Advances in Immunoengineering: Fundamentals and Cutting Edge Advances (2021)

The field of Immunoengineering combines the diverse and complex fields of engineering and immunology and is transforming patient treatment in cancer, autoimmunity, regeneration, and transplantation. There is a significant need for training of engineers in immunology and for training immunologists in quantitative engineering techniques. Moreover, there is need to bridge basic immunological discoveries with advances in clinical application. This course will review the fundamentals of the immune system and its components, engineering strategies to modulate the immune system, and clinical applications. You can also view our flyer about the event.

Target Audience
The course is designed for graduate students, medical students, residents, and fellows in engineering, immunology, and related fields. Engineering and clinical faculty and members of industry will benefit from the course as well.

Dates and Time
Every Tuesday and Thursday, January 5 – 28, 2021, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST.

Please register for the event here. You only need to register once to attend all dates. A late fee will be applied for registering after December 30.  

This event is being offered as a two-credit course for Johns Hopkins students. The course is listed as EN.580.543 (for undergraduate students) or EN.580.843 (for graduate students) Independent Study: Advances in Immunoengineering. Students need to register for the course and register for the event.

Schedule, Speakers, and Topics

Week 1 – T-Cell Engineering and Antigen Presentation

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Thursday, January 7, 2021
Darrell Irvine, PhD

Engineering Vaccine Kinetics

Jordan Green, PhD

Biodegradable Particles for T-Cell Engineering

Yasmine Belkaid, PhD


Jonathan Schneck, MD, PhD

Engineering Artificial Antigen Presenting Cells (aAPC) for Cancer Immunotherapy

Week 2 – Tissue Immunology and Immunoengineering

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Thursday, January 14, 2021
Grégoire Altan-Bonnet, PhD

Modeling the Plasticity of Immune Responses to Engineer Better Immunotherapies

Kaitlyn Sadtler, PhD

Harnessing the Immune System in Regenerative Medicine

Jennifer Elisseeff, PhD

Mapping the Tissue Immune Environment in Healing and Non-Healing Wounds

Chris Jewell, PhD

Biomaterials as Tools to Study and Engineer Immune Function

Week 3 – Cancer Immunotherapy and Autoimmunity

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Thursday, January 21, 2021
Franck Housseau, PhD

Cancer Immunotherapy: A Boost from the Bugs

Scott Wilson, PhD

Leveraging the Liver’s Immune-Privileged Environment for the Induction of Antigen-Specific Tolerance

Drew Pardoll, MD, PhD

Cancer Immunotherapy

Antony Rosen, MBChB, MS

The Autoimmune Response: Neutralizer of Complexity in Time and Space

Week 4 – Cell Engineering, Metabolism, and Therapies

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Thursday, January 28, 2021
Jamie Spangler, PhD

Rewiring the Immune Response Through Molecular Engineering

Ivan Borello, MD

Adaptive Cell Therapy in Cancer

Jonathan Powell, MD, PhD

Targeting Metabolism to Regulate Immune Responses

Krishnendu Roy, PhD

Combining Material Microenvironments with Data Sciences for Highly-Controlled Biomanufacturing of Immune Cells