Event Speakers

Michael TartakovskyMichael Tartakovsky
CIO & OCICB Director
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Mr. Michael Tartakovsky is the Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology (OCICB) for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). He provides strategic leadership and technical direction for the modern, secure, high-performance infrastructure that supports the NIAID biomedical research mission.

During the last 15 years, Mr. Tartakovsky has held progressively more responsible positions at the NIH. In addition to implementing new and expanding technologies at NIAID, Mr. Tartakovsky undertook the reorganization of the Office of Technology Information Systems that led to the formation of the OCICB. He also established the NIAID OCICB Bioinformatics and Computational Bioscience Branch, articulating strategic collaborative goals and communications initiatives that emphasized the cutting-edge role of bioinformatics and computational sciences and technologies such as the NIAID high performance computing (HPC) cluster. The HPC is a robust, reliable, cost-effective and scalable infrastructure for next generation sequencing and provides scientists with additional computational capacity to conduct high throughput data analysis. The HPC serves as the foundation for sophisticated computation and analysis that facilitates scientific discovery at NIAID.

Stephen LarsonStephen Larson, Ph.D.
Co-founder & Project Coordinator

The Open Worm Project

Dr. Stephen Larson is a co-founder of and the project coordinator for OpenWorm, an open science project which aims to reverse engineer a whole organism in an in silico digital model.  He currently works as the CEO of MetaCell, a systems biology informatics company, whose mission is to integrate and organize biophysical information into predictive computational models. He previously served as the Chief Information Officer of One Mind for Research, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating brain disease by transforming the healthcare research system through public-private partnerships. He has worked as a professional software engineer for a major global investment bank, as a volunteer leader in the Startup Leadership Program, an entrepreneurial incubator, co-developed a patent, presented at more than two dozen forums, published in academic journals such as Frontiers in Neuroscience and Nature, and has had his work featured in the Economist, the New York Times, Wired, the Atlantic, and at the TEDx forum. Dr. Larson received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering from MIT in computer science as well as a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego.

Sriram SubramaniamSriram Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Chief, Biophysics Section, Laboratory of Cell Biology
National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Sriram Subramaniam received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Stanford University and completed postdoctoral training in the Departments of Chemistry and Biology at M.I.T. He is chief of the Biophysics Section in the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH and also holds a visiting faculty appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His current work is focused on the development of advanced technologies for imaging macromolecular assemblies using 3D electron microscopy, and their application to address fundamental problems in HIV/AIDS, metabolism and cancer research.
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Adam MetalloAdam Metallo
3D Program Officer
The Smithsonian

Mr. Adam Metallo received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2004 and MFA in painting from the University of Delaware in 2006. Working at the Smithsonian Office of Exhibits Central, he developed workflows that integrate 3D technologies with traditional museum model making. In 2010 he began spending most of his time quietly sneaking up on inanimate objects to digitize them in 3D for the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office.
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Vincent RossiVincent Rossi
3D Program Officer
The Smithsonian

Mr. Vincent Rossi hails from the great state of New Jersey. He has a BFA in sculpture from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Graduate level fine art study at Goldsmiths College/ University of London, England. From 2004 to 2011, he worked as a sculptor, model maker and project manager for the Smithsonian's Office of Exhibit Central and helped produce and manage many Smithsonian exhibits. From 2011 to present Vince works as a 3D Program Officer for the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office - building 3D capacity, developing 3D workflows and trying to live life to the fullest.
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Graham JohnsonGraham Johnson, Ph.D.
Certified Medical Illustrator
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Graham Johnson is a Certified Medical Illustrator with 17 years of professional experience. His lab at UCSF focuses primarily on developing algorithms to enable scientists and illustrators to generate, simulate, and visualize molecular models of cells. The lab unites biologists, programmers and artists to interoperate the computational tools of science and art while developing and applying tools for research, education, and outreach.

Thomas FerrinThomas Ferrin, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Ferrin is a Professor in the Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also Director of the UCSF Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1971 from the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from UCSF in 1986. His research focuses on developing software and advanced Web-based resources for the visualization and analysis of molecular structure at scales ranging from the atomic to the supramolecular, and his lab has a strong track record of creating well-documented robust software tools and disseminating these in open-source form via their website.

Janet IwasaJanet Iwasa, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Biochemistry Department
University of Utah

Dr. Janet Iwasa is a research assistant professor in the biochemistry department at the University of Utah. Her broad goal is to create accurate and compelling molecular and cellular visualizations that will support research, learning and scientific communication. Janet's award-winning illustrations and animations have appeared in scientific journals including Nature, Science, and Cell, as well as in the New York Times. Her work has also been featured on television and in museum exhibits. Dr. Iwasa was named a 2014 TED fellow and recognized as one of the “100 Most Creative People” of 2012 by Fast Company Magazine. As a postdoctoral fellow, she created a multimedia exhibit with Nobel Laureate Jack Szostak (Harvard University) and the Museum of Science, Boston, and later worked on biological visualizations as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of California, San Francisco for her work on the actin cytoskeleton in the laboratory of Dyche Mullins, and completed 3D animation training at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects later that same summer.

Andy ChristensenAndy Christensen
Vice President, Personalized Surgery & Medical Devices
3D Systems

Mr. Andy Christensen recently joined 3D Systems as the Vice President of Personalized Surgery & Medical Devices. He works to create a more cohesive healthcare offering spanning provisions of software technology, 3D printing technology, personalized surgery services, and implant production. With the creation of this new role, 3D Systems aims to revolutionize healthcare by combining proprietary and powerful workflows (the Digital Thread) with the ability to create templates, guides, instruments, and even implants using 3D printing technologies. Mr. Christensen has been active in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry since the early 1990's. From 2000 to 2014, he was the President and Owner of Medical Modeling, Inc., a world-leading medical device AM service bureau based in Golden, Colorado. On April 2, 2014, Medical Modeling was acquired by 3D Systems Corporation. Mr. Christensen is also a current board member of the World Craniofacial Foundation and has been involved with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers RTAM (Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing) technical community for many years. He has authored three book chapters and a number of articles on the use of AM technology for medical device applications. Mr. Christensen is a recipient of the SME/RTAM Industry Achievement Award, a prestigious award given for groundbreaking work in the AM industry.
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Axel KriegerAxel Krieger, Ph.D.
Program Lead for Smart Tools
Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation

Dr. Axel Krieger is the program lead for Smart Tools at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Dr. Krieger joined the Institute as an Assistant Professor in November 2011. Dr. Krieger's expertise includes medical robotics, 3D printing, and image guidance for minimally invasive surgeries. He holds several licensed patents for his biomedical devices. Dr. Krieger joins the Sheikh Zayed Institute from several years in private industry with Sentinelle Medical Inc. and Hologic Inc., as product leader developing medical devices and software systems from concept to FDA approval and market introduction. Dr. Krieger completed his undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University where he pioneered a MR-guided prostate biopsy robot. Dr. Krieger's current research focuses on developing pediatric surgical devices, including 3D prints of congenital heart disease.

Scott SummitScott Summit
Senior Director of Design
3D Systems

Mr. Scott Summit seeks to connect complex human needs with design and technology solutions. To this end, he founded Bespoke Innovations in 2010, based on 20 years of experience and research in design and additive fabrication. Bespoke was founded on the simple idea that an integrated approach that connects design, medicine and new technology stands to offer more meaningful and individualized solutions to address a wide variety of human needs. As a designer, his clients have included Apple, Nike, Palm, Silicon Graphics, and other innovations-oriented companies large and small. His designs have earned international recognition including top honors from the IDSA, IDEA, The Chicago Athenaeum, Good Design, and Core77. Summit holds over 25 design and utility patents and has held faculty positions at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon, and currently holds a faculty position at Singularity University. Summit’s designs can be seen at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in NYC, where 10 products will be shown until May 2015. Speaking engagements have included: TEDx Cambridge, TEDx Sau Paolo, TEDx Danubia (Budapest), Vanguard Lecture Series, Summit Series, Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders, and Keynote Autodesk University. Bespoke was acquired by 3D Systems in May of 2012. As Senior Director of Design, Summit now leads the many of the company’s industrial design, medical, and skunkworks efforts.

Sharon PresnellSharon Collins Presnell, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Office and Executive Vice President of Research and Development

Dr. Presnell has more than 16 years of experience in the leadership of product-focused R&D. As an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Presnell’s research in liver and prostate biology and carcinogenesis produced cell- and tissue-based technologies that were outlicensed for industrial applications. She joined Becton Dickinson (BD) in 2001 and played a key role in the early discovery and development of cell-based tools and reagents for BD's life sciences portfolio. At BD, she grew and led a large multi-disciplinary team to build and validate screening platforms for cell growth, differentiation, and characterization and secured revenue-generating commercial partnerships with pharma partners. Dr. Presnell joined Tengion, Inc. in 2007, and as the Senior Vice President of Regenerative Medicine Research, was responsible for leading the discovery and early development of Tengion’s Neo-Kidney Augment™, a cell-based therapy now in clinical trials for patients with chronic kidney disease. As the Chief Technology Officer at Organovo, Dr. Presnell has led the growth and development of the R&D organization, including evolution of the company’s technology portfolio, and has played an instrumental role in securing funds in support of corporate growth initiatives. She holds a Ph.D. in pathology from the Medical College of Virginia.
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Jordan MillerJordan Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Rice University

Dr. Jordan Miller's primary research interests in regenerative medicine combine synthetic chemistry, three-dimensional (3D) printing, microfabrication, and molecular imaging to direct cultured human cells to form more complex organizations of living vessels and tissues. Precisely engineered in vitro systems at the molecular, micro- and meso-scales are well suited to decouple the relationship between tissue architecture and cell function. These systems are now permitting comprehensive closed-loop design and optimization of large-scale engineered tissues through refinement with computer models of mass transport and assessment of their therapeutic potential in vivo. Miller's research projects explore the role of mass transport on cell survival and matrix remodeling in a 3D context, and utilize novel biomaterials and bioinspired vascular architectures to meet the metabolic requirements of densely populated engineered tissues. These studies will enable the creation of engineered tissues containing billions of cells and provide for the assessment of their therapeutic potential in vivo.

Gerald GrantGerald T. Grant, D.M.D, M.S.
Service Chief, 3D Medical Applications Center, Department of Radiology
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Dr. Gerald Grant received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry in 1985, a certificate in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics from the Naval Postgraduate Dental School, Bethesda, MD, and a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Prosthodontics and is currently the Service Chief of the 3D Medical Applications Center, Department of Radiology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Director of Craniofacial imaging Research at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and has academic appointments as associate professor at the Uniform Services University of Health Sciences and adjunct associate professor of plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Jon SchullJon Schull, Ph.D.

A biological psychologist, inventor, entrepreneur, and human-computer interaction researcher, Dr. Jon Schull is the creator of e-NABLE, an online community that designs, customizes and fabricates affordable 3D-printed prosthetic hands for children and adults with missing fingers and hands. Created in July 2013, the community boasts approximately 3200 members and is growing by a few percent per week. Dr. Schull, e-NABLE, and its members have been featured in conferences, magazines, and news shows worldwide. e-NABLE is on the Nominet Trust's 2014 list of 100 inspiring ventures from around the world. Schull is the author of 19 patents. As research scientist in RIT's Center for MAGIC (Media Arts Games Interaction and Creativity), Dr. Schull directs a new initiative in Access and Collaboration Technologies. The "MAGIC ACT Initiative" explores how emerging technologies like 3D printers can meet the needs of underserved populations, and develops web-based collaboration tools to support innovation, learning, and community engagement.

Harold BurgessHarold Burgess, Ph.D.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Harold Burgess is an Investigator at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His laboratory uses genetic and functional imaging techniques to study neural circuits that mediate sensory guided behavior. He received his Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, where he developed computational tools for high throughput analysis of behavior in larval zebrafish. His lab uses 3D printing to design novel assays for testing behavioral responses to sensory stimuli.

Terry YooTerry S. Yoo, Ph.D.
Head, 3D Informatics Group
National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Yoo is the Head of the 3D Informatics Group in the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications at that National Library of Medicine. He was awarded the 2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Service to America Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for his tireless advocacy of open science. With a Harvard undergraduate degree in biology and a doctorate in CS from UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Yoo uses 3D printing and visualization across the biomedical sciences.

Lippincott-SchwartzJennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D.
Chief, Section on Organelle Biology
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz is Section Chief of the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch, NICHD, NIH and an NIH Distinguished Investigator. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College, M.S. in Biology from Stanford University and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins University. Her research uses live cell imaging approaches to analyze the spatio-temporal behavior and dynamic interactions of molecules and organelles in cells. Her group has pioneered the use of green fluorescent protein (GFP) technology for quantitative analysis and modeling of intracellular protein traffic and organelle biogenesis in live cells and embryos, providing novel insights into cell compartmentalization, protein trafficking and organelle inheritance. Most recently, her research has focused on the development and use of photoactivatable fluorescent proteins, including the development of photoactivated localization microscopy, (i.e., PALM), a superresolution imaging technique that enables visualization of molecule distributions at high density at the nano-scale. Her work has been recognized with election to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institute of Medicine, and with the Royal Microscopy Society Pearse Prize and the Society of Histochemistry Feulgen Prize. She is President of the American Society of Cell Biology for 2014. Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Weizmann Institute of Sciences, the Searle Scholar Program, and the Salk Institute.

Ron ZuckermannRonald Zuckermann, Ph.D.
Facility Director, The Molecular Foundry
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Ronald Zuckermann received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1984 from Harvey Mudd College where he did undergraduate research in synthetic organic chemistry. He then went on to UC Berkeley to study Bioorganic Chemistry with Dr. Peter Schultz. His thesis work was on the synthesis of semi-synthetic nucleases capable of the sequence-specific cleavage of RNA. After receiving the first Schultz group Ph.D. in 1989, he became one of the founding chemists at Protos Corp., a combinatorial drug discovery start-up in Emeryville, CA. There he helped develop several key drug discovery technologies such as robotic combinatorial library synthesizers, affinity selection methods and a novel class of heteropolymers called "Peptoids". Chiron Corp. acquired Protos in 1991 where this work continued and was applied to small molecule drug discovery, new biomaterials, and DNA delivery. Dr. Zuckermann was promoted to Research Fellow in 2003. In early 2006, he left Chiron to join the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he is currently Facility Director of the Biological Nanostructures Facility at The Molecular Foundry. There he is expanding the application of peptoid polymers to mimic the structure and function of proteins, by folding peptoid chains into defined nanoarchitectures. He was promoted to Senior Scientist in 2011. Dr. Zuckermann has published over 115 papers and is co-inventor on 38 patents.

Nicholas PolysNicholas Polys, Ph.D.
Director of Visual Computing
Virginia Tech

Dr. Nicholas F. Polys is Director of Visual Computing with Virginia Tech Research Computing Group and Affiliate Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He has developed interactive 3D graphic content and systems since 1996. After his undergraduate research in Cognitive Science at Vassar College, he jumped into the networked information space of the World Wide Web developing audio, visual, and 3D virtual worlds. Much of this work focused on publishing and sharing scientific and simulation data sets, was adopted by industry and, eventually, the ISO Standard. He is a co-author of the international standard (ISO) Extensible 3D (X3D), elected Director and President of the Web3D Consortium and Chair of the Web3D User Interface Working Group. His doctoral work at Virginia Tech examined perceptual cues and layout behaviors for Information-Rich Virtual Environments for desktop to immersive platforms. These methods have been successfully used in a number of research areas, especially in computational science and engineering through VT ARC. From 2010-2012 he was the Co-Director for the NSF Center for e-Design and, from 2010-2014, the Co-Director of the Virginia Tech site. He is a member of ACM, IEEE Computer Society, and the Web3D Consortium.

Ran BronsteinRan Bronstein
Vice President, Chief Research and Operation Officer
3D Systems

Mr. Ran Bronstein currently serves as Vice President, Chief Research and Operation Officer at 3D Systems. Mr. Bronstein co-founded Simbionix USA Corporation and served as its President and Chief Operating Officer. 3D Systems acquired Simbionix in July 2014. Founded in 1997, Simbionix Corporation is a world leader in providing a full spectrum of innovative training and education solutions for medical professionals and the healthcare industry. Mr. Bronstein's prior experience includes serving as an R&D Manager of Kidum Multimedia Ltd., where he was responsible for the development of computer games, and working as Projects Manager at Tecnomatix Ltd., dealing with 3D graphics and robotic simulation. Mr. Bronstein holds a M.Sc. degree in computer sciences and a B.Sc. degree in mathematics and computer sciences - both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Amy RobinsonAmy Robinson
Executive Director

Ms. Amy Robinson is the Executive Director of EyeWire, a game to map the brain from Princeton University played by over 150,000 people worldwide. In EyeWire, gamers solve 3D puzzles that map out neurons, allowing neuroscientists to chart synaptic connections among neurons and thus begin to decipher the mysteries of how we see. EyeWire is the first of many games to map the brain. She is a long time TEDster and founded the TEDx Music Project, a collection of the best live music from TEDx events around the world.
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Kannappan PalaniappanKannappan Palaniappan, Ph.D.
LaPierre Associate Professor of Computer Science
University of Missouri-Columbia

Dr. Kannappan Palaniappan is the LaPierre Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He directs the Center for Computational Imaging and VisAnalysis, focusing on research at the synergistic intersection of image analysis, computer vision, parallel computing, information fusion and machine learning to understand, quantify and model physical processes with applications to biomedical and defense imaging. Recent multidisciplinary contributions range across orders of scale from sub-cellular microscopy at the molecular level to remote sensing imaging at the macro level. He has received several notable awards including the NASA Public Service Medal for pioneering contributions to scientific visualization, the Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, the Boeing Welliver Summer Faculty Fellowship and the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, he co-founded the Visualization and Analysis Lab that has produced a number of spectacular Digital Earth visualizations used by search engines (BlueMarble), museums, magazines and broadcast television. He is co-inventor of the Interactive Image SpreadSheet for handling large multispectral imagery, and he developed the first massively parallel semi-fluid cloud motion analysis algorithm using geostationary satellite imagery. In the bioimaging phenomics and biomedical engineering areas his research program centers on quantitative high-throughput algorithms for characterizing cellular, tissue and anatomical scale structures and behavior for accurate detection, segmentation, classification and tracking with applications to cancer, stem cells, cell cycle, tissue grading, vascular networks and clinical image analysis. Research projects have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NASA, the National Science Foundation and others. His current interests include computer vision, multicore image processing, machine learning, 3D reconstruction, biomedical and microscopy image analysis.

Mathew TaylorMathew Taylor
Senior Healthcare IT Strategist & Architect
Intel Corporation

Mr. Mathew Taylor is Senior Healthcare IT Strategist and Architect at Intel Corporation. Mathew works with Healthcare providers, payers, academia, private industry, and government agencies on technology solutions spanning mobile, collaborative, and virtual care supported by the Internet of Things to clinical and genomic systems and analytics on-site or cloud-based. He holds a triple degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Applied Math/CS from Carnegie-Mellon.