Seminar Schedule

Fall 2021 Seminar Schedule
Date Speaker Title
Sept. 2 Payal K. Weiss
Subject Matter Expert
DEFTEC Corporation
Pharmacodynamic assay for evaluation of first-in-class pyruvate kinase-M2 activators in cancer tissues
Sept. 9 Sarah Calve
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Colorado
Mapping the material properties of the extracellular matrix during development
Sept. 16 Don Griffin
Assistant Professor
School of Engineering & Applied Science
University of Virginia
Heparin Microislands in Microporous Annealed Particle (MAP) Hydrogels to Promote Clinically Relevant Material-Tissue Integration
Sept. 23 Matt Webber
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Supramolecular Biomaterials with Bio-Inspiration
Sept. 30 Spencer Szczesny
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Penn State
Imposter Phenomenon: It’s Not a Syndrome Because There’s Nothing Wrong with You
Oct. 7 Sarah Heilshorn
Professor and Associate Chair, Materials Science and Engineering
Stanford University
Bespoke Biomaterials: Towards Personalized Tissue Mimics
Oct. 14 Qiaobing Xu
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tufts University
Synthetic Lipid Nanoparticle for Gene Therapy and Gene Editing
Oct. 21 Kent Leach
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California, Davis
Biomaterials Approaches to Amplify Cell-Based Therapies for Musculoskeletal Repair
Oct. 28 Ellen Arruda
Tim Maganello/BorgWarner Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan
Full-Field Methods for Characterizing the Non-Linear Anisotropic Response of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament of the Knee
Nov. 4 Peter Galie
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Rowan University
Development of Vascularized Scaffold for Spinal Cord Injury Repair
Nov. 11 Catherine Kuo
Associate Professor of Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland
Tendon Regeneration Informed by Mechanobiology of Embryonic Development
Nov. 18 Patrick T. Mather
Dean, Schreyer Honors College
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Penn State
Shape Memory Polymers: Design Principles for New Phenomena
Dec. 2 Vesa Kiviniemi
Adjunct Professor of Diagnostic Radiology
Oulu University Hospital
The Potential of Imaging Physiological Brain Pulsations
Dec. 9 Elizabeth Lipke
Mary and John H. Sanders Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Auburn University
Engineered Tissue Microspheres for Regenerative Medicine and Disease Modeling Applications

Time and Location:

  • All biomedical engineering seminars in fall 2021 are held on Zoom from 12:05 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. The Zoom link and password are provided in the seminar flyer link, which will appear in this table prior to the seminar date.
  • Please email Virginia Simparosa,, with any questions.



The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614