preliminary program

topics for the 2023 meeting

Program is subject to change. Check back for updates as they become available.

Sessions marked with an asterisk (*) are planned to be part of the On-Demand Limited Access

Keynote speaker

Bioengineering: Realizing the Promise of Cell Signaling
Control in Health and Disease*

Princess I. Imoukhuede, PhD

Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair and
Professor in Bioengineering at University of Washington

Princess Imoukhuede is the Hunter and Dorothy Simpson Endowed Chair and Professor in Bioengineering at University of Washington and a leader in systems biology research, engineering education, and academic diversity initiatives. She was an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University (WU) in St. Louis, where she served as the Director of Diversity Initiatives for the McKelvey School of Engineering. Before joining WU, she was recognized with a Distinguished Promotion Award to Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She earned her SB in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and pursued graduate study in Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where she was the first Black woman awarded a Bioengineering PhD and was only the second Black woman to earn a PhD from Caltech’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins where she earned the prestigious United Negro College Fund/Merck Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Her collaborative research efforts are impactful and productive with 170 conference proceedings and peer reviewed manuscripts, over 70 invited lectures, 1 patent, and 2 recently filed provisional patents. She has earned numerous awards, including the 2017 NSF CAREER Award, 2018 IMSA Distinguished Leadership Award, 2018 Young Innovator in Nanobiotechnology, 2019 AIChE Journal Futures Series, and 2020 University of Pittsburgh Graduate Women in Engineering Network High Impact Innovation and Inspiration Award. She is a Fellow of both the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society, and in 2020, she was named one of the 1,000 “inspiring Black scientists” by Cell Mentor. Her lab pioneers both quantitative biological measurements and computational biological models to delineate signal transduction directing vascular signaling and analyzing oxytocin receptor variants with translational implications to cancers and cardiovascular diseases and women’s health.

Preconference Workshops

  • Flow Cytometry Workshop
    Conveners: J. Pon Samuel, Corteva Agriscience
  • Principles and Best Practices for Plant Genome Engineering Workshop*
    Conveners: Pierluigi Barone, Corteva Agriscience, William Gordon-Kamm, Corteva Agriscience, Heidi F. Kaeppler, University of Wisconsin, Keunsub Lee, Iowa State University, Yiping Qi, University of Maryland – College Park, Wayne Parrott, University of Georgia, Nigel Taylor, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Veena Veena, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and Joyce Van Eck, Boyce Thompson Institute
  • Design of Experiments Workshop*
    Conveners: Randall P. Niedz, USDA and Uyen Cao Chu, Corteva Agriscience

Plenary and Joint symposia

  • Biotechnology for Sustainability*
    Conveners: Sukhpreet Sandhu, HM Clause, and Vivian R. Dayeh, University of Waterloo
  • Diversity in Science*
    Conveners: Veena Veena, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and Allison Songstad, NanoString Technologies, Inc.
    Student Convener: Jasmyn Hoeger, University of Dubuque
  • Frontiers in Spatial Biology*
    Conveners: William Gordon-Kamm, Corteva Agriscience, Todd Jones, Corteva Agriscience, and Debora Esposito, North Carolina State University
  • Microbiome –Basic Science to Application*
    Conveners: Kristina Martinez-Guryn, Midwestern University and Bin Tian, Syngenta Crop Protection
  • Research to Market – In Vitro Biology Product Development*
    Conveners: Allan R. Wenck, Syngenta Crop Protection, Muneeb Hassan Hashmi, Nigde Omer Halidemir University, Kenneth Kandaras, International Foundation for Ethical Research, and John W. Harbell, JHarbell Consulting

Animal symposia

  • Advances in Biotechnology and Their Applications in Invertebrate Cell Culture
    Conveners: Shirley A. Pomponi, Florida Atlantic University, and Cynthia L. Goodman
  • Chemoprevention
    Conveners: Brad L. Upham, Michigan State University and Michael J. Fay, Midwestern University
  • Developing In Vitro Assays That Are Predictive of In Vivo Activity
    Conveners: John W. Harbell, JHarbell Consulting, and Addy Alt-Holland, Tufts University
    Student Convener: Jasmyn M. Hoeger, University of Iowa
  • Fish Cell Culture
    Conveners: Vivian R. Dayeh, University of Waterloo, and Georgina Dowd, Plant and Food Research New Zealand
  • Organoid Modeling of Complex Systems: From Novel to Necessity
    Conveners: Michael K. Dame, University of Michigan Medical School, and Durga Attili, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Photo Biomodulation
    Convener: Mae Ciancio, Midwestern University

Education symposia

  • Basics of Gene Editing Using CRISPR Technology 
    Conveners: Jasmyn M. Hoeger, University of Dubuque, and Christina Yevtushenko, University of Lethbridge
  • Effectively Communicating Research to the Non-scientific Community
    Conveners: Jasmyn M. Hoeger, University of Dubuque, and Christina Yevtushenko, University of Lethbridge
  • Student and Post-Doctoral Oral Presentation Competitions
    Conveners: Jasmyn M. Hoeger, University of Dubuque, and Christina Yevtushenko, University of Lethbridge

Plant symposia

  • Advances in Micropropagation Including Specialty Crops
  • Artificial Seeds
  • Bioprospecting and the Use in Marine Algae
  • Biotransformation, Open Cell Systems and Use of Cell Cultures
  • Cannabis Biotechnology
  • Fostering Crop Resilience through Biotech, Breeding, Sensory Biology to Adapt to Changing Ecosystems
  • Innovative Approaches for Plant Gene & Editing Delivery*
  • New Breeding Technologies and Traditional Technologies for Woody Species/Horticultural/Ornamental Species*
  • Orphan Crops in Underserved Regions
  • Plant Metabolomics
  • Unlocking Efficiencies for Production Laboratories (Media Prep & Workplace Design, Ergonomics, Best Practices)