Invited Speakers


Eric Butter     

Eric Butter consults on proprietary math modeling and web development projects in biotech, finance, and social media. He interned under Jack Newman, CTO of Amyris, a TR50 synthetic biology company, and started a malaria diagnostic company with five friends while attending UNC and Duke on a joint full-ride scholarship. He is an NSF, HHMI, and ACS Fellow for his research modeling biological systems. He is bootstrapping a totally online real estate brokerage service in Durham, NC, with colleagues in NYC.


Hugo Caicedo     

Hugo Caicedo is a talented, highly motivated and multi-award winning Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago under the direction of Dr. Scott Brady (Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at UIC). His research interests expand on a broad variety of fields from material science and engineering to biology and medicine. His main focus is on the design strategies for tailoring and controlling extrinsic aspects of neural cell/tissue microenvironment by using micro/nano-scale technology. Hugo has held previous positions as a visiting researcher at prestigious institutions such as the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris-France, Bogazici University in Istanbul-Turkey, and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Presently, he is engaged in scientific collaborations with researchers from South America, the US and France with whom he has already demonstrated the scientific impact of his work by presenting at scientific national and international conferences and by publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Currently, Hugo has been accepted to purse his postdoctoral studies in the Health Science Division at Harvard-MIT where he will work on the design of engineering approaches for regenerative medicine.


Laura Causey     

Laura Causey is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department for Biomedical Engineering at The City College of New York and a NASA Fellow. She works collaboratively with Distinguished Professors, Dr. Sheldon Weinbaum and Dr. Stephen Cowin, on a quantitative model that predicts lymph formation and muscle compressibility in skeletal muscle. In addition, Laura travels to NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland frequently where she is mentored by Dr. Beth Lewandowski. Her research there involves the effects of microgravity and mild hypoxia on skeletal muscle of astronauts. She completed her M.S. at Florida International University and B.S. at the University of Oklahoma. Laura is currently training to run The ING New York City Marathon, her first one.



Emmanuel Dumont      

Emmanuel Dumont is a 3rd year PhD student at Columbia University in Henry Hess’ laboratory. His research focuses on molecular tribology, molecular fatigue, and protein adsorption. Previously, Emmanuel received a dual Master’s degree in mathematics and physics from Mines de Paris. He also founded and led an NGO that brought electricity to a rural village in Burkina Faso (Africa).


Kelly Layton     

Kelly Layton is currently a second year Ph.D. student in the Dept. of Bioengineering at Penn State University. She is working the Advanced Regenerative Biomaterials & Therapeutics lab with Prof. Mohammad Reza Abidian. Her current research is focused on developing nanostructured scaffolds to guide axon regeneration following nerve injuries. Kelly received her B.S.E. in bioengineering at Arizona State University in 2008 and completed her senior thesis in the Laboratory for Bioengineering Materials with Prof. Brent Vernon. Upon graduation, Kelly joined Teach For America and taught high school science at an under-resourced school in rural South Louisiana.

Daniel Millard     

Daniel Millard is a graduate student working with Dr. Garrett Stanley in the Laboratory for Neuroengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on using electrical stimulation of the brain for sensory prosthesis applications. Previously, he hailed from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he occasionally set aside academics to indulge his love for college basketball.

Cecilia San Román     

Cecilia San Román is currently a first year master's student at, Universidad de la República, Uruguay. She is working in the Biomedical Engineering program of the British Hospital and Electrical Engineering Department of Universidad Católica del Uruguay. Her actual research field involves the implementation of a human postural control model and the development of devices to assess patients with balance disorders.