Recent Conference Abstracts 

Affiliated with Rutgers University (2019-Present):

  1. BDNF-mediated Migration of Retinal Müller Glia, R. Cliver, J. Pena, and M. Vazquez. Glia Engineering, Poster Platform, BMES Annual Meeting 2020 (October 14-17, Virtual)

  2. Agent-Based Model of Retinal Progenitor Cell Migration into Photoreceptor Network, L. DePamphalis, T. Shinbrot, and M. Vazquez. Computational BioEngineering, Poster Platform, BMES Annual Meeting 2020 (October 14-17, Virtual)

  3. A Micro-Optic Stalk (uOS) Device For Imaging Cell-Cell Cohesion of Migrating Drosophila-Derived Retinal Neuroblasts, M. Markey, C. Pena, and M. Vazquez. Computational BioEngineering, Poster Platform, BMES Annual Meeting 2020 (October 14-17, Virtual)                 

  4. Ex vivo and In vitro characterization of retinal progenitor cells and Muller glia interconnectivity, J. Pena, and M. Vazquez. Glia Engineering, Poster Platform, BMES Annual Meeting 2020 (October 14-17, Virtual)

  5. A Whole-Eye Testing System to Evaluate the Integration of Transplanted Retinal Stem Cells, S. Mut, J. Pena, and M. Vazquez. Regenerative Medicine, Poster Platform, BMES Annual Meeting 2020 (October 14-17, Virtual)

  6. An Ex Vivo Eye Facsimile System (EVES) to evaluate transplantation strategies for cell replacement therapy, S. Mut, S. Mishra, J. Pena, and M. Vazquez, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO 2020, Baltimore, MD),  Gene and Stem Cell Therapy, Poster Platform 795-B0347.

  7. Characterization of VEGF-EGFR interaction in Muller glia to evaluate migration within controlled microenvironments, J. Pena and M. Vazquez, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO 2020, Baltimore, MD), Cell Biology of Glia, Poster Platform 695-B0156.

  8. Advancing Muller glia engineering for regenerative therapies, J. Pena, S. Redenti and M. Vazquez. Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Poster Platform P-TH-152, Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society BMES 2019 (October 17-21, Philadelphia, PA).

  9. Microfluidic Compartmentalized Explant-cell culture system of neuromuscular junction, B. Ayers, D. Robles, T. Singh, B. Firestein and M. Vazquez. Neural Engineering, Poster Platform P-Fri-485, BMES Annual Meeting 2019 (October 17-21, Philadelphia, PA).

  10. The gLL Model: A milled microdevice for glial study, D. Robles, J. Pena, S. Zhang and M. Vazquez. Nano/Micro Technologies, Poster Platform P-Fri-341, BMES Annual Meeting 2019 (October 17-21, Philadelphia, PA).

  11. Microfluidics to Evaluate Glial-Mediated Therapies in the Nervous System, C. Cliver, A. Brady, B. Ayers, J. Pena, and M. Vazquez. Research Experience for Undergraduates, Poster Platform P-SAT-222, BMES Annual Meeting 2019 (October 17-21, Philadelphia, PA).

  12. A Controlled Microenvironment to Evaluate Collective Chemotaxis of Retinal Progenitors from Drosophila Melanogaster, C. Pena, S. Zhang, T. Venkatesh and M. Vazquez. Bioinspired/Biomimetic Micro and Nano Devices, Poster Platform P-TH-104, BMES Annual Meeting 2018 (October 17-20, Atlanta, GA)

  13. Microfluidic System to Examine Retinal Muller Cell Migration and Interconnectivity, J. Pena, E. Sun, J. Twiddy and M. Vazquez. Cell Migration, Poster Platform P-TH-694, BMES Annual Meeting 2018 (October 17-20, Atlanta, GA)

  14. Affecting the Directional Migration of Transplantable Retinal Progenitor Cells using a Novel Electro-Chemotactic Approach, S. Mishra, C. Starr and M. Vazquez. Micro/Nano Fluidic Engineering and Lab-on-Chip Systems, Poster Platform P-Th-662, BMES Annual Meeting 2018 (October 17-20, Atlanta, GA)

  15. Galvano-chemotactic stimulation to increase directional migration of transplantable retinal progenitor cells, S. Mishra, S. Redenti and M. Vazquez. World Congress of Biosensors, Poster P3.156 (June 12-15, 2018, Miami, FL).

Other Recent Presentations

  1. Utilizing Genetics and Microfluidics to Examine Neural Cell Migration in Retinogenesis of a Drosophila Model, C. Pena, S. Zhang, M., Kamara, T. Venkatesh and M. Vazquez. Cell Migration, Poster Platform P-TH-154, BMES Annual Meeting 2017 (October 11-14, Phoenix).

  2. Electrochemical Stimulation to Enhance Retinal Progenitor Cell Migration and Integration into Damaged Retina, S. Mishra, S. Redenti and M. Vazquez. Cell Migration, Poster Platform P-TH-164, BMES Annual Meeting 2017 (October 11-14, Phoenix, AZ).

  3. A multiscale Device for the Study of Compartmentalized Purinergic Signaling, S. McCutcheon, R. Majeska, M. Schaffler and M. Vazquez. Nano- and Micro-Technologies Poster Platform P-FRI-111, BMES Annual Meeting 2017 (October 11-14, Phoenix, AZ).

  4. EGFR-mediated Migration of Retinal Muller Glial Cells, J.Pena, N. Dulger and   M. Vazquez. Tissue Engineering-Undergraduate Poster Platform P-SAT-613, BMES Annual Meeting 2017 (October 11-14, AZ).

  5. Chemotactic Response Properties of Photoreceptor Precursor and Retinal Progenitor Cells in Microfluidic-derived VEGF and Ostiopontin Gradients, O. Onwumere, M. Wong, B Kaur, S. Mishra, J. Mighty, M. Vazquez, and S. Redenti. NYSTEM Annual Meeting 2017 (May 11-12, 2017, NY, NY.).

  6. A Drosophila Model to Examine Collective Migration during Retinogenesis, C. Pena, S. Zhang, M. Kamara, T. Venkatesh, and M. Vazquez, Research Posters in Biomedical Devices No 46, Northeast Bioengineering Conference 2017 (March 31-Apri 2, 2017, Newark, NJ).