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Torsten HegmannDr. Torsten Hegmann

Title: The path from basic science to applicable technology

Dr. Torsten Hegmann received his Ph.D. in 2001 at the Martin Luther University Halle in Germany, and after postdoctoral research at Queen’s University in Kingston (Ontario), he started his independent academic career at the University of Manitoba in Canada. In 2011, Dr. Hegmann moved to Kent State University, where is now a Professor and Ohio Research Scholar at the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University with appointments at the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is also the Associate Director of the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute. In 2017, Dr. Hegmann was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Hegmann has published about 100 articles so far (17 of those featured on journal covers), secured 10+ patents, and serves as chief scientific officer on a start-up company developing sensors.


Elda HegmannDr. Elda Hegmann

Title: Tissue engineering and their mechanical properties

Dr. Elda Hegmann obtained her Ph.D. in 2003 at Université Laval in Québec (Canada). Then went of pursuing a Postdoctoral research position at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (Canada), followed by a Postdoctoral research position at University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), and a Postdoctoral research position in a Federal Lab at the National Research Council Canada (NRC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). Then started her independent carrier as a Research Officer at the NRC before joining the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University in 2011 as Assistant Professor within the Department of Biological Sciences and the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program. Dr. Hegmann’s research has produced several peer-reviewed articles and 3 patents, and serves as the CEO on a start-up company involving gas and vapor sensors.

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