Illinois Ignite 2018 Speakers

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Illinois Ignite Speakers
Breakthroughs in Oncology
Vadim Backman
Northwestern Universty

Chromatin Regulation to Fight Resistance in Cancer Chemotherapy

Lev Becker
University of Chicago

A Novel Biologic for the Treatment of Many Types of Cancer

Research Group

Start-Ups: Onchilles Pharma, RMarkBio

Stephen Boppart
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stain-Free Slide-Free Histopathology Platform with Biomarkers of Cancer

Jeff Hubbell
University of Chicago

Matrix-Binding Checkpoint Immunotherapies Enhance Antitumor Efficacy and Reduce Adverse Events

Research Group

Start-Ups: Anokion, ClostraBio, Focal Biosciences, and Kuros

John Katzenellenbogen
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Inhibitors of FOXM1, a Key Driver of Many Cancers, and Orally Active Antiestrogens Effective in Recurrent, Endocrine-Resistant Breast Cancers

Arnon Lavie
University of Illinois at Chicago

Structure-Based Design of Novel Therapeutic Agents by Prodrug Development and Enzyme Modification

Ernst Lengyel
University of Chicago

CT45A antigens for T-cell-based Immunotherapies for Ovarian Cancer

Melody Swartz
University of Chicago

Lymphangiogenesis for Immunomodulation in Cancer Therapy

Greg Thatcher
University of Illinois at Chicago

Synthesis of Novel Compounds and Biomimetics for Probing of Biological Systems

Jennifer Wu
Northwestern University

Restoring Anti-Tumor Immunity: Targeting the Immunosuppressive Molecule sMIC

Research Group

Start-Up: CANCure

Frontiers in Neuroscience
Rashid Bashir
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Analysis of Blood and Tissue Using Chip Scale Sensors

Richard Kraig
University of Chicago

Intranasal IGF-1 for the Treatment of Migraine

Mary Jo LaDu
University of Illinois at Chicago

A Novel Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker in Human Plasma

Joseph Moskal
Northwestern University

Brain Tumor Therapy

John Rogers
Northwestern University

Skin-Interfaced Wearables for Clinical Health

Research Group

Start-Ups: Active Impulse Systems, Epicore, mc10, Neurolux, Semprius, Sense Photonics, Wearifi and X-Celeprint

Maria Siemionow
University of Illinois at Chicago

Novel Chimeric Cell Technology for Treatment of Rare Diseases

Terry Vanden Hoek
University of Illinois at Chicago

Peptide Memetics of Cooling

What's Next in Blockchain, Security & Artificial Intelligence
Brighten Godfrey
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Continuous Network Verification and Congestion Control

Wen-Mei Hwu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Game Changing AI and Block Chain Systems at the IBM-Illinois Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR)

Aleksandar Kuzmanovic
Northwestern University

bloXroute: Scaling Blockchains by 1000X and Beyond

Andrew Miller
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Traceability in the Monero Blockchain and Lightweight Cryptocurrency Networking

Heather Zheng
University of Chicago

Vulnerabilities in Social and Mobile Networks and Medical Systems

Materials by Design
Vikas Berry
University of Illinois at Chicago

Graphene and Other Nanostructures for Applications from Energy to Medicine

Paul Braun
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Paradigm Changing Materials for Energy Storage

Mark Hersam
Northwestern University

Introducing the Memtransistor: A Potential Foundational Circuit Element for Neuromorphic Computing

Research Group

Start-Up: Nanosys (acquired by Raymor Industries) 

Dimitri Talapin
University of Chicago

Direct Optical Patterning of Inorganic Materials

Data Analytics & Robotics
Michael Franklin
University of Chicago

Data Science, Systems, Distributed Computing, and Big Data

Mani Golparvar Fard
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Geometry- and Appearance-Based Reasoning of Construction Progress Monitoring

Kris Hammond
Northwestern University

​Humanizing Data Through Natural Language Generation

Olgica Milenkovic
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Re-Writable DNA-Based Digital Storage with Random Access 

Matthew Spenko
Illinois Institute of Technology

Robots That Climb & Perch

Social Good & Sustainability
Rayid Ghani
University of Chicago

Early Intervention Systems for Education and Police Force Management

Amin Salehi-Khojin
University of Illinois at Chicago

CO2 Conversion to Energy Rich Chemicals Using Inexpensive and Earth Abundant Catalytic System

Sammy Tin
Illinois Institute of Technology

Design Approaches for Advanced Materials and Processes

Christopher Wolverton
Northwestern University

The Virtual Materials Laboratory