2020 Symposiums

November 2020 Symposium

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October 2020 Symposium

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September 2020 Symposium: Self-Assembling Biobots: Biobots that Assemble and Swarm!​

“Living Machines of the Future” – Professor Taher Saif , Faculty @ UIUC

Design, Fabrication, and Control Considerations for Next Generation Biobots” – Jiao Jiao Wang from Bashir Lab @ UIUC


August 2020 Symposium: M-CELS Specific Input, Processing, Actuation: Effect of Multiple Cell Types on Neural Processing and Muscle Function

Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Approaches for Building Neuromuscular M-CELS: Should We Pick a Lane?” – Ritu Raman, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow from Langer Lab @ MIT

Building neuromuscular M-CELS: Are there other things to be considered?” – Eunkyung (Clare) Ko, PhD – Post Doctoral Research Associate from Kamm Lab @ MIT


July 2020 Symposium:

— No Virtual Research Symposium Held In July —


June 2020 Symposium: Understanding Immunology in MPS and M-CELS

Crosstalk Between Immune Cells and Tissue Cells to Govern Microenvironment Pathophysiology” – Douglas A. Lauffenburger, PhD – Faculty @ MIT 

M-CELS Approaches for Recapitulating the Bone Marrow Microenvironment” – Samuel McCachren from Melissa Kemp’s Lab @ GT


May 2020 Symposium: Fun Things with Brain Organoids

“Convergence of engineering and analytical methods for improved brain organoids”– Austin Payne Passaro from Prof. Stice’s Lab @ UGA

“The Utility of Brain Organoids”Amanda Weiss from Prof. Gillett’s Lab @ UIUC 

“How to build a nervous system for biohybrid motile bots”– Onur Aydin from Prof. Saif’s Lab @ UIUC

“Assembloids arise!: Generating an ideal starting material for brain organoid-on-a-chip systems” – Seleipiri Charles from Prof. Lu’s Lab @ Georgia Tech


April 2020 Symposium: Future Biobots

“Moving Bio-Bots to the Future: Embracing variability”– Gelson Pagan from Bashir Lab @ UIUC

“Self-constructing biobots: mass-production of autonomous, motile, and programmable synthetic organisms of the future”Gizem Gumuskaya from Levin Lab @ Tufts 

“Engineering autonomous pump-bot with skeletal muscle” – Kai Yu Huang from Kong Lab @ UIUC


March 2020 Symposium: Translational Applications – Drug Screening, Disease Models, and Regenerative Medicine for Transplantation

Harnessing hiPSC-derived Organoid Engraftment for Liver Regeneration – Prof. Valerie Gouon-Evans Faculty @ BU

Potential in Improving Vascularization in Organoids for Transplantation – Jose Zamora @ UC-Merced 

“In vitro Disease Models: Where do we stand? – Cynthia Hajal from Kamm Lab @ MIT


February 2020 Symposium: Single-Cell Analysis of Organoids

Machine Learning as an Alternative for Analysis of Temporal Dynamics in Single Cell Sequencing – Jose Asencio from Weiss Lab @ MIT

Future Directions to Improve Computational Specificity and Digital Staining of 3D Cellular Systems” – Mikhail Kandel from Popescu Lab @ UIUC

Wolf Phase Tomography of Cells with Partially Coherent Light – Xi Chen from Popescu Lab @ UIUC


January 2020 Symposium: SynBio Approaches to Organoids

Programming Multicellular Systems using Synthetic BiologySebastian Palacios from Weiss Lab @ MIT

Engineering Co-Emergence in Organoid Models” – Ivana Vasic from McDevitt Lab @ Gladstone

Automated Frameworks for Spatial and Spatiotemporal Pattern Synthesis” – Noushin Mehdipour from Belta Lab @ BU