Kit Pogliano

Dean and Professor, Section of Molecular Biology · UC San Diego

Kit Pogliano focuses on biological tools and interactions between microbes to discover new antibiotics.

Microbial Interactions Infectious Disease Microbiology Cell Biology Drug Discovery

Pankaj Karande

Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Focuses on engineering peptides as novel drugs, drug carriers, affinity agents, and biomaterials for medical applications

Diagnostics Vaccine Design Drug Delivery Drug Discovery Peptide Engineering

William Hahn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor · Florida Atlantic University

William Hahn researches neural networks and deep learning.

Neural Networks Deep Learning Medical Imaging

Jonathan S. Dordick

Howard P. Isermann Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering & Co-Director, Heparin Applied Research Center · Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Applies biological principles to advance bioengineering and biomanufacturing, stem cell engineering, and drug discovery

Drug Discovery Biomanufacturing Biochemical Engineering Biochemistry Chemistry

Deborah Kurrasch

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Genetics · University of Calgary

Kurrasch’s research is focused on genetic programs that govern hypothalamic development using both mice and zebrafish as model organisms.

Molecular Biology Developmental Biology Pharmacology Neuroscience Genetics

Susan Desaulniers

Senior Director, Cardiovascular & Metabolism · Biogen

Susan Desaulniers is an expert in developing leading global clinical programs that protect people from infectious diseases.

Drug Discovery Regulatory Compliance Global Pharmaceutical and Clinical Development Programs Project Management Quality Assurance

Ron Priefer

Professor/Entrepreneur · MCPHS / New England Breath

Ron Priefer is an expert in NMR spectroscopy, materials science, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, research design, and Polymers.

Academic Advising Mass Spectrometry Organic Synthesis Research Organic Chemistry

Thomas D. Roper, Ph.D.

Director, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Professor, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering · VCU College of Engineering

Dr. Roper specializes in efforts to bring engineering and science closer to patients who utilize medicines via novel technologies.

Metabolic Engineering and Biocatalysis 3D Printing of Dose Forms Long Acting Therapy Development Nanomaterials and Particle Sciences Continuous Chemical Reaction Engineering

Greg Boyce, Ph.D.

Expert in organic chemistry · Florida Gulf Coast University

Greg Boyce has a passion for organic synthesis and total synthesis of natural products.

Total Synthesis Organic / Inorganic Synthesis Chemicals in Household Settings Organic Chemistry Medicine and Drugs

Siobhan Malany

Associate Professor · University of Florida

Siobhan Malany studies the effects of microgravity on human muscle biology using an automated tissue chip system.

Receptor Pharmacology Tissue chips Human Muscle Biology Space Medicine Drug Discovery and Screening

Dr. Raphael (Rafi) Hofstein

President & CEO · MaRS Innovation

Turning academic ideas into commercial realities

Corporate & Business Strategy Early-Stage Investing Life Sciences and Healthcare Technology Transfer Commercialization of Innovation

John McCulloch

Founder & Managing Director · Burloch Group Inc.

Engaging and knowledgeable speaker with deep expertise in biotechnology investment.

Biotechnology Pharmaceuticals Innovation Investment

B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D.

Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr. Chair in Pharmaceutical Engineering; Chair, Professor, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering · VCU College of Engineering

Professor Gupton's research is focused on the development of new technologies that will streamline organic synthesis

Cross-Coupling Catalysis Flow Chemistry / Continual Chemical Processing Organic Synthesis in Pharmaceutical Applications

Daniele Piomelli

Distinguished Professor · UC Irvine

Daniele Piomelli's research is focused on the function of lipid-derived messengers, with particular emphasis on endogenous cannabinoids.

Anatomy & Neurobiology Cellular Pharmacology CBD Marijuana Neuropharmacology

Sandra K. Weller, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics · University of Connecticut

Sandra K. Weller, Ph.D., is an expert in the herpes simplex virus.

Biochemistry Biophysics Molecular Biology Herpes Simplex Virus

Bin Chen

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development · Michigan State University

Dr. Chen is the founding member of DahShu, a non-profit organization to promote research and education in data sciences.

Cancer Therapy Drug Repositioning Translational Bioinformatics AI Big Data

Douglas Scharre

Professor of Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry | College of Medicine · The Ohio State University

Dr. Scharre specializes in cognitive disorders and dementias, including Alzheimer's disease

Neurology Neurobehavioral Manifestations Lewy Body Disease Dementia, Multi-Infarct Amnesia, Transient Global

Bennett (Ben) Ward, Ph.D.

Associate Professor · VCU College of Engineering

Polymer chemistry and engineering. Product and device design, with a knack for robust program development.

Capstone Senior Design Program Innovation design and development processes High Performance Polymers and Fibers Applications of Materials and Surface Science Filtration and separation

Emily Walsh

Principal Consultant · Halloran Consulting Group, Inc.

Recovering Scientist

Personalized Medicine and Genetics Translational Medicine Transitioning From the Bench Project Management 101 Program Management 101

Adrian Newman-Tancredi

Neuropharmacology Consulting · NeuroAct Communication

Experienced public speaker and neuropharmacologist with proven expertise in study of antipsychotics, antidepressants and analgesics.

Antipsychotics Neuropharmacology Serotonin Depression