Georgia Tech
Marcus Nanotechnology Building
345 Ferst Drive N.W., Rms. 1116-1118
Atlanta, GA 30332
May 17, 2024
8:00 a.m.Check-in and continental breakfast 
9:00 a.m.Opening remarks  
9:15 a.m. Keynote Presentation - David Mertz, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Cell Therapy Development, Bristol Myers Squibb“Early Career Experience in CAR T Clinical Development”
10:00 a.m.Break 
10:30 a.m.Jeremy Lim, Ph.D., Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, MIMEDX"Regulation and Commercialization of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular or Tissue-based Products (HCT/Ps): A Perspective From Industry"
11:00 a.m.Chen-Rei (Cherry) Wan, Ph.D., Senior Director of Engineering, Clearside BioMedical"From Point A to Point Unknown – Bringing Your Engineering Skills to New Challenges to Improve Patient Outcomes"
11:30 p.m. Lunch and Poster Session 
1:00 p.m.Keynote Presentation - David Ku, Ph.D., Regents' Professor, Lawrence P. Huang Chair in Engineering and Entrepreneurship, Executive Director, Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech"Direct Clinical Benefits from GT Technology – An Example of Translational Research"
1:45 p.m.

Rapid Fire Presentations

  • Sona Desi - "Characterization of the B and T Cell Immune Synapse Through Changes in Chromatin Structure and the Nuclear Groove"
  • Yann Ferry - "Monitoring Macrophage Trafficking in Vivo With Ultrasound"
  • Valeria Juarez - "Hydrolytically Degradable Microgels for Spatial Patterning of Human Immune Organoids in Lymph Node Tissue Chips"
  • Vishal Manickam - "Ingestible Molecular Probes for Breath-based Detection of Gastrointestinal Disease"
  • Adi Pucha - "Early Patterns of Cell Mechanoresponse Within Fiber-reinforced Microenvironments for Anisotropic Tissue Engineering"
  • Aaron Silva - "Scarless Isolation of Antigen-specific T Cells for CAR T Cell Manufacturing via DNA-gated Sorting"
  • Hyeon Ju Song - “Human Organoids: A Novel Platform for Vaccine Testing” 
  • Chloé Thiveaud - "Lipid Nanoparticle Delivery of Synthetic Antigens to Sensitize Solid Tumors to CAR-mediated Cytotoxicity"
2:45 p.m.Break 
3:15 pm.Heather Bara, Ph.D., Product Development Consultant, Network Partners Group"Life After Graduate School"
3:45 p.m.

Career Panel 

4:45 p.m.Closing Comments 
5:00 p.m.Reception and Awards CeremonyIBB Nerem Atrium
7:00 p.m.Adjourn