James J Hickman
University of Central Florida, USA
James J Hickman is the Founding Director of the NanoScience Technology Center and a Professor of Nanoscience Technology, Chemistry, Biomolecular Science, Material Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Central Florida. Previously, he held the position of the Hunter Endowed Chair in the Bioengineering Department at Clemson University. He completed his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Chemistry. For the past 25 years, he has been studying the interaction of biological species with modified surfaces, first in industry and in the latter years in academia. While in industry he established one of the first bioelectronics labs in the country that focused on cell-based sensors and their integration with electronic devices and MEMS devices. He is interested in creating hybrid systems for biosensor and biological computation applications and the creation of functional in vitro systems for human body-on-a-chip applications. He has worked at NSF and DARPA in the area of biological computation. He is also the Founder and current Chief Scientist of a biotechnology company, Hesperos, which is focusing on cell-based systems for drug discovery and toxicity. He has 111 publications and 18 book chapters, in addition to 26 patents.