Immune Engineering

Over the past decade the focus of many bioengineers and clinicians has been shifting towards "immune engineering" approaches that include but are not limited to engineered biomaterials for vaccines, immunotherapy (immune-modulation), cell and gene therapy, immune microenvironment engineering, and systems immunology. These research areas embrace a comprehensive list of translational immunology-associated problems including chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, aggressive cancers, allergies, etc. The purpose of the Immune Engineering SIG is to bring together emerging ideas and provide a venue for professional interaction to a large number of academic and industrial research groups and scientists working in these areas.


Chair: Susan Napier Thomas, PhD
Assistant Professor
Georgia Insitute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering
315 Ferst Dr Nw, Ibb - Rm 2315
Atlanta, GA 30332
t: (404) 385-1126

Vice Chair: Kara L Spiller, PhD
Assistant Professor
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St.
Bossone 718
Philadelphia, PA 19104
t: (215) 571-3822

Secretary/Treasurer: Lance Kam, PhD
Columbia University
Department of Biomedical Engineering
351 Engineering Terrace
500 W 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
t: 212-854-8611

Program Chair: Benjamin Keselowsky, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Florida
Dept of Biomedical Engineering
1275 Center Dr. BMS Bldg JG56
PO Box 116131
Gainesville, FL 32611-6131
t: (352) 273-5878

Web Contact: Adam Feinberg, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University
700 Technology Dr
PTC 4315
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
t: (412) 268-4897

Student Contact: Carolina Mora Solano
The University of Chicago
5841 South Maryland Ave.
Abbott 540
Chicago, IL 60637
t: (773) 510-8138

Industry Representative: Jai Rudra, PhD
University of Texas
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Sealy Center for Vaccine Development
Basic Sciences Building 3.308, Route 0617
301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555
t: 409 772 9649

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Abby Whittington, PhD
Virginia Tech
445 Old Turner St
210 Holden Hall, MC-0237
Blacksburg, VA 24061
t: (540) 231-0665

Past Chair: Ankur Singh, PhD
Cornell University
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace
Cornell University
233 Thurston
Ithaca, NY 14853-7501
t: (607) 255-2194

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