics Surgery at Duke University. She is the inaugural MEDx Investigator at Duke University. Prior to moving to Duke, she was a Professor of Bioengineering at University of California, San Diego. Dr. Varghese’s research covers a broad range of topics including stem cells, biomaterials, biologically inspired systems, and regenerative medicine. Examples of ongoing research activities in her laboratory involve developing functional biomaterials such as self-healing...Read more