Featured speakers symposium A: Biohybrids, biomaterials and biological materials
Weizmann Institute, Israel
Lia Addadi started her career with studies on fundamental principles of stereochemistry and molecular recognition in crystals.
View full bio
To date, she addresses questions related to the formation of crystals and other aggregated phases deposited in organisms, either fulfilling a physiological function, or pathologically induced. She studies the interactions and cross talk between crystals and biological environments, spanning several orders of magnitude from the molecular level to the cell and tissue level. In collaboration with Steve Weiner she investigates the strategies and design principles of mineralized tissues in biomineralization, from the formation pathways to the architecture, and finally to structure-function relations.
Harvard University, USA
Joanna Aizenberg pursues a broad range of research interests that include biomimetics, smart materials, wetting phenomena, bio-nano interfaces, self-assembly, crystal engineering, surface chemistry, structural color and biomineralization. She received the B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1981, the M.S. degree in Physical Chemistry in 1984 from Moscow State University, and the Ph.D. degree in Structural Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996.
View full bio
After spending nearly a decade at Bell Labs, Joanna joined Harvard University, where she is the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology and Platform Leader in the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The Aizenberg lab's research is aimed at understanding some of the basic principles of biological architectures and the economy with which biology solves complex problems in the design of multifunctional, adaptive materials. She then uses biological principles as guidance in developing new, bio-inspired synthetic routes and nanofabrication strategies that would lead to advanced materials and devices, with broad implications in fields ranging from architecture to energy efficiency to medicine. She has >200 publications and >40 issued patents.
Aizenberg is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science; and she is a Fellow of American Physical Society, Materials Research Society and External Member of the Max Planck Society. Dr. Aizenberg received numerous awards from the American Chemical Society and Materials Research Society, including Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, Ronald Breslow Award for the Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry, Arthur K. Doolittle Award in Polymeric Materials, ACS Industrial Innovation Award, and was recognized with two R&D 100 Awards for best innovations in 2012 and 2013 for the invention of a novel class of omniphobic materials and watermark ink technologies. In 2015 she received Harvard’s most prestigious Ledlie Prize that is awarded for the most valuable contribution to science made by a Harvard scientist.
Joanna has served at the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society and at the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. She served on the Advisory Board of Langmuir and Chemistry of Materials, on Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine, and is an Editorial Board Member of Advanced Materials.
Stockholm University, Sweden
Lennart Bergström is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University in Sweden where he also currently serve as Dean of Chemistry.
View full bio
His research interests are broad and range from processing and characterisation of bionanoparticles and their hybrids to time-resolved studies or nanoparticle assembly. Bergström has received numerous awards, e.g. the Jacob Wallenberg Materials Award, the Humboldt Senior Research Award, the Norblad-Ekstrand medal and the Stockholm Innovation Prize. He is a fellow of the European Ceramic Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry and was in 2013 elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
Max Planck Institute, Germany
Peter Fratzl is director at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany, heading the Department of Biomaterials. He received an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France, and a doctorate in Physics from the University of Vienna, Austria. He is honorary professor at Humboldt University Berlin and at Potsdam University.
View full bio
Peter Fratzl studies the relation between (hierarchical) structure and mechanical behaviour of biological and bio-inspired composite materials, and conducts research on osteoporosis and bone regeneration as well as interdisciplinary research together with cultural science and design.
The University of Tokyo and the Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion, Japan
Kazunori Kataoka, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, and the Director General of the Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM) at the Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion.
View full bio
He obtained his PhD degree in polymer chemistry in 1979 from The University of Tokyo. He was an Assistant Professor from 1979 to 1988, and an Associate Professor from 1988 to 1989, at The Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Tokyo Women’s Medical College. In 1989, he became Associate Professor at the Department of Materials Engineering in the Tokyo University of Science until 1994, when he was promoted to Professor. From 1998 to 2016, Dr. Kataoka was Professor of Biomaterials at the Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, and from 2004 to 2016, he was also appointed Professor of the Division of Clinical Biotechnology at the Center for Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine in the Graduate School of Medicine of The University of Tokyo. In 2016, he took mandatory retirement from the Graduate School of Engineering/Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, and moved to the current position. He has been appointed as Adjunct Professor at Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill since 2015, and as the Director, Biomedical Institute for Convergence at SKKU (BICS) at Sungyunkwan University, Korea since 2016. Dr. Kataoka has been recipient of several awards, such as the Humboldt Research Award and the Leo Esaki Prize. In 2017, he was elected to a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering, U.S.A., and in 2018, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, U.S.A.. His research aims are to develop functional polymeric nanosystems for controlling cellular functions in a desirable manner through the delivery of therapeutic agents, such as drugs and genes.
Ali Khademhosseini is the Levi Knight Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering and Radiology and the Founding Director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Therapeutics at University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He joined UCLA in Nov. 2017 from Harvard University where he was Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and a faculty at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology and the Wyss Institute. At Harvard, he directed the Biomaterials Innovation Research Center (BIRC) a world renown bioengineering initiative which comprised of over 100 researchers.
View full bio
He is a leader in applying bioengineering solutions to precision medicine. His large and interdisciplinary group is interested in developing ‘personalized’ solutions that utilize micro- and nanoscale technologies to enable a range of therapies for organ failure, cardiovascular disease and cancer. For example, he has developed numerous techniques in controlling the behavior of patient-derived cells to engineer artificial tissues and cell-based therapies. He is also developing ‘organ-on-a-chip’ systems that aim to mimic human physiology and pathology to enable patient-specific evaluation of drug candidates. In addition, his laboratory is a leader in utilizing 3D bioprinting to form vascularized tissues as well as to direct stem cell differentiation. He has also pioneered various high-performance biomaterials that can respond to each patient’s needs.
He has authored >550 journal papers and 60 books/chapters. He is one of the most cited young faculty in the world with >42,000 citations and H-index >105. In addition, he has delivered 300+ invited/keynote lectures. Dr. Khademhosseini’s interdisciplinary research has been recognized by over 50 major national and international awards. Every year since 2014 he has been recognized by Thomson Reuters in their list of the worlds most influential minds. In 2016, he received the Sr. Scientist Award of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society -Americas Chapter (TERMIS-AM) and in 2017 he received the Clemson Award of the Society for Biomaterials. He is also a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He is an elected member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of various organizations including the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Materials Research Society (MRS), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Biomaterials Sciences and Engineering (FBSE) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Currently he serves on the editorial board of numerous leading journals as well as an Associate Editor for ACS Nano (IF: 13.3). He received his Ph.D. in bioengineering from MIT (2005), and MASc (2001) and BASc (1999) degrees from University of Toronto both in chemical engineering. Read more at: http://www.tissueeng.net/lab
The University of Toronto, Canada
Eugenia Kumacheva's research interests focuse on the fundamental and applied science of soft matter: polymers, nanometer and micrometer-size colloids, gels, and liquid crystals. One of the powerful approaches developed in her group is the self-assembly of nanoparticles in structures with controllable geometry and complexity.
View full bio
She has approached nanoparticles as "colloidal molecules" and established that their assembly is governed by the same rules that produce equilibrium structures in systems built from molecules. In another approach, she discovered a new mechanism of shape transformations in soft materials. By mimicking the behavior of plant tissues she designed polymers with chemically distinct, fiber-like regions and achieved stimulus-responsive self-shaping of these.
Her other research interests include microfluidics (flow of fluids through narrow channels). She pioneered continuous microfluidic synthesis of polymer particles with exquisite control over their compositions, dimensions, and shapes, developed a microfluidic platform for fundamental studies of carbon dioxide in liquid media and discovered a unique behaviour of gels flowing through narrow capillaries.
Eugenia Kumacheva is Canada Research in Advanced Polymer Materials (Tier 1) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her international awards include Chorafas Foundation Award in Physics and Engineering, Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award, Schlumberger Scholarship and the L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.
University of Bordeaux, France
Sébastien Lecommandoux is Full Professor at the University of Bordeaux (Bordeaux-INP). He is Director of the Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques (LCPO-CNRS) and is leading the group “Polymers Self-Assembly and Life Sciences”.
View full bio
His research interests include polypeptide and polysaccharide based block copolymers self-assembly, the design of polymersomes for drug-delivery and theranostic, as well as biomimetic approaches toward design of synthetic viruses and artificial cells. He published more than 180 publications in international journal, 6 book chapters and 6 patents, with over 11000 citations (h-factor 54, Google Scholar). Sébastien Lecommandoux is recipient of the CNRS bronze medal (2004), Institut Universitaire de France Junior Chair (IUF 2007), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry RSC (2017). He is Associate Editor of Biomacromolecules (ACS) since 2013 and in the Editorial Advisory Board of several international journals, including Bioconjugate Chemistry (ACS), Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Science (RSC).
More information: http://www.lcpo.fr/3-polymer-self-assembly-life-sciences/
Personal page : http://www.lcpo.fr/index.php/fiche-utilisateur?id=227
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=FKzOnNUAAAAJ&hl=fr
Luis M. Liz-Marzán
Luis Liz-Marzán is Ikerbasque Professor and Scientific Director of the Center for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials, CIC biomaGUNE, in San Sebastian (Spain), since September 2012.
View full bio
He graduated in chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela, was postdoc at Utrecht University and Professor at the University of Vigo (1995–2012), as well as Invited Professor at various academic institutions worldwide.
Prof. Liz-Marzán received numerous research awards, including a Humboldt research award, ACS Nano lecture award, Medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and 2 ERC Advanced Grants. He is also member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea and of the European Academy of Sciences.
He is co-author of over 450 publications and 8 patents, has delivered over 300 invited lectures. He is currently co-editor in chief of ACS Omega, has been senior editor of Langmuir and serves in the editorial boards of various other journals, including Science, ACS Nano and Nano Today. His major research activity is devoted to understanding the growth mechanisms of metal nanocrystals, to tailor their surface chemistry and thereby directing their self-assembly. He also works on the design of biomedical applications based on the plasmonic properties of well-defined metal nanoparticles and nanostructures, including surface enhanced Raman scattering.
More information: www.bionanoplasmonics.com
João F. Mano
University of Aveiro, Portugal
João F. Mano (CEng, PhD, DSc) is a Full Professor at the Chemistry Department of University of Aveiro, Portugal, and director of the COMPASS Research Group, from the Associated Laboratory CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials.
View full bio
His research interests include the use of biomaterials and cells cells towards the progress of transdisciplinary concepts to be employed in regenerative and personalised medicine. In particular, he has been applying biomimetic and nano/micro-technology approaches to polymer-based biomaterials and surfaces in order to develop biomedical devices with improved structural and (multi-)functional properties, or in the engineering of microenvironments to control cell behaviour and organization, to be exploited clinically in advanced therapies or in drug screening.
João F. Mano is author of 580+ papers in international journals (19700+ citations, h=70). He has been part of a series of scientific societies and editorial boards of international journals, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Materials Today Bio (Elsevier). He has been coordinating or involved in many national and European research projects, including Advanced and Proof-of-Concept Grants from the European Research Council.
Northwestern University, USA
Samuel Stupp is Board of Trustees Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University.
View full bio
He directs at Northwestern the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology and the Energy Frontiers Research Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science funded by the Department of Energy. Professor Stupp is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Spanish Royal Academy. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His awards include the Department of Energy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Materials Chemistry, the Materials Research Society Medal Award, the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry, the American Chemical Society Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry, the International Award from The Society of Polymer Science in Japan, and the Royal Society Award in Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry. He has received honoris causa doctorates from Eindhoven Technical University in the Netherlands, the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and the National University of Costa Rica.