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.

Attendance and Registration

The lectures will be held on the Zoom platform.  A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants as the event approaches. Registration for the lectures closes June 9, 2022 at 5:00 pm ET. 

Poster Session and Reception
The poster session and reception will be in the Mudd Hall atrium located on the ground level on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. Students who wish to present a poster can register using the general registration link. Poster registration closes June 3, 2022 at 5:00 pm ET and is capped to the first 60 posters registered. Read poster information guidelines before you register your poster. The poster session is also a competition with prizes.


Auto-generated closed captioning will be available on the Zoom platform. The Mudd Hall atrium is located on the ground level and has automatic doors. If other accessibility needs are needed please contact Gina Wadas at

Directions, Maps, and Transportation

The closest parking garage to Mudd Hall is the San Martin parking garage. You can find maps, directions, parking, and shuttle information to the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus here.


Hai-Quan Mao
Director, Institute for NanoBioTechnology
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

George Church, PhD
Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School and MIT

Moderators: Reza Kalhor and Sashank Reddy

Reza Kalhor, PhD
Understanding Cell Fate Through Genomic Barcodes
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Jeff Coller, PhD
Harnessing RNA Metabolism for Precision RNA Therapeutics
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of RNA Biology and Therapeutics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Division of Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology
Department of Medicine

Jordan Green, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Taekjip (TJ) Ha, PhD
Very Fast CRISPR on Demand
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Departments of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University


Moderators: Hai-Quan Mao and Sashank Reddy

Moderator: Jordan Green

Speaking information coming soon.

Daniel Siegwart, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Reza Kalhor, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Anthony Philippakis, MD, PhD
Chief Data Officer and Co-Director of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center, Broad Institute
Venture Partner, Google Ventures

Moderators: Sashank Reddy and Jeff Coller

Refreshments will be served.

Poster Session A: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Poster Session B: 2:40 pm – 3:40 pm

Sashank Reddy, MD, PhD
Associate Director, INBT
Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
JHTV Senior Medical Director


Speakers and Moderators

Hai-Quan Mao

Sashank Reddy

Sashank Reddy

Jordan Green

Jim Coller

Headshot of professor Jim Coller wearing a light blue button down dress shirt and dark blue blazer. A laboratory blurred laboratory is in the background.

Taekjip Ha

Headshot of Professor Taekjip Ha in a blue fleece hoodie with arms crossed and standing in front of a chalk board.

Anthony Philippakis

Headshot of Anthony Philippakis