DAVID BRAFMAN - ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

DAVID BRAFMAN - ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Dr. Brafman is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of California-Berkeley in Bioengineering. Dr. Brafman received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of California-San Diego in Bioengineering where he was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and UC BREP GREAT Fellow .

GEORGE CHRIST - UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

GEORGE CHRIST - UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Dr. Christ has a broad interest in muscle physiology, intercellular communication and the role of muscle in the function and dysfunction of visceral, vascular and voluntary tissues (i.e., skeletal muscle). His research interests include physiological genomics, that is, establishing a verifiable link between changes in gene expression and alterations in cell/organ/tissue function/dysfunction, and then using this information to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of smooth muscle diseases/disorders.

ADAM FEINBERG - CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

ADAM FEINBERG - CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Feinberg joined CMU in the fall of 2010 as an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Feinberg earned a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University in 1999, followed by a Masters (2002) and Ph.D. (2004) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida, where his doctoral work was focused on engineering cell-material interactions to prevent and enhance adhesion.

MICHAEL GOLWAY - ADVANCED SOLUTIONS LIFE SCIENCES

MICHAEL GOLWAY - ADVANCED SOLUTIONS LIFE SCIENCES

American entrepreneur, engineer and inventor. In November 2000, at the age of 31, Michael acquired his first technology company, IDS Engineering. Today he is President & CEO of Advanced Solutions, Inc., which is a privately held company he acquired in November 2004, and parent company to an aggregate of technology businesses, including IDS Engineering.

CATO LAURENCIN - UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

CATO LAURENCIN - UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., is a University Professor at the University of Connecticut (the 8th to be designated in the institution’s over 135 year history). He is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is Professor of Chemical, and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UConn.

LISA LARKIN - STEL TECHNOLOGIES

LISA LARKIN - STEL TECHNOLOGIES

Lisa M Larkin, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan. She holds a joint appointment in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. Dr. Larkin is co-director of the Skeletal Tissue Engineering Laboratory at the University of Michigan and has 28 years of expertise on musculoskeletal physiology and small and large animal surgical procedures and more than 15 years experience specifically with ligament, tendon, muscle and bone tissue engineering.

MELANIE MATHEU - PRELLIS BIOLOGICS

MELANIE MATHEU - PRELLIS BIOLOGICS

Dr. Melanie Matheu, PhD is a passionate research scientist turned entrepreneur with cross-disciplinary experience in Immunology, Chemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, and Protein engineering. Dr. Matheu received her PhD in the department of Physiology and Biophysics from the University of California, Irvine where she pioneered imaging of immune responses in peripheral tissues including lung, spinal cord, skin, joints, as well as lymph nodes and spleen.

DORIS TAYLOR - TEXAS HEART INSTITUTE

DORIS TAYLOR - TEXAS HEART INSTITUTE

Dr. Taylor is leading international regenerative medicine research efforts, creating cutting edge therapies for chronic disease and “building the future treatments of tomorrow." An educator with over 25 years of teaching experience, she is truly committed to moving innovative therapies from bench to bedside, while preparing students/fellows to compete at an international level in the field of cardiac and vascular repair and regeneration.