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IBE 2023 Conference: Track Descriptions

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General Poster Session and Student Poster Session and Competition
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.

Bio-Business Nexus
The career possibilities in biotech are endless, but students are often under-informed or overwhelmed by all these potential career choices. The Bio-Business Nexus is your chance to share what working at your company is like and what a career in your field of biotechnology entails. Participation in the session also grants you free access to our conference career fair, where you will be able to network with enthusiastic and bright undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs.

Bioenvironmental Engineering
We are changing the environment that we live in, and we must understand and manage the impacts of our global change. This session will highlight our activities to use physical, chemical, and biological sciences to help solve and prevent environmental problems related to human activity. This research will help inform our decisions and policy.

Biological Engineering Applications in Industry
This session will highlight entrepreneurial accomplishments in and around the IBE community, from startups to established companies. Examples of applied, commercialized biological engineering products and platforms, born from research labs, will illustrate the breadth and richness of IBE interests.

Biological Engineering Education - Convergence and Circularity
Teaching is fundamental to the biological engineering profession. This session welcomes presentations that cover novel teaching, pedagogy, and approaches for student engagement.

Biological Sensing and Diagnostics 1 (food, agriculture, etc.)
This session aims to promote recent and significant advances in the field of biosensing and its applications to food safety, food quality, and food processing as well as agriculture systems. There is still a great demand for portable, user-friendly, rapid and highly robust methods to monitor food quality and safety throughout the food production chain. The use of biosensors as emerging technologies could revolutionize the study and detection of foodborne pathogens, toxins, allergens, contaminants and biomarkers for food quality and safety. In addition to further serve the food industry, agricultural sector, regulatory community, and public health.

Biological Sensing and Diagnostics 2 (humans, animals, etc.)
This session aims to highlight the recent advances in biosensors associated with the early detection of infectious diseases, chronic disease treatment, health management, and well-being surveillance in both humans and animals. Topics of interest include biosensors that detect and monitor disease and/or health conditions as well as sensors that track the body's response to care. Biosensors that detect, track, or monitor environmental pathogens, pollution, and other contaminants that adversely affects human and/or animal health are also of interest.

Biomedical Engineering Applications (Diseases, Theraputics, Prostheses)
This section will encompanss research in bio-inspired engineering to improve human health, diagnose and treat human disease, and expand quality of life. Topics include biomaterials, medical devices, pharmacoengineering, regenerative medicine, neuroscience, and rehabilitation.

Bioprocessing (Anaerobic Digestion, valorization, algae, etc.)
This session will showcase new and exciting research on creating sustainable and economically feasible wastes-to-bioproducts systems to meet the need for environmentally friendly wastewater treatment and energy resources. Topics include anaerobic digestion, biofuels, bioplastics, algae wastewater treatment systems, and valorization.

Bioprocessing (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.

Bioprocessing (Fuels & Chemicals)
The application of industrial biotechnology has allowed for the development and deployment of bio-based fuels, chemicals, and produts. This session welcomes presentations discussing developments in any of these areas.

From Linear to Circular Bioeconomy Systems
This session will include presentations to address challenges created by the current fossil-fuel-based unsustainable linear economy and development of knowledge and technologies to recreate a bio-based economy inspired by the Nature’s circularity.

Public Health and Biological Engineering
Biological engineering plays an increasing role in both individual as well as public health approaches to treating and improving health and disease. This session welcomes presentations covering all aspects disease, health, and improvement of the human condition.

Synthetic Biology & Metabolic Engineering
This session aims to highlight the recent advancement in the field of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology to engineer various microbial hosts to produce commodity and specialty chemicals, biofuels, and proteins. Topics of interest include but are not limited to novel chassis development, protein engineering, metabolic flux analysis, computational modeling on pathways and proteins, and technologies that facilitate scale-up and process commercialization.

Tools and Decision Support for Smart Agriculture
This section deals with research for implementing smart agriculture by applying intelligent decision-making by converging advanced sensing, information and communication technology (ICT), artificial intelligence (AI), and big data to cope with agricultural sustainability and the impending climate change crisis.

USDA/NSF Convergence and Circularity Workshop
Biology-based research is becoming increasingly complex, requiring multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches, more eleborate instrumentation, and greater data analytics. This session will provide the oppporrtunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities of modern bio-based research.