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Cancer Engineering Symposium

8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cancer engineering symposium flyer

Please join us for the 2023 Cancer Engineering Symposium. Co-hosted by the University of Arizona College of Engineering and the Cancer Center, the event takes place on Friday, March 24 in the Health Sciences Innovation Building Forum.

The symposium features a host of internationally recognized cancer researchers, discussing some of the biggest challenges and breakthroughs in the field today. Dr. W. Gregory Sawyer, professor and distinguished teaching scholar at the University of Florida, will be the keynote speaker, presenting "Life in Miniature: Cancer in Three Dimensions."

This symposium is part of the UArizona Cancer Center and College of Engineering's NEI-funded Cancer Engineering Initiative which unites interdisciplinary researchers to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Initiatives include development of novel discovery platforms using liquid-like solids that mimic the environment of the human body, allowing researchers to realistically test responses to drugs, blood flow conditions, immunological responses and mechanical stresses while employing advanced imaging and other diagnostics. 

Faculty are encouraged to invite postdocs. 

Graduate students, postdocs and research scientists may submit their research for the poster session. Accepted presenters will receive full entry to the symposium.

Portrait of a light-skinned man wearing a light blue shirt
W. Gregory Sawyer, PhD
Professor and Distinguished Teaching Scholar
University of Florida

Dr. Sawyer is an N. C. Ebaugh Professor and a Distinguished Teaching Scholar. He received his doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999, and later that year joined the faculty in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Sawyer has published over 200 journal papers, has over 10,000 citations, holds over 20 patents and is most proud of his numerous doctoral students that are now faculty members and scientists across the globe. He was a speaker at TED 8 (1998), a member of the original Mars Rover Program (NASA-JPL 1992) and is currently leading efforts in Cancer Engineering. Dr. Sawyer’s research interests have led to many adventures, from operating experiments (remotely) in space on the International Space Station to conducting experiments on the surface of the eye.

To request any disability-related accommodations for this event please contact the event coordinator at least three business days prior to the event.
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8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday, March 24, 2023 - 8:00am


Faculty, Students
University of Arizona Health Sciences


Tucson area
Health Sciences – Tucson
Health Sciences Innovation Building
1670 E. Drachman St., Tucson, AZ 85721


Ann Bridges
University of Arizona Health Sciences
University of Arizona Cancer Center