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Symposium SB10-Micro- and Nanoengineering of Biomaterials—From Precision Medicine to Precision Agriculture and Enhanced Food Security

The engineering of biomaterials using micro- and nano-fabrication tools in medicine, food and agriculture has enabled the development of advanced materials that can be interfaced with living systems to bridge the biotic/abiotic interface and as therapeutics. Precision medicine has capitalized on the design of new biomaterials to enhance diagnostic and therapeutic treatments. Recent advances in biomaterials processing have also set the foundations for their uses in agriculture and in food processing, indicating that a material-based innovation can have a large reach to positively impact society. In this symposium, we bring together the most recent advances in modeling, characterization and fabrication of biomaterials and show their successful applications from regenerative medicine to food security.

Topics will include:

  • Biomaterials
  • Food
  • Agriculture
  • Food security
  • Food safety
  • Modeling
  • Characterization
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomanufacturing
  • Microfabrication
  • Biofabrication
  • Tissue engineering for food

Invited Speakers:

  • Athanassia Athanassiou (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • Antje Bäumner (Universität Regensburg, Germany)
  • Adam Behrens (Mori, USA)
  • Francesca Cavalieri (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Mary Chan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Philip Demokritou (Harvard University, USA)
  • Lola Eniola-Adefeso (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Margaret Frey (Cornell University, USA)
  • Carmen Gomes (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Alon Gorodetsky (University of California, Irvine, USA)
  • David Kalpan (Tufts University, USA)
  • Efrosini Kokkoli (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Ryan Koppes (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Lamfeddal Kouisni (Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco)
  • Markita Landry (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Joachim Loo (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Marisa Masumi Beppu (University of Campinas, Brazil)
  • Tony McNally (The University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
  • Showan Nazhat (McGill University, Canada)
  • Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts University, USA)
  • Kit Parker (Harvard University, USA)
  • Milica Radisic (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Jelena Rnjak-Kovacina (University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Michael Strano (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Joyce Wong (Boston University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Benedetto Marelli
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chiara Ghezzi
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Biomedical Engineering

Julie Goddard
Cornell University
Department of Food Science

Amir Sheikhi
The Pennsylvania State University
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