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John Bandler

Sanjeev G. Shroff
Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh

Bioengineering: A Case Study for Opportunities and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Research and Education

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

McMaster University, ETB room 535

Café X will be open for business for one hour, starting with a presentation, followed by questions and answers. Refreshments will be available at the start and conclusion of the event.

Free admission, however seating is limited. Registration required

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About Sanjeev Shroff:

Dr. Sanjeev Shroff is the Distinguished Professor of and Gerald E. McGinnis Chair in Bioengineering and Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is also the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering.  Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh in April 2000, Dr. Shroff was a faculty member at the University of Chicago for 17 years in the Department of Medicine (Cardiology Section).  Trained as an electrical engineer (Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and Master of Engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada), Dr. Shroff obtained his doctoral degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Shroff is widely recognized as a distinguished scholar in the cardiovascular arena, with the following focus areas: (1) Relationships between left ventricular mechano-energetic function and underlying cellular processes, with a special emphasis on contractile and regulatory proteins and post-translational regulation of cardiac contraction (e.g., via phosphorylation or acetylation).  (2) The role of pulsatile arterial load (vascular stiffness in particular) in cardiovascular function and potential therapeutic applications of vascular stiffness-modifying drugs and/or hormones (e.g., relaxin).  (3) The role of regional contraction dyssynchrony in global ventricular mechanics and energetics.  In addition to basic research, Dr. Shroff has developed and continues to develop novel, simulation-based material (i.e., mathematical models of biological systems and associated "virtual experiments") for education and engineering design.

Dr. Shroff’s research efforts have been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Heart Association (AHA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and various companies, and he has received continuous funding from the NIH since 1986.  He was the recipient of the prestigious Established Investigator Award from the AHA (1986-1991) and was elected as a Fellow of the American Physiological Society (1988), Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (1999), and Fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society (2007).  Recognized by his colleagues and peers as a consummate teacher and mentor, Dr. Shroff received the Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence (University Educator) in 2007, the Swanson School of Engineering’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2010, and Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011.  He has mentored 32 students (15 post-doctoral and 17 pre-doctoral), most of whom are pursuing independent research careers in academia or industry.  Since 2005 Dr. Shroff has been serving as the Principal Investigator on a NIH-NHLBI pre-doctoral training grant (T32 HL076124) entitled “Cardiovascular Bioengineering Training Program.”  In 2012 Dr. Shroff was named the Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, a designation that constitutes the highest honor that the University can accord a member of the professoriate and one that recognizes eminence in several fields of study, transcending accomplishments in and contributions to a single discipline, and garnering national and international recognition.

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Jay Gore, Reilly University Chair Professor of Engineering, Purdue University

John Bandler, McMaster University and Bandler Corporation - February 2014

Eugene Roman, Chief Technology Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited - January 2014

Jordan Banks, Managing Director and Head of Global Vertical Strategy Facebook Canada - November 2013

For event information, please contact Terry Milson,, 905-525-9140, ext. 27391.