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Dr. Martin L. Yarmush Delivers 2018 Jeanne and Martin Sussman Endowed Lecture

Emerging Technologies and Biomedical Engineering Innovation

Date: March 14, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:30 P.M.
Location: Alumnae Lounge, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA
Reception to follow

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This presentation will briefly describe several topics that fall within the province of translational biomedical engineering. The topics include: dynamic cell and tissue microsystems; cellular therapeutics; organ engineering and storage; novel wound healing approaches; and the development of an automated robotic venipuncture device integrated with downstream point-of-care analysis capabilities. Emphasis will be placed on the significance of the work including the intended scientific and technological gaps to be filled, and the opportunities for translating the work to the clinical and industrial realms.

About Dr. Yarmush
Professor Martin L. Yarmush is an internationally recognized bioengineer and translational scientist who has been a leader in the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, BioMEMS and nanotechnology, applied immunology and biotechnology, metabolic engineering, and medical device development. Professor Yarmush currently serves as the Paul and Mary Monroe Chair and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers, and the Director of the Center for Engineering in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (MGH/HMS). He also directs several other centers and programs including: the NIH Rutgers T32 Predoctoral Training Program in Biotechnology; the Rutgers Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies; the Rutgers Medical Device Development Center; the NIH BEST Program at Rutgers (iJOBS); and the Rutgers US Department of Education GAANN Program in Precision Medicine.

Dr. Yarmush received his B.A. degree (summa cum laude) in Biology/Chemistry at Yeshiva University, and carried out Ph.D. work in Biophysical Chemistry at The Rockefeller University. He spent a postdoctoral year at the NIH in the Laboratory of Immunochemistry and Immunogenetics before going to Yale University for his M.D. degree (cum laude). After three years at Yale, he entered the Ph.D. program in Chemical Engineering at MIT, where he completed all requirements for a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering excluding thesis submission.

Over the last 40 years, Dr. Yarmush has: published more than 500 refereed journal articles and more than 50 patents and patent applications; mentored more than 50 graduate students and more than 120 postdoctoral fellows; and taught a spectrum of courses from molecular genetics, biochemistry, and immunology, to thermodynamics and transport phenomena, to advanced biotechnology and innovation and entrepreneurship. He has been credited with many pioneering scientific and technological advances, including: innovative cell culture systems and tissue engineering constructs, stem cell therapies, venous access devices, dynamic cell and tissue microsystems, pulsed electric field therapies, bioartificial organs development, targeted therapies for tumors and infections, recombinant protein purification techniques, and recombinant retrovirus production and purification techniques.

About The Jeanne and Martin Sussman Endowed Lecture:
Martin Victor Sussman grew up in New York City, entering high school at age 12. At 19, he received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the City College of New York. He earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from Columbia University. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and American Institute of Chemists, and was a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts. He was a gentleman, an inventor, and a scholar who planted seeds of technical knowledge around the world.

Professor Emeritus Sussman was a member of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tufts University for 37 years. He taught thermodynamics to generations of Tufts engineering students, and captivated liberal arts majors with his lectures on the interaction of culture and technology. The Tufts community was deeply saddened by his passing on April 13, 2005.

The department was honored to receive a gift of $100,000 from the Estate of Professor Martin V. Sussman. This gift has been named The Jeanne and Martin Sussman Endowed Fellowship and Lectureship Fund. Administered by the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, the fund is intended to provide an international fellowship for Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduates and a biannual chemical engineering lectureship series.

The department is extremely grateful for the opportunity to honor Professor Sussman's life and dedicated service to the university, and would like to express thanks for the kindness and generosity of the Sussman family.