Program – UROP Symposium


The 2022 UROP Annual Summer Research Symposium is held on the second floor of the Michigan League. Poster presentations are located in the League’s Ballroom on the second floor. Oral presentations are located in the Vandenberg room on the second floor.

Presentations will run from 12:30pm until 2:20pm

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Symposium AgendaAugust 3rd
Welcome and Registration 11:30am – 12:00pm EDT
Symposium Keynote12:00pm – 12:20pm EDT
Presentation Session I:12:30pm – 1:20pm EDT
Poster Presentations
Oral Presentations
Break1:20pm – 1:30pm EDT
Presentation Session II:1:30pm – 2:20pm EDT
Poster Presentations
Oral Presentations

Symposium Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alvaro Rojas-Pena is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Section of Transplantation Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is currently the co-director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Laboratory at the U-M. He received his MD degree from La Escuela Colombiana de Medicina – in Bogota, Colombia (2002). After his graduation, he joined U-M as a Research Fellow at the Extracorporeal Life Support laboratory. In 2010, he joined the faculty of the Section of Transplantation Surgery. Dr. Rojas-Pena has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including research fellowships from the American Society of Artificial Organs, and The Transplantation Society, and multiple top Abstract presentations in national and international meetings. In 2009, he was honored by the Republic of Colombia Chamber of Representatives with the “Order of The Democracy – Simon Bolivar – rank of Cross of Great Chavalier” due to his role in the development of ECMO programs in Colombia. Dr. Rojas-Pena’s research interests include cardiopulmonary pathophysiology, cardiopulmonary mechanical support systems, and extracorporeal support systems applied to end-stage organ diseases.

His main research interest is the use of extracorporeal systems to resuscitate organ donors, the preservation of organs, and the development of artificial organs (lungs, kidneys, and placenta). He is the Principal Investigator of an R01-NIH grant that aims to mitigate the complications associated with the use of the heart-lung machine during surgery. In 2021, Dr. Rojas-Pena was awarded 1.3M to develop a system for ex-vivo organ preservation by Frankel’s Innovation Initiative at the U-M.  Dr. Rojas-Pena has assisted in the transfer and use of large animal research models to numerous laboratories, U-M principal investigators, and medical industry that needed training in this area of research primarily to test devices prior to FDA approval or clinical use.  

Currently, he serves as a co-Investigator in multiple NIH funded grants leading preclinical studies. He is an ad-hoc Scientific Reviewer for the NIH and a member of the U-M Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee. Dr. Rojas-Pena has been a mentor to many undergraduate and medical students, surgical residents, and Ph.D. candidates for over 15yr. Finally, Dr. Rojas-Pena is also an advocate of the principles of JDEI (justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion) and is currently an advisory board member and faculty of the New Leadership Academy a partnership between the University of Utah and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). 

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