Columbia 4th Annual Engineering in Medicine Symposium

Jan 24 2020



The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science & Columbia University Irving Medical Center



Thursday, February 20, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CUIMC Faculty Club
630 W. 168th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY




Thursday, February 20, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Carleton Commons,
Seeley R. Mudd Building,
Morningside Campus

Immediately following the symposium, you are invited to join us at Carleton Commons to network with speakers, alumni, and current students. A charter bus will transport attendees to the reception. Please direct any questions to [email protected].




Katherine E. Reuther, PhD - Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Nandan Nerurkar, PhD - BME



8:00 - Networking Breakfast

8:45 - Opening Remarks

Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine; Chief Executive, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Lee Goldman, MD, MPH

Senior Executive Vice Dean, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Shih-Fu Chang, PhD

Cell & Tissue Engineering

9:05 - Session Chair: Craig Smith, MD (Surgery)

9:10 - Helen H. Lu, PhD (BME)
"Cell & Tissue Engineering, A Historic Perspective"

9:20 - Mijo Simunovic, PhD (Chemical Engineering/Genetics and Development)
"The Attachment and Symmetry Breaking of a 3D Model of the Human Embryo"

9:35 - Samuel Zev Williams, MD, PhD (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
"Engineering Solutions for Infertility"

9:50 - Clark Hung, PhD (BME)
"Bioengineering Strategies to Address Cartilage Repair and Degeneration"

10:05 - Kam Leong, PhD (BME)
"What Can the Opposite of Gene Delivery Accomplish?"

10:20 - 10:35 - Break

Bioinformatics & Data Science

10:35 - Session Chair: Itsik Pe'er, PhD (Computer Science)

10:40 - Andrew Laine, PhD (BME)
"Bioinformatics & Data Science, A Historic Perspective"

10:50 - Raju Tomer, PhD (Biological Sciences)
"Mapping and Engineering Complex Neural Systems"

11:05 - Elham Azizi, PhD (BME)
"Machine Learning for Modeling the Complex Tumor Microenvironment"

11:20 - Saeed Tavazoie, PhD (Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics)
"Stochastic Tuning: Optimization of Gene Expression by Trial and Error"

11:35 - Joshua Jacobs, PhD (BME)
"Direct Human Brain Recordings and the Neural Basis of Cognition"

11:50 - 12:30 - Lunch


12:30 - Session Chair: Kristin Myers, PhD (Mechanical Engineering)

12:35 - X. Edward Guo, PhD (BME/Medicine)
"Biomechanics, A Historic Perspective"

12:50 - Vijay Vedula, PhD (Mechanical Engineering)
"Computational Modeling of Cardiovascular Biomechanics in Disease and Development"

1:05 - Nandan Nerurkar, PhD (BME)
"Mechanobiology of Gut Morphogenesis"

1:20 - David Kalfa, MD, PhD (Surgery)
“Developing Medical Devices for Children with Congenital Heart Diseases: a Translational and Collaborative Approach”

1:35 - Elisa Konofagou, PhD (BME/Radiology)
“Elasticity Imaging of Cardiovascular Tissues and Cancer”

1:50 - 2:00 - Break

Biomedical Imaging & Neuroengineering

2:00 - Session Chair: Anil K. Rustgi, MD (Director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Associate Dean of Oncology, Chief of Cancer Services)

2:05 - Paul Sajda, PhD (BME/Radiology/Electrical Engineering)
"Biomedical Imaging & Neuroengineering, A Historic Perspective"

2:15 - Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD (Ophthalmology/Pathology and Cell Biology)
"In Vivo CRISPR Genome Engineering and FDA Filing"

2:30 - Andreas Hielscher, PhD (BME/Radiology/Electrical Engineering)
"Clinical Optical Imaging of Vascular Diseases, Breast Cancer, and Arthritis for Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Monitoring"

2:45 - Kenneth P. Olive, PhD (Medicine)
"Functional Imaging Applications in Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research"

3:00 - Qi Wang, PhD (BME)
"Neural Stimulation to Enhance Perception and Behavior"

3:15 - Closing Remarks
Nandan Nerurkar, PhD (BME)

3:20 - Social Hour/Poster Session

5:00 - Poster Competition Winner Announcement - Adjourn

5:15 - Charter Bus Departs for Reception

6:00 - 8:00PM - Post-Symposium Reception @ Carleton Commons