Friday, October 7th, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Rajen Kilachand Center for Life Sciences & Engineering
610 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215


9:00 a.m. – Breakfast Reception

9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions: Dr. Elise Morgan, Maysarah K. Sukkar Professor of Engineering Design and Innovation; Director, Center for Multiscale and Translational Mechanobiology, Boston University

9:40 a.m. – First Keynote Session, Dr. Cynthia Reinhart-King, Vanderbilt University

10:40 a.m. – Short Break

11:00 a.m. – Second Keynote Session, Dr. Garegin Papoian, University of Maryland

12:00 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. – Poster Session

2:00 p.m. – Lightning Talks

2:30 – Short Break

3:00 p.m. – Afternoon Session

  • Dr. Ebong Eno, Northeastern University
  • Dr. Michael Albro, Boston University
  • Dr. Joel Boerckel, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Paola Divieti Pajevic, Boston University

    4:40 p.m. – Closing Remarks, Dr. Elise Morgan

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    Keynote Speakers

    Dr. Cynthia Reinhart-King,  School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University
    Mechanomedicine in Cancer: Migration, Metastasis, and Metabolism

    Cynthia Reinhart-King is the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University.  Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2017, she was on the faculty of Cornell University where she received tenure in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She obtained undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology at MIT and her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Bioengineering. Her lab’s research interests are in the areas of cell mechanics and cell migration specifically in the context of cancer and atherosclerosis. She was awarded the Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award in 2010 and the Mid-Career Award in 2018 from the Biomedical Engineering Society, an NSF CAREER Award, the 2010 Sonny Yau ‘72 Excellence in Teaching Award, a Cook Award for “contributions towards improving the climate for women at Cornell,” the Zellman Warhaft Commitment to Diversity Award from the Cornell College of Engineering, and the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Award for Research. She is a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and she was an inaugural New Voices Fellow of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She served as a standing member of the NIH CMT study section panel, and currently serves as an elected Board Member of AIMBE and President-elect of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

    Dr. Garegin Papoian, University of Maryland
    Towards Simulating Eukaryotic Cells from the Fundamental Physico-Chemical Principles

    Dr. Papoian received his Ph.D. at Cornell University under guidance of Dr. Roald Hoffmann. He continued with postdoctoral work with Dr. Michael Klein and Dr. Peter Wolynes, studying quantum and protein physics. He has held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and subsequently at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently the first Monroe Martin Professor at the University of Maryland, in the  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Institute for Physical Science and Technology. He received Beckman Young Investigator, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar and National Science Foundation CAREER awards. among others. He uses computational chemistry, physics and machine learning to study biological processes at multiple scales, from protein dynamics and epigenetics to cellular level processes, such as immune cell activation and neuronal dynamics.

    Afternoon Session Presenters

    Dr. Eno E. Ebong, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Chemical Engineering
    Associate Professor, Bioengineering
    Affiliated Faculty, Biology
    Northeastern University
    Endothelial Cell Glycocalyx: A Critical Node in the Vascular Mechanotransduction Network


    Dr. Michael Albro, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
    Affiliated Faculty, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering
    Boston University
    Spatiotemporal Activity of Mechanobiologically Activated TGF-b in the Synovial Joint


    Dr. Joel D. Boerckel, Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
    University of Pennsylvania
    Mechanotransductive feedback control of endothelial cell motility and vascular morphogenesis


    Paola Divieti Pajevic, Associate Professor, Translational Dental Medicine, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
    Director of Graduate Programs in Translational Dental Medicine
    Boston University
    Trancriptomic analysis of osteocytes exposed to microgravity



    Banner image courtesy of Haoran Ni, a senior graduate student in the Papoian Lab at the University of Maryland.

    Agenda subject to change.