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STEM CARIB
Conference 2018

October 9-12, 2018

Mrunalini Pattarkine

Professor
Biotechnology and Nanobiotechnology
Harrisburg University

Mrunalini Pattarkine, PhD, Professor in Biotechnology heads the BTEC program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg PA. Prof Pattarkine has a PhD in Biochemistry from IIT Powai, and has over 25 years of research experience. In addition to being the program director, she is also the lead faculty for Nanobiotechnology initiative within the Biotechnology program at the university and is currently directing sponsored research for private industries. In addition to teaching Biotechnology/Nanobiotechnology courses, Prof Pattarkine also serves as a Director of Capital Area Biotechnology Partnership (CABP), a Workforce Leadership Grant in Biotechnology though funding from PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED, a $700,000/- grant). Prof Pattarkine has active research projects in areas such as biosensor development, paper-based analytical devices, antimicrobial properties of plant biomaterials, and hydrogels for regenerative medicine.

Prof Pattarkine has several publications and two book chapters to her credit. Under her instruction, the university offers several summer courses for high-school students. Prof Pattarkine has conducted numerous workshops at national and international events, for educators and administrators and is considered an expert in the field by state administrators.

Sessions

(A5): Disruptive Medical Biotechnologies - Positively Impacting Healthcare!
Breakout
10 October 2018 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

Healthcare is getting revolutionized due to new medical biotechnologies. Novel biotechnologies for Diagnostics and Medical Imaging now allow detection of Cancer in very early stages, even before the symptoms appear. Biomedical devices such as Blood Glucose monitoring systems or insulin patches have helped millions. This session will allow the attendees experience this through hands-on activities.

(B1): Big Wonders of Nano
Breakout
10 October 2018 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

Big Wonders of Nano - Fact or Fiction!!!!! Nanotechnology is infused in our day to day life- except for the fact that we are not aware of it! Some discoveries from this field are too fascinating to be real. It is a very important STEM field with fantastic educational as well as career options. This interactive session will allow attendees to experience these wonders of nanotechnology first-hand using nanotechnology-based devices and samples.