Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Patrick Doyle
The Doyle Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Patrick S. Doyle is the Robert T. Haslam Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A major theme of his research is the translation of molecular understanding of transport phenomena into new microfluidics-based processes. His lab studies a number of problems in soft matter with an emphasis on single molecule DNA dynamics, polymer physics, and microfluidic processes. He has developed new methods for the synthesis of complex microparticles and their applications by combining microfluidics and lithography in a process called Flow Lithography. Leveraging MIT Deshpande funding, in 2010 he co-founded the company Firefly Bioworks that commercialized barcoded particle technologies and was acquired by Abcam in 2015. In 2015 he co-founded Motif Micro which is commercializing his anti-counterfeiting technologies.

Among his awards are a NSF Career Award, 3M Innovation Award, Royal Society of Chemistry Pioneer in Miniaturization, Rothschild-Yvette Mayent Award, and Guggenheim Fellow. He has delivered several named Lectureships, including the Colburn Memorial Lecture, Thiele Lectureship, Van Ness Lectures, Stratis V. Sotirchos Memorial Lectureship and Royal Society of Chemistry Soft Matter Lectureship. He is an enthusiastic teacher and received the Michael Mohr Outstanding Faculty Award in 2013 & 2014 for his undergraduate fluid dynamics course.

Rashid Bashir
Laboratory of Integrated Bio Medical Micro/Nanotechnology and Applications, University of Illinois

Rashid Bashir is Grainger Distinguished Chair and Head of Department of Bioengineering at UIUC. He is also serving as the Vice Dean of the new Carle-Illinois College of Medicine. Previously, he was the Able Bliss Professor of Engineering, Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (a campus-wide clean room facility), and Co-Director of the campus-wide Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, a “collaboratory” aimed at facilitating center grants and large initiatives around campus in the area of nanotechnology. He has authored or co-authored over 210 journal papers, over 160 conference papers and conference abstracts, and over 120 invited talks, and has been granted 42 patents. He is a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, BMES, IAMBE, and APS.

His research interests include bionanotechnology, BioMEMS, lab on a chip, interfacing of biology and engineering from the molecular to the tissue scale, and applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, all applied to solving biomedical problems. He has been involved in 3 startups that have licensed his technologies.

In addition to leading his own research group, he was the PI on an NSF IGERT on Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and Bionanotechnology and PI on an NIH Training Grant on Cancer Nanotechnology. He is Co-Director and UIUC lead on an NSF Science and Technology Center on Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems (with MIT, GT, and other partners). He also serves on the external advisory board of the NIH-funded BioMEMS Resource Center at Harvard/MGH and the NIH-funded Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence at Stanford University, and on various editorial boards.

Jeff Karp
The Karp Lab, Harvard University

Andrew deMello
deMello Group, ETH Zurich

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