Graduate Research Symposium

Our Graduate Research Symposium is an exciting, comprehensive event that showcases the high quality, multidisciplinary research conducted in our department, and spans diverse areas such as molecular engineering of novel materials, nanotechnology, bioengineering, and molecular modeling.

The symposium features over 60 posters, two lectures from senior graduate students, a keynote lecture from an accomplished colleague, and poster contest.

All graduate students in their second year and beyond participate in the annual fall symposium. Poster judges from every aspect of chemical and biological engineering come to participate. 

This Symposium is a collaborative effort supported in part by the CBE Graduate Student Association, the UB CBE Advisory Board, our graduate student speakers, CBE faculty, and various colleagues in and around UB who serve as judges for the all-important student poster competition.

Student presenting poster to two students at graduate symposium.

Past speakers:

  • 2019: Dr. Durgesh S. Vaidya, Director for Research & Development, OFS, PhD 1997
    Phase Equilibria of Corporate Life
  • 2018: Dr. Douglas A Lauffenburger Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Humanizing Therapeutics Discovery & Development
  • 2017: Dr. Samir Mitragotri, Bioengineering and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
    Understanding and Overcoming Biological Barriers for Drug Delivery
  • 2016: Mehmet Toner Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    Microfluidics to Isolate Single and Clusters of Rare Circulating Tumor Cells to Manage Cancer Patients
  • 2015: David Sholl, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
    Using High Throughput Computation to Accelerate Development of Materials for Scalable Energy Technologies 
  • 2014: Daniel K. Schwartz, University of Colorado Boulder
    Single Molecule Tracking at Wet Interfaces
  • 2013: Michael D. Reily, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
    Pharmaceutical Application of Metabolomics
  • 2012: John Magnani, GlycoMimetics Inc
    From Functional Carbohydrates to Novel Glycomimetic Drugs
  • 2011: Dr. Woodrow K. Shiflett, Chevron Products Company
    Moving Innovation into the Marketplace: Harvesting R&D Value in the Global Hydroprocessing Catalyst Arena