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Keynote Speakers

Roger Kamm

Professor Roger Kamm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Roger Kamm is a Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Biological and Mechanical Engineering of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. Professor Kamm began his career at Northwestern University earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He subsequently earned both a Master’s and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Since 1978, he has been a professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. The research conducted by the Mechanobiology group at MIT includes the development of microfluidic platforms for mimicking the three dimensional microenvironment and investigating the role of mechanical stimuli such as interstitial flow, cyclic strain, and ECM stiffness gradients, on cellular processes including cell migration, angiogenesis, and differentiation. Computational models are also an integral part to the research, and the lab has developed models spanning length scales from single molecules to cell populations, using course-graining techniques to allow models developed at small length scales to inform larger scale models.

Elisa Konofagou

Professor Elisa Konofagou, Columbia University

Elisa Konofagou is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology of Columbia University, New York, USA, where she leads the Ultrasound Elasticity Imaging Laboratory (UEIL). Her research includes ultrasonics (imaging and therapy), elasticity imaging, signal and image processing, and soft tissue mechanics. The laboratory works on developing novel, ultrasound-based techniques for both imaging and therapeutic applications. Some of the ongoing research in the UEIL includes: using pulse wave imaging to quantify the stiffness of the arterial wall and assess the likelihood of an aneurism rupturing, enabling targeted drug delivery to the brain by opening the blood-brain barrier with focused ultrasound, mapping the mechanical and electromechanical properties of the heart using myocardial elastography and electromechanical wave imaging, and modulating neural activity in the central and peripheral nervous system through high-intensity focused ultrasound.

W. Robert Taylor

Professor W. Robert Taylor, Emory University

W. Robert Taylor is a Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA. Dr. Taylor holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He obtained his training in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. After completing his training in cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Taylor joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Taylor’s laboratory is focused on obtaining a better understanding of the role of vascular inflammation in the pathogenesis of vascular disease. His work employs novel animal models of human vascular disease to study the role of various mechanical and humoral factors in the development of hypertension and atherosclerosis. He has a particular interest in the renin angiotensin system, advanced glycation endproducts, biomechanical forces and oxidative stress. A significant effort is also underway to examine the interaction between vascular inflammation and bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells.