Engineering the Next Generation of Medicine

Andrew Greene, Dr. Robert D. and Dr. Patricia E. Kern Professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Department of Physiology BBC
Director, Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center

Thursday, May 5th
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Room 7970

Presentation Synopsis

Andrew Greene, Ph.D.

Dr. Andrew Greene

Changes in the way we deliver health care are occurring at an ever increasing pace. Over the next several years our healthcare system will change from one focused on cures to prevention. In the words of David Feinberg, CEO of the Geisinger Health System, “nearly every hospitalizations a failure”. In other words, a hospitalization often represents an issue that should have been detected earlier. Engineers in many disciplines have an essential role to play in imagining a future in which healthcare is delivered in a way that provides unique and effective care for every patient. In today’s talk we will preview some of the technologies and approaches that have the promise to dramatically impact the way we think about our health.

Speaker Profile

Dr. Andrew Greene’s leadership and administrative skills are demonstrated by the success of the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center and the NHLBI National Center for Proteomics Research, both of which he directs. In addition, he is the Director of a recently established Innovation Center focusing on mass spectrometry with a special emphasis on outreach, including the training of high school students, graduate students, and postdocs.

Dr. Greene also directs a project as part of a multidisciplinary Program Project Grant (P01 HL-82798) and serves as Project and Core Leader (Project 3 and Core C) of a recently awarded Wisconsin Center of Excellence in Genomics Science grant (P50 HG004952). He has also assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief of “Physiological Genomics” in June, 2009; and has expertise in whole animal physiology, proteomics, expression analysis, and bioinformatics. His research excellence is demonstrated by continued NIH funding for the past 26 years (since 1983), accompanied by a record of 184 peer-reviewed publications. He is an expert in the study of the renin-angiotensin system at the cellular, molecular and whole animal levels. His laboratory has helped to define the role of the RAS in angiogenesis, created and characterized the first renin knock out rat, and explored the molecular regulation of renin in salt sensitive hypertension. His laboratory has also developed numerous techniques for the study of proteins and their interactions in physiological systems and has used those techniques in our own research, as well as in collaboration with others.

Dr. Greene’s research is highly interdisciplinary and built upon unique strengths in whole animal physiology, molecular biology, and proteomics. His research success capitalizes on the close collaborations between his lab and others in the Departments of Physiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Pediatrics, and Dermatology as well as the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center, the Innovation Center and the Human and Molecular Genetics Center the at the Medical College. In recognition of excellence in the field, he was privileged to be named the Dr. Robert D. and Dr. Patricia E. Kern Professor in Biotechnology and Bioengineering.

Dr. Greene’s successful mentoring career is mirrored in a variety of efforts: he is the Principal Investigator of an institutional postdoctoral training grant (T32 mechanism), a program offered through the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center (BBC), as well as co-director of the long running NHLBI T32 training grant in systems physiology. He participates in the NIH-NIGMS funded MSTP training grant (1T32GM080202-01A2) as a faculty mentor. Over the course of his career, he has trained 40 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who assumed successful careers in academia and industry. He served on mentoring committees for 45 graduate students. Currently, he is training three graduate students and two postdoctoral fellows. For these outstanding efforts, he received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2006.