Plenary Speaker

Dennis Discher

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Talk Title: Tissue Stiffness, Matrix density, and Nuclear Stability: Mechanosensing in tissues elucidated with cells on gels

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Dennis Discher is the Robert D. Bent Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of a National Cancer Institute-funded Physical Sciences Oncology Center at Penn, where he has been since 1996. His lab discovered matrix elasticity effects on stem cell differentiation and generally takes a soft matter physics and polymers approach to cell & molecular mechano-biology questions.

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Keynote Speakers

Eduard Arzt

Leibniz Institute for New Materials and Saarland University, Germany

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Hao Bai

Zhejiang University, China

Talk Title: Bioinspired smart materials with multiscale architecture and multifunctionality.

Dr. Hao Bai is currently a professor at College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University. He received his B.S. degree from Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University (2006), and his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Lei Jiang (2012).

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Anja Geitmann

McGill University, Canada

Talk Title: Wavy cell shape design protects the plant leaf epidermis from tear damage

Dr. Geitmann holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Biomechanics of Plant Development at McGill University, Montreal. She obtained her PhD in Environmental Biology in 1997 from the University of Siena (Italy), following undergraduate and graduate studies in biology at the University of Constance (Germany), Oregon State University (USA), and Stockholm University (Sweden).

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Pupa Gilbert

University of Wisconsin, USA

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Robert Ritchie

University of California, Berkeley

Talk Title: Fracture in human bone: Role of aging, disease, and therapies

Robert O. Ritchie is the Chua Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at the University of California Berkeley, and Faculty Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Swee-Hin Teoh

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Talk Title: Fracture and wear resistant biomaterials via hierarchical microstructural design using electromagnetic field

Professor Swee-Hin Teoh, President’s Chair School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore, is known for the clinical translation of 3D printed bioresorbable scaffolds for bone tissue engineering.

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Viola Vogel

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

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Haimin Yao

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Talk Title: Exploration of the design strategies for structural materials from nature

Dr. Haimin Yao is an Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  He received his BEng and MEng degrees from Tsinghua University, China in 2000 and 2002 respectively, and Doctor degree from Universität Stuttgart, Germany in 2006. From 2007 to 2009.

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Amir A. Zadpoor

Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), The Netherlands

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Hala Zreiqat

The University of Sydney, Australia

Talk Title: Innovative materials and bioengineering of musculoskeletal tissues

Hala Zreiqat is a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Sydney and both a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow (2006-2020); Director of the Australian Research Training Centre for Innovative Bio-Engineering; Co-Director of the Shanghai-Sydney Joint Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine Lab at Shanghai JiaoTong; Honorary Professor Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Adjunct Professor Drexel University.

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