University of Miami
Expertise: Cardiovascular Tissue engineering, Microfluidics, Hydrogels, Organs on Chips
Dr. Agarwal is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami with secondary appointments in the Department of Pathology and Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He received his Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee and PhD from University of Florida, both in Materials Science and Engineering. In addition, he gathered postdoctoral research experience at Columbia University and at Harvard University. Currently, he directs the Physiomimetic Microsystems Laboratory which is involved in developing accurate in vitro models of human physiology and pathology. Current assays under development include cardiac, skeletal, vascular, gut, and bronchial ‘muscle-on-chip’ platforms. Upon validation, these technologies will be applied towards testing pharmaceutical agents and therapies, driving and monitoring the differentiation and maturation stem cells, and uncovering mechanisms of human disease.
Prof. Jennifer Andrew
Universtiy of Floria
Jennifer Andrew is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Florida. She was awarded the NSF CAREER Award. Before coming to UF she was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Michael J. Sailor’s lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. She received her B.S. in Materials Science from Northwestern University in 2002, and her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering in 2008 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include the development of nanocomposite materials with novel multifunctional electronic and biomedical applications.
Expertise: molecular modelling, biomolecular electronics, bioelectromagnetism, biomedical signal processing
Irena Cosic is Emeritus Professor at RMIT University and Director of AMALNA Consulting, which she founded. She retired in 2012 from the position of Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor R&I in College Science Engineering and Health, RMIT University. Professor Cosic has 30 years of experience in leading and coordinating research and commercialisation activities at different levels from leading her research team to leading research in the University, School and College. From 2008 to 2009 she was appointed Interim Director of RMIT Health Innovations Research Institute. From 2004 to 2009 she was leading prestigious NHMRC Centre of Excellence: Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects (ACRBR).
Prof. Cosic has background in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Masters in Biomedical Engineering and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Belgrade University. With her educational background and her work experience she covers a wide area of expertise ranging from Electrical, Electronic and Biomedical Engineering all the way up to Biochemistry, Biophysics, Physiology and Complementary Medicine. Prof. Cosic’s expertise covers diverse areas of research in biomedical engineering particularly in influence of electromagnetic radiation on human body, tissues and molecules; bioelectrical impedance; complementary medicine; bioelectromagnetics; and bioinstrumentation. The main breakthrough in Prof. Cosic’s research is the developed physico-mathematical model, the so-called Resonant Recognition Model (RRM), which is an innovative approach to analysis of protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions, and interaction of electromagnetic field with proteins and DNA. The RRM approach can be used for various applications such as prediction of proteins active/binding sites, functional mutations, design of bioactive peptides and determination of proteins’ activation frequencies. The RRM will be instrumental in this study and utilized for the design of biological active peptides mimicking the activity of the selected therapeutic proteins.
Dr. Paolo Facci
Institute of Biophysics of the National Research Council of Italy
Dr. Paolo Facci is Senior Scientist at the Institute of Biophysics of the National Research Council of Italy, where he co-directs the nanobioscience group in Genova. His scientific interests span the field of nanobioscience with a special emphasis on bioelectronics, biosensors and model membranes. He graduated in Physics and got a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Genova, Italy. He was post-doc at the Department of Physics of the University of Parma, Italy (1997-1998). In 2001, he founded (and directed till September 2013) the NanoBioLab at the Department of Physics of the University of Modena, an interdisciplinary lab focused on transport phenomena in biomolecules. In 2002 he was awarded “Premio Campisano” by the National Institute for the Physics of Matter “for his achievements in the field of growth and characterization of organic and biological matter.” He is reviewer for some of the most important funding agencies in Europe and US, as well as for many top-notch scientific journals. Paolo is author of more than 100 papers, 6 international patents, one book; he has given more than 30 invited talks/key note lectures at international conferences and schools in Europe, US, Japan, China. Since 2010 Paolo Facci is Associate Editor of BioNanoScience (Springer) and since 2015 of IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience.
University of Birmingham
Shan He is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Computational Biology in the School of Computer Science, the University of Birmingham. He has a joint appointment in the Centre for Systems Biology (CSB), the School of Biosciences. Previously, he was a Wellcome Trust Value in People Fellow and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Birmingham. He obtained his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from the University of Liverpool in 2007. His research interests include complex network analysis, optimization, data mining, agent-based modelling and their applications to bio-medical problems.
Dr. Siheng He
Bristol-Myers Squibb Inc.
Siheng He is currently an Associate Manager in Global Statistics at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He received his B.S. in Life Sciences from Peking University in 2010, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 from Columbia University. His academic research interests included single molecule imaging techniques, protein adsorption mechanism and its implication in non-fouling surfaces. He is also inspired by progress in data science for real-world problem-solving. His current research topics cover bioinformatics, biostatistics and their applications in pharmaceutical industry.
University of Surrey
Yaochu Jin received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1988, 1991, and 1996 respectively, and the Dr. Ing. degree from Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany, in 2001.
He is currently Professor of Computational Intelligence with the Department of Computing, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, where he heads the Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering Group. His science-driven research interests lie in interdisciplinary areas that bridge the gap between computational intelligence, computational neuroscience, and computational systems biology. His current research topics cover evolutionary developmental systems, computational modeling of neural plasticity, morphogenetic swarm robots, bioinformatics and computational biology. He is also particularly interested in nature-inspired, real-world driven problem-solving. Related research topics range from big data driven evolutionary optimization, surrogate-assisted evolutionary optimization, robust and dynamic optimization, multi-objective optimization, to multi-objective machine learning and data analysis techniques.
Dr. Jin has (co)edited five books and three conference proceedings, authored a monograph, and (co)authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He has been granted eight US, EU and Japan patents. His current research is funded by EC FP7, UK EPSRC and industries, including Airbus, Bosch UK, HR Wallingford and Honda. He has delivered 16 invited keynote speeches at international conferences. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CYBERNETICS, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NANOBIOSCIENCE, and IEEE COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE MAGAZINE, Evolutionary Computation (MIT), BioSystems (Elsevier), and Soft Computing (Springer).
Dr. Jin is currently an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Vice President for Technical Activities of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He was the recipient of the Best Paper Award of the 2010 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. He is a Fellow of British Computer Society and Senior Member of IEEE.
University of Washington
Expertise: Micro- and nanofabricated biomimetic materials/devices/systems, cell-nanotopography interactions, micro/nano-scale tissue engineering, microscale stem/tumor cell niche engineering, and cell mechanobiology
Dr. Deok‐Ho Kim is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington as well as an Associated Faculty at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, the Center for Cardiovascular Biology, and the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (2010), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University (2000), and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from POSTECH (1998). From March 2000 to June 2005, he worked as a Research Scientist at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), including his 7 months academic visit at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich (ETH‐Zurich). Prior to joining the University of Washington, he was an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. He has authored and co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and referenced conference proceedings, and 27 book chapters/editorials. He also has co-edited two books entitled “Handbook of Biomimetics and Bioinspiration” (published by World Scientific Publishing Co.), and “Integrative Mechanobiology” (published by Cambridge University Press). In addition, he has been invited to more than 70 invited/keynote lectures. Dr. Kim’s papers have been highlighted in Science Magazine, the JHU Gazette, the UW Today, and many newspapers. Among the award he has received are American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2008), Samsung Humantech Thesis Award (2009), the Harold M. Weintraub Award in Biological Sciences (2010), Perkins Coie Award for Discovery (2011), American Heart Association Scientist Development Award (2012), KSEA Young Investigator Award (2013), and BMES-CMBE Rising Star Award (2013).
Dr. Valeria Loscri
Inria Lille – Nord Europe, France
Dr. Valeria Loscri is currently Senior Research Scientist at the French National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematic (Inria) in the Self-Organizing Future Ubiquitous Network (FUN) team. She obtained her PhD degree in Systems and Information Engineering at Università della Calabria (Italy) in 2007. Her research interests span the field of nanobioscience, with a special emphasis on channel modeling and signal representation in the context of communication nano-network systems, with a strong focus on interdisciplinary approaches.
Prof. Ramzi Maalej
University of Sfax, Tunisia
Prof. Maalej is presently a full professor of Physics at the University of Sfax, Tunisia. He received MS degree in Physics from the University of Sfax in 1995 and PhD in Quantum Physics from University of Tunis El Manar in 2001 and Habilitaion HDR in 2007. He has been supervised ten PhD theses, and co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has been invited professor in different universities in KSA, South Korea, Germany, and Portugal and given invited talks at several conferences. Currently he is leading a young research group “Photonic and Advanced Materials”. His research interests include theoretical and experimental studies of lanthanide-doped materials for emerging laser technologies, optoelectronic, temperature sensors, biosensor, and nanomedicine applications.
Prof. José Rubén Morones-Ramírez
Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
Ruben Morones-Ramírez received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 2003 from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, México. He then obtained his M.Sc., and Ph.D.in Engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. In addition, during his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, he obtained formal interdisciplinary training through the Doctoral Portfolio Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
He is currently a Full Professor of NanoBiotechnology with the Chemical Engineering Department, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, where he heads the NanoBiotechnology Research Group and is also de Director of the Biotechnology and Nanotoxicology Research Center. His research interests involve the development and design of of complex systems through the understanding of interactions between living and synthetic components. His research group is very interdisciplinary and specializes in applying techniques in the fields of Nanotechnology and Systems and Synthetic Biology to advance in the development and design of therapeutics, materials, alternative and clean energy, and contribute to increase the world’s food and water supplies.
Prof. Tadashi Nakano
Osaka University, Japan
Dr. Tadashi Nakano is an Associate Adjunct Professor of the Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Osaka University. Dr. Nakano has been engaged in research in the intersection of biology and computer science, including design, implementation, and evaluation of molecular communication systems, synthetic biological systems, and biologically inspired systems. He is considered one of the pioneers in the area of molecular communication. His research interests also include network applications and distributed computing systems with strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches.
Prof. Takahiro Nitta
Gifu University, Japan
Expertise: Motor proteins, cytoskeletons, computer simulation, microfabrication, sliding friction, polymer physics
Dr. Takahiro Nitta is currently an Associate Professor of Applied Physics Course at Gifu University, Faculty of Engineering. He is also an Affiliated Faculty at Nagoya University. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the field of physics from Hokkaido University in 1998 and 2003, respectively. From 2003 to 2004, He was a postdoctoral researcher of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. His research interests include motor protein-assisted nanotechnology, biophysics of motor proteins and cytoskeletons, and surface physics of polymers. He is aiming at developing novel approaches for nanotechnology and nanoscience by linking them to biophysics. A particular focus of his work is to develop design methodologies for microdevices integrated with motor proteins and cytoskeletons. He pursues these goals through developing and utilizing biophysics, polymer physics, microfabrication, and computer simulation.
Prof. Leonardo Ricotti
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
Leonardo Ricotti is currently an Assistant Professor and head of the “Micro-nano-bio systems and targeted therapies” Lab at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy). He obtained a M.Sc. Degree in Biomedical Engineering at University of Pisa in 2007 (full marks, cum laude). In 2008 he was hired as Research Assistant at the CRIM Lab (Center of Research In Micro-bio-robotics) of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and there he obtained a Ph.D. in Biorobotics (full marks, cum laude), in 2012. Leonardo Ricotti carries out a high-level education activity for B.Sc. and M.Sc. students in Biomedical Engineering and for Ph.D. students in Biorobotics. He supervised or co-supervised 8 PhD students and 14 B.Sc./M.Sc. students. He carries out innovative research efforts at the interface between different disciplines, such as robotics and mechatronics, materials science, molecular biology and biotechnologies. He is interested in the design and development of systems at the meso-, micro- and nanoscale, characterized by innovative materials and micro/nano/bio-components, with the aim of achieving smart devices for minimally invasive therapy, nanomedicine and regenerative medicine, new biomaterials, micro/nano-robots, artificial organs and lab-on-chip systems.
Prof. Athanasios Vasilakos
Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
Athanasios V. Vasilakos is a Distinguished Full Professor with Lulea University of Technology, Sweden. He is a 2017, 2018 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher with more than 30000 citations, and an H-index=94. Dr. Vasilakos has been engaged in research in the intersection of biology and computer science, including design, implementation, and evaluation of molecular communication systems, synthetic biological systems, and biologically inspired systems. He served or is serving as an editor for many technical journals, such as the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics and the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications.
Prof. Jin Zhang
Western University, Canada
Jin Zhang is a tenured Associate Professor with the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the University of Western Ontario (Western University), Canada. She is also cross-appointed to the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, and Medical Biophysics at Western University. Dr. Zhang’s research activities are related to the development of new biocompatible nanocomposites with enhanced magnetic, optical, electric, and mechanical properties. Her expertise lies in the interface between multifunctional nanostructures and biological systems. Currently, three research directions in the Zhang group include (1) design and development of multifunctional nanocomposites through chemical and laser-assisted processes; (2) hybrid nanosystems for theranostics by combining therapeutics and diagnosis; and (3) nanostructured biosensors. Dr. Zhang has received many awards, including the Grand Challenges Canada-Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health (2011), Early Research Award of Ontario (2014), and the Outstanding Mid-Career Achievements in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Ontario (2017).
Prof. Hojjat Adeli
The Ohio State University
Prof. Jon Dobson
University of Florida
Dr. Stefan Harrer
IBM Research Australia
Prof. Fadi Jaber
University of Qatar
Prof. Jungbae Kim
Prof. Zuhong Lu
Prof. Mehdi Nikkhah
Arizona State University, USA
Prof. Yi Pan
Georgia State University
Prof. Shilpa Sant
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Prof. Gabriel Silva
UC San Diego