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Silvia Blemker,


University of Virginia, USA





Dawn Elliott


University of Delaware, USA





Justin Cooper-White


The University of Queensland, Australia


Mechano-intervention: Elucidating Drivers of Stem Cell Fate for Enhanced and Targeted Tissue Rejuvenation



Professor Justin J. Cooper-White currently holds the positions of Head of School and Professor of Bioengineering in the School of Chemical Engineering (UQ), Senior Group Leader in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (UQ), Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility - Queensland Node (ANFF-Q), Co-Director of the UQ Centre in Stem Cell Ageing and Regenerative Engineering (UQ-StemCARE), and Editor-in-Chief of APL Bioengineering (American Institute of Physics Publishing (New York)). Prof. Cooper-White has over 230 journal papers in high impact journals in the field of Bioengineering (including Nature, ACS Nano, Science Advances, Nature Communications, Nature Protocols, Nature Microbiol., Biomaterials, Lab on a Chip, Cell Stem Cell, Stem Cells Trans. Med., Integrative Biology and APL Bioengineering). He has produced 6 Worldwide patent families that have reached National Phase Entry (in USA, Europe, and Australia) and been commercialized in the areas of formulation design for agriproducts, microbioreactor arrays and tissue engineering scaffolds. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including most recently Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE, 2020), CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader Fellowship (2013-2018), and the NHMRC Marshall and Warren Award for Research Excellence (2015-16). His research focuses on understanding the role of microenvironmental cues (primarily on those mechano-related) on stem cell commitment and tissue genesis, and the critical roles that stem cells and their niches play in systemic losses of tissue and organ function as we age. His team applies this understanding to develop biomicrodevices, engineered surfaces and advanced scaffolds for cell therapy and engineering tissue replacement or repair, and more recently, nanoparticles for targeted rejuvenation of our aged tissues.

Liesbet Geris


University of Liège, Belgium




Liesbet Geris is Professor in Biomechanics and Computational Tissue Engineering at the university of Liège and KU Leuven in Belgium. Her research focusses on the multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of biological processes. Together with her team and their clinical and industrial collaborators, she uses these models to investigate the etiology of non-healing fractures, to design in silico potential cell-based treatment strategies and to optimize manufacturing processes of these tissue engineering constructs. Liesbet is scientific coordinator of the Prometheus platform for Skeletal Tissue Engineering (50+ researchers). She has edited several books on computational modeling and tissue engineering. She has received 2 prestigious ERC grants (starting in 2011 and consolidator in 2017) to finance her research and has received a number of young investigator and research awards from the in silico and regenerative medicine communities. She is a former member and chair of the Young Academy of Belgium (Flanders) and member of the strategic alliance committee of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society. She is the current executive director of the Virtual Physiological Human Institute and in that capacity she advocates the use of in silico modeling in healthcare through liaising with the clinical community, the European Commission and Parliament, regulatory agencies (EMA, FDA) and various other stakeholders. Besides her research work, she is often invited to give public lectures on the challenges of interdisciplinarity in research, women in academia and digital healthcare.

Hanna Isaksson


Lund University, Sweden


Mechanobiological Modeling of Musculoskeletal Tissue Repair and Degeneration



Dr Hanna Isaksson is a full professor at Lund University, Sweden since 2018. Her research area is broadly in musculoskeletal biomechanics and mechanobiology, focusing on functional imaging and statistical shape modeling of bone, characterization of bone damage and fracture mechanisms as well as on improvement of bone quality during fracture repair. She is also interested in tendon biomechanics and mechanobiology, especially how loading affects the repair process after Achilles tendon ruptures. The research includes both experimental and computational studies. For more details on the research being done in the Biomechanics group, please visit the research pages.

Prior to joining Lund University in 2011 as an assistant professor, Dr Isaksson spend three years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Biophysics of Bone and Cartilage research group, University of Eastern Finland, working on experimental methods to determine bone quality in metabolic bone diseases, primarily osteoporosis. She obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, in a collaborative project with the AO Research institute in Davos, Switzerland. The project focused on mechanobiological modeling of bone fracture repair.

She has authored over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, is a member of the Swedish Young Academy and previous president of the Swedish Society of Biomechanics and previous vice-president of the European Society of Biomechanics. Her full publication lists can be found at the tab above, or on google scholar.

Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D., P.E.


Mayo Clinic, USA




Dr. Kenton R. Kaufman is the W. Hall Wendel Jr Musculoskeletal Research Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory, and Consultant in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic. He is a registered professional engineer. His primary research focus is musculoskeletal rehabilitation science.


Dr. Kaufman currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association and the Research Advisory Board for Shriners Hospitals for Children. He is a member of Gait and Posture, and Prosthetic and Orthotics International editorial boards. He has served on the National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research and the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kaufman is a Past President of the American Society of Biomechanics. He is a founding member and Past President of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. He is a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, American Society of Biomechanics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and International Society of Biomechanics.


Dr. Kaufman has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) Borelli Award for outstanding career accomplishment, ASB Goel Award for Translational Biomechanics, ASB Young Investigator Award, Excellence in Research Award and the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Research Award from the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, three Best Scientific Paper Awards from the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, Frank Stinchfield Award from The Hip Society, John Charnley Award from The Hip Society, John Insall Award from The Knee Society, Thranhardt Award from the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, and Clinical Biomechanics Award from the International Society of Biomechanics.

Takeo Matsumoto


Nagoya University, Japan


Microscopic Estimation of Mechanical Environment in Soft Biological Tissues to Elucidate Biological Response Driven by Force and Deformation



Takeo Matsumoto received his BS and MS from the Department of Precision Machinery Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and PhD from the Division of Biomedical Engineering at Hokkaido University in 1988. He then joined the Research Institute of Applied Electricity at Hokkaido University as a research associate and was a visiting scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991-2. In 1993, he moved to the Department of Mechatronics and Precision Engineering at Tohoku University as a research associate and then an assistant professor. In 1996, he became an associate professor. In 2002, he moved to the Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Nagoya Institute of Technology as a professor. After 14 years of professorship at Nagoya Institute of Technology, he moved to Nagoya University as a professor in 2016, and became a professor emeritus at Nagoya Institute of Technology. He has been a program officer at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2004-7), the chair of the Bioengineering Division of JSME (2010), a member of World Council of Biomechanics (2010-22), and the president of Asian-Pacific Association for Biomechanics (2013-21). His research interests lie in vascular, cellular, and developmental biomechanics especially on the aspects of mechanical adaptation and mechanotransduction, as well as development of new manufacturing techniques utilizing morphogenesis of biological tissues and development of diagnostic devices for atherogenesis. He is an author of more than 135 peer-reviewed articles and more than 20 book chapters, and is an associate editor of BioMedical Engineering OnLine.

Celeste Nelson


Princeton University, USA


Mechanobiology and Tissue Development



Celeste M. Nelson is the Wilke Family Professor in Bioengineering and a Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Molecular Biology at Princeton University. She earned S.B. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology at MIT in 1998, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2003, followed by postdoctoral training in Life Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory until 2007. Her laboratory specializes in using engineered tissues and computational models to understand how mechanical forces direct developmental patterning events during tissue morphogenesis and during disease progression. She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Nelson’s contributions to the fields of tissue mechanics and morphogenesis have been recognized by a number of awards, including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface (2007), a Packard Fellowship (2008), a Sloan Fellowship (2010), the MIT TR35 (2010), the Allan P. Colburn Award (2011), a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2012), a Faculty Scholar Award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2016), and a Mid-Career Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (2019).

Craig A. Simmons


University of Toronto, Canada





Fong-Chin Su


National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan


Robotics for Rehabilitation of Hand Function



Fong-Chin Su is the Executive Vice President and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Immediate Past President of World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers, and Councilor of World Council of Biomechanics (2014-26).


With regard to professional activities, he is former Co-Editor-in-Chief, Biomedical Engineering OnLine (Springer Nature, 2014-20), Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering (Springer, 2015-2020), Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Taiwan (2017/02-2018/07), CEO of Taiwan Biomedical Development Board (2017/02-2018/07), Founding Director of Medical Device Innovation Center (2011-17), NCKU, President of Taiwanese Society of Biomedical Engineering (2011-14), President of Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics (2002-03), and Executive Councilor of the Taiwan Industrial Technology Association (2002-16).


Dr. Su has received several honors and awards including Life Achievement Award, Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics (2018), National Industrial Innovation Award (2017), AIMBE Fellows (2016), Fellow of International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE, 2013), Han Wei Medal Taiwanese Society of Biomedical Engineering (2015), and You-Li Chou Medal, Taiwanese Society of Biomechanics (2007).

Josué Sznitman, Dr. Sc.


Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel


Revisiting Respiratory Transport Phenomena with Advanced Preclinical in Vitro Pulmonary Platforms



Josué Sznitman is a Swiss, French and Israeli national. Sznitman graduated from MIT with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (2002), followed by a Dr. Sc. (2008) from the ETH Zurich. In 2008, Sznitman joined the University of Pennsylvania as a Postdoctoral Fellow and moved to Princeton University as a Lecturer and Research Associate, appointed by the Princeton Council of Science & Technology. He joined the the Technion in October 2010 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2016.


Despite his young age, he has established himself as a leading figure in respiratory transport phenomena and pulmonary physiology, with a focus on drug delivery to the lungs including inhalation therapy. Positioned at the interface between engineering and biology, his research integrates advanced in vitro (e.g. microfluidic lung-on-chips) and in silico methodologies to devise bioengineered lung models. His innovative approaches challenge the underpinnings of respiratory therapy and break away from traditional paradigms of pulmonary drug deliverySznitman has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and is a co-inventor on several patents. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Biomechanics (Elsevier), Clinical Biomechanics (Elsevier) and Frontiers in Bioengineering & Biotechnology and serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Biomicrofluidics (AIP). Among his accolades, Sznitman was awarded the Young Investigator Award (2015) by the International Society of Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM) for a researcher under 40 and most recently the 2018 Emerging Scientist Award in Drug Delivery to the Lungs (The Aerosol Society, UK). His recent dissemination activities have included Webinars and the opportunity to deliver a TEDx Talk (2019) titled “From race cars to the lungs” (available at:

Shigeo Wada


Osaka University, Japan




Shigeo Wada received his Master and Doctor degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Osaka University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. After working at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Ryukoku University, the Research Institute for Electronic Science in Hokkaido University and the Department of Bioengineering and Robotics in Tohoku University, he is currently a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Science and Bioengineering, and a Dean of School of Engineering Science at Osaka University. He has been carrying out computational and experimental analyses for the blood flow, mass transport, fluid structure coupling, organ, tissue and cellular deformation in the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. He has developed various computational approaches such as image-based simulation of the cardiovascular and airway flow, large-scale simulation of the multiple red blood cell flow, molecular dynamics simulation of the cell membrane, data assimilation of blood flow, and rule-based simulation for the progression in vascular diseases, aiming to establish personalized medical support technology.