Symposium speakers 2015: Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

Neuro X is the title and theme for the May 1 symposium hosted by Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology. The event kicks off with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Owens Auditorium, between CRB I and CRB II on the Johns Hopkins University medical campus. Talks begin at 9 a.m. Posters featuring multidisciplinary research from across many Hopkins divisions and departments will be on display from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

One of this year’s speakers is Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting edge research to cure brain cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He directs the Brain Tumor Surgery Program at Bayview Medical Center, the Pituitary Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Named as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in 2008, he was also selected by Popular Science magazine as one of their 6th Annual Brilliant Ten in their search for young researchers influencing the course of science. Dr. Quiñones has published over 260 peer-reviewed articles and over 40 book chapters and has edited two books on stem cells.  He is the lead editor for the 6th edition of Schmidek and Sweet’s Operative Neurosurgical Techniques, the world’s preeminent encyclopedia of neurosurgery, as well as an upcoming Video-Atlas of Neurosurgery: Tumors and Contemporary Skull Base Surgery.

Dr. Quiñones conducts numerous research efforts on elucidating the role of stem cells in the origin of brain tumors and the potential role stem cells can play in fighting brain cancer and regaining neurological function.  He has received R01 funding from the National Institutes of Health for his work with stem cells and cancer. His awards also include grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician-Scientist Early Career Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Maryland Stem Cell Foundation.  He has been invited to give more than 250 lectures nationally and internationally, including visiting professorships at several universities. An active science communicator, he has appeared in print and broadcast media, including NOVA, CNN, CBS News, NBC’s The Today Show, and National Public Radio. In 2014, he was the recipient of Voices Against Brain Cancer’s Neurosurgeon of the Year Award for his patient care and research strides to find a cure for brain cancer. He has also published an autobiography, “Becoming Dr. Q”, about his journey from migrant farm worker to brain surgeon, in both English and Spanish.

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Congratulations to INBT symposium poster prize winners

Five winners took home prizes during the poster session held at the annual symposium hosted by Johns Hopkins Institute for Nanobiotechnology May 2 at the School of Medicine. The theme of the symposium was Stem Cell Science and Engineeering: State of the Art. Fifty-six posters were presented from disciplines across the university and were judged by faculty and industry experts. First, second and third place winners won Nikon cameras and honorable mentions won digital frame key chains.


From left, Rebecca Schulman, Thomas Joseph, Kirsten Crapnell, Lauren Woodard, Jane Chisholm, Tao Yu, and Robert Ivkov. (Photo by Yi-An Lin)

The winners and poster titles included:

First Place:

Lauren Woodard: Synthesis and characterization of multifunctional core-shell magnetic nanoparticles for cancer theranostics. Lauren E. Woodard, Cindi L. Dennis, Anilchandra Attaluri, Julie A. Borchers, Mohammad Hedayati, Charlene Dawidczyk, Esteban Velarde, Haoming Zhou, Theodore L. DeWeese, John W. Wong, Peter C. Searson, Martin G. Pomper* and Robert Ivkov.

Second Place:

Tao Yu:  Intravaginal Delivery Of Paclitaxel Via Mucus-Penetrating Particles For Local Chemotherapy Against Cervical Cancer. Yu T, Yang M, Wang Y-Y, Lai SK, Zeng Q, Miao B, Tang BC, Simons BW, Ensign L, Liu G, Chan KWY, Juang C-Y, Mert O, Wood J, Fu J, McMahon MT, Wu T-C, Hung C-F, Hanes J.

Third Place:

Jane Chisholm: Mucus-penetrating cisplatin nanoparticles for the local treatment of lung cancer. Jane Chisholm, Jung Soo Suk, Craig Peacock, Justin Hanes.

Honorable mentions went to:

Anilchandra Attalur: Magnetic Nanoparticle Hyperthermia As Radiosensitizer For Locally Advanced Pancreas Cancer. Anilchandra Attaluri, Haoming Zhou, Yi Zhong, Toni-rose Guiriba, Mohammad Hedayati, Theodore L. DeWeese, Eleni Liapi, Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, Joseph Herman, and Robert Ivkov

Maureen Wanjare:  The Differentiation and Maturation of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells Derived from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells using Biomolecular and Biomechanical Approaches. Maureen Wanjare, Frederick Kuo, Gyul Jung, Nayan Agarwal, Sharon Gerecht

Poster Judges included Robert Ivkov, PhD, assistant professor in radiaton oncology/ radiobiology and Seulki Lee, PhD, assistant professor in neuroradialogy, both from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Rebecca Schulman, PhD, assistant professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering; and Kirsten Crapnell, PhD, and Thomas Joseph, PhD, both of BD Diagnostics.

Check out a gallery of some photos from the poster session shot by PhD candidate Yi-An Lin who works in the laboratory of Honggang Cui in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.





TO BE RESCHEDULED: Shashi Murthy of Northeastern University


“Ever heard about seaweed, Mucinex®, stem cells, and the International Space Station in the same conversation?” is the name of the talk to be given by Johns Hopkins University alumni Shashi Murthy, PhD, at 10:30 am on Thursday, February 13 in the Shriver Hall Clipper Room.  The talk is free and open to the Hopkins community and sponsored by Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology.

Shashi Murthy

Shashi Murthy

Shashi Murthy is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Founding Director of the  Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education at Northeastern University. This presentation will combine a scientific description of a methodology for stem cell purification designed in by the Murthy laboratory with the story of its ongoing commercialization.  Murthy will also talk about how the vision behind the Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Entrepreneurship Education came into being and how this Center is impacting the undergraduate experience in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University.