Plenary Speakers

Dr. Jeff Borenstein, Draper LaboratoryBorenstein

Dr. Borenstein has a PhD in Physics and more than 20 years of experience in microsystems technology and biomedical devices. His current work is focused on the application of Microsystems technologies toward pathogen detection, drug delivery, and cell-based devices and systems. He is Director of the Biomedical Engineering Center and a Technical Staff Member at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory.  His expertise is in MEMS fabrication technology, biological microsystems and the development of microdevices for therapeutic clinical applications. Prior to joining Draper Laboratory in 1994, Dr. Borenstein held positions as a research scientist for North American Philips Corporation and Mobil Corporation. Dr. Borenstein has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University at Albany and holds 30 issued patents, as well as 60 published patent applications and over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings.

Dr. Jim Collins, Boston University

Wyss Institute Faculty PortraitsJames J. Collins is a William F. Warren Distinguished Professor, University Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center of Synthetic Biology at Boston University. He is also a core founding faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research group works in synthetic biology and systems biology, with a particular focus on using network biology approaches to study antibiotic action, bacterial defense mechanisms, and the emergence of resistance. Professor Collins’ patented technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharma and medical devices companies, and has helped to launch a number of companies, including Sample6 Technologies and EnBiotix. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a MacArthur “Genius” Award, an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, a Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award, as well as several teaching awards. Professor Collins is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. David Gracias, John Hopkins University


Prof. David Gracias is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Russell Croft Faculty Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). He received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, did post-doctoral research at Harvard and worked at Intel Corporation prior to starting his independent laboratory at JHU in 2003. His research interests lie in the areas of micro / nanosystems and self-assembly. Prof. Gracias has authored 93 journal publications and holds 22 patents. His notable awards include the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, SPIE Nanoengineering Pioneer Award, NSF Career Award, Beckman Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award and the DuPont Young Professor Award.

Dr. Linda Griffith, Massachusetts Institute of  Technology


Dr. Griffith received a B. ChE. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982 and a Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988.   From 1998-1990, Griffith served as a postdoctoral associate at MIT. After she joined the MIT faculty in 1991 as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, she was promoted to Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1996, and to tenure in Chemical Engineering in 1998. The same year, she joined the newly formed Division of Biological Engineering and Environmental Health at MIT. In 2006, she received the MacArthur Fellowship.  Her scientific articles have appeared in such journals as Science, Biomaterials, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She currently holds the School of Engineering Teaching Innovation Chair in recognition of her contributions to curriculum development at MIT. Dr. Griffith also currently directs the Center for Gynepathology Research at MIT.

Dr. Neville Hogan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Neville Hogan is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Director of the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a co-founder of Interactive Motion Technologies, Inc., and a board member of Advanced Mechanical Technologies, Inc. He earned a Dip. Eng. (with distinction) from Dublin College of Technology and M.S., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. Following industrial experience in engineering design, he joined MIT’s School of Engineering faculty in 1979 and has served as Head and Associate Head of the Mechanical Engineering department’s System Dynamics and Control division. Awards include an Honorary Doctorate from the Delft University of Technology; the Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland; and an Honorary Doctorate from the Dublin Institute of Technology.  Recent work pioneered the creation of robots sufficiently gentle to provide physiotherapy to frail and elderly patients recovering from neurological injury such as stroke, a novel therapy that has already proven its clinical significance.

Dr. Douglas Lauffenburger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Douglas A. Lauffenburger is Ford Professor of Bioengineering and Head of the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT, and also holds appointments in the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemical Engineering.   He is a member of the Biotechnology Process Engineering Center, Center for Biomedical Engineering, Center for Cancer Research, and Center for Environmental Health Sciences, and is Director of the Computational & Systems Biology Initiative.  Dr. Lauffenburger’s BS and PhD degrees are in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota, in 1975 and 1979 respectively. His major research interests are in cell engineering: the fusion of engineering with molecular cell biology. Lauffenburger has coauthored a book entitled Receptors: Models for Binding, Trafficking & Signaling, and coedited another entitled Systems Biomedicine.He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and has served as President of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Chair of the College of Fellows of AIMBE, and on the Advisory Council for the National Institute for General Medical Sciences at NIH.

Dr. David Mooney, Harvard University Mooney_200x300

David Mooney is the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. His laboratory is focused on the design and synthesis of biomaterials that regulate the fate of either cells already resident in the body, or transplanted cell populations.  Dr. Mooney earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.  He has won numerous research awards, and received the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard College.  His inventions have been licensed by eleven companies, and he is active on industrial scientific advisory boards.

Dr. Mark Saltzman, Yale University

Mark_SaltzmanW. Mark Saltzman is the Goizueta Foundation Professor at Yale University. His research has impacted the fields of drug delivery, nanobiotechnology, and tissue engineering: this work is described in over 200 research papers and 15 patents. He is also the sole author of three textbooks: Biomedical Engineering (2009), Tissue Engineering (2004), and Drug Delivery (2001). Dr. Saltzman earned degrees from Iowa State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, prior to faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins, Cornell, and Yale. He has received awards for research and teaching, including the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award; the CRS Young Investigator Award; and the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering from Iowa State. He is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering; the Biomedical Engineering Society (2010); and the Connecticut Academy of cience & Engineering. He has delivered over 250 invited lectures throughout the world.

Dr. Mehmet Toner, Harvard University


Mehmet Toner is Professor of Surgery (Biomedical Engineering) at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is the founding director of the NIHBioMEMS Resource Center. Dr. Toner was born in Istanbul, Turkey in July 1958.  Dr. Toner received a Bachelor  of Science degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1983 and an M.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1985, both in Mechanical Engineering.  He subsequently completed his Ph.D. in Medical Engineering at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) in 1989. He joined the faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering in 1989, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996, and to Professor in 2002.  Dr. Toner is internationally recognized for his multidisciplinary approach to biomedical problems in the areas of low-temperature biology and biostabilization, tissue engineering and artificial organs, and microsystems bioengineering in clinical medicine and biology.  He has published over 200 scientific publications and has delivered over 350 invited and scientific meeting presentations.