From Molecules to the Human Body:

Transforming Healthcare for Every Community

Tuesday, September 10, 2024
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Memorial Union
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703

Planning Committee: Filiz Yesilkoy, PhD and Paul Campagnola, PhD

Join Us in Shaping the Future!

In the UW-Madison Biomedical Engineering Department:

  • We create cutting-edge tools to deepen our understanding of diseases and develop effective treatments.
  • By bringing together experts from engineering and medicine, we design advanced instruments for mechanical, electrical, and optical devices that lead to new ways of diagnosing illnesses.
  • From quantum science to artificial intelligence, we use a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise to impact human lives and well-being.

As we continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in medicine, we invite you to join us. 

Register here!


Tentative, details subject to change.

                                                      Tuesday, September 10, 2024

7:00am – 8:00am

Breakfast and Registration

8:00am – 8:15am

Welcome Remarks and Introduction

Paul Campagnola, PhD

8:15am – 8:45am

Keynote Biomedical Engineering’s Journey throughout 25 years

Bill Murphy, PhD

8:50am – 9:35am

Fireside Chat with the Founders

Robert Radwin, PhD

Willis Tompkins, PhD


Thomas “Rock” Mackie, PhD

9:35am – 9:45am


9:45am – 10:15am

Plenary Session 1

Pathway from Research to Industry

Presenters: Justin Williams, PhD & Dave Beebe, PhD

10:20am – 11:00pm

Panel 1

Partnership between Academia and Industry

Panelists: Industry Partners –Amy Schendel (Boston Scientific) 


Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

11:05am – 11:35 am

Plenary Session 2

Women in Biomedical Engineering

Presenters: Marie Lotto, MS, MBA & Karien Rodriguez, PhD

11:35am – 12:15pm


12:15pm – 1:00pm

Panel 2

Solving Fundamental Problems in Medicine Through Cutting-Edge Research in Biomedical Engineering

Panelists: Filiz Yesilkoy, PhD, Kevin Eliceiri, PhD, Aviad Hai, PhD, Josh Brockman, PhD


Melissa Skala, PhD

1:05pm – 1:40pm

Panel 3 

Inclusivity in the Field of BME 


Panelist: Darilis Suarez-Gonzalez, PhD


Panelist: Travelle Franklin-Ford Ellis, MD, PhD


Panelist: Tracy Puccinelli, PhD


Kristen Seashore, MS

1:45pm - 1:55pm

Dean's Remarks

Dean Ian Robertson

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Plenary Session 3

Biomedical Engineering Research Transforming Healthcare in our Community

Presenter: Colleen Witzenburg, PhD (Heart Disease)

Presenter: Krishanu Saha, PhD (Blindness)

Presenter: Kip Ludwig, PhD (Neuroengineering Devices)

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Alumni, Industry and Current Student Career Speed Networking


Wally Block, PhD

3:30pm - 4:45pm

Poster Session (BME Graduate and Undergraduate Students)

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Symposium Poster Awards Ceremony

Cocktail Hour and Hors d’oeuvres


Please register here to RSVP for the event. 

Notable Speakers

Bill Murphy, PhD
Harvey D. Spangler Professor & H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellow

David Beebe, PhD
John D. MacArthur Professor & Claude Bernard Professor


Rob Radwin, PhD 

Willis Tompkins, PhD

Yesilkoy Lab

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