Winter Collaboratorium to Feature Research from Across the Data Science Institute, Biological Sciences Division, and Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering


Students file into the Fall 2021 Collaboratorium at the Harper Center. (Photo credit: eClarke Photo)

The Collaboratorium unites University of Chicago students with researchers and faculty who are exploring commercialization opportunities for their work.

The program provides the opportunity for scientists and researchers who want to explore commercialization opportunities to showcase their work and network with students and alumni who may be interested in connecting to pursue further academic study, market research, a business partnership, or participation in experimental programming, such as the Polsky I-Corps Program.

The event will be held in person at the Chicago Booth School of Business’ Harper Center in Hyde Park with a livestream option available.

>> Register for the Collaboratorium pitch and networking event, here.

“The Collaboratorium connects UChicago community members from across campus in ways that they might not otherwise interact,” explained Ellen Zatkowski, Polsky Center assistant director and manager of the Collaboratorium. “These connections between world-class scientists and talented students foster strong collaborations that have generated enormous impact by bringing cutting-edge technologies to the wider world.”

The teams presenting, include:

  • CellCipher // Using RNA single-cell sequencing to embryoid bodies to capture the effectiveness of different therapeutic treatments on gene expression, thus enabling more effective drug discovery and making personalized medicine a reality
    • Presenter: Katie Rhodes, post-doctoral researcher, Biological Sciences Division
  • Chart Decoder // Empowers patients to better understand their healthcare by translating complex medical terminology from their medical records into more accessible language
    • Presenter: William Weber, clinical associate of medicine, Biological Sciences Division
  • ChromoRx // A novel RNA epigenetics-driven system to more accurately predict drug selectivity and resistance in cancer patients, leading to more positive outcomes for patients’ treatment and survival
    • Presenter: Jason Cheng, associate professor of pathology, Biological Sciences Division
  • EDACcare // In-vitro diagnostics to detect pathogens in pregnant women and provide early health status information to care providers for intervention
    • Presenter: Kamal El Bissati, research assistant professor, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
  • Internet Access and Equity Initiative // Developing software toolkits and novel datasets to answer critical questions about internet access and equity, yielding insights on how to close the digital divide
    • Presenters: Julia Lane, executive director for research partnerships and strategy, Data Science Institute; Marc Richardson, technical project manager, Data Science Institute
  • Sparsity // Statistically designed microbial communities for synthetic biology with applications in pharma, biotech, and environmental remediation
    • Presenter: Arjun Raman, assistant professor of pathology, Biological Sciences Division

// Questions? Contact Ellen Zatkowski at

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