• American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering

    2017 Annual Event

    March 19-20, 2017 | Washington, DC


    Join Us for the Only Medical & Biological Engineering Conference Mixing Scientific & Policy Lectures.

    And Look Forward to the Start of our Next 25 Years of Progress.


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Featured Speaker Bios

Gilda Barabino

Professor & Dean, City College of New York

Gilda A. Barabino is Berg Professor and Dean of The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She holds appointments the in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and the CUNY School of Medicine. Prior to joining CCNY, she served as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor…

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Laura Niklason

Nicholas M. Greene Professor, Yale University

Dr. Niklason is the Nicholas M. Greene Professor at Yale University in Anesthesia and Biomedical Engineering, where she has been on faculty since 2006. Dr. Niklason’s research focuses primarily on regenerative strategies for cardiovascular and lung tissues. Niklason’s engineered blood vessels are currently in clinical trials, and are the first life-sustaining engineered tissue to be…

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Victor Dzau

President, National Academy of Medicine

Victor J. Dzau, M.D.,  is the President of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In addition, he serves as Chair of the Health and Medicine Division Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University…

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Elazer Edelman

Professor, MIT & Harvard University

Elazer R. Edelman, MIT Cabot Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, and Harvard Medical School Professor of Medicine, is a cardiac care unit cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and director of MIT’s Biomedical Engineering Center. His research melds clinical and medical training, focusing on how tissue architecture and local biochemical regulation maintain homeostasis. Edelman…

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Professor, Cornell University

Claudia Fischbach-Teschl is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University and Director of Cornell’s Center on the Physics of Cancer Metabolism. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Regensburg, Germany and conducted her postdoctoral work at Harvard University in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her research utilizes…

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Sharon Gerecht

Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Sharon Gerecht’s research group focuses on the interactions between stem or cancer cells and their microenvironments to engineer artificial niches capable of guiding cellular decisions. The long-term goal of her research is to identify and design therapeutics for regenerative medicine and cancer. Dr. Gerecht earned bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Following a…

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Randy Giles

Chief Scientist, CASIS

Dr. Randy Giles serves as the Chief Scientist for CASIS, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, where under a cooperative agreement with NASA he is responsible for the scientific direction of the ISS US National Laboratory. Prior to joining CASIS, Dr. Giles worked at Bell Laboratories where he made significant contributions in…

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David Kaplan

Professor, Tufts University

David Kaplan is the Stern Family Endowed Professor of Engineering at Tufts University and a Distinguished University Professor.  He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and he holds joint appointments in the Tufts University Medical School in the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University Dental School, Department of Chemistry and…

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Marcia McNutt

President, National Academy of Sciences

Marcia McNutt (B.A. in physics, Colorado College; Ph.D. in earth sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) is a geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she was editor-in-chief of Science journals. McNutt was director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded…

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Tom Maniatis

Professor, Columbia University Medical Center

Tom Maniatis is the Isidore S. Edelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular biophysics at the Columbia University Medical Center. In 2014, he was appointed Director of the Columbia’s Precision Medicine Initiative – a University-wide initiative founded by University President Lee Bollinger. Dr. Maniatis cofounded the New York Genome Center in…

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David Mooney

Professor, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

David Mooney is the Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute. His laboratory designs biomaterials to make cell and protein therapies effective and practical approaches to treat disease. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the…

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C. D. Mote, Jr.

President, National Academy of Engineering

C.D. Mote, Jr. is president of the National Academy of Engineering and Regents’ Professor on leave from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Mote is a native Californian who earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at the University of California, Berkeley in mechanical engineering between 1959 and 1963.After a postdoctoral year in England…

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Pep Pamies

Editor, Nature Biomedical Eng.

Pep is leading the editorial team of Nature Biomedical Engineering. He was an editor for Nature Materials for more than 5 years, where he championed the biomaterials content, handling manuscripts and commissioning articles in a wide variety of subjects, including tissue engineering, medical imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapy and diagnostics. Previously, Pep conducted research in computational soft matter…

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Samuel Sia

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Samuel Sia is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. His lab focuses on using microfluidics for global health diagnostics and for 3D tissue biology. He obtained his B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta, Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard University, and postdoctoral fellowship in Chemistry at Harvard University. He…

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Professor, Columbia University

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medical Sciences at Columbia University, and faculty in the Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Human Development. She directs the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering with 35 investigators. She serves on numerous editorial boards, scientific advisory boards and councils….

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William R. Wagner

Director, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Dr. William R. Wagner is the Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine as well as a Professor of Surgery, Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as Scientific Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on “Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials” and Chief Science Officer for the Armed Forces Institute…

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Milan Yager

Executive Director, AIMBE

Milan P. Yager is a long-time Washington insider having served in senior association and government positions in the public and private sectors. As AIMBE’s Executive Director, he brings experience and success in delivering innovative new programming, organizational leadership, advocacy, and public a airs results in repositioning organizations to achieve operational and strategic objectives. His background includes…

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Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 19, 2017 (Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel)

  • 9:30am-10:30am CURM Committee Meeting

    James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.DDirector of the National Center for Environmental Research

  • 10:30am-11:30am AIMBE Women Meeting

    The AIMBE Women Committee is chaired by Virginia Giddings, Stryker Corp. and Joyce Wong, Boston University. It’s mission is to advocate for gender equity, promote leadership, recognize excellence, and support the next generation of women in Medical and Biological Engineering.

    Richard Nakamura, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health and Co-Chair of the ACD (Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH) Diversity Working Group Subcommittee on Peer Review will serve as the guest speaker for the meeting. He will discuss NIH efforts to ensure equality in the peer review process. 


  • 10:00am Registration OPEN
  • 10:30am - 11:30am New Fellow Inductee Orientation

    Learn about your responsibilities as an AIMBE Fellow and how you can help advocate for the field

  • 11:30am - 12:30pm Council of Chairs Meeting
  • 1:00pm – 1:05pm Presidential Welcome - Gilda Barabino
  • 1:05pm - 1:50pm Earl Bakken Lecture - David Kaplan

    Brains, Pains and Tissue Engineering

  • 1:50pm - 2:35pm Laura Niklason, Yale University

    Translating an Engineered Tissue into the Clinic

  • 2:35pm - 3:20pm David Mooney, Harvard University

    Building Immunity with Biomaterials

  • 3:15pm - 4:00pm Tom Maniatis, Columbia U. Precision Medicine Initiative
  • 4:00pm - 4:15pm Randy Giles, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space

    Research on the International Space Station—Life Sciences in Microgravity

  • 4:45pm - 5:25pm Young Investigator Panel

    Moderated by Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

    Sharon Gerecht – Johns Hopkins

    Sam Sia – Columbia

    Claudia Fischbach – Cornell 

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm Academic Council Meeting

    Dr. Mike Lauer, Chief of NIH’s Extramural Research

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm Industry Council Meeting

    AIMBE FDA Scholars

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm Council of Society Meeting
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm Awards Banquet

    7:00pm-7:30pm Food Service

    7:30pm-8:15pm Galletti Award Presentation & Lecture

  • 9:30pm – 11:00pm AIMBE Women & Academic Council Informal Networking Reception

Monday, March 20, 2017 (National Academy of Sciences)

  • 7:30am First Buses Depart

    Breakfast Provided at the National Academy of Sciences

  • 7:50am Last Buses Depart

    Coffee Available upon Arrival

  • 8:30am – 9:00am COF Chair, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Welcome and Remarks

    Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Chair

  • 9:00am – 9:30am Keynote Address - Marcia McNutt

    President, National Academy of Sciences

  • 9:35am – 10:05am Keynote Address - Victor Dzau

    President, National Academy of Medicine

  • 10:10am – 10:40am Keynote Address - C.D. Mote, Jr.

    President, National Academy of Engineering

  • 10:45am – 11:15am Networking Break
  • 11:15am – 12:00pm Induction Ceremony

    Welcome our new Fellows at the National Academy of Sciences

  • 12:00pm – 1:15pm Induction Luncheon
  • 1:20pm – 2:00pm Public Policy Address - Milan Yager

    AIMBE Executive Director

  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm William Wagner

    McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

  • 3:00pm – 3:45pm Distinguished Panel: ``Communicating Our Vision``

    Pep Pamiers – Nature Biomedical Engineering

    Elazer Edelman – Science Translational Medicine

  • 1:00pm-6:00pm OPTIONAL Hill Appointments

    AIMBE Fellows with Congressional appointments will leave and return by cab based upon their specific meeting appointments.

  • 4:00pm Adjournment
  • 4:20pm Bus transportation to DCA National Airport

    Reagan National Airport

Hotel Information

Conference Hotel

Some Individual Nights May Be Available

Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Ave.
Arlington, VA 22202

Alternative Hotel

Directly Connected to Conference Hotel

Residence Inn Arlington Capital View
2850 South Potomac Ave.
Arlington, VA 22202

Alternative Hotel

Nearby Across the Street

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202