Georgia Tech
Marcus Nanotechnology Building
345 Ferst Drive N.W., Rms. 1116-1118
Atlanta, GA 30332

June 8, 2023

8:00 a.m.

Check-in and continental breakfast


9:00 a.m.

Opening remarks 


9:15 a.m. 

Keynote Presentation - David Johnson, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, GigaMune

"The Journey from a Ph.D. in Sea Squirt Genetics to Founding Three Biotechs”

10:00 a.m.

Lina Maria Mancipe Castro, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, MiMedx

“Navigating Osteoarthritis Biology for the Development of Intra-articular Therapies” 

10:30 a.m.

Poster Session


11:45 a.m.

Louise Hecker, Ph.D., Founder/Chief Scientific Officer, Fibronox; Associate Professor, Emory University

"Fibronox: Tales of an Academic Entrepreneur"

12:15 p.m. 



1:15 p.m.

Keynote Presentation - Zhi Li, Ph.D., Associate Director, Bristol Myers Squibb

“Career Opportunities in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing”

2:00 p.m.

Rapid Fire Presentations

  1. Steven Swingle (Sulchek lab),“Leveraging Flow Simulations of Microfluidic Cell Sorting to Tune Cell Trajectories by Altering Device Geometry”
  2. Aaron Silva (Kwong lab),“DNA-gated Cytometry for Scarless Isolation of Antigen-specific T cells”
  3. Amy Wood-Yang (Prausnitz lab),“Highly Water-soluble Microneedle Patch for Short Wear Time and Rapid Drug Delivery”
  4. Chloé Thiveaud (Kwong lab),“Lipid Nanoparticle Delivery of Synthetic Antigens to Sensitize Solid Tumors to CAR-mediated Cytotoxicity”
  5. Gabriela Sanchez Rodriguez (Feola lab),“Age and Ovariectomy Affect Retinal Gene Expression of TGF-β, TNF-α and ECM Related Pathways”
  6. Yarelis Gonzalez-Vargas (Dixon lab),“Reverse Engineered Lymphatic Malformation Organoids from Patient-derived Tissue Explants Highlights Heterogeneity of Lymphatic Disease and Response to Treatment”
  7. Lauren Liebman (Dixon lab),“Surgical Disruption of the Tumor-draining Lymphatic Network Suggests Altered Drainage Routes in a Bilateral Melanoma Model”
  8. Ashley Alva (Arvanitis lab),“Tracking Macrophages with Ultrasound”
  9. Laura Casas Ferrer (Bhamla lab),“Mechanical Behavior of Optically Controlled Motor-free Cytoskeletal Networks Under Biomimetic Confinement”

3:00 p.m.



3:30 pm.

Career Panel


4:30 p.m.

Casey Vantucci, Ph.D., Laboratory Leadership Service Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“From Materials Engineer to CDC Disease Detective”

5:00 p.m.

Closing and Awards Ceremony


7:00 p.m.

Off Campus Social