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How Entrepreneurship Can Complement a Research Career: Personal Perspectives

This event, which is hosted by Melissa Gilliam, Vice Provost at The University of Chicago and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will feature a panel of faculty members at UChicago who will offer comments on their careers and discuss how entrepreneurship has been a helpful part of their research careers. Panelists include:

  • Maryellen L. Giger is the A.N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology, the Committee on Medical Physics, and the College at the University of Chicago. She also serves as Vice-Chair for Basic Science Research in the Department of Radiology, University of Chicago and Director of the BSD’s Imaging Research Institute. Giger is considered one of the pioneers in the development of CAD (computer-aided diagnosis). She has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific manuscripts (including 180 peer-reviewed journal articles), is inventor/co-inventor on approximately 25 patents, and serves as a reviewer for various national and international granting agencies, including the NIH and the U.S. Army.
  • Jeff Hubbell is the Barry L. MacLean Professor of Molecular Engineering Innovation and Enterprise, Institute for Molecular Engineering. He designs materials to assemble in such a way that they can stimulate the immune systems to fight infection or malignancy, or turn off some aspects of the immune system to address auto-immune diseases such as type-1 diabetes. Hubbell has coined the term “immuno-modulatory materials” to describe this newly emerging field of research. Along with his associates, he holds 77 patents. An entrepreneurial materials scientist, Hubbell has founded three companies based on his research.
  • Raphael Lee is a Paul S. and Allene T. Russell Professor at the University of Chicago, holds appointments in Surgery (Plastic), Medicine (Dermatology), Molecular Medicine, and Organismal Biology & Anatomy (Biomechanics). Dr. Lee is a surgeon and biomedical engineer. His professional research interests have focused on the effects of physical forces on tissue injury and healing processes, pharmaceutical control of scar formation, and in reconstructive surgery.
  • Stacy Lindau focuses on patient care, research, education and advocacy related to the health of aging women and urban populations. She is the director of the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine (PRISM), a program that provides care for and studies female sexual function in the context of aging and common illnesses. Most of her patients have sexual health concerns caused by cancer or its treatment. She is director of the South Side Health and Vitality Studies (SSHVS) at the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative. SSHVS works to create and spread knowledge that people and communities can use to sustain excellent health and vitality. The Studies include MAPSCorps, the Comer Children’s Hospital Food Pantry and Food Security Project, the South Side Health and Technology Study, and CommunityRx. CommunityRx, supported by a 2012 Healthcare Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, leverages health information technologies to link people and places to improve individual health and grow community vitality.

The panel will be moderated by Starr Marcello, executive director of the Polsky Center. University researchers and those working with faculty are encouraged to attend.



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