Engineering the Future of Human Health 
Collaborative Research Symposium 


Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Secchia Center, 15 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids

March 13, 2023

8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. | Check-in

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Introductions and Opening Remarks

  • Muhammad Rizwan, PhD - Engineering Hydrogel Matrix to Improve 3D Cell Functions
  • Brian Johnson, PhD - Engineering Microphysiological Systems for High-Throughput Screening
  • Bruce Lee, PhD - Mussel-inspired Bioadhesives for Wound Healing, Antimicrobial, Antiviral Applications
  • Nureddin Shammakhi, PhD - 3D Bioprinting using Oxygenated and Multifunctional Bioinks

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Break

  • Erin Purcell, PhD - Tissue Response to Neural Electrodes
  • Smitha Rao, PhD - In Vitro Experiments in 2D and 3D
  • Jinxing Li, PhD - Soft Electronics and Microrobots for Precision Machine-Biology Interface
  • Adrienne Minerick, PhD - Medically Motivated Applications Within Electrokinetic Microdevices
  • Sean Kirkpatrick, PhD - Aspects of Coherent Optical Imaging in Biomedicine
  • Taeho Kim, PhD - Nanoparticles for Photoaccoustic Imaging
  • Sangyoon Han, PhD - Imaging Traction of Cells Before Myosin Works
  • Brian Smith, PhD - Quantitative Drug Release Monitoring by MPI in Breast Cancer

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch

  • Aitor Aguirre, PhD - Self-assembling Heart Organoids to Model Congenital Heart Disease
  • Roger Guillory, PhD - Recent Advances in the Development of Bioabsorbable Materials for Next Generation Cardiovascular Scaffolds
  • Tomasz Timek, MD - Role of Tricuspid Valve Leaflets in the Pathophysiology of Functional Tricuspid Regurgitation.
  • William Cooke, PhD - Cardiovascular Research Activities: A Departmental Overview
  • Kevin Trewartha, PhD - Aging and Cognition: Implications for Motor Learning and Sensorimotor Motor Control in Older Populations
  • Rebecca Knickmeyer, PhD - The Gut Microbiome and Autism
  • Carolyn Duncan, PhD - Balance and Functional Mobility 
  • Shreesh Sammi, PhD - Exploring Mitochondrial Mechanism of Neurotoxicants – critical role in Parkinson’s disease
  • Anna Moore, PhD - RNA Nanodrugs for Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Hyeun Joong Yoon, PhDMolecular Analysis of Circulating Tumor Cells Isolated from Breast Cancer Patients by Innovative Microfluidic Platforms
  • Kurt Zinn, PhD - Radiotheranostics
  • Paul Goetsch, PhD - Priming Caenhorabditis Elegans-based CUREs to Screen for Anti-cancer Microbial Natural Products

4:30 p.m.  | Closing Remarks

4:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Poster Sessions and Networking