Fall 2023 Seminars

Thursdays, 12:00-1:00pm, Horizon Hall 1010, Fairfax Campus (unless noted otherwise)
and live-streamed to KJH 246 SciTech campus

Sept 7
Kishore Kuchibhotla
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
Title: Rapid Emergence of Latent Knowledge Drives Learning
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Sept. 14
Clark Hung, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Orthopedic Science (in Orthopedic Surgery)
Columbia University
Title: Bioengineering Strategies for Understanding the Synovium Rule in Joint Health, Disease and Repair
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Sept. 21 *at SciTech*
Umer Hassan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Global Health
Rutgers University
Title: Translational Biomedical Technologies for Infectious Disease Stratification

Sept. 28 
Remi Veneziano, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept of Bioengineering
George Mason University
Title: Engineered Multiscale DNA Based Materials for Biomedical Applications

Oct. 5
Mykel Green, PhD
Provost Early Career Fellow, Department of Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Title: Engineering Health Equity from the Ivory Tower

Oct. 12
Jacob Majikes, PhD
Research Scientist in the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Division
Title: Understanding the Relationship Between Design and Yield for DNA Nanostructures

Oct. 19 
Meghan Huber, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering,
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Title: From Clinic to Everywhere: Using Robot Technology to Advance Neuromotor Rehabilitation

Oct. 26 
Derek Kamper, PhD

Associate Professor, Joint Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Director, Closed Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation
NC State University and UNC Chapel Hill
Title: TBD

Nov. 2
Ryan Beams, PhD
Physicist/Medical Extended Reality Program Coordinator
Division of Imaging Diagnostics and Software Reliability (DIDSR)
Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, CDRH
Title: Medical Extended Reality: Applications and Challenges

Nov. 9
Jayeeta Basu, PhD
Assistant Professor
New York University Neuroscience Institute
Title: TBD

Nov. 16
Thomas Bulea, PhD
Tenure Track Investigator Lead,
Neuro Robotics Research Group 
Training Director,
Rehabilitation Medicine

National Institutes of Health
Title: TBD



Previous Seminars

Tissue mechanics and its role in pattern formation
Rich Carthew, PhD
Northwestern University
Watch recorded seminar here

Brain rhythms drive neural information processing: convergent evidence from in silico, in vitro and in vivo approaches
Ehren Newman, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Indiana University Bloomington
Watch recorded seminar here

Lifelong learning - Temporal aspects and theoretical foundations
Hava Siegelmann, PhD
Provost Professor of Computer Science
UMass Amherst
Watch recorded seminar here

Listening to the sound of light to guide surgeries
Muyinatu Bell, PhD
John C. Malone Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins University
Watch recorded seminar here

Advanced analytical methods for assessing the efficacy of regenerative medicine cellular products
Kyung Sung and Johnny Lam, Senior Investigator
Division of Cellular and Gene Therapies
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
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A bidirectional neuroprosthesis for individuals with lower limb loss: technology development and functional impacts
Hamid Charkhkar, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Watch recorded seminar here

Integrative approaches to elucidate mechanisms of neurological disorders
Tamara Kinzer-Ursen, PhD
Marta E. Gross Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Purdue University
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From research to reality: translating Neurotechnology research into real-world solutions
Andres Pena, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research
University of Arkansas
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Localizing epileptic seizures using electrical stimulation
Rachel Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Alabama Birmingham
Watch recorded seminar here

From Microbial Networks to Microbiome Engineering
Daniel Segre, PhD
Professor of Biology, Biomedical Engineering and Physics
Boston University
Watch recorded Seminar here

A Novel Framework for the Role of Dopamine in Learning and Memory
Erin Calipari, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Associate Director, Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research
Vanderbilt University
Watch recorded Seminar here

Injectable Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications
Sebastian Vega, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chair of Outreach and Community Engagement
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Rowan University
Watch recorded Seminar here

Instructive Biomaterials for Skeletal Muscle Tissue Engineering
Steven Caliari, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
University of Virginia
Watch recorded Seminar here

Histotripsy: A Focused Ultrasound Therapy for More Than Just Tissue Ablation
Kenneth B. Bader, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology
University of Chicago
Watch recorded Seminar here

Understanding the Utility of Haptic Feedback in Telerobotic Devices
Jeremy Brown, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
Watch recorded Seminar here

3D Printing Technology to Enhance clinical Efficacy and Research for Neurovascular Diseases
Naoki Kaneko, PhD
Assistant Professor, Radiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
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Small Extracellular Vesicles as Diagnostic and Therapeutic Tools
Yuan Wan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering at Bighamton University, NY
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Applications of Echogenic Nanobubbles for Personalized Cancer Medicine - From Diagnosis to Precision Therapy
Agata Exner, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair for Basic Research, Dept. of Radiology; Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH
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Time as a Continuous Dimension in Natural and Artificial Networks
Marc Howard, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dept. of Physics, Center for Systems Neuroscience,
Boston University, Boston, MA
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Sensors, Emotions, and Well-being
Vania Neris, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Computing, Federal University of Sao Carlos
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The Role of Estradiol in Sex Differences in Addiction
Jill Becker, PhD
Patricia Y. Gurin Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Research Professor
Michigan Neuroscience Institute Biopsychology Area Chair
Editor-in-Chief Biology of Sex Differences
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
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Advancing the Design and Control of Assistive Robotics: Incorporating Patient Perception
Max Shepherd, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and  Physical Therapy, Human Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
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The assay of spatial cognition in models of pediatric encephalopathy
Jeremy Barry, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurological Sciences
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

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Targeting the brain with focused ultrasound
Hong Chen, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Radiation Oncology
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
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Data-driven Neuroimaging Biomarkers to Advance Precision Medicine in Brain Disease
Yu Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Watch the recorded seminar here

Topological data analysis for graphs
Yusu Wang, PhD, Professor, Halicioglu Data Science Institute
University of California – San Diego, San Diego, CA
Watch recorded seminar here

Reliable feature selection and prediction under adverse contamination
David Kepplinger, PhD, Assistant Professor
Department of Statistics, George Mason University
Watch recorded seminar here. 

Neural dynamics underlying the coding of location and running speed in the medial entorhinal cortex
Holger Dannenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering and the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, George Mason University
Watch recorded seminar here. 

Synthetic DNA Nanostructures as Platforms for Facile Nanoparticle Organization
Divita Mathur, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, US Naval Research Laboratory
College of Science, George Mason University
Watch recorded seminar here.

The Physics of Biology 
John (Rob) Cressman, PhD , Associate Professor,
Physics and Astronomy, George Mason University 
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Micro/Nano Mechanics and Photonics with Atomically-Thin 2D Materials for Biomedical Engineering 
Pilgyu Kang, PhD , Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering 
Affiliate Faculty, Bioengineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Mason University 
Watch recorded seminar here.

Technologies for Development and Screening of Molecularly-Targeted Therapies 
Craig Duvall, PhD , Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor 
Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University 
Watch recorded seminar here.

Lipid Nanoparticle(LNP) Systems for Enabling Gene Therapies : Applications for an Hereditary Disease and a COVID-19 Vaccine
Pieter Cullis, Ph.D., Scientific Director & CEO, NanoMedicines Innovation Network, Canada;
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
University of British Columbia ,Vancouver, British Columbia
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Representation Learning and Alignment in Biological and Artificial Neural Networks
Eva Dyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University, Atlanta, GA
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Autonomous Surgical Robots: Will Future Surgeons Need Caffeine or 120v?
Axel Kreiger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
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Responses of CA1 pyramidal neurons and midbrain dopamine neurons to sustained depolarization
Carmen Canavier, Ph.D., Mullins Professor and Interim Head,, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
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Detection and Correction of Cardiac MRI Quality Issues Using Deep Learning
Ilkay Oksuz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering Department,
Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
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Exosomes and Viruses: A Tale of Two Overlapping Worlds
Fatah Kashanchi, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Systems Biology,
George Mason University
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