Joint Regional Meeting and Symposium of


Engineering and Medicine:

A Critical Partnership in Technobiology


February 26, 2018

University of Miami, Storer Auditorium
5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146


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Regional Meetings

10:00 AM  NAE and NAM Regional Meetings and Brunch

Symposium Events

1:00 PM  Welcome Remarks

1:30 PM Symposium Presentations and Discussion

4:45 PM Concluding Remarks

5:00PM Reception



Symposium Events


Welcome Remarks

Dr. James M. Tien

Dr. James M. Tien, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, is a Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Miami College of Engineering. Earlier, he was at Bell Telephone Laboratories and the Rand Corporation before joining Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he twice served as the Acting Dean of Engineering. His current research focus is on information and decision systems in real-time.


President C.D. Mote Jr.

President C. Daniel Mote, Jr. is the President of the National Academy of Engineering. He was President of the University of Maryland, College Park from 1998 until 2010. He spent 31 years at UC Berkeley as a professor of mechanical engineering, chair of the ME Department and then served as Vice Chancellor. President Mote has received a number of awards and recognitions over his prestigious career.

Dr. Jane E. Henney

Jane E. Henney, MD, is the Home Secretary for the National Academy of Medicine and has had a distinguished career in health policy administration, holding senior leadership positions in both academic and federal sectors.  Henney has headed two Academic Health Sciences Centers, and currently chairs the Dean of the School of Medicine’s advisory board at the University of Kansas.


Provost Jeffrey L. Duerk

Provost Jeffrey L. Duerk was named the University of Miami’s Executive Vice President and Provost in July of this year; previously, he served as the dean of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. As provost, Dr. Duerk oversees UM’s 11 schools and colleges. Previously Dr. Duerk was the founding director of the Case Center for Imaging Research and led the program in Cancer Imaging.


Dean Edward Abraham

Dr. Edward Abraham was named dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in July 2017. He was previously the dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Abraham is an internationally renowned pulmonary medicine and critical care physician and an accomplished scientist who has received extensive NIH funding for more than 25 years. As an administrator, he has a proven record of accomplishment, breaking down silos and building teams.


Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet

Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet joined the University of Miami as its Dean of Engineering in August 2015; he previously served as the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Educated in Lyon, France, Dr. Bardet received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology. He was with the University of Southern California for 28 years; there, he founded the Center on Megacities.


Dr. Daniel Berg

Dr. Daniel Berg, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was a technical director at Westinghouse before embarking on an academic career as dean and then provost at Carnegie-Mellon University, followed by being provost, president and institute professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Miami, he is currently focused on technology management in the service sector.



Symposium Presentations


Dr. Leonard Pinchuk

Dr. Pinchuk has been “diagnosed” as a serial entrepreneur and inventor. He has founded or incubated 10 companies and has 112 issued U.S. patents. Pinchuk received a BS in chemistry from McGill University and an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Miami; he was inducted into the U. S. National Academy of Engineering in 2012. University of Miami Distinguished Research Professor Pinchuk founded Innovia LLC in 2002, which has since incubated and spun off eight new companies in the field of biomaterials and medical devices.

The Key Biomaterials That Helped Establish the Fields of Interventional Cardiology and Interventional Glaucoma:

Biomaterials were first introduced to the implant arena mainly by physicians seeking solutions to problems they were encountering. However, these materials were often not designed for these applications and placed the patient at risk of failure. Implementing basic chemical and engineering principles led Dr. Pinchuk and his teams of engineers to design new biomaterials which enabled the world’s most successful angioplasty balloons and drug-eluting stents. Along the way they developed stents, stent-grafts and a glaucoma shunt that is expected to revolutionize the treatment of glaucoma. The talk will link the entrepreneurship roller-coaster ride to these accomplishments.

Dr. Matthew Tirrell

Dr. Tirrell is a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, specializing in the manipulation and measurement of the surface properties of polymers, materials that consist of long, flexible chain molecules. Dr. Tirrell received his BS in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and his PhD in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Tirrell is the founding Pritzker director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) at The University of Chicago.

Protein Analogous Micelles: Versatile, Modular Nanoparticles on Patrol for Diseases Without Symptoms:

Peptides are functional modules of protein macromolecules that can be displayed apart from the whole protein to create biofunctional surfaces and interfaces, or can be re-assembled in new ways to create synthetic mimics of protein structures. Examples of work from our laboratory in this area using peptide-lipid or peptide-polycation conjugate molecules (peptide amphiphiles) include: multi-bio-functional surfaces, DNA-binding peptide assemblies, synthetic vaccines, and protein analogous micelles for cancer and cardiovascular therapeutics. One example is the micelle we developed that has a targeting peptide on the exterior of the corona and charged-complexed micro-RNA in the core. This is a theranostic nanoparticle that can home to pathological cardiovascular tissue and deliver a therapeutic molecule locally.

Dr. Ashutosh Agarwal

Dr. Ashutosh Agarwal joined the University of Miami College of Engineering, following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering where he was involved in the design and development of organ-on-a-chip technology. Dr. Agarwal received a materials science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and a PhD from the University of Florida. He is a principal member of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami (BioNIUM), which includes a nanofabrication facility.

Organ on Chip Platforms for Drug Discovery and Disease Modeling:

We report on our collaborative efforts to design, fabricate, and validate engineered 3D organoids within robust fluidic platforms. These platforms have been deployed for perfusion interrogation of human pancreatic islets, and for spheroid cultures that recapitulate the metastatic bone marrow niche. The efforts to evaluate ex vivo function of islets are informing the clinical trials to transplant human islets in type 1 diabetic patients. The efforts to recreate the metastatic niche are enabling in vitro maintenance and propagation of circulating tumor cells derived from the blood of breast and prostate cancer patients, as enabling tools for precision oncology.


Symposium Discussion and Concluding Remarks

Led by


President Julio Frenk

President Julio Frenk is a renowned scholar and leader in higher education and global health. He became president of the University of Miami in 2015 and holds academic appointments as Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine and Professor of Health Sector Management and Policy at the School of Business Administration. He previously served as dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and as minister of health of Mexico. He holds an MD from the National University of Mexico, master of public health and joint PhD in medical care organization and sociology from the University of Michigan. He has received numerous honorary degrees and authored more than 160 articles and 30 books.



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Additional Information

Registration for the Symposium will begin at 12:30 PM at Storer Auditorium.

Hotel Accommodations

The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134

The Mutiny
2951 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133

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