Kristen C. Maitland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Kristen C. Maitland received her B.S. and M.S degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin as an NSF IGERT Research Fellow. Before joining the faculty at Texas A&M University in 2008, Dr. Maitland served as Staff Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her research focuses on the development of optical imaging and sensing techniques for detection and diagnosis of disease, including cancer and tuberculosis. Dr. Maitland directs the TAMU Summer Institute program in Rwanda.
Michael V. Pishko, Ph.D., Stewart & Stevenson Professor II
Michael Pishko is the Stewart & Stevenson Professor II of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing at
Texas A&M University. He served as the Charles D. Holland ’53 Professor and Department Head of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M from 2007 to 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M, he held the rank of Distinguished Professor at Penn State University where he was a faculty member from 2001 to 2007. He received his B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Pishko was involved in the creation of two start-up companies in the area of diagnostic systems. Dr. Pishko has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications/proceedings and is a co-inventor of 22 issued U.S. patents. His research interests are in the related areas of biosensors, biomaterials and drug delivery. His work in these areas has primarily focused on the nanofabrication and microfabrication of parenteral targeted drug delivery systems, surfaces possessing immobilized biorecognition molecules, surfaces with improved biocompatibility, and microsensors for medical diagnostics. As director of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing, Dr. Pishko oversees initiatives that provide education and training in topics ranging from quality assurance and quality control, good manufacturing practices, regulatory affairs, facilities management, pharmaceutical manufacturing processes, laboratory instrumentation and bioprocess safety as well as many other current and next-generation technologies applicable to biologics manufacturing.