4th Bioengineering & Translational Medicine Conference

October 7-8, 2019

The 4th Bioengineering & Translational Medicine Conference will bring together top researchers from academia and industry to discuss advances in the development, clinical and commercial translation of biological technologies.


BTM 2019 Flyer

Technical Program

Keynote Speakers

Invited Speakers

Session Topics

  • Immunoengineering
  • Delivery of small molecules
  • Delivery of biologics
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Gene therapy
  • Cell therapy

Conference Chairs

Organizing Committee

Featured Speakers

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

Melody Swartz

Swartz's lab draws on bioengineering approaches in cell biology and physiology, to investigate the role of lymphatic vessels in maintaining immunological tolerance and the role of lymphangiogenesis in controlling inflammation and immunity. Her lab applies this knowledge to develop novel immunotherapeutic approaches in cancer, including lymph node-targeting vaccine approaches, as well as in vitro model systems that recapitulate relevant features of the 3D, perfused tumor microenvironment.Read more

Jennifer L. West

Jennifer West joined the faculty at Duke in 2012, after having been the department chair and Cameron Professor of Bioengineering Rice University.  Professor West was one of the founding members of Rice’s Department of Bioengineering, building it to a top ten program over the prior sixteen years. 

Professor West’s research focuses on the development of novel biofunctional materials.  Part of her program has developed nanoparticle-based approaches to biophotonics therapeutics and diagnostics.  An example of this work is the application of near-infrared absorbing...Read more

Julie Champion

Julie Champion is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of the Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences and the Bioengineering Program. She earned her B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2001. Dr. Champion completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2007 as a National Science Foundation graduate fellow under the advisement of Dr. Samir Mitragotri. She was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow from 2007-...Read more

Craig Duvall

Dr. Craig L. Duvall is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He completed his Ph.D. in BME at Georgia Tech and Emory University in 2007 under the guidance of Robert Guldberg, Ph.D. and W. Robert Taylor, M.D., Ph.D. His postdoc was completed in Bioengineering in the labs of Patrick Stayton and Allan Hoffman at the University of Washington through support from an NIH NRSA-funded postdoctoral fellowship. Based on these foundations, the Duvall Advanced Therapeutics Laboratory (ATL) was launched in the Vanderbilt Biomedical Engineering Department in 2010, and Dr....Read more

Aaron Esser-Kahn

Aaron was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He may tell you that he is from Detroit, but he is not. He attended the Cranbrook educational community from grades K-12. He traveled west to study chemistry at the California Institute of Technology where he first developed a taste for boundary breaking research in the Tirrell lab. After completing his degree, he traveled north to Berkeley for a PhD in chemistry as part of the collaborative Chemical-Biology Program and the Francis lab.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.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

James Moon

The Moon Laboratory is interested in the development of therapeutics and diagnostics at the interface of immunology and engineering. Specifically, we are developing new drug delivery systems that can enhance targeting of antigen and adjuvant to lymphoid organs, thereby manipulating immune functions in the context of cancer, infectious diseases, and autoimmunity. Our translational research focused on immunoengineering utilizes tools of nanotechnology, biomaterials, drug delivery, tissue engineering, and advanced in vitro/in vivo high-throughput methods to detect and improve immune functions...Read more

Jenny Munson

Dr. Munson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and an affiliate member of the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Institute. She received her Ph.D. from Georgia institute of Technology in 2011 and completed her postdoctoral training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). During her training, she was supported by the NSFGRFP, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Whitaker Scholarship. Prior to her appointment at Virginia Tech, Dr. Munson was an...Read more

Rebecca Pompano

Dr. Pompano is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia.  Her research interests center on developing microfluidic and chemical assays to unravel the complexity of the immune response and inform new immunotherapies.  Her lab combines unique expertise in bioanalytical chemistry, microfluidics, bioengineering, and immunology to create brand new ways to look at the immune system.

One area of interest is utilizing live samples of intact tissue to test new vaccines and immunotherapies outside of the body....Read more

Tatiana Segura

Professor Tatiana Segura received her BS degree in Bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley and her doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. Her graduate work in designing and understanding non-viral gene delivery from hydrogel scaffolds was supervised by Prof. Lonnie Shea. She pursued post-doctoral training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne under the guidance of Prof. Jeffrey Hubbell, where her focus was self-assembled polymer systems for gene and drug delivery. Professor Segura's Laboratory studies the use of materials for...Read more

Cherie Stabler

Dr. Cherie Stabler is a tenured Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Florida. She also is an Affiliate Member of the UF Diabetes Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University in 2004 and conducted her postdoctoral work in the Department of Surgery at Emory University (2004-2006), supported by an individual JDRF Postdoctoral fellowship. Prior to moving to UF in 2015, she was an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami,...Read more

Millicent Sullivan

Millicent Sullivan is a Professor and Associate Chair in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware, and a Joint Professor in Biomedical Engineering at UD. Sullivan graduated from Princeton University with a B.S.E. degree in Chemical Engineering and a Certificate in Engineering Biology in 1998. Subsequently, she attended Carnegie Mellon University as a Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellow, where she earned her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering with Professor Todd Przybycien in 2003. As a Ruth L. Kirchstein NIH postdoctoral fellow, Sullivan worked with Professor E...Read more

John Wilson

The Wilson Laboratory is working at the interface of engineering and immunology to improve human health. Our mission is to cure, detect, treat or prevent myriad disease through the design of novel molecularly engineered materials that interrogate the immune system in defined and specific manners. We are guided by the principle that the immune system must dictate therapeutic design requirements, and we turn to nature for inspiration to engineer highly modular and tunable materials to accommodate these criteria. By bringing together expertise in colloid and surface engineering, advanced...Read more