Dr. Martin L. Yarmush Delivers 2018 Jeanne and Martin Sussman Endowed Lecture
Emerging Technologies and Biomedical Engineering Innovation
March 14, 2018
Time: 12:00-1:30 P.M.
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.