18th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium

Symposium Agenda

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

UC Steering Committee Meeting (Exploration Room)

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Poster Setup (Centennial C&D)
11:00 am – 1:00 pmCheck-in and Registration
(Group Registration Desk)
1:00 pm – 1:15 pmWelcome Remarks (Centennial A&B)
Song Li, Ph.D., Professor and Chair
Department of Bioengineering, UCLA
Harold Monbouquette, Ph.D., Associate Dean
UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and
Applied Science
1:15 pm – 2:05 pmPlenary Speaker (Centennial A&B)
Owen Witte, M.D.University Professor, UC System
Director, Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine
& Stem Cell Research
Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics,
Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

2:05 pm – 2:35 pmCIRM Representative (Centennial A&B)
Shyam Patel, Ph.D.Senior Science Officer
Portfolio Development and Reivew
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
“CIRM 2.0: Funding Translation of Stem Cell Based
Treatments in CA”
2:35 pm – 2:45 pmBreak (Centennial Prefunction) 
2:45 pm – 3:45 pmRapid Fire Talks for Select Posters 
(Centennial A&B)
3:45 pm – 4:45 pmPoster Session (Centennial C&D) 
4:45 pm – 6:15 pmOral Sessions
 Stem Cell, Biomaterials, and
Regenerative Medicine (Part 1) (Optimist Room)
Session Chair:  Stephanie Seidlits, Ph.D., UCLA
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Invited Faculty Speaker:  April Pyle, Ph.D., UCLA
Todd Thorson, UC Irvine
Sarah Grundeen, UC Santa Barbara
Jesse Liang, UCLA
Yulong Zhang, UCLA
 Systems Biology, Computational
Biology, and Bioinformatics 
(Odyssey Room)
Session Co-Chairs:  Jiayu Liao, Ph.D., UC Riverside
Otger Campas, Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Invited Faculty Speaker:  Otger Campas, Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara
Hristos Courellis, UC San Diego
Siddharth Chauhan, UC San Diego
Gabriel Ortega Quintanilla, UC Santa Barbara
Jiayu Liao, Ph.D., UC Riverside
 Imaging (Part 1) (Pinnacle Room)
Session Chair:  Changqing Li, Ph.D., UC Merced
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Invited Faculty Speaker:  Aaron Streets, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Mustafa Daloglu, UCLA
Jason Langley, UC Riverside
Zachary Taylor, Ph.D., UCLA
Hinesh Patel, UC Irvine
6:25 – 6:55 pmMilan YagerExecutive Director, American Institute
for Medical and Biological Engineering (Optimist Room)
7:00 pmWelcome Reception (Centennial Terrace) 

 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

7:00 am – 9:00 amBreakfast (Centennial Terrace)
8:00 am – 9:00 amRegistration (Group Registration Desk) 
9:00 am – 9:50 amPlenary Speaker (Centennial A&B)
The Bioengineering Institute of California
Shu Chien Lecture
Darrell Irvine, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of
Materials Science & Engineering; Department of
Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
9:50 am – 10:00 amCoffee Break (Centennial PreFunction)
10:00 am – 11:30 amOral Sessions
 Drug Delivery and
Immunoengineering (Part 1) 
(Optimist Room)
Session Chair:  Jered Haun, Ph.D., UC Irvine
10:00 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 11:30 am
Invited Faculty Speaker:  Jamal Lewis, Ph.D., UC Davis
Vanessa Herrera, UC Irvine
Fatemah Majedi, UCLA
Harish Dixit, UC Riverside
Nzola De Magalhaes, UC San Diego
 Biomedical Devices and Global
Health (Part 1) 
(Odyssey Room)
Session Chair:  William Grover, Ph.D., UC Riverside
10:00 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 11:30 am
Invited Faculty Speaker:  Ali Yanik, Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz
Junchao Wang, UC Riverside
Daniel Bradbury, UCLA
Xuan Li, UC Irvine
Harsha Kittur, UCLA
 Synthetic Biology and Genetic
Engineering 
(Pinnacle Room)
Session Co-Chairs:  Prashant Mali, Ph.D., UC San Diego
Yvonne Chen, Ph.D., UCLA
10:00 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Invited Faculty Speaker: Yvonne Chen, Ph.D., UCLA
Andriy Didovyk, UC San Diego
Zhehao Xiong, UC Riverside
Invited Faculty Speaker: Prashant Mali, Ph.D., UC San Diego
11:30 am – 12:30 pmLunch (Centennial Terrace) 
12:30 pm – 1:30 pmRapid Fire Talks for Select Posters
(Centennial A&B)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pmPoster Session (Centennial C&D)
2:30 pm – 3:20 pmPlenary Speaker (Centennial A&B)
Linda Narhi, Ph.D., Scientific Executive Director,
Process Development; Amgen Inc.
3:20 pm – 3:30 pmBreak (Centennial Prefunction)
3:30 pm – 5:15 pmOral Sessions
3:30 pm – 5:15 pmDonor Session (Optimist Room)
 Biomedical Devices and Global Health (Part 2) 
(Odyssey Room)
Session Chair: To Be Determined
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Hatice Ceylan Koydemir, UCLA
Jovana Veselinovic, UC Davis
So Youn Lee, UCLA
Xiaolong Qiu, UC Irvine
Philip Chao, UCLA
Elaheh Shekaramiz, UC Irvine
Zachary Ballard, UCLA
 Imaging (Part 2) (Pinnacle Room)
Session Chair:  Aaron Streets, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Invited Faculty Speaker:  Changqing Li, Ph.D., UC Merced
Jackson Del Bonis-O’Donnell, UC Berkeley
Patrick Magrath, UCLA
Hongda Wang, UCLA
Thompson Lu, UC Riverside
Michelle Digman, Ph.D., UC Irvine
5:30 pm – 8:30 pmDinner Event – Magic Show with Lou Serrano
(Centennial A,B,C,D)

 

Friday, June 30, 2017

7:00 am – 8:00 amBreakfast (Centennial Terrace)
7:00 am – 8:00 amRegistration (Group Registration Desk)
8:00 am – 8:45 amRapid Fire Talks for Select Posters
(Centennial A&B)
8:45 am – 9:30 amPoster Session (Centennial C&D)
9:30 am – 10:20 amUndergraduate Student Capstone Design Competition
(Centennial A&B) 
10:20 am – 10:30 amCoffee Break (Centennial Prefunction)
10:30 am – 12:00 pmOral Sessions
 Drug Delivery and
Immunoengineering (Part 2) (Pathways Room)
Session Chair: Jamal Lewis, Ph.D., UC Davis
10:30 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 11:45 am
11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Invited Faculty Speaker:  Jered Haun, Ph.D., UC Irvine
Zidong Li, UC Davis
Chase Linsley, UCLA
Demosthenes Morales, UC Santa Barbara
Riley Allen, UC Davis
 Biomedical Devices and Global Health
(Part 3) 
(Optimist Room)
Session Chair:  Ali Yanik, Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz
10:30 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 11:45 am
11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Invited Faculty Speaker:  William Grover, Ph.D., UC Riverside
Janay Kong, UCLA
Hui Li, UC Santa Barbara
Sherine Cheung, UCLA
Jia Wang, UCLA
 Stem Cell, Biomaterials, and Regenerative Medicine
(Part 2) 
(Pinnacale Room)
Session Chair:  April Pyle, Ph.D., UCLA
10:30 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am – 11:15 am
11:15 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 11:45 am
11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Invited Faculty Speaker:  Stephanie Seidlits, Ph.D., UCLA
Madhi Hasani, UCLA
Mark Keating, UC Irvine
Sam Norris, UCLA
Edwin Shen, UC Merced
12:00 pm – 12:15 pmStudent Awards and Closing Remarks
(Centennial Terrace) 
12:15 pm – 1:00 pmLunch (Centennial Terrace)

Plenary Speakers

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Owen Witte, M.D.

University Professor, UC System
Director, Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research
UCLA Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

Owen Witte received his undergraduate degree from Cornell and his MD from Stanford University. He completed postdoctoral research at MIT then joined the faculty at UCLA where he presently is a University Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and holds the President’s Chair in Developmental Immunology. He is the Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA. Dr. Witte has made significant contributions to the understanding of human leukemias, immune disorders, and epithelial cancer stem cells. His work includes the discovery of tyrosine kinase activity for the ABL gene and the demonstration of the BCR-ABL oncoproteins in human leukemias. This has had practical impact in leading to the development of kinase targeted therapy as an effective treatment for these leukemias and other cancers. His work also led to the co-discovery of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) which is required for normal B-lymphocyte development, and when mutated leads to X-linked agammaglobulinemia, a form of immune deficiency. New inhibitors for BTK are entering clinical practice for the treatment of certain lymphomas and leukemias. Recent work has concentrated on defining the stem cells for epithelial cancers of the prostate and other organ sites to help define new types of therapy for these diseases. Dr. Witte is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine. He has received many awards for his research including most recently the AAMC Award for Distinguished Research in Biomedical Sciences (2016) and the Stanford Medical School Kornberg-Berg Lifetime Achievement Award in Biosciences (2016). He has extensive experience consulting in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Most recently, he is a Founder, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board and member of the Board of Directors of Kite Pharma, and a Founder and member of the Board of Directors of Trethera Corporation.

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Darrell Irvine, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Professor, Department of Biological Engineering

 

Darrell Irvine, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He also serves on the steering committee of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard.  His research is focused on the application of engineering tools to problems in cellular immunology and the development of new materials for vaccine and drug delivery.  Current efforts are focused on problems related to vaccine development for HIV and and immunotherapy of cancer.  Dr. Irvine’s work has been recognized by numerous awards, including a Beckman Young Investigator award, an NSF CAREER award, selection for Technology Review’s ‘TR35’, election as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, election as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and appointment as an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  He is the author of over 100 publications, reviews, and book chapters and an inventor on numerous patents.

Milan Yager
Executive Director, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

 

 

Milan Yager is a long time Washington lobbyist and association executive who has over 30 years of senior government and public affairs experience in the public and private sectors.  His background includes senior government position in the Administration and Congress, as well as private sector experience with four national associations and a business-consulting firm.  His managerial competency includes demonstrated success in association turn-around and transformational leadership during periods of significant growth and change.  He is an author, speaker, and frequently quoted in media on healthcare and health insurance, pension, tax, and small business issues. Mr. Yager is currently the Executive Director of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, an honorific organization of the most accomplished innovators in the fields of medical and biological engineering.  Previously served for 16 years as president and CEO of the National Association of Professional Employer Organization.  During his leadership the organization achieved record membership and grew to represent 90 percent of the industry’s revenues. He is credited with leading a national advocacy campaign that resulted in the passage of 22 comprehensive state licensing statutes and federal legislation codifying the industry and operational practices. Prior to joining NAPEO, Mr. Yager was an Administration political appointee to the Interstate Commerce Commission and served as Director of the Office of Economic and Environmental Analysis.  Mr. Yager also has served in senior management and policy advocacy positions for two national trade associations including the National Association of Home Builders and United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association.  Mr. Yager’s legislative and policy background includes service as Chief of Staff in the House of Representatives for now Senator and Assistant Minority Leader Durbin, and Legislative Director for Congressman Berkley Bedell. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and has a Masters in Public Administration from The American University in Washington, D.C.


Linda Narhi, Ph.D.
Scientific Executive Director, Process Development; Amgen, Inc.

 

Undergraduate Senior Capstone Design Competition

 

Calling all Undergraduate Senior Capstone Design teams within the UC System!  Share your innovative ideas for a chance to win prize money. Capstone team needs to currently be seniors in the UC system in order to submit an entry for the senior capstone design contest.

Enter by submitting an elevator pitch video (no longer than 2 minutes) here: 

Finalists will be chosen to present at the Undergraduate Senior Capstone Design Competition on June 30, 2017 (the final day of the meeting).

Deadline to submit elevator pitch videos has been extended to Thursday, April 20, 2017, 2:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

Accommodations & Venue

The UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, the venue of the 18th annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium, is located on the UCLA Campus.  Guests can enjoy the hotel’s close proximity to campus and Westwood, as well as the abundance of local beaches, shopping and dining.

We have reserved 75 rooms for June 28th and 60 rooms for June 29th at the rate of $216 for double occupancy and $252 for triple occupancy.  The Luskin Center does not charge occupancy tax so this is the total cost per night stay.  Accommodations at the Luskin Conference Center must be reserved through the conference registration payment site at:  https://www.bioeng.ucla.edu/ucsymposium by Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

 

UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095
General Inquiries: 310-206-8585
Fax: 310-206-7122
http://luskinconferencecenter.ucla.edu/

The UCLA Luskin Conference Center’s 254 spacious hotel rooms have one king bed or two queen beds, all with deluxe Pima cotton linens and super soft mattress toppers and pillows for a superb night’s rest.

Onsite Amenities include: complimentary Wi-Fi, full Service On-site Restaurant and Lounge, dry cleaning service, valet parking, on-site fitness center & access to other campus recreational facilities, 24-hour front desk, Plateia delivered; bell service, ADA Rooms & Services, campus shuttle & Safety Escort Service; daily housekeeping; Business Center

Guest room amenities include: complimentary Wi-Fi, Flat screen 42” HDTV, Docking station for mobile devices with AM/FM clock radio, speakerphone with voicemail, In-room safe, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, 100% cotton terry robes, and earth-friendly, premium toiletries.

King Room – $216 double occupancy
The 307-square-foot king rooms are furnished with a king bed, armchair, desk with ergonomic chair, and flat screen HDTV. The bathroom has a full-size walk-in shower and marble vanity. Located on the 3rd through 7th Floors, the single king rooms sleep up to two guests.

Double Queen Room – $216 double occupancy; $252 triple occupancy
The 341-square-foot double queen rooms are furnished with two queen beds, armchair, desk with ergonomic chair, and flat screen HDTV. The bathroom has a full-size walk-in shower and marble vanity. Located on the 3rd through 6th Floors, the double queen rooms sleep up to three guests.

Directions 

  • Take I-405 North or South freeway depending where you are coming from and exit on Wilshire Blvd East
  • Take Wilshire Blvd East to Westwood Blvd (3rd light), then turn left (North) onto Westwood Blvd
  • After entering campus on Westwood Blvd, Luskin Conference Center is located at the end of the turnaround after Strathmore Place.

UCLA Campus Maps, Directions, Parking:  http://www.ucla.edu/maps-directions-parking/

Parking Options 

Luskin Valet Parking is $4 for the first hour and an additional $2 per half hour up to three hours. Daily parking (three to ten hours) is $28 and overnight parking is $39 (over ten hours).

Self-Parking is located at Structure Lot 8, Level 4 at any of the Pay-By-Plate parking spots. After parking, purchase a parking permit at the Pay-By-Plate station and place permit/receipt on your vehicle dashboard. It is $1 per 20 minutes up to three hours. Daily parking is $12 (expires at 6:59 am the following day after purchase) and overnight parking is $28 (expires at 5:29 pm the following day after purchase).

UC Affiliated Parking Permits will have to stop by the parking kiosk located on your left on Westwood Blvd after Charles E Young Drive. Please let the parking attendant know that you are a UC Employee and would like to park at Structure Lot 8 and show them your UC parking pass and UC identification card. They will then provide you with a reciprocity permit free of charge (expires at 6:59 am the following day after issued).

To access the Luskin Conference center from Structure Lot 8 via the bridge, take east stairs down one level and cross over Strathmore Place.

Registration

The 18th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium will be held on June 28 – 30, 2017 at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center. The registration fee will include all meals during the conference, as detailed below.  Please note that we have reserved 75 rooms for June 28th and 60 rooms for June 29th at the contract rate below.  Lodging at the Luskin Conference Center MUST be reserved through this registration payment site.

Abstract deadline extended to:  Thursday, April 20, 2017, 2:00pm Pacific Standard Time
Early bird registration and Lodging deadline extended to: Friday, May 19, 2017, 12:00pm
Late registration with Lodging deadline:  Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Late registration without Lodging deadline:  Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 11:59pm

Please contact Ms. Stacey Fong at 310-794-5072 or  for any questions about payment.

 

Early RegistrationLate Registration (Begins at 12:01 PM PST on Friday, May 19th)
Undergraduate Students$160$190
Graduate Students$180$210
Postdocs / Staff Researchers$180$210
Faculty$260$300
CSU Faculty / Students$260$300
Industry$310$350

 

The online registration will be closed on June 21st, 2017, 11:59pm
Please make sure you will be able to attend before registering; there are no refunds.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 20, 2017, 2:00pm Pacific Standard Time.  We are accepting abstracts in the following tracks:

Stem cell, biomaterials, and regenerative medicine
Drug delivery and immunoengineering
Biomedical devices and global health
Imaging
Systems biology, computational biology, and bioinformatics
Synthetic biology and genetic engineering

In addition to submitting your abstract via the link above, please submit a 1 page pdf of your abstract to . In the subject line of the email, please put your LAST NAME followed by the name of the track (e.g., BREWIN, Drug Delivery and Immunoengineering). Please refer to the abstract template at https://www.bioeng.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/bioeng/Abstract_template.pdf.

 

Diversity Travel Awards

As part of an initiative to increase diversity at this meeting, the conference organizers will provide travel awards in the form of free registration to students and postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented groups who are presenting their research at the meeting.  The number of awards will depend on the number of qualified applicants.

Current postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups may apply for this award. Applicants must be presenting research at the conference. These awards are intended to increase diversity at the conferences, especially among racial and ethnic minorities; in addition, the organizing committee will consider proposals from first-generation college students, LGBT individuals, and physically disabled students.

Interested students should submit an application that includes the following:

1) A cover letter which provides contact information for the applicant and specifies the applicant’s eligibility for
the award as a member of an underrepresented group.
2) A one-page (single-spaced) statement that describes the student’s professional goals, the presentation(s) he or she will be making at the conference, how attending the conference will benefit the student, and his or her financial need for the award.

Applications will be judged by members of the organizing committee.  Awards will be made on a competitive basis.

Applications must be submitted via email to  by April 13, 2017.  In the subject line of the email, please put “Diversity Travel Award”.

The 18th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium provides a forum for collaboration and networking among bioengineering faculty, students and researchers from the 10 UC Campuses. Participating sponsors have access to the best and brightest students in bioengineering. Please contact Ms. Stacey Fong at  or 310-794-5072 to learn about the various sponsorship opportunities.

 


 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact  or by phone at (310) 267-4985.

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