Cell & Gene Therapy Symposium

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May 4, 2023
12:00 — 5:30 PM

The Study at University City, 20 S. 33rd St., Philadelphia

Please join us Thursday, May 4, 2023, for a Cell & Gene Therapy Symposium that will convene faculty from across Drexel University to present the latest developments from their research in this innovative area that is transforming medicine. This event is intended to raise awareness of the work underway in cell and gene therapy at Drexel and provide opportunities to build new collaborations and synergies across the University.

Schedule of Events

12-12:30 p.m.: Registration  

12:30-1 p.m.: Welcome Remarks 

  • John Fry, President  
  • Aleister SaundersExecutive Vice Provost, Research & Innovation 
  • Raj SuriSenior Vice Provost, Academic Industry Partnerships 

1-2:30 p.m.: Session I – Cell Therapy 

  • Wendy Clemens Trigona, Vice President, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Kara Spiller, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems, Immune cell therapy for regenerative medicine 
  • Shaoping Hou, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, College of Medicine,  Rebuilding supraspinal regulation of sympathetic input to improve cardio-electric disorders after spinal cord injury
  • Yinghui Zhong, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems,  Biomaterial-enabled cell therapy for neuronal repair 
  • Christopher Rodell, School of Biomedical Engineering, Health and Science Systems, Biomaterials for cell therapy 
  • Masoud Soroush, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, College of Engineering, mRNA vaccine manufacturing 

2:30-3 p.m.: Break 

3-4:30 p.m.: Session II – Gene Therapy 

  • Federico Mingozzi, Chief Science and Technology Officer, Spark Therapeutics
  • Liang Oscar Qiang, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, College of Medicine, Anti-sense oligonucleotides for neurodegenerative disease 
  • Emanuela Piermarini,Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, College of Medicine, Gene therapy for neurodegenerative disease 
  • William Dampier, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine, Gene editing to cure HIV 
  • Catherine Von Reyn, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, Optogenetic control of neurons 
  • Wei-Heng Shih,Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, RNA/DNA-based biosensors 
  • Michele Kutzler, Departments of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine, DNA vaccines for infectious disease   

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks, Student Poster Session, and Networking
  • Kara Spiller, Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems 

The event is open to the entire Drexel community and those outside of cell and gene therapy are encouraged to attend. This event is organized by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research & Innovation and the Drexel Solutions Institute. Cell and gene therapy represents an area of Drexel expertise within Health Innovation, which has been identified as an Area of Excellence and Opportunity (AEO) at the University.

RSVP by April 27, 2023

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