The inaugural Oregon Bioengineering Symposium will be held at the CH2M Alumni Center on the Oregon State University Campus on November 22, 2019. The meeting will cover all areas of bioengineering/biomedical engineering, with an emphasis on technologies for precision health. The goal of the meeting is to promote collaboration and exchange of ideas between students, researchers and practitioners in Oregon and the surrounding region.

There will be oral presentations throughout the day, and poster presentations in the evening. To be considered for a presentation, an abstract (<250 words) must be submitted. Abstract submission for oral presentations is now closed. Abstract submission for poster presentations will remain open until November 8. All participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, are encouraged to submit abstracts for the poster session. There will be awards for the best student posters. Note that there are a limited number of slots available for oral and poster presentations; early abstract submission will increase the likelihood that your abstract will be selected for a presentation.

Advanced registration costs are $25 for students and post-docs, $60 for faculty and $125 for non-academic registrants for early registration. After November 8, the registration fee goes up by $25. The registration fee is waived for the first 100 people to submit an approved abstract.


(subject to change)

8:00 amTour of OSU Bioengineering Laboratories (Tour is now full)
9:00 amRegistration Desk Opens
9:20 amWelcome
9:30 amTim Gardner, University of Oregon
High Precision Interfaces to Brain and Nerve
9:55 amElain Fu, Oregon State University
Porous Microfluidic Sensors for Field Use
10:20 amSummer Gibbs, Oregon Health and Science University
Fluorescence Guided Surgery for Improved Clinical Outcomes
10:45 amCoffee Break
11:00 amMatt Johnston, Oregon State University
Emerging Toolkit for Integrated Electronic Biosensors and Lab-on-Microchip
11:25 amPeter Jacobs, Oregon Health and Science University
Precision Drug Delivery through AI and Integrated Sensing and Drug Delivery in Type 1 Diabetes
11:50 amMike Pluth, University of Oregon
Chemical Tools for Detection and Delivery of Reactive Sulfur Species
12:15 pmLunch

There will be parallel sessions throughout the afternoon programming; from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm and again from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm You will be able to attend either the Industry Panels or the Research Talks.

1:30 pm to 3:00 pmIndustry Panel:
Strengths and Opportunities for the Biomedical Industry in Oregon
Moderator: Charla Triplett, Founder and President of Catalyze
Liisa Bozinovic, Executive Director at Oregon Bioscience Association
Julianne Brands, Partner at Oregon Venture Fund
Kyle Gee, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)
Robert Guldberg, VP at Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, University of Oregon
Bill Newman, Director at Northwest Technology Ventures and Entrepreneur-in-residence OTRADI
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Research Talks: (Times and Topics Listed Below)
Engineering for Biological Insight
1:30 pmCalin Plesa, University of Oregon
Abstract Title – Multiplexed Engineering and Characterization of Protein Families
1:43 pm Connor Barth, Oregon Health and Science University
Abstract Title – Clinical Translation of Nerve-Specific Fluorophores for Image-Guided Nerve Sparing Surgical Procedures
1:56 pm Morgan Giers, Oregon State University
Abstract Title – Preoperative Metrics Predicting Intervertebral Disc Reherniation Complications in Microdiscectomy Patients
2:09 pm Shawn Lockery, University of Oregon
Abstract Title – High-throughput Electrophysiological Measures of Health for Basic Research and Drug Development in Nematodes
2:22 pm WanTai AuYeung, Oregon Health and Science University
Abstract Title – Identifying Digital Markers and Precipitants for Agitation: Preliminary Results from the MODERATE Study
2:35 pm Kaitlin Fogg, Oregon State University
Abstract Title – Ovarian Cancer Cells Direct Macrophage Differentiation and Polarization to a Pro-tumorigenic Phenotype Through Non-canonical Pathways
2:48 pm Damien Callahan, University of Oregon
Abstract Title – Predicting Human Myosin Heavy Chain Isoform during Single Fiber Mechanical Dissection
3:00 pmCoffee Break
3:30 pm to 5:00 pmIndustry Panel:
How to Get a Job in the Biotech and Biomedical Industries
Moderator: Charla Triplett, Founder and President of Catalyze
Catherine Acosta, Senior Manager MSAT at Genentech
Anthony Amsberry, Process Engineer at Juno Therapeutics
Debra Gale, Senior Staff Scientist in Research and Development at Thermo Fisher Scientific
Anna Hickerson, Assistant Professor and Program Director at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)
Maddie Midgett, Senior Applied Research Engineer at Micro Systems Engineering Inc., Biotronik
Samantha Wallace, Product Engineer at Acumed
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Research Talks: (Times and Topics Listed Below)
Engineering for Precision Health
3:30 pmRavi Balasubramanian, Oregon State University
Abstract Title – Robotics-inspired Implantable Passive Mechanisms to Surgically Re-Engineer the Human Body
3:43 pm Marian Hettiaratchi, University of Oregon
Abstract Title – Affinity-Controlled Protein Delivery Enhances Spatial Localization of Bone Formation in Rat Femoral Bone Defects
3:56 pmStuart Ibsen, Oregon Health and Science University
Abstract Title – Pancreatic Cancer Detection Using Dielectrophoresis to Recover Tumor Derived Exosomes Directly from Undiluted Patient Plasma
4:09 pmConroy Sun, Oregon State University
Abstract Title – Engineering Nanomaterials for Molecular Imaging and Drug Delivery
4:22 pmRamesh Subbiah, Oregon Health and Science University
Abstract Title – Fabrication and Characterization of Mineralized and Vascularized Cell-laden Collagen Scaffold
4:35 pmDipankar Koley, Oregon State University
Abstract Title – Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM): A New Tool to Study Microbial Metabolism
4:48 pmAlexander (Alex) Govyadinov, HP
Abstract Title – HP Advanced Microfluidics and Applications
5:00 pmPoster Session
6:30 pmProgram Ends

Program Committee

  • Adam Higgins, Committee Chair
    Oregon State University
  • Elain Fu, Oregon State University
  • Kate Schilke, Oregon State University
  • Josefine Fleetwood, Oregon State University
  • Owen McCarty, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Monica Hinds, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Bob Guldberg, University of Oregon
  • Jim Hutchison, University of Oregon

Contact Us

OSU Conference Services

Oregon State University
200 LaSells Stewart Center
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-9300
Toll-Free: (800) 678-6311
Fax: (541) 737-9315

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