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Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:50 to 13:40

The brain’s deep nuclei – hippocampus, amygdala, thalamus, and basal ganglia – are an integral part of the brain’s distributed networks. I will provide an overview on how we use computational anatomy tools to characterize structural shape of these subcortical structures. In computational anatomy, spinal-temporal vector field information is used to assess anatomical shape, which can increase statistical power over volume in detecting abnormalities of brain structures in subjects with neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:50 to 13:40

Cells interact with a network of proteins in the microenvironment known as the extracellular matrix (ECM). The functional importance of the ECM goes beyond structural support within the tissue. Components of the ECM interact with cells transmitting signals that regulate adhesion, migration, proliferation, apoptosis, or differentiation.  In this presentation, we will focus on the ECM first in adipose tissue and secondly in failing heart tissue.  We will discuss findings from a transgenic knockout mouse model for laminin alpha 4, a key component of adipose ECM.

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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 13:50

The Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering and Armour College of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) are honored to host a lecture by J.J. Collins Ph.D. Dr. Collins will present his lecture Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology.


Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers, physicists and biologists to model, design and construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes and other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms.

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