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TiMe Day Symposium 2019

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Organized by the TiMe graduate student cohort, the third annual TiMe Day Symposium on April 26, 2019, will highlight research from the program, include keynote and plenary talks, and culminate with a poster session in which all graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to present their work. Illinois faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend this event, and graduate students and undergraduates conducting tissue microenvironment-related research are invited to submit abstracts and present posters. Registration is free and includes a boxed lunch. 

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Note: Abstract submission will remain open until April 5, 2019, or until total space allotment reaches a maximum. Poster abstracts will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Please direct any questions to Catherine Applegate ( and Emon Bashar ( 

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
405 North Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801


Time Topic
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast and Poster Setup
9:00-9:05 a.m. Welcome
Rohit Bhargava and Rex Gaskins
9:05-10:00 a.m. Keynote Address
Dennis Discher
10:00-10:30 a.m. Plenary Talk 1
Stephen Boppart
10:30-11:00 a.m. Plenary Talk 2
Shuming Nie
11:00-11:30 a.m. Plenary Talk 3
Wawrzyniec Dobrucki
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Plenary Talk 4
Amy Wagoner Johnson 
12:00-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunchtime Speaker
Rashid Bashir
1:00-1:30 p.m. TiMe Students Poster Pitch
1:30-3:15 p.m. Poster Session
3:15-4:00 p.m. Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks
Keynote Speaker—Dennis Discher
Professor, University of Pennsylvania
DischerDennis Discher is a Robert D. Bent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BS from the University of California at Davis and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco. He is a member of the Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC), the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), and the Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME). His research efforts focus on stem cell research and the nano-delivery of drugs. 
Rashid Bashir
Professor, University of Illinois
BashirRashid Bashir, PhD, is Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, Professor of Bioengineering, and Dean of the College of Engineering. His research interests include bionanotechnology, BioMEMS, lab on a chip, interfacing of biology and engineering from the molecular to the tissue scale, and applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, all applied to solving biomedical problems such as cancer and infectious disease diagnostics. He has been involved in 3 startups that have licensed his technologies. He has authored or co-authored over 220 journal papers, over 200 conference papers and conference abstracts, and over 120 invited talks, and has been granted 44 patents. He was an NSF Faculty Early Career Award winner and is a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, BMES, IAMBE, and APS.
Stephen Boppart
Professor, University of Illinois
BoppartStephen Boppart, MD, PhD, is an Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, Medicine, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. His Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory is focused on developing novel optical technologies and translating these for cancer imaging. Professor Boppart received his PhD in Medical and Electrical Engineering from MIT, his MD from Harvard Medical School, and his residency training at the University of Illinois in Internal Medicine. He has published over 350 invited and contributed publications and has over 45 patents related to optical biomedical imaging technology. He is a strong advocate for the integration of engineering and medicine to advance human health and our healthcare systems and is playing an active role in the visioning and development of our new engineering-based College of Medicine.
Amy J. Wagoner Johnson 
Associate Professor, University of Illinois
Wagoner JohnsonAmy Wagoner Johnson received her Master of Sciences and PhD in Engineering from Brown University. Now she is an assistant professor in the University of Illinois Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, and an affiliate faculty in the Department of Bioengineering and the Institute for Genomic Biology. Since 2003, she has been an affiliate faculty member in the Beckman Institute and a member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group. 
Wawrzyniec Dobrucki
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois
DobruckiWawrzyniec Dobrucki, PhD, received his PhD in Chemistry from Ohio University, Athens, OH in 2003, and a joint MSc degree in Bioengineering from Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland, and Technical University of Hamburg, Germany. Before joining the Department of Bioengineering as tenure-track faculty in 2013, Prof. Dobrucki was a junior faculty member at Yale University School of Medicine and Senior Research Scientist at Beckman Institute where he directed the Molecular Imaging Laboratory at the Biomedical Imaging Center. Dobrucki’s research develops integrated imaging approaches to noninvasively monitor and track physiologic processes within tumor microenvironment including tumor growth, angiogenesis, vascular remodeling, and expression of unique biochemical signatures of the neoplastic process using in vivo functional and anatomical imaging modalities including SPECT/PET, optical and X-ray CT, respectively. Such imaging strategies will eventually lead to individualized programs for disease prevention through advanced diagnosis, risk stratification and targeted therapies resulting in more successful and efficient health care.
Shuming Nie
Professor, University of Illinois
NieShuming Nie, PhD, holds the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, and is a professor of bioengineering, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering. He is also affiliated with the Beckman Institute, the Micro/Nanotechnology Lab, and the Carle Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. His research interest is primarily in the areas of cancer nanomedicine, image-guided cancer surgery, immuno-engineering and cell-based cancer therapy. Dr. Nie is one of the most highly cited scholars in the world, and his academic work has been cited over 58,000 times. Dr. Nie has established clinical collaborations with thoracic surgeons at UPenn, neurosurgeons at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York), and GI surgeons at Emory University to develop clinically applicable nanoparticles and spectroscopic instrumentation for intraoperative cancer detection and image-guided surgery. During the last 5 years, his collaborative teams have been engaged in seven clinical trials for image-guided cancer surgery, enrolling more than 300 cancer patients at multiple hospital sites.