Columbia BME Seminar Series 2022-2023

Jan 24 2023


The Department of Biomedical Engineering is proud to host our annual weekly seminar series on the latest developments and research in Biomedical Engineering. The weekly series takes place on Friday mornings at 11:00 AM Eastern and includes a variety of renowned academics from top universities to talk about their specific research and experience. For more information, please find individual talk abstracts on the Columbia BME Homepage under "Events" or use the links below as they become available.


Not at Columbia? No problem, you can tune in virtually! REGISTER HERE FOR THE SPRING 2023 SEMINAR SERIES (JANUARY 27, 2023 - APRIL 28, 2023)

Attendees need only register once for this recurring weekly webinar series. We will also stream our series live on YouTube, so please subscribe today!



Jan 27 Rahul Satija, New York University (not recorded)
Feb 3 Eric Wieschaus, Princeton University - RICHARD SKALAK BIOENGINEERING LECTURE
Feb 10 Rusty Lansford, University of Southern California
Feb 17 Katharina Maisel, University of Maryland
Feb 23 Engineering in Medicine Symposium
Feb 24 Ph.D. Interviews
Mar 3 Vicki Colvin - BME Chair, Brown University
Mar 10 Matthew Tresch - BME Chair, Northwestern University
Mar 17 Spring Recess
Mar 24 David Umulis - BME Chair, Purdue University
Mar 31 Stephanie George, National Science Foundation
Apr 7 Thomas Talavage - BME Chair, University of Cincinnati
Apr 14 Catherine Whittington, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Apr 21 Jean Fan, Johns Hopkins University
Apr 28 Zoran Nenadic - BME Chair, University of California, Irvine





Sept 9 Welcome & Introduction (not open to the public)
Sept 16 Deanna Thompson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sept 23 Treena Arinzeh, Columbia University
Sept 30 Celeste Nelson, Princeton University - VAN C. MOW LECTURE
Oct 7 Sanja Vicković, Columbia University
Oct 14 BMES Annual Meeting, San Antonio - Come visit us at Booth #509!
Oct 21 Mary-Ann Mycek - BME Chair, University of Michigan
Oct 28 ---
Nov 4 Joshua Gold, University of Pennsylvania
Nov 11 Corinne Henak, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nov 18 Rising Stars in Engineering in Health Workshop
Nov 25 Thanksgiving
Dec 2 Tyrone Porter, University of Texas at Austin
Dec 9 Adam Engler - BME Chair, University of California, San Diego


Note that the Richard Skalak Bioengineering Lecture is part of the Columbia BME Seminar Series, so attendees need only register once for the recurring weekly Zoom webinar.


Richard Skalak BS’43, MS’46, PhD’54 (1923–1997) was already a distinguished professor of civil engineering and engineering mechanics, specializing in fluids and oil extraction, before turning his formidable attention to bioengineering in the late 1960s.
In a groundbreaking series of studies, many with Columbia colleague Shu Chien, Skalak was among the first to apply principles of engineering mechanics to understand the behavior of biomaterials. His 1969 paper, “Deformation of Red Blood Cells in Capillaries,” a collaboration with P. I. Branemark published in Science, precisely described and quantified the flow of red blood cells. Later research—published in more than 200 papers—delved into cell membranes, bone and soft tissue growth, immune response, and many other topics.
Skalak also worked to develop titanium dental implants, contributing significantly to the broader practice of skeletal reconstruction. His work has proved foundational to advances in understanding and treating cancer, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and many other diseases.
Having joined the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in 1944, Skalak taught at the Engineering School at Columbia University for more than 40 years. He chaired the department from 1972 to 1975 and became James Kip Finch Professor of Engineering Mechanics in 1977. From 1978 to 1987, he was director of Columbia’s Bioengineering Institute. After retiring from Columbia in 1988, he directed the Institute for Mechanics and Materials as a professor of bioengineering at UC San Diego, passing away in 1997.
Skalak, a recipient of the Theodore von Karman Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers, was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He also served as president of the Society of Biomedical Engineering. The School hosts the Richard Skalak Bioengineering Lecture in his honor.



Richard Skalak (1996); Wilson Greatbatch (1997); Robert Nerem (1997); Steven Goldstein (1997); Larry McIntire (1998); Charles Peskin (1999); Rik Huiskes (1999); Cheng Zhu (2002); Sheldon Weinbaum (2003); Savio Lau-Yuen Woo (2003); Louis J. Soslowsky (2007); Thomas P. Andriacchi (2008); Michael S. Sacks (2008); David L. Butler (2010); Jeffrey A. Hubbell (2011); Subra Suresh (2012); Patrick Prendergast (2014); Cato Laurencin (2017); Susan Margulies (2018); James Collins (2021)


Van C. Mow

Dr. Van C. Mow is one of the earliest researchers in biomechanics. Throughout his more than 50-year career, Dr. Mow has made outstanding and brilliant contributions to orthopedic biomedical engineering, including biomechanics studies on articular cartilage, intervertebral disk, knee meniscus, diarthrodial joint mechanics, joint lubrication, and osteoarthritis.

Among Dr. Mow's many achievements, he was the founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2000 to 2011. To honor Dr. Mow for his many contributions to the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the School has created the annual Van C. Mow Lecture. Each fall, a distinguished leader in the field of biomedical engineering is invited to deliver this lecture.

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