As in any other major industry, problem solving in modern medicine increasingly requires a true convergence of many scientific and engineering fields. While some of the last frontiers of biomedicine, such as neuroscience and regenerative medicine, critically demands new ideas and tools from other disciplines, paradigm-shifting technological innovations in information science, nanotechnology, and robotics could open new opportunities in healthcare. At the same time, a new generation of engineers, “fluent” in many different languages of science, are creating entirely new fields to view the old questions with a fresh look. In the BME symposium, we strive to provide a stimulating forum for all researchers willing to go beyond the “comfort zone” to explore new opportunities in biomedical engineering.

1. Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
2. Biomaterials and Synthetic Microenvironment
3. Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Engineering
4. Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
5. Neuroengineering and Neuroscience
6. Synthetic Biology and Systems biology
7. Biomedical Devices and Imaging
8. Robotics and Informatics in Healthcare, Emerging Theranostics
9. Lab-on-chip, Organ-on-chip, and Sensor
10. Immune Engineering and Therapy


Ho-Wook Jun
Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham

Jennifer Shin
Min-Ho Kim
Kent State University


BME/BMP Joint Forum (Chair: Hanjoong Jo, Emory University)
KHIDI Forum (8/15, Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM)
Celltrion Forum (8/16, Friday 4:00-6:00 PM)
KBIO Health and DGMIF Forum (8/16, Friday 4:00-6:00 PM)

Poster Session: 8/15, Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM
Networking Dinner : 8/15, Thursday 6:30 –

BME Session 1: (8/15, Thursday 1:30-3:30 PM)
Session Title: “Immunoengineering and immunotherapy”
Session Chairs: James Moon (U of Michigan) and Junsang Doh (Seoul National University)

Junsang Doh, Seoul National University, <>
Microfabricated platforms for cancer immunotherapy

Yeo Yoon: Purdue U. <>
Sustained delivery of carfilzomib by tannic acid nanocapsules for chemoimmunotherapy of cancer.

Yong Taik Lim, Sungkyunkwan University, <>
Nanoengineered platforms to modulate tumour immune microenvironments

Seungpyo Hong, University of Wisconsin, <>
Versatile Dendritic Nanoparticles for Immunotherapy and Biomarker Analysis

Chun Gwon Park: Sungkyunkwan University, <>
Enhancing Cancer Immunotherapy using Biomaterials

Jiwon Lee: Darthmouth U. <>
Molecular-level Antibody Repertoire Profiling and its Implications for Developing Therapeutics and Vaccines

James Moon, University of Michigan,
Engineered Nanomaterials for Immunotherapy

BME Session 2: (8/16, Friday 1:30-3:30 PM)
Session title: Biomechanics for Medicine and Biology
Session Chairs: Hyunjoon Kong (UIUC) and Kwan Hyi Lee (KIST)

Jennifer Shin (Professor, Mechanical Engineering, KAIST),

Bumsoo Han (Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue),

Kwan Hyi Lee (Principal Research Scientist, Biomedical Research Institute, KIST & Professor, UST)

Hee Sun Han (Assistant Professor, Chemistry, UIUC),

Chi Hwan Lee (Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering, Purdue),

Hyunjoon Kong (Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, UIUC),

BME Session 3: (8/17, Saturday 8:30-10:30 AM)
Session Chairs: Youngjae Chun (University of Pittsburgh) and Young Bin Choy (Seoul National University)

Claire Hur: Johns Hopkins,
Inertial focusing based droplet sorting for biomedical and biomaterial applications

W. Hong Yeo: Georgia Tech,
Wireless stretchable hybrid electronics for smart, connected, and ambulatory monitoring of cardiac health

Young Bin Choy: Seoul National University,
Implantable batteryless devices abled with magnetic actuation for on-demand and pulsatile drug delivery

Jinkee Hong: Yonsei University,
Functional Nano-coatings on Medical Devices

Yeonho Choi: Korea University,
Highly effective and advanced direct surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)-based immunoassay for protein quantification

Youngjae Chun, University of Pittsburgh,
Translational Endovascular Device Research using NiTi Smart Material

Min-Ho Kim, Kent State University,
Targeted Magnetic Nanoparticle Hyperthermia for Infection Therapy: Opportunities and Challenges

Ho-Wook Jun, University of Alabama at Birmingham,
Prohealing Multifunctional Nanomatrix Coated Stent

The official UKC 2019 conference proceeding will be published and sent to the speakers when it becomes available after UKC 2019.