Seminars are held Thursdays, Winter and Spring quarters 12:30 – 1:30pm, Foege N130A (Wallace H. Coulter Seminar Room)

UW Bioengineering department seminars offer invited researchers a forum to discuss scientific problems related to bioengineering.

The seminar is open to members of the public and is also offered as an academic course (BIOEN 509).

2017 Bioengineering Department Seminar Schedule

Video archives available online (UW NetID required)
January 5, 2017, Jennifer Cochran, Stanford University

Talk title: Engineering Proteins for Visualizing and Treating Cancer

January 12, 2017, Byungheon Lee, Kyungpook National University

Talk title: In Vivo Imaging and Selective Drug Delivery Using Molecular Signature-Targeted Peptide Probes

January 19, 2017, Christine Schmidt, University of Florida

Talk title: Engineering materials for functional nerve regeneration

January 26, 2017, Kat Steele, University of Washington

Talk title: The ultimate machine: Engineering to improve movement for children with cerebral palsy

February 2, 2017, Robert M. Sweet, UW Medicine

Talk title: Simulation of human tissues for training in healthcare: beyond smoke and mirrors

February 9, 2017, Peter Senter, Seattle Genetics

Talk title: Antibody Drug Conjugates for Cancer Therapy – From Early Stage Research to a Clinically Approved Drug

February 16, 2017, Yongmin Kim, POSTECH – Pohang University of Science and Technology

Talk title: Translational Research & Technology Commercialization: UW Bioengineering Tradition

February 23, 2017, Wesley Legant, HHMI Research Campus

Talk title: From Cell Mechanics to Light Sheet Microscopy: Imaging Forces, Molecules, Cells and Embryos at High Spatiotemporal Resolution

March 9, 2017, Melody Swartz, The University of Chicago

Talk title: Lymphatic Vessels in Inflammation and Cancer: New Roles in Immune Regulation and Implications for Immunotherapy


Department Seminar Archive

Past seminar archives available – UW NetID required

March 31, 2016, Amy Herr, University of California Berkeley

Talk title: Precision Microfluidic Design Advances Targeted Proteomics to Single Cell Resolution

April 7, 2016, Aydogan Ozcan, University of California, Los Angeles

Talk title: Democratization of Next-Generation Microscopy, Sensing and Diagnostics Tools through Computational Photonics

April 14, 2016, Won Jong Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

Talk title: Stimuli-responsive nanoparticles for gene, drug delivery and nitric oxide delivery

April 21, 2016, Cullen R. Buie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Talk title: Microfluidic Tools for Microbial Biotechnology

April 28, 2016, Angelika Niemz, KGI

Talk title: Integrated Nucleic Acid Testing for TB Diagnosis in Peripheral Settings

May 5, 2016, Paula Mendez, University of Birmingham

Talk title: Making Smarter Biological Interfaces

May 12, 2016, Douglas A. Lauffenburger, MIT

Talk title: AXL in cancer drug resistance: A tumor/immune system nexus

May 19, 2016, Shana Kelley, University of Toronto

Talk title: Nanomaterial-enabled solutions for ultrasensitive analysis of biomolecular analytes and rare cells

May 26, 2016, Richard Willson, University of Houston

Talk title: New Approaches to Lateral-Flow Immunoassays

June 2, 2016, TBD,

Talk title: TBD


January 7, 2016, Andre Berndt, Stanford University

Talk title: Molecular Engineering of Optical Tools for Enhanced Control over the Brain

January 14, 2016, W. Mark Saltzman, Yale University

Talk title: Polymer Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery, Gene Editing and Cell Targeting

January 28, 2016, Hao Yuan Kueh, California Institute of Technology

Talk title: How do Immune Cells Make Choices? Insights from Following Gene Regulation at the Single Cell Level

January 26, 2016, Anja Kunze, University of California Los Angeles

Talk title: Nanoparticle Based Therapeutic Approaches to Engineer Brain Cell Behavior

February 4, 2016, Frances H. Arnold, California Institute of Technology

Talk title: Innovating with Evolution: Expanding the Enzyme Universe

February 11, 2016, Mohammed Fallahi-Sichani, Harvard University

Talk title: Overcoming Adaptive Resistance and Fractional Response of Cancer Cells to Therapy

February 18, 2016, Juan Fuxman Bass, University of Massachusetts

Talk title: An Edge on Gene Regulation in Health and Disease

February 25, 2016, Chethan Pandarinath, Stanford University

Talk title: Advancing Brain-Machine Interfaces towards Clinical Viability

March 3, 2016, Amy Orsborn, New York University

Talk title: Dissecting Learning and Control in Brain-Machine Interfaces

March 10, 2016, Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad, University of California San Francisco

Talk title: A Large Scale Interface for Optogenetics in Non-human Primates with Application to Sensorimotor Cortical Plasticity


April 2, 2015, Erik C. Dreaden, Chemical Engineering, MIT

Talk title: Nanoscale Biomaterials for Rational Combination Therapies against Metastatic Solid Tumors

April 9, 2015, Victor Varner, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University

Talk title: Mechanical control of tissue morphogenesis in the developing embryo

April 16, 2015, Sliman Bensmaia, Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Talk title: Biological and bionic hands: natural neural coding and artificial perception

April 23, 2015, Amanda Murphy, Chemistry, Western Washington University

Talk title: Conductive Biomaterials Based on Chemically-Modified Silk

April 30, 2015, Joseph Wu, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, Stanford University

Talk title: Cardiac iPSCs for Disease Modeling and Drug Discovery

May 7, 2015, Cheng Zhu, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech

Talk title: Mechanobiology of Adhesion and Signaling Molecules on the Cell Surface

May 14, 2015, Jonathan A. Cooper, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Biochemistry

Talk title: Cell regulation by tyrosine phosphorylation and ubiquitination

May 21, 2015, Emilia Entcheva, Biomedical Engineering, Stony Brook University

Talk title: All-Optical Cardiac Electrophysiology

May 28, 2015, Thomas N. Wight, Benaroya Research Institute

Talk title: Engineering the Extracellular Matrix and the Control of Immunity and Inflammation

June 4, 2015, Hannele Ruohola-Baker, Biochemistry, University of Washington

Talk title: MicroRNA let-7 is a key regulator of heart maturation


January 8, 2015, Jeffrey A. Weiss, Bioengineering, University of Utah

Talk title: Patient-specific Analysis of Hip Biomechanics: Studies of Dysplasia and Femoracetabular Impingement

January 15, 2015, Timothy Cox, Pediatrics, University of Washington

Talk title: From biological mechanisms to interventional and corrective therapies for common craniofacial malformations

January 22, 2015, Alexander Pozhitkov, Oral Health Science, University of Washington

Talk title: From Hype through Frustration to the “Gene-meter” – a Long Path of the Microarray Technology

January 29, 2015, Michael Laflamme, Pathology, University of Washington

Talk title: Electrical Maturation and Integration of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes

February 5, 2015, Fan Yang, Bioengineering, Stanford University

Talk title: Engineering Stem Cells from “Outside-In” and “Inside-Out”: A Biomaterials-mediated Approach

February 12, 2015, Jason Burdick, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Talk title: Biodegradable Hydrogels for Cardiac Repair

February 19, 2015, Cole DeForest, Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

Talk title: Directed Cell Fate in a Couple of Clicks: Dynamic Tailorability of the Stem Cell Niche

February 26, 2015, David Mack, Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington

Talk title: Dystrophin-deficient iPS cell-derived cardiomyocytes: A new tool for drug discovery

March 5, 2015, Mohammad Reza Abidian, Biomedical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Talk title: Advanced Nanobiomaterials for Neural Interfaces

March 12, 2015, Kyung Hyuk Kim, UW Bioengineering

Talk title: Exploiting Biological Noise for  Reliable Cell-Fate Decision and Novel Cellular Phenotype Generation

March 19, 2015, Harm-Anton Klok, Polymers Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Talk title: Engineering (Bio)Interfaces using Controlled Radical Polymerization


October 2, 2014, Shaoyi Jiang, Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

Talk title: Molecular Understanding, Design and Development of Zwitterionic-based Biomaterials


April 3, 2014, Kyle Havens (BIOE-AP speaker), Pregenen

Talk title: Development of custom nucleases for genome engineering applications

April 10, 2014, Prof. Hans Peter Kiem, Fred Hutchinson Research Center

Talk title: Stem Cell Gene Therapy for HIV/AIDS

April 17, 2014, Nathan Price, Institute for Systems Biology

Talk title: Connecting genotype to phenotype through integrated biochemical and statistical models

April 24, 2014, Jesse Jokerst , Department of Radiology, Stanford University

Talk title: Engineering Ultrasound and Photoacoustic Contrast Agents for Cancer Imaging and Cardiac Regenerative Medicine

May 1, 2014, Michalakis (Mike) Averkiou (Imaging Faculty Candidate), Biomedical Ultrasound Laboratory University of Cyprus

Talk title: Microbubbles in medical ultrasound: From tumor imaging to angiogenesis monitoring and drug delivery

May 1, 2014, Kedar Patel (BioE-AP Speaker), Senior Scientist, DNA 2.0

Talk title: A Unique Synthetic Biology Platform for the Efficient Engineering of Biological Systems

May 8, 2014, Prof. Adam Engler, Bioengineering, University of California San Diego

Talk title: Mechanically-induced Signaling Directs Cardiac Maturation and Aging

May 29, 2014, James Lai, University of Washington Department of Bioengineering

Talk title: Stimuli-responsive Reagents for In Vitro Diagnostics

June 5, 2014, Katy Graef (BioE-AP Speaker), Bio Ventures for Global Health

Talk title: Diseases, Patients, and Platforms – Diagnostics for the Developing World


January 9, 2014, Prof. Rodney Ho, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Talk title: Systems Approach to Tissue and Cell Drug Targeting; Device and Nanoparticle enabled applications

January 16, 2014, Prof. Mehmet Sarikaya, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Talk title: Molecular Biomimetics: Genetically Engineered Peptide-Enabled Materials & Systems for Technology & Medicine

January 28, 2014, Dr. Prashant Mali, Harvard University Medical School

Talk title: Cas9 as a Versatile Tool for Engineering Biology

January 30, 2014, Dr. Paolo Vicini, Pfizer Global Research and Development

Talk title: The Many Roles of Modeling and Simulation in Biomedical Sciences: From Kinetic Analysis to Systems Pharmacology

February 6, 2014, Prof. Hanjoong Jo, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech & Emory University

Talk title: Micro-managing Atherosclerosis by Mechanosensitive “Athero-miRs"

February 13, 2014, Prof. Kelly Lee, Medicinal Chemistry, University of Washington

Talk title: Capturing Snapshots of the Cell Invasion Machinery of Influenza Virus and HIV

February 20, 2014, Dr. Lei (Stanley) Qi, Center for Systems Biology, UCSF

Talk title: Repurposing CRISPR for versatile mammalian genome engineering and imaging

February 27, 2014, Dr. Polly Fordyce, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF

Talk title: High-throughput Mapping of Protein Energy Landscapes Using Novel Microfluidic Tools

March 6, 2014, Barry Lutz, University of Washington Department of Bioengineering

Talk title: Instrument-free diagnostics for global health: let the physics and chemistry do the hard work

March 13, 2014, Prof. Lilo Pozzo, Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

Talk title: Self-Assembly of Nanoparticle Surfactants and their use as Theranostic Agents


1/10/2013 Dr. Tara Deans Engineering Biomaterials & Tissues to Control Synthetic Gene Networks
1/17/2013 Dr. David Zhang Nucleic Acid Molecular Engineering Assays for Diagnostic Applications
1/24/2013 Dr. Nan Hao Dynamic signal processing by transcription factors
1/31/2013 Dr. Brynne Stanton Developing a language to program cells
2/7/2013 Dr. Marya Lieberman Detection of low-quality pharmaceuticals with paper analytical devices (PADs) and bioPADs
2/14/2013 Dr. Paul Goodwin Extending the Resolution of the Light Microscope with 3D Structured Illumination Microscopy
2/21/2013 Dr. Tom Hansen Mechanical Ventilation in Preterm Infants:  Is Simpler Better?
2/28/2013 Dr. Pavel Zrazhevisky Quantum dot platform for single-cell molecular profiling
3/7/2013 Dr. Ying Zheng Engineering microvasculature for the study of angiogenesis, thrombosis and thrombopoiesis
3/12/2013 Dr. Quiming Yu Engineering Plasmonic Nanostructures for Biosensing
4/4/2013 Dr. Anthony Convertine Nanotherapeutic delivery systems via controlled radical polymerizations
4/11/2013 Dr. Paul Wiggins The dynamics of E. coli ultra-structure
4/18/2013 Dr. Kim Woodrow Polymeric delivery systems for the combination delivery of antiretroviral drugs in HIV prevention
4/25/2013 Dr. Lara Gamble Surface Analysis for Biomedical Problems: Overview & Cuttinh Edge Applications
5/2/2013 Dr. Marco Rolandi Tailoring microstructure and protonic conductivity of biomaterials with hydrogen bonding
5/9/2013 Dr. Nathan Sniadecki Hold Tight: The Role of Platelet Receptors GPIb-IX-V, Integrin ?IIb?3, and Myosin-Dependent Forces in Coagulation
5/16/2013 Dr. Bernhard Weigl New tools to combat the diabetes epidemic in low resource settings
5/23/2013 Dr. Jessica Walter Building biology: Insights into microscopic systems from modeling and synthetic biology
5/30/2013 Dr. John T. Wilson Regulating Immune Responses through Cellular and Molecular Engineering
6/6/2013 Dr. Nick Loebel Non-antibiotic anti-infective therapies for a broad spectrum of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections