Biomedical Engineering Scientific Interest Group
About the BME-SIG
The Biomedical Engineering Scientific Interest Group (BME-SIG) seeks to fill a current void in bioengineering interest and organization within the broader NIH community. Initially spearheaded by NIBIB and NCI, with clinical advisors from NIAID, we focus on community-building and resource knowledge of engineers and scientists in the NIH intramural research program. Several sub-disciplines are represented, including biomaterials, regenerative medicine, in vitro systems, immunoengineering, fabrication, tissue biomechanics, nanoformulations, drug delivery, materials science, cancer therapeutics, and others.
Our next seminar: Join us on March 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET for a lecture by Susan Napier Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Engineered biomaterials for lymph node drug delivery and disease modeling enable next-generation approaches in cancer immunotherapy."
Educational Events: As a part of the BME-SIG, there are several educational and outreach programs we plan to implement that promote biomedical engineering education and engagement of NIH fellows and researchers. This includes a seminar series aimed at increasing the visibility of bioengineering and biomaterials science through inviting leaders from the field to give seminars. Included in this program will be seminars focused on tech-transfer and IP/patent law, the regulatory process such as filing for IND and other FDA processes, and pathways for bringing technologies to commercialization. Commercialization processes will be presented from the intramural perspective as well as extramural university setting for our fellows. The BME-SIG will host a technology-demonstration day in partnership with the NIH Library to expose intramural scientists to engineering platforms such as 3D printing, nanoparticle synthesis, microfiber electrospinning, microencapsulation, organ-on-a-chip and microfluidic platforms, hydrogel biomaterials, organoid modeling, and others. Furthermore, we will provide career talks and tea-times where fellows can chat with members of the external bioengineering community to promote education and careers in biomedical engineering for our postbac and postdoc fellows, respectively.
Steering Committee Members
Matthew Wolf (Stadtman Tenure-Track, CCR Frederick)
Joel Schneider (Senior Investigator, CCR Frederick)
Kandice Tanner (Senior Investigator, CCR Bethesda)
Kaitlyn Sadtler (Stadtman Tenure-Track, Bethesda)
Nicole Morgan (Staff Scientist, Bethesda)
Peter Schuck (Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator, Bethesda)
Elise O’Connell (Associate Research Physician, Bethesda)
Maura Manion (Staff Clinician, Bethesda)
Please join us at our seminar series held during the second week of each month from fall through spring, remote-only for now via https://videocast.nih.gov. Past, archived lectures are listed in the next section.
March 28, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Susan Napier Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
"Engineered biomaterials for lymph node drug delivery and disease modeling enable next-generation approaches in cancer immunotherapy"
watch at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=49301
April 11, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Laura Niklason, Ph.D., M.D.
Professor Adjunct, Division Chief of Anesthesiology
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
May 9, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Molly Schoichet, Ph.D., FRSC
University Professor & Canada Research Chair, Institute of Biomedical Engineering
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
June 6, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Gregg Duncan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Below is the list of past speakers from our 2022–2023 seminar series with links to the archived lecture.
November 15, 2022 at 1:00 p.m ET
“Sex-Specific In Vitro Models of Aortic Valve Stenosis”
Brian Aguado, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
University of California, San Diego
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=48580
December 6, 2022 at 1:00 p.m ET
“Bioengineering Measurement of Receptor Biomarkers: Towards Cell Signaling Control in Health and Disease”
Princess Imoukhuede, Ph.D.
Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair and Professor in Bioengineering
University of Washington, Seattle
watch at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=48658 (NIH only)
January 17, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. ET
"Modeling Vaccine Responses and Tumor Immunity Using Lymph Nodes and Microfluidics"
Rebecca Pompano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=48967
February 14, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. ET
"Matrix Viscoelasticity and Cancer"
David Mooney, Ph.D.
Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering, Core Faculty, Wyss Institute
Harvard School of Engineering, Boston, Mass.
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=48988
Below is the list of speakers from our inaugural 2021–2022 seminar series with links to the archived lecture.
October 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m ET
“Engineering Human Tissues for Medical Impact”
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D.
The Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine
Director, Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=43948
November 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m ET
“Biomaterials for Combination Immunotherapy”
Natalie Artzi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Engineering in Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=44063
December 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m ET
“Engineered Extracellular Matrix Models to Study Tumor Heterogeneity”
Claudia Fischbach, Ph.D.
Stanley Bryer 1946 Professor of Biomedical Engineering
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=44297
January 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m ET
“Injectable Biomaterials for Translational Regenerative Engineering”
Karen Christman, Ph.D.
Professor of Bioengineering
Associate Dean of Faculty, Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=44497
February 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m ET
“Electrostatic Assembly of Targeted Delivery Agents”
Paula Hammond, Ph.D.
Department Head and Institute Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=44671
March 7, 2022 at 1:00 p.m ET
“Designing Engineered Tissue Platforms for In Vitro Disease Modeling”
Catherine Whittington, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=44847
April 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m ET
“Harnessing Biomaterials to Study and Direct Immune Function”
Christopher Jewell, Ph.D.
Minta Martin Professor of Engineering, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=45045
May 9, 2022 at 1:00 p.m ET
“Controlling the Journey of Nanoparticles in Blood: Surprising Things Learned and Implications for Design and Clinical Translational of Targeted Drug Carriers”
Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Education
University Diversity & Social Transformation Professor of Chemical Engineering
Miller Faculty Scholar
University of Michigan
watch the archive at https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=45347
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