Drexel University Cell & Gene Therapy Symposium

Thursday, May 4, 2023
12:00 - 5:30 p.m.

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

RSVP by April 27

Please join us 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. 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.

This event is open to Drexel faculty, staff and students who are currently engaged in cell and gene therapy work, interested in engaging in this work or interested in simply learning more about the field.


Schedule of Events

12-12:30 p.m.: Registration

12:30-1 p.m.:
Welcome Remarks
John Fry, President
Aleister Saunders, Executive Vice Provost, Research & Innovation
Raj Suri, Senior Vice Provost, Academic Industry Partnerships

1-2:30 p.m.:
Session I – Cell Therapy
Wendy Clemens Trigona, Vice President, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Faculty Speakers
Kara Spiller, Immune cell therapy for regenerative medicine
Shaoping Hou, Cell transplantation to improve cardiovascular function after spinal cord injury
Yinghui Zhong, Biomaterial-enabled cell therapy for neuronal repair
Christopher Rodell, Biomaterials for cell therapy
Masoud Soroush, mRNA vaccine manufacturing

2:30-3 p.m.:

3-4:30 p.m.:
Session II – Gene Therapy
Federico Mingozzi, Chief Science and Technology Officer, Spark Therapeutics

Faculty Speakers
Liang Oscar Qiang, Anti-sense oligonucleotides for neurodegenerative disease
Emanuela Piermarini, Gene therapy for neurodegenerative disease
William Dampier, Gene editing to cure HIV
Catherine Von Reyn, Optogenetic control of neurons
Wei-Heng Shih, RNA/DNA-based biosensors
Michele Kutzler, DNA vaccines for infectious disease

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks, Reception and Student Poster Session

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This event is organized by the Drexel Solutions Institute, Office of the Provost and Office of Research & Innovation.