iCET Workshop 2017

The full-day workshop explored the “Fundamentals of Cell Cognition and Intercellular Communication” as a means to discover how cells modulate phenotypes as a response to the intake and processing of complex, competing signals.  The objective of the workshop was to bring together a diverse range of disciplinary knowledge to identify opportunities for collaboration and develop key ideas for new grant proposals.  iCET seeks to lead a concerted effort toward the development of cellular analysis tools and algorithms for understanding cell cognition and elucidating fundamental biological mechanisms that could then translate into new knowledge in medicine.


Workshop Outcomes

iCET Request for Seed Project Proposal RFP

The Institute for Cellular Engineering Technologies invites applications for seed projects involving novel early-stage research related to cellular engineering topics as described on the iCET website ( The goal is to support new research initiatives and interdisciplinary research partnerships, involving faculty members of at least two of the Schools participating in the Institute (McCormick School of Engineering, Feinberg School of Medicine, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Kellogg School of Management), toward generating preliminary data for securing external federal or industry funding.


iCET Award Winners 2016

Seed Project funding has been awarded to:

  • “Systematically probing differentiation programs for generating neurons from stem cells using customized gene circuits,” J. Leonard, J. Kessler
  • “Developing a Multicellular Model of ALS Using iPSCs and Engineered Cell Culture Vessels,” E. Kiskinis, H. Espinosa

iCET Award Winners 2015

Seed Project funding has been awarded to:

  • “Microcontact printing technology for long-term culture of human iPS-derived neurons,” D. Krainc, M. Mrksich
  • “Engineering Biomaterial Environments for Achieving Functional Maturation of iPS-Derived Hormone Producing Cells,” R. Shah, T. Woodruff
  • “Detection of Multidrug Resistant Proteins using Plasmonic Nanomechanical Sensors,” O. Balogun, H. Pinkett