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Faculty Speakers

Share the Vision 2017 will focus on technologies at the intersection of engineering and medicine. 

Below are our speakers and their areas of research. Talk titles and abstracts are coming soon.  

Emerging Drug Discoveries
Paul Hergenrother
Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Talk Title: "Novel Anticancer and Antibacterial Drugs, for Pets and People"
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Marty Burke
Organic Chemistry

Talk Title: "Molecular Prosthetics to Treat Anemia and Cystic Fibrosis"
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Aditi Das
Comparative Biosciences

Talk Title: "Endocannabinoid Derivatives as Novel Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Pain Drugs"
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Zeynep Madak-Erdogan
Nutrition and Women's Health

Talk Title: "Designer Estrogens: New Opportunities for Improving Postmenopausal Women's Health"
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Dan Schmitt
Actuate Therapeutics

Actuate Therapeutics is spun out of technology developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University.

Talk Title: "Actuate: Advancing Research to Treatment of Cancer and Inflammatory Diseases"
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Steve Zimmerman
Smart Molecules and Polymers

Talk Title: "Targeting the DNA and RNA that Causes Disease Using Small Molecules and Polymers"
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Targeted Bio-Tools & Real Time Diagnostics
Andrew Ferguson
Materials for Medicine

Talk Title: "Data-Driven Computational Vaccine Design"
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Dipanjan Pan
Bioimaging at Multi-Scale

Talk Title: "A Novel Point-of-Care Biosensor for Real-Time Monitoring of Post-
Traumatic and Post-Surgical Eye Injuries to Improve Quality and Reduce Vision Loss"
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Paul Garris

Dr. Garris is a professor at Illinois State University.

Talk Title: "Neurochemostat for Closed-Loop Regulation of Brain Neurotransmitters"
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Patrick Degnan

Talk Title: "CRISPR-Capture: Surveillance Tool for AMR Spread in Microbiomes"
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Tony Banks

Talk Title: "NeuroLux, Innovative Discovery Tools for Medical Research"
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Huimin Zhao
Synthetic Biology

Talk Title: "Programmable DNA-Guided Artificial Restriction Enzymes"
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Intersection of Informatics & Healthcare
Olgica Milenkovic
Coding Theory and Applications

Talk Title: "Portable and Random-Access DNA-Based Storage Systems"
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Catherine Blake
Biomedical Informatics

Talk Title: "Mining Literature to Support Evidence-Based Practice"
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Jian Peng
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Talk Title: "Using AI to Accelerate Drug Discovery"
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Karen White
Medical Data Visualizations

Dr. White is a researcher and physician at Carle Foundation Hospital. 

Talk Title: "Combining Biomarkers with EMR Data to Improve Sepsis Identification"
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Saurabh Sinha
Computational and Systems Biology

Talk Title: "Building a Knowledge Engine for Genomics"
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Chengxiang Zhai
Information Retrieval and Text Mining

Talk Title: "Medical DataScope: Leveraging Medical Big Data to Optimize Medical Decisions"
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Body Visualization & Engineering
Rashid Bashir

Talk Title: "Microfluidics and Nanotechnology for Rapid Detection of Biological Entities"
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Jean Paul Allain
Plasma Surface Engineering of Advanced Biointerfaces

Talk Title: "Innovating Bioactive Interfaces for Next-Generation Personalized Medical Implant Technology"
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Graham Huesmann
Acute and ICU Epilepsy Monitoring

Dr. Huesmann is a researcher and physician at Carle Foundation Hospital. 

Talk Title: "Shaking the Brain Towards Better Health - Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) and Mesial Temporal Sclerosis Epilepsy (MTSE)"
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Amy Wagoner Johnson
Biomechanics for Synthetic Bone Construction

Talk Title: "Capillary Forces, Scaffolds, and Bone Regeneration" 
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Zhi-Pei Liang
Signal Processing

Talk Title: "Ultrafast MR Spectroscopic Imaging:
A Marriage of Spin Physics and Machine Learning to Enable Label-Free Molecular Imaging"
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Michael Oelze
Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering, and Acoustics

Talk Title: "Focused Ultrasound (FUS) Therapy: What You Haven't Heard"
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