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.
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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, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, pursues a broad range of research interests that include biomimetics, self-assembly, smart materials, bio-nano interfaces, crystal engineering, surface chemistry, nanofabrication, biomineralization, biomechanics and biooptics.
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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.
Joanna is the Director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology and Platform Leader in the Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard University. She 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.
Aizenberg is elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science; and she is a Fellow of American Physical Society and Materials Research 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.
Select awards and honors:
- George Ledlie Prize, President & Fellows of Harvard College, 2015
- Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014
- Fellow of the Materials Research Society, 2014
- Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecturer, Gordon Research Conferences 2014
- R&D 100 Award for Top Technology and Innovation in 2013
- Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2013
- R&D 100 Award for Top Technology and Innovation in 2012
- Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, Materials Research Society, 2009
- Van’t Hoff Award, Dutch Royal Academy, 2009
- Ronald Breslow Award for the Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2008
- Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007
- Industrial Innovation Award, American Chemical Society, 2007
- Lucent Chairman’s Award, Lucent, 2005
- New Investigator Award, International Conference on Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues, 2001
- Arthur K. Doolittle Award of the American Chemical Society, 1999
- Weizmann Institute Academic Excellence Award, Israel, 1997
- Award of the Max-Planck Society in Biology and Materials Science, Germany, 1995
- Honorary Doctorate, Eindhoven University, 2016
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.
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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
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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.
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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 a Professor at Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
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His laboratory is developing bioinspired approaches for generating tissue-like structures as well as fabricating combinatorial biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications. He has been cited over 23,000 times and has an H-index of 80. Dr. Khademhosseini has received over 30 major national and international awards and Technology Review Magazine named him as one of the "Top Young Innovators" (TR35). 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.
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.
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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”.
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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).
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Luis M. Liz-Marzán
Luis M. Liz-Marzán is a PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela (1992) and has been postdoc at Utrecht University and visiting professor at the Universities of Tohoku, Michigan, Melbourne and Hamburg, as well as the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces.
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After holding a chair in Physical Chemistry at the University of Vigo, he is currently Ikerbasque Research Professor and Scientific Director of the Basque Centre of Cooperative Research in Biomaterials (CIC biomaGUNE), in San Sebastián. He is co-author of over 350 publications and 8 patents, and has received several national and international research awards. He is editor of ACS Omega, reviewing editor of Science and editorial advisory board member of several chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science journals. His current interests include nanoparticle synthesis and assembly, nanoplasmonics, and development of nanoparticle-based sensing and diagnostic tools.
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.
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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.
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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.