Currently, Dr. Denis Wirtz is the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBio Technology (INBT), Director of the HHMI graduate training program, Director of the NCI-funded postdoctoral training program in nanotechnology for cancer medicine and Director of the new NCI-funded Engineering in Oncology Center.
Dr. Denis Wirtz´s research is focused on 3D cell motility and high-throughput single cell technology. He has made remarkable contributions to particle tracking methods that probe the micromechanical properties of living cells and to the cell adhesion and development mechanisms. His research has been published in high impact journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Protocols, Nature Methods and Genes & Development.
Dr. Ana Eulálio started her scientific career at CNC in the Vectors and Gene Therapy Group, where she finished her PhD in 2006. Since then, she passed by several prestigious institutes and research groups, as the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Trieste. Her remarkable contribution for the RNA biology field along the years allowed her to become a Young Investigator at the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology, University of Würzburg, on April 2012. Currently, she is the Group Leader of the Host RNA Metabolism Group focusing on the influence of bacterial pathogens in the RNA metabolism of host mammalian cells.
Joana Ricou is a Portuguese American artist currently working in Brooklyn, NY. She started her career after moving from Portugal to America to study Art and Biology at the Carnegie Mellon University, where she had the first opportunity to work both in a lab and in an art studio. Some of her artworks have already been the basis for covers of high impact journals such as Nature and the Journal of Neuroscience.
Her core motivation is that art can both support and contribute to science, and vice-versa and this ideal has driven her work not only in science art but also in science education. These two approaches in her carrier led to collaborations with several institutions, art galleries and universities throughout USA and Portugal, including the Harvard University, the Carnegie Mellon University, the Andy Warhol Museusm, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburg and the NY Hall of Science. She is also an associated member of the Center for Philosophical Science in the University of Lisbon