Upstate New York's Inaugural MPS Symposium Celebrates Success

June 7, 2024

On June 3, 2024, the inaugural Upstate New York MPS Symposium (UNY-MPSS 2024) was held at the University of Rochester. The event was a tremendous success, with nearly 100 attendees from over a dozen institutions from across Northeast America, including some representation from as far as the West Coast.

"It was a real pleasure to be one of the speakers at the inaugural Upstate New York Microphysiological Systems Symposium yesterday. I'm blown away by the students' initiative and competence in putting this together."
~ Benjamin Miller, Professor of Dermatology, Biomedical Engineering & Optics

The symposium featured 5 lectures from invited guest speakers, 4 presentations from MPS trainees, 3 clinical problem workshops, STEM outreach panel session, and a poster session with over 30 abstract submissions received. Topics discussed included microphysiological systems, organoids, tissue engineering, biomaterials, sensors and diagnostics, and rigor/reproducibility for clinical applications. (UNY-MPSS 2024  Schedule

The entire event was planned, coordinated, and executed by BME student leaders (Kevin Ling, Azmeer Sharipol, Kaihua Chen, Joseph Bucukovski, Chiao Yun Chen, Isabelle Linares, Katie Daniel & Esteban Avendaño-Fernández), and volunteers from the Microphysiological Systems (MPS) Network group.  Motivated by their shared vision of a bigger and better MPS Network, they managed to raise over $3,000 from both academic and industry sponsors, and an additional $600 for exceptional oral and poster presentation awards.

Awards Recipients

  • Exceptional Abstract Award Winners
    • Aly March, University of Rochester
    • Alisa Ugodnikov, University of Toronto
    • Lily Takeuchi, University of Toronto
    • Sadia Khan, Binghamton University  

  • Exceptional Poster Presentation Award Winners
    • Ana Strat, Upstate Medical University
    • Kaihua Chen, University of Rochester
    • Joe Bucukovski, University of Rochester

mps-network-logo_white-back.pngMicrophysiological Systems Network 

The Microphysiological Systems Network exists for students studying and/or interested in learning about microphysiological systems (MPS). Members include students, technicians, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty from a litany of different departments including Biomedical EngineeringPathologyDermatologyMicrobiology & ImmunologyMaterial ScienceData Science, and more.  

The MPS Network and UNY-MPSS team would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors:

ur-logo.svg     ur-medicine-logo-svg.svg       rit_rgb_hor.png  

  aline-logo.svg     emulate-logo.svg    simpore-logo.svg  


Related Links...

  • BME Department's social media accounts:

fb-icon.jpg   linkedin-icon.jpg   twitter-icon.jpg