CMI’s Research & Innovation Summit is

Friday, August 13, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

McKimmon Conference & Training Center

1101 Gorman St. Raleigh, NC 27606

All speakers will also be streamed online via Zoom at

Please RSVP at the link below only if you will attend in person. If you’ve already responded, there’s no need to do so again.

Please note that NC State University Policy requires attendees to wear a mask indoors except while eating or drinking.


8:30-9:15 Welcome, Overview & Strategic Plan Outcomes–Jorge Piedrahita & Joshua Pierce 

9:15-10:10 Guest Speaker–”PROTAC-mediated Protein Degradation: A New Therapeutic Modality,” Craig M. Crews, Yale University (Use Zoom link above)

10:10-10:45 Division Focus–Chemistry of Life

  1. 10:10-10:25 Overview (Joshua Pierce)
  2. 10:25-10:35 Associate Member Spotlight: “Ionic Liquid Facilitated, Amine-Azide Bioconjugation” (Hisham El-Shaffey, Chemistry of Life T32 Trainee)
  3. 10:35-10:45 SIRI Student Spotlight: “Real Time Measurements of Dopamine and Glutamate in Rat Striatum using Fast-Scan Cyclic Voltammetry” (Laney Kimble, Beckman Scholar in the Chemistry of Life)

10:45-11:30 Division Focus–Emerging & Infectious Diseases

  1. 10:45-10:55 Overview (Cristina Lanzas) 
  2. 10:55-11:10 Invited Speaker: “The Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group: Productivity and Innovation” (Vance Fowler, Florence McAlister Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Duke University, PI, Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group)
  3. 11:10-11:20 Introduction to CAVE (Frank Scholle)
  4. 11:20-11:30 CAVE Faculty Highlight: “Virus-host Interactions: From Pig to Human” (Elisa Crisci)

11:30-1:00 Lunch & Poster Session One

  1. 11:30-12:30 SIRI Undergraduate Poster Competition
  2. 12:30-1:00 VIP Poster Session

1:00-1:45 Guest Speaker–”Aging Mechanisms in the Development of Osteoarthritis,” Richard F. Loeser, Jr., UNC School of Medicine (Use Zoom link above)

1:45-2:30 Division Focus–Functional Tissue Engineering

  1. 1:45-1:55 Overview (Lauren Schnabel & Rohan Shirwaiker)
  2. 1:55-2:10 Faculty Spotlight: “Biomaterials for Cheaper, Faster, and More Potent CAR-T Cell Therapy” (Yevgeny Brudno) *Presenting via Zoom, use link above.
  3. 2:10-2:20 SIRI Student Spotlight: “Biomodeling and Analyses of Aerosolized Drug Delivery for Treatment of Canine Bronchopneumonia” (Matias Tenorio) 
  4. 2:20-2:30 Associate Member Spotlight: “Epithelial Organoids as a Tool to Study LGR5+ Stem Cells” (Kathryn Polkoff)

2:30-3:15 Division Focus–Translational Pharmacology & Physiology

  1. 2:30-2:40 Overview (Liara Gonzalez)
  2. 2:40-3:00 Faculty Spotlight: “Swine as a Biomedical Animal Model for Food Allergy and Chlamydia trachomatis Vaccine Development” (Tobias Kaeser)
  3. 3:00-3:15 Associate Member Spotlight: “Development of Translational Porcine Models to Study Gastrointestinal Diseases” (Cecilia Schaaf)

3:15-4:15 Poster Session Group Two

4:15-4:30 Awards & Closing Ceremony

4:30-5:00 Networking Reception