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2024 Annual Conference

Abstracts are due on July 22nd. Please use the Submit Abstract button below to navigate to Easy Chair. Once on the Conference Easy Chair link, you will be asked to make an account, then you will be able to upload your abstract and select the appropriate section it related to.

To register for the conference, please click on the Register Now button below. You will be navigated to the conference registration page. Before registering for the conference, you must make a new IBE account due to website updates. Please make a new account by following the sign up instructions located in the header of the site.

Dates: September 14th and September 15th
Atlanta, Georgia
Emory Conference Center Hotel

September 14 and 15

Conference Hotel Booking

Please use the following link to book a hotel room with the conference rate. If you pay for the All Inclusive Package located on the Conference Registration page you DO NOT need to book a room through this link. IBE will make your reservations for you. Please see more details about conference packages on the Conference Registration page.

Student Travel Awards Available

The Institute of Biological Engineering is pleased to offer travel awards to undergraduate and graduate students in need of financial assistance for conference attendance. There is limited funding available for students who require help to attend the conference, and we encourage those interested to apply as soon as possible. Only students who have registered for the conference and/or membership are eligible for funding. These travel awards aim to support the academic and professional development of students by providing them the opportunity to engage with experts in the field, present their research, and network with peers. Recipients will be selected based on their demonstrated need and the potential impact of their attendance on their educational and career goals. Students must apply by July 31st.

About the IBE Meeting

Come for the Content. Stay for the Networking.
The IBE Annual Meeting is a gathering of the world’s leading researchers and educators in biological engineering, who share a passion for building a better future.

The 2024 Annual Meeting will include technical sessions in key areas such as bioenvironmental engineering, biological sensing, bioprocessing, public health, and much more. We hope that you’ll join us and share your research highlights in biology-inspired engineering!

The intimate setting and diverse makeup of the conference are catalysts for multidisciplinary interactions with attendees who actively participate in shaping the biological engineering profession.

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend. The meeting is an excellent opportunity to develop professional skills and network with peers and professionals in the industry through activities such as poster sessions, bioethics essay competition and social activities.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ranu Jung

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Dr. Jung joined the University of Arkansas in December 2021 and serves as an Endowed Chair, Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Associate Vice-Chancellor. Her experience includes serving as interim Dean and Department Chair in the College of Engineering and Computing. Professor Jung’s research is at the cutting edge between engineering and neuroscience, developing devices that lead to scientific advances with clear pathways to clinical application. A champion for innovation and entrepreneurship, her team developed the first wireless, implantable neural-interface system for restoring sensations to individuals with upper-limb amputation and received FDA approval to conduct a first-in-human trial.

Dr. Jung is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Inventors, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. She holds 14 U.S. patents, has founded a company, and has authored more than 130 publications. She was also appointed to the US National Institute of Health National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Dr. Jung received her Doctoral and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, USA and her Bachelor’s with Distinction in Electronics & Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India.

Technical Sessions

Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering:

This session will focus on advances in recent advances in synthetic biology and metabolic pathway engineering for novel biofuels and chemicals as well as engineering cellular fitness and tolerance, including but not limited to 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, the application of synthetic biology strategies to the design and construction of engineered biological systems that can provide solutions to real world problems, metabolic pathway identification, flux analysis, pathway reassembly, biocatalysis, and biosynthesis.

Biological Engineering Applications in Industry:

This session will focus on the applications of biological engineering within industrial contexts, encompassing a wide array of fields such as pharmaceutical products, agricultural practices, bioremediation, biosensors, food materials, and biofuels.

From Linear to Circular Bioeconomy Systems:

The session focusses on transitioning of current linear food & agriculture systems to circular systems. The general topics include the latest developments in upcycling, downstream integration of waste streams within the food and agriculture systems, regenerative agricultural practices, vertical agriculture, anaerobic digestion, composting and value addition to waste streams.

Bioenvironmental Engineering:

This session provides 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 Bio-Business 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.

Biological Sensing and Diagnostics 1 (food & agriculture) and Biological Sensing and Diagnostics 2 (humans & animals): 

Biological sensing refers to the use of a biological recognition element for detection and/or quantification of an analyte through optical, electrochemical, electronic, gravimetric transduction of signal in a device called biosensor. The biological recognition element could be an enzyme, antibodies, nuclei acids, cell receptors, viruses, organelles or microorganism that interact or bind selectively with the analyte. The analyte could be a chemical or biological species of clinical or environmental importance. This session invites abstracts that research topics that focus on the development and application of a broad range biological sensor technology for applications relating to agriculture, biological sciences, the environment, and medicine.

Biomedical Engineering Applications:

This session covers a broad range of biomedical engineering topics, focusing on the application of engineering and design principles in the medical field, including but not limited to medical devices, bioimaging, drug delivery, regenerative engineering, neural engineering, and computational biomedical engineering.

Biomaterials & Nanomaterials:

The focus of this session will be on the development of technologies including nanotechnology 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, microfluidic devices, chemical processing, and other biological engineering applications.

Biomanufacturing & Bioprocessing:

This session will concentrate on the latest advancements in the manufacturing and processing of a diverse range of bioproducts, including biofuels, biopharmaceuticals, food ingredients, and various others.

Sustainable, Bio-derived Fuels, and Chemicals:

Living systems such as plants, trees, microbes, animals or previously lived organisms and their byproducts (e.g. manure) can be used to produce fuels, energy, materials and chemicals. Modern technologies and tools offer means to generate diverse stream of products from biomass sources in a sustainable manner with significantly low environmental, ecological and social impacts. This session invites abstracts on a broad range of sustainable biomass topics including biofuels, bio-derived materials and chemicals and their associated conversion technologies, techno-economic analysis and life cycle analysis.

Emerging Pathogens and Infectious Diseases Preparedness, Surveillance, and Response

Tissue & Cellular Engineering:

Tissue engineering refers to the use of cells, materials and biochemical factors to improve or replace biological functions by employing sets of methods to replace or repair damaged or diseased tissues with natural, synthetic or semisynthetic tissue mimics that will offer the desired functionality. Cellular engineering is a field focusing on engineering of host cells for enhanced production of valuable products or improved properties of cells. The session invites abstracts related to all areas of tissue and cellular engineering, including but not limited to cell culturing, isolation, cell seeding, cell harvesting, scaffolds for tissue engineering, bone grafting, bone tissue engineering, bone scaffolds, cellular therapies, artificial organs, gene and drug delivery, cell-substrate interactions, regenerative medicine and clinical translation of these approaches.

Integrative Precision Agriculture

Special Sessions

Beyond "Know your audience": What's Biological Engineering, anyway?

Biological Engineering Education – Convergence, Circularity, and Ethical Considerations

Charting the Future of Bioengineering within the One Health Paradigm

Role of Biological Engineering in Bioeconomy

Special Programming

Poster Session – open to everyone, best poster awards for students:

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.

Speed Networking – open to everyone, find new collaborations and job opportunities: 

This event provides a wonderful social opportunity for the attendees, including students, researchers, professors, industry representatives, and other professionals.

Bio-Business Career Panel – open to everyone, learn from and interact with experts in the field:

This session provides a forum for emerging companies to introduce their technologies and companies to the engineers, life scientists, and fellow business registrants for this meeting. This session is a great opportunity for the attendees to directly interact with industry representatives.

Bioethics Essay Competition – open to students and awards for students:

This session will feature the results of a student competition and selected presentations on bioethics as it relates to biological engineering topics.