Dr. Karl J. Jepsen Announced as 2024 Glenn V. Edmonson Lecturer

The 2024 BME Symposium is on Wednesday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. at NCRC Building 18.

BME is delighted to welcome Dr. Karl J. Jepsen as the 2024 Glenn V. Edmonson Lecturer. (Bruce J. Tromberg, previously announced as the keynote speaker, is unable to travel.) Dr. Jepsen, a U-M BME graduate, is the Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Jepsen will highlight “Giving a Voice to a Silent Disease” in his presentation. 

Dr. Jepsen received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Bioengineering and did his postdoctoral training at Case Western Reserve University in Orthopaedic Surgery. He has expertise in bone biomechanics and imaging, and studies bone as a complex adaptive system during growth and aging with the goal of identifying individual pathways leading to skeletal fragility. His scientific area of interest provides a strong appreciation for how multiple components within a system work together to generate a functional outcome and how disease mechanisms are often resolved through interactions among scientific disciplines. His research program has been funded through grants from federal, industry, and foundation sources such as the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. In addition to serving as Associate Dean for Research, his administrative qualifications also include Chair of the Research and Academic Safety Committee, Director of the Michigan Integrative Musculoskeletal Core Center, and a former role as Associate Chair of Research for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

The 2024 BME Symposium is on Wednesday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. at NCRC Building 18, and is intended to build the BME community across campus and honor the legacy of the first graduate chair of the Biomedical Engineering program. The sessions will provide a forum for BME faculty and students campus-wide, along with our collaborators, to present current research progress and discuss future research opportunities at the interface of engineering and medicine.