Fall 2003–Spring 2004 BME Seminars

September 4, 2003
Deborah E. Leckband, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor and Head of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department
“Novel Mechanisms of Biological Adhesion”

September 25, 2003
Edward F. Leonard, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Artificial Organs Research Laboratory
“A Soft Landing for Extracorporeal Therapy”

October 23, 2003
Thomas E. Milner, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
“Polarization Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography for Retinal Diagnostics”

November 7, 2003
Maryellen L. Giger, Ph.D.
University of Chicago
Professor of Radiology
“Computer-Aided Diagnosis in Breast Imaging”
(Please note: This seminar is from 12:00 - 1:00 in ACES 2.402.)

December 4, 2003
George Truskey, Ph.D.
Duke University
Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering
“Rational Design of Endothelium to Vascular Grafts and Tissue-Engineered Vessels”

January 29, 2004
David A. Edwards, PhD
Harvard University
Medical Aerosols and Global Human Health

February 5, 2004
Tom Mitchell, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University
Machine Learning to Decode Mental States from fMRI Brain Images

February 12, 2004
Robin N. Coger, PhD
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Engineering Improvements to the Bioartificial Liver

March 4, 2004
David Beebe, PhD
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Microfluidic Environments and Cell BehaviorThe use of microfluidics for the study of basic biology is still in its infancy with the focus to date on the use of microfluidics for acute analysis. Another possible use of microfluidics and more broadly micro systems, is for the longer term growth, study and even production of living systems. In this presentation, I will describe work towards this end involving the development of a fabrication platform that makes possible integrated organic and biomimetic microsystems. Further, preliminary evidence suggesting that these systems can, in some cases, provide a more nature (or in vivo-like) micro environment for living systems will be described. The effect of microenvironments on the behavior of a variety of living systems (insect cells, yeast, mammalian embryos, human embryonic stem cells and mammary epithelial cells) will be summarized.

April 1, 2004
Frank C.P. Yin, MD, PhD
Washington University
Poking Tissues and Cells - What Have We Learned?

April 15, 2004
Buddy D. Ratner, PhD
University of Washington
Healing: A Paradigm Shift in Biomaterials Engineering