Fall 2021 Seminar Series


November 18

The assay of spatial cognition in models of pediatric encephalopathy

Jeremy Barry, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neurological Sciences
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Watch recorded seminar here


November 11

Targeting the brain with focused ultrasound

Hong Chen, PhD
Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering and Radiation Oncology
Washington University
St. Louis, MO
Watch recorded seminar here


November 4

Data-driven Neuroimaging Biomarkers to Advance Precision Medicine in Brain Disease

Yu Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering,
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
Watch the recorded seminar here


October 28

Topological data analysis for graphs

Yusu Wang, PhD
Professor, Halicioglu Data Science Institute
University of California – San Diego
San Diego, CA
Watch recorded seminar here

October 21, 2021

Reliable feature selection and prediction under adverse contamination

David Kepplinger, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Statistics, George Mason University
Watch recorded seminar here. 

October 14, 2021

Neural dynamics underlying the coding of location and running speed in the medial entorhinal cortex

Holger Dannenberg, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering and the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, George Mason University
Watch recorded seminar here. 

October 7, 2021

Synthetic DNA Nanostructures as Platforms for Facile Nanoparticle Organization

Divita Mathur, PhD
Postdoctoral fellow,
US Naval Research Laboratory
College of Science, George Mason University
Watch recorded seminar here.

September 30, 2021 

The Physics of Biology 

John (Rob) Cressman, PhD 
Associate Professor,
Physics and Astronomy, George Mason University 
Watch recorded seminar here.

September 23, 2021 

Micro/Nano Mechanics and Photonics with Atomically-Thin 2D Materials for Biomedical Engineering 

Pilgyu Kang, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering 
Affiliate Faculty,
Bioengineering and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Mason University 
Watch recorded seminar here.

September 9, 2021 

Technologies for Development and Screening of Molecularly-Targeted Therapies 

Craig Duvall, PhD 
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor 
Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University 
Watch recorded seminar here.

Spring 2021 Semester—Seminars Series

Thursdays, 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
Virtual Seminar Via Zoom

Please contact Carol McHugh ( for meeting information and link.

February 18, 2021

Theory of Neural Perturbome

Claudia Clopath, Ph.D.
Professor, Bioengineering Department and 
Head of Computational Neuroscience Laboratory
Imperial College London, London, England

March 4, 2021

Lipid Nanoparticle(LNP) Systems for Enabling Gene Therapies : Applications for an Hereditary Disease and a COVID-19 Vaccine

Pieter Cullis, Ph.D.
Scientific Director & CEO, NanoMedicines Innovation Network, Canada;
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
University of British Columbia 
Vancouver, British Columbia

Watch recorded seminar here

March 18, 2021

Representation Learning and Alignment in Biological and Artificial Neural Networks

Eva Dyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Watch recorded seminar here

March 25, 2021

Light and Sound: Integrating Photonics with Ultrasonics

Matthew O' Donnell, Ph.D.
Frank and Julie Jungers Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering;
Professor, Bioengineering Department
University of Washington,
Seattle, WA

April 1, 2021

Endotheliopathy, from bench to bedside 

Rosemary Kozar, Ph.D.
Professor of Surgery, Co-Director of Shock Trauma Anesthesia Research(STAR) Center,
Director of Translational Research at Shock Trauma
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

April 8, 2021

Autonomous Surgical Robots: Will Future Surgeons Need Caffeine or 120v?

Axel Kreiger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

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April 15, 2021

Responses of CA1 pyramidal neurons and midbrain dopamine neurons to sustained depolarization

Carmen Canavier, Ph.D.
Mullins Professor and Interim Head,
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA

Watch recorded seminar here

April 22, 2021

Detection and Correction of Cardiac MRI Quality Issues Using Deep Learning

Ilkay Oksuz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering Department,
Istanbul Technical University
Istanbul, Turkey

Watch recorded seminar here

April 29, 2021

Exosomes and Viruses: A Tale of Two Overlapping Worlds

Fatah Kashanchi, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Systems Biology,
George Mason University

Watch recorded seminar here