Colorado State Invites Community to Lunchtime Seminar Series About the Latest Advances and Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering

Colorado State University’s biomedical engineering program invites the campus and Fort Collins communities to attend a lunchtime seminar series featuring national biomedical engineering leaders, who will discuss their latest research and the future of the growing field. The series is free and open to the public.

On March 7, the biomedical engineering program is hosting a seminar by Larry McIntire, chairman of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice University, from noon-1 p.m. in Room A202 Clark Building on the main campus.

McIntire will present a talk, "The Importance of Mechanical Forces in Gene Expression of Vascular Cells: Implications for Tissue Engineering Arteries," which will include his analysis of the way fluid stresses involved in blood flow effects gene expression in the cells that line blood vessel walls. The research is instrumental in helping biomedical engineers understand how mechanical forces regulate genes.

McIntire has received a National Institutes of Health MERIT award and the American Institute of Chemical Engineering Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division award. In 2001, McIntire was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and is the editor-in-chief of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.

Other upcoming spring seminar dates, topics and speakers include:

  • Thursday, March 20 – "Metabolic Engineering in a Rapidly Changing World," Greg Stephanopolous, Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, MIT. Lory Student Center, Room 228, 12:10-1 p.m.
  • Friday, March 28 – "Biophysical Stimuli Mediation of Bone Growth and Healing," Clint Rubin, professor and director, Center for Biotechnology, Stony Brook University. Room A202 Clark Building, 12:10-1 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11, "Cellular and Tissue Engineering in the Vascular System," Robert Nerem, director of the Georgia Tech/Emory Center for the Engineering of Living Tissues. Room A202 Clark Building, 12:10-1 p.m.

Through education, research and service, the Colorado State biomedical engineering program provides an interdisciplinary focus in: biomechanics and biomaterials; molecular, cellular and tissue engineering; and medical diagnostics, devices and imaging. The unique program combines the university’s strengths in veterinary medicine, engineering and the sciences to improve health, fight disease and aid persons with disabilities. The biomedical engineering program offers an interdisciplinary studies certificate and a new one-year graduate program leading to a master’s degree in biomedical engineering.

For more information on the seminars or Colorado State’s biomedical engineering program contact Mae Lee Heble at (970) 491-1055.