Annual Meeting


2017 Annual Meeting Sessions | April 2226, Chicago, IL

Organized by: Warren Zimmer, Texas A&M Health Science Center
Sunday April 23, 3:00pm Room 
W184D at McCormick Convention Center

The 2017 SEBM Symposium, “High Resolution Imaging in Medicine” will focus upon key concepts that has led to the development of new, super resolution microscopy techniques and how they are beginning to define molecular interactions in living cells of normal and disease circumstance.  We will have a keynote address by a leader in the development of the super resolution technologies followed by speakers that utilize the techniques to address questions of cellular structures, molecular interactions in neurons, and following molecules in cancer.

  • XIAOWEI ZHUANG, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Illuminating biology at the nanoscale and systems scale using single-molecule and super-resolution imaging
  • TOM BURGHARDT, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic
    In Vivo Heart Imaging Shows Single Myosins Under Tension Down Shift Step-Size
  • RAIMUND OBER, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
    Imaging subcellular dynamics in three dimensions
Organized by: John Wikswo, Vanderbilt University
Monday April 24, 3:00pm Room W184D at McCormick Convention Center

Over the past five years, there has been a significant investment by DARPA, FDA, NIH, DTRA, EPA and other agencies in the US and Europe to fund the development of organ-on-chip (OoC) biology and technology. As a result, there are now a large number of research groups and a small number of companies that are regularly producing miniature OoC bioreactors, tissue chips, and supporting hardware that recapitulate in two or three dimensions key aspects of the function and interaction of human organs. Of particular interest is the determination of the differences between how these human-derived constructs respond in vitro to drugs and toxins and what has been observed in 2D monocultures of immortal cell lines on plastic or in transwells, in animals, and in humans in vivo. Given the accepted shortcomings of these other approaches and the OoC results reported to date, there is a widespread belief that OoCs will contribute significantly to pharmacology, toxicology, developmental biology, systems biology, and physiology. This symposium will evaluate the progress toward adoption of microphysiological systems in biology and medicine, with the speakers selected from the authors of articles in a forthcoming Thematic Issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine.

  • LANS TAYLOR, Ph.D., University of Pittsburg Drug Discovery Institute
    Evolution of a Human Liver MPS Platform
  • THOMAS KNUDSEN, Ph.D., US Environmental Protection Agency
    Programming microphysiological systems for children’s health protection
  •  JOANNA BURDETTE, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
    Integrating the female reproductive tract organs through hormonal control using microfluidics
Organized by: Clinton Allred, Texas A&M University
Tuesday April 25, 3:00pm Room 184D at McCormick Place Convention Center

The overall focus of this session will be how diet derived compounds influence the microbiome and the subsequent effect on human health.  Host microbe interactions will be emphasized.  Data will presented from diverse experimental approaches including molecular analyses, in vivo animal modeling, and human studies.2283-ASBMB     

  • ARUL JAYARAMAN, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
    Microbial Tryptophan Metabolites and Gut Health
  • SHARON M DONOVAN, Ph.D., University of Illinois
    Host-Microbe Interactions in the Human Infant: Impact of Nutrition
  • MARK J. MANARY, M.D., Washington University
    Legumes and gut health
  • STEPHEN J.D. O’KEEFE, M.D., MSc, University of Pittsburg Medical Center
    Diet Drives Colon Cancer Risk by its Effect on the Microbiota


Saturday April 22, 5:00pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Dusable BC


Sunday April 23, 5:30pm,  Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Hyde Park A

2016 Annual Meeting On-Demand Presentations | April 2-6, San Diego, CA


Translational Scientist: Integrating Science and Medicine, April 3, 4:00PM – 6:15PM
San Diego Convention Center

The 2016 SEBM Symposium, “Translational Scientist: Integrating Science and Medicine”, will focus on key concepts of the translation of discovery to health care.

  • Dr. Ken Ramos – University of Arizona Health Sciences, Current State of Physician Scientist Training

  • Dr. Michael Friedlander – Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, New Approaches in Medical Training of Health Researchers

  • Dr. Michael Wood – AstraZeneca Neuroscience, Forging Academia/Industry Partnerships that Transform Discoveries into Treatments


2015 Presentations | Training the Mind of an Interdisciplinary Scientist 

Collaborative Cognition in the Context of Interdisciplinary Science

Stephen M. Fiore, University of Central Florida
Dr. Fiore is faculty with the University of Central Florida’s Cognitive Sciences Program in the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, Learning Research and Development Center. He maintains a multidisciplinary research interest that incorporates aspects of the cognitive, social, and computational sciences in the investigation of learning and performance in individuals and teams.


Problem Finding and Understanding for Creativity
Raymond Price, University of Illinois
Co-Director, Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education and Professor of Human Behavior, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.




Lessons Learned From a 25 Year History of University Wide Interdisciplinary Biomedical Doctoral Programs
Denis Medeiros, University of Missouri-Kansas City
My passion for mentoring graduate students also included a passion for undergraduate student mentoring. A passion that I have is the education of under-represented minorities in the biomedical and biobehavioral sciences.  At Kansas State University, besides being a department head, I was Director of a program funded by the National Institutes of Health to facilitate the transfer of under-represented minority students from community colleges to K-State to complete their BS degrees.  Many of these students have gone on to graduate or professional schools.  My passion for mentoring of students has also transcended toward mentoring of new faculty.  In my role as Associate Dean both at The Ohio State University and Kansas State University, I developed faculty mentoring programs to help facilitate their success in the promotion and tenure process. 

Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences
Richard McGee, Northwestern
My primary research and academic interests are in the development of young scientists. My work in this arena spans the continuum including: the 'basic science' of how undergraduate and PhD student fine tune career decision with a longitudinal study of 500 students; application and study of new coaching-based models to support early PhD students; use of group-based modesls to assist junior faculty develop as scientists; a randomized controlled trial of a totaly different approach to fostering diversity in academia.