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SELECTBIO Conferences Liquid Biopsies and Minimally-Invasive Diagnostics 2016

Michael Heller's Biography



Michael Heller, Distinguished Scientist - Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Center for Cancer Early Detection and Research (CEDAR); Professor, University of California-San Diego

Michael J. Heller received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Colorado State University in 1973. He was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University from 1973 to 1976. From 1976 to 1984 he was supervisor of the DNA Technology Group at Amoco Corporation (Standard Oil Indiana) During that time he carried out early bioengineering and recombinant DNA work on plants, algae and photosynthetic bacteria for energy and chemical production, and he developed some of the first fluorescent resonant energy transfer (FRET) and chemiluminescent oligonucleotide probes for DNA hybridization analysis. He also oversaw Amoco’s sponsored energy and chemical research work at Cetus Corporation, which included the cloning of thermophilic enzymes. Dr. Heller was the Director of Molecular Biology at Molecular Biosystems, Inc., from 1984 to 1987. He was a co-founder of Integrated DNA Technologies, and served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1987 to 1989. He was a co-found of Nanogen, and served as the Chief Technical Officer from 1993 to 2001. Nanogen carried out the successful development and commercialization of electronic DNA microarray technology for clinical diagnostic genotyping applications. Dr. Heller is a Professor (Recall/Emeritus) in the Departments of Nanoengineering and Bioengineering at the University California San Diego. He is also now a Distinguished Scientist at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Center for Cancer Early Detection and Research (CEDAR), in Portland, Oregon. He has recently co-founded a new company called Biological Dynamics which is developing new sample to answer cancer diagnostics technology, based on the novel dielectrophoretic (DEP) technology developed at his UCSD lab. Dr. Heller has extensive industrial experience in biotechnology, biomedical and molecular diagnostic devices and nanotechnology, with particular expertise in the areas of DNA probe diagnostics, DC and AC electrokinetic devices, DNA synthesis, FRET/fluorescent-based detection technologies and electric field assisted self-assembly of DNA nanocomponents. Dr. Heller has a respectable publication record, and has been an invited speaker to a large number of scientific conferences, which now include recent meetings on cell free nucleic acid and exosome biomarkers for cancer detection and molecular diagnostics. He also has over 55 issued US patents in the molecular diagnostics, biotechnology and nanotechnology areas.

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Cell Free DNA, RNA and Exosome Liquid Biopsy Cancer Diagnostics

Thursday, 29 September 2016 at 09:30

Add to Calendar ▼2016-09-29 09:30:002016-09-29 10:30:00Europe/LondonCell Free DNA, RNA and Exosome Liquid Biopsy Cancer DiagnosticsLiquid Biopsies and Minimally-Invasive Diagnostics 2016 in San Diego, California, USASan Diego, California, USASELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com

Circulating cell free (ccf) DNA, RNA and exosomes are now considered important biomarkers for liquid biopsy cancer diagnostics, and also hold great promise for early cancer detection. Nevertheless, the isolation of these biomarkers from patient samples requires relatively complex, time consuming and expensive procedures which greatly limits their practical use for most cancer diagnostic applications. New AC dielectrophoretic (DEP) microarray/chip devices now allow 15-20-minute isolation of cancer related ccf-DNA, RNA and exosome biomarkers from 20-50ul of blood, plasma or serum. After isolation of the biomarkers, specific fluorescent dyes can be used first to simultaneously detect the different biomarker levels directly on the chip (in-situ). In a subsequent step, immunofluorescent analysis can be carried out to identify specific protein biomarkers on the exosomes. Finally, the ccf-DNA and RNA (mRNAs and miRNAs release from the exosomes) can be eluted from the DEP chip, and PCR and sequencing analysis carried out to identify the cancer-related point mutations and other polymorphisms, as well as to further verify the tissue origin of the biomarkers. In the case of our Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia clinical studies, final PCR and DNA sequencing results for the CLL related ccf-DNA isolated by DEP were found to be exactly comparable to two much more complex and time consuming “gold standard” procedures. In the case of glioblastoma exosomes isolated from plasma, exosome-specific surface and interior proteins CD63 and TSG101 could be detected by immunofluorescence, and mutated EGFRvlll mRNA was detected by RT-PCR. Finally, the exosomal related protein biomarker Glypican-1 could be isolated from pancreatic cancer patient plasma samples by DEP and detected on-chip by immunofluorescence. Thus, DEP represents a powerful new minimally invasive technology for cancer diagnostics that is particularly well suited for the rapid isolation of cell free nucleic acid and exosomes.


Add to Calendar ▼2016-09-29 00:00:002016-09-30 00:00:00Europe/LondonLiquid Biopsies and Minimally-Invasive Diagnostics 2016Liquid Biopsies and Minimally-Invasive Diagnostics 2016 in San Diego, California, USASan Diego, California, USASELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com