Freezer Challenge – 2022
Jan 1 – Jul 1 all-day

Ultra-low temperature freezers consume as much electricity annually as a typical single-family home. Hopkins laboratories can lower their lab’s carbon footprint and challenge your cold storage practices by taking part in the Freezer Challenge. Supported by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) and My Green Lab, this challenge is designed to promote best practices in cold storage management for laboratories around the world.

The annual competition operates from January to July and the top Johns Hopkins winners will be awarded a cash prize. In addition, the overall winner of the international challenge will be featured in Nature magazine and awarded during the annual I2SL conference.

To learn more about our other Green Labs initiatives at Johns Hopkins, please visit the Office of Sustainability website or email sustainability@jhu.edu. You can learn more from Freezer Challenge Asks Labs to Put Costly Energy Consumption on Ice.

Advances in Immunoengineering: Fundamentals and Cutting Edge Advances (2022) @ Virtual
Jan 4 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 27 @ 5:30 pm
Advances in Immunoengineering: Fundamentals and Cutting Edge Advances (2022) @ Virtual

The Johns Hopkins Translational Immunoengineering is hosting a workshop series every Tuesday and Thursday in January.

The immunoengineering field is transforming cancer, autoimmunity, regeneration, and transplantation treatments by combining the diverse and complex fields of engineering and immunology. There is a significant need to train engineers in immunology and immunologists in quantitative engineering techniques. Moreover, there is a need to bridge basic immunological discoveries with advances in clinical application. This workshop will review immune system fundamentals and components, engineering strategies to modulate the immune system, and clinical applications.

After attending this workshop, the learner will demonstrate the ability to:
– Review the fundamentals and recent discoveries in the function of the immune system.
– Identify engineering strategies to manipulate the immune system.
– Describe the clinical applications of immunoengineering.

Go to their website to see schedule, speakers, topics, and registration information. Register by December 30, 2021. A late fee is applied for registering after the deadline.

This workshop is eligible for CME credit and offered as a two-credit course for Johns Hopkins students.

Freezer Challenge Strategy Session @ Virtual
Mar 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Freezer Challenge Strategy Session @ Virtual

Is your lab ready to reduce its environmental impact?

Join My Green Lab on for a virtual panel discussion with previous Freezer Challenge participants, including JHU’s own James Leatherman, Clinical Sample Manager in the GI Oncology Research Lab at School of Medicine. They will share the strategies they used to be successful in this competition, encourage their lab colleagues to participate, and implement cold storage best practices in a variety of lab environments.

The discussion will be pertinent for lab groups already participating in the 2022 Freezer Challenge and those yet to sign up! This will be a fun, engaging conversation between colleagues with the goal of encouraging more scientists and laboratories from around the world to participate in the current Freezer Challenge. The 2022 Freezer Challenge runs until July 1, but it is not too late for additional labs to participate!

Register for the session.

For questions about the JHU Freezer Challenge, email sustainability@jhu.edu or Green Labs Specialist, Ryan Weeks, rweeks3@jhu.edu.

15th Nano-Bio Symposium @ Hybrid
Jun 10 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
15th Nano-Bio Symposium @ Hybrid

All are welcome to attend our hybrid 15th Nano-Bio Symposium on Engineering Genes and Genomes.

From draft sequencing the human genome in 2001, to the development of CRISPR editing tools in 2012, to the first FDA approved gene therapy in 2017, recent progress in genetics and genomics has been astonishing. This year’s symposium will feature the frontiers of this exciting bioengineering research with lectures, panels, and posters to showcase diverse approaches to interrogate genome structure and manipulate gene products. Attendees will learn about nanoscale system developments to deliver gene therapies in tissue and cell specific ways, RNA regulatory dynamics that govern how genotype manifests as phenotype, genomic tagging to reveal lineage relationships in development and disease, and how to bring these advances to patients through safe, efficacious, and equitable genetic medicine development. By surveying this progress, engineers, biologists, and their partners can better understand the grand challenges to altering biological systems.

This is a hybrid event where the lectures and panels will be virtual and the poster session with a reception will be in-person. Registration is required.

Learn more about the agenda, speakers, and more here.