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Seminar Series: 21st Century Research: Moving Beyond Animals

Friday, Jan. 31 - Friday, April 24, 2020  |  Arizona State University Biodesign Institute Auditorium, 727 East Tyler St., Tempe, AZ 85281

Join us for a four-part seminar series on 21st Century Research: Moving Beyond Animals at Arizona State University.

This series will educate undergraduate and graduate students about human-relevant research techniques and the benefits of using nonanimal research methods in their careers.

Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Networking reception to follow with light hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided

Seminar Schedule

Jan. 31, 2020
21st Century Research – Moving Beyond Animals with Microphysiological Systems and 3D Bioprinting

Expert Speakers

  • Thomas Neumann, MD, Nortis Bio
  • Begum Alaybeyoglu, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mark Skylar-Scott, PhD, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University

Feb. 28, 2020
21st Century Research – Moving Beyond Animals through Bioengineering

Expert Speakers

  • Mehdi Nikkhah, PhD, Arizona State University
  • Brian Niemeyer, PhD, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical School
  • Himanshu Kaul, DPhil, University of British Columbia

March 27, 2020
21st Century Research – Moving Beyond Animals through In Vitro and In Silico Toxicity Testing

Expert Speakers

  • Erin Hill, Institute for In Vitro Sciences
  • Michael Lawless, PhD, Simulations Plus

April 24, 2020
21st Century Research – Moving Beyond Animals in the Neurosciences and Infectious Disease Research

Expert Speakers

  • Lena Smirnova, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing
  • Cleber Trujillo, PhD, University of California San Diego 
  • Cheryl A. Nickerson, PhD, Arizona State University


Advances in 3D and in vitro models have led to fundamental improvements in human disease modeling, drug development, toxicology testing, and more. As technology advances scientists are integrating human-relevant methods such as tissues-on-chips, 3D bioprinting, organoids, and other in vitro and in silico models into research to produce more reliable results. This seminar series will feature field leaders discussing the application of these 21st century approaches to their research.

These events are open to ALL audiences – both ASU and external audiences welcome. Seating is limited, advance registration recommended.


This seminar series is hosted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in collaboration with Shamar Advisors, LLC.

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