2013 Annual Conference

March 7-9, 2013 
Raleigh, NC 
Embassy Suites Research Triangle
201 Harrison Oaks Blvd.
Cary, NC 27513
(919) 677-1840

Program and Presentations: Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 IBE Annual Conference!


Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Randolph V. Lewis
USTAR Professor of Biology
Utah State University
Friday, March 8, 2013 

Invited Speakers

Dr. Erik Reimhult
University Professor
Department of Nanobiotechnology
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria
Presentation: Micro and nanostructured lipid membranes for sensing and cell manipulation. In Sensors & Biosensor session on Friday, March 8, 2013.

Dr. Suzie Pun
Robert J. Rushmer Associate Professor of Bioengineering
University of Washington
Presentation: Peptide-Based Materials for Drug Delivery. In Biomaterials and Structures session on Friday, March 8, 2013. 

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Featured Sessions

Funding opportunities for Biological Engineering, Friday, March 8, 2013
Dr. Ruth Shuman, NSF, Program Director, SBIR/STTR program
Dr. Lin He, NSF, Program Director, Chemical Measurement and Imaging program
Dr. D. Marshall Porterfield, NASA, Division Director, NASA Space Life and Physical Sciences, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.
Individuals who want to have a one-to-one meeting with Dr. Ruth Shuman can contact Dr. Guigen Zhang at guigen@clemson.edu.

Frontiers in Biological Engineering, Saturday, March 9, 2013
Dr. Yaping Sun
Frank Henry Leslie Professor of Chemistry
Clemson University
Presentation: Fluorescent Carbon Dots for Bioimaging and Beyond

Dr. Gabriel Lopez
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Duke University
Presentation: Acoustic Microfluidics and New Biofunctional Colloids for Bioanalytical Applications

2013 IBE Conference Topics

Bioenergy: Algae-Based Systems – This session will focus on advances and discoveries on producing biofuels and bio-products from algae biomass. Papers are invited from all areas of emerging technologies in algal biofuels and bio-products, such as algal cultivation, harvesting and extraction systems, new conversion technologies for algal biofuels, bioproducts from algal biofuels refining, technoeconomic modeling of algal biofuels systems and life cycle analysis. Session organizer: Dr. Umakanta Jena, University of Georgia, ujena@uga.edu, and Dr. Wen Zhang, University of Arkansas, wenzhang@uark.edu

Bioenergy: Biochemical Conversions – This session will focus on advances on producing biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass through biochemical pathways. While the emphasis is on microbial fermentation to generate fuels, such as hydrogen, ethanol, butanol and hydrocarbons, papers describing novel processes for biomass pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis are also encouraged. Session organizer: Dr. Yanna Liang, Southern Illinois University, liang@engr.siu.edu, and Dr. Pratap Pullamanapalil, University of Florida, pcpratap@ufl.edu

Biological Engineering Design - Participants in this session will present current research and case studies about design methodologies, optimization techniques and design validation for engineering problems in biological and ecological engineering. Session organizer: Dr. Shelia Grant, University of Missouri, grantsa@missouri.edu

Biomaterials and Structures – The focus of this session will be on the development of technologies that utilize biological materials or biological functions as a design element, which mimics the biological systems, towards artificial tissues/organs, drug delivery/targeting, nanofabricated surfaces, sensors, chemical processing, and other biological engineering applications. Session organizers: Dr. Darlene Taylor, North Carolina Central University, dtaylor@nccu.edu, and Dr. Zhaohui Tong, University of Florida, ztong@ufl.edu

Environmental Engineering: Environmental Complexity and Systems Issues - This section will focus on advances in developing an environmental systems theory, primarily through addressing the complexity that arises within these systems. Studies of specific systems, as well as general theory or methodologies applicable to a wide range of models are welcome. Topics will include systems ecology and biology, ecosystem models, network analysis, graph theory, foodwebs, and ecosystem energetics. Session organizer: Dr. Wen Zhang, University of Arkansas, wenzhang@uark.edu

Environmental Engineering: Session IX: Environmental Nanotoxicology - This section will focus on studies evaluating the toxicity of nanoparticles. Studies that focus on the development of new sensing tools for an evaluation of mechanisms of toxicity and effects are particularly welcome. Other topics will include nanoparticle characterization, factors affecting particle properties, and sub-cellular, cellular, and whole organism toxicity of nanoparticles. Session organizer: Jeff Ullman, University of Florida, jullman@ufl.edu.

Environmental Engineering: Ecological and Environmental Modeling – This session will provide opportunities to exchange ideas covering a wide area of research interests in ecological and environmental engineering including: water resources, water quality pollutants (e.g. sediment, nutrients, bacteria, pharmaceutical), hydrologic monitoring and modeling, climate and land use change impact, cropping systems, and scale issues. The session will also include systems ecology and biology, ecosystem models, food webs and network analysis. Session organizer: Prem Parajuli, pparajuli@abe.msstate.edu, Mississippi State University.

Metabolic Pathway Engineering – This session will focus on advances in engineering pathways for novel biofuels and chemicals as well as engineering cellular fitness and tolerance. The emphasis will be on new products from microbial cultures, but applications in higher organisms are also encouraged. Session organizer: Dr. Ryan Senger, Virginia Tech, senger@vt.edu

Nanomaterials and Nanosystems – The nanosystems session will focus on current discoveries in nanotechnology including novel nanomaterials, NEMs, microfluidic systems, lab-on-a-chip and biochip technologies, and the wide application of these devices in biological engineering. Session organizer: Dr. Ming Su, University of Central Florida, Ming.Su@ufc.edu, and Dr. Adarsh D. Radadia, Louisiana Technical University, radadia@latech.edu

Sensors & Biosensors - This session will address the development and application of a broad range biological sensor technology for applications relating to agriculture, biological sciences, the environment, and medicine. Session organizers: Dr. Stefan Zauscher, Duke Univeristy, zauscher@duke.edu; Dr. Nick Wu, West Virginia University, Nick.Wu@mail.wvu.edu, and Dr. Amani Wan Salim, Purdue University, asalim@purdue.edu

Last Updated 062712 Synthetic Biology - This session will focus on recent advances in synthetic biology. Of particular interest is research that emphasizes the development of foundational technologies (new platform technologies and molecular tools – parts, devices, and systems) that support the design and construction of new and modified engineered biological systems, and the application of synthetic biology strategies to the design and construction of engineered biological systems that can provide solutions to real world problems. Session organizer: Dr. Chase Beisel, North Carolina State University, cbeisel@ncsu.edu

iGEM Synthetic Biology - This session will focus on team projects for the most recent iGEM competition and will highlight student involvement in the development of biological parts, devices, and systems for the international competition. Session organizer: Dr. Tom Richard, Pennsylvania State University, tlr20@engr.psu.edu

Tissue & Cellular Engineering - Papers are invited on applications of engineering principles to the study and utilization of cellular systems spanning from genetic and molecular to tissue constructs. Example topics include gene and drug delivery, cell-substrate interactions, tissue engineering and biomaterials, and cell-based biosensors. Session organizer: Dr. Angela Pannier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, apannier2@unl.edu, and Dr. Tarek Shazly, University of South Carolina, shazly@cec.sc.edu

BioBusiness Nexus – This session provide a forum for local emerging companies to introduce their technologies and companies to the engineers, life scientists, and fellow business registrants for this meeting. The BioBusiness Nexus session typically allots participating companies 12-15 minutes for a podium presentation. If desired, display materials may be placed in the meeting room during the session. We will accept participants on a first-come, first serve basis as we have time available in the program. Session organizer: Dr. Guigen Zhang, Clemson University, guigen@clemson.edu

Bioethics Essay Competition - This session will feature the results of a student competition and selected presentations on bioethics as it relates to biological engineering topics. Check the IBE website (www.ibe.org) for information on the Bioethics Competition for students. Session organizer: Dr. Praveen Kolar, North Carolina State University, pkolar@ncsu.edu

General Poster Session & Student Poster Session and Competition - The poster session presentations covering any topic within biological engineering are invited. A special poster session for student research projects or engineering design projects will be included within the poster session. The top three Undergraduate Student Posters and top three Graduate Student Posters will receive cash awards and certificates of merit. Session organizer: Dr. Melissa Moss, University of South Carolina, mossme@engr.sc.edu


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