Gilda Barabino
October 11, 2019
Gilda Barabino, NAE, Dean, Grove School of Engineering and Daniel and Frances Berg Professor, The City College of New York
Cell Biomechanics: Unlocking Determinants of Human Health and Disease

Biomechanical properties of cells are important determinants of cell behavior and organ function in normal and disease states. Understanding the link between cell biomechanics and the delicate balance between human health and disease holds great promise for predicting disease onset and progression and for developing effective therapies. In the context of sickle cell disease, this presentation addresses questions of how biological processes lead to structural changes in the cell that are accompanied by changes in mechanical characteristics, how those changes influence disease state, and how therapeutic strategies can be developed and evaluated. Probing cell biomechanics for insights into the pathophysiology of disease has important implications for the treatment of individuals with sickle cell disease and individuals with other diseases that have a biomechanical basis.

Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: SEC, Room 204

About Elizabeth D. Rockwell

Elizabeth D. Rockwell

A fourth generation Houstonian, Mrs. Rockwell was an Executive Director, Private Client Division of CIBC Oppenheimer Corp. She was widely recognized as an expert in retirement, estate, investment, and tax planning. She was an early proponent of the Keogh and IRA plans, for which she has been nationally recognized.

In 1991, she qualified to be a member of the Million Dollar Round Table as well as the Texas Leaders Round Table. Since 1990 she had authored a monthly column for the Houston Chronicle.

Mrs. Rockwell served as President of the UH College of Business Administration Foundation Board, as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, and was an Executive Professor for the college. She also served as a member of the advisory board of the Health Law and Policy Institute and as a Trustee of the University of Houston System’s Foundation, as well as a member of the UH System’s Planned Giving Council.

Mrs. Rockwell served on the Board of Governors for the Houston Forum, and as a Board member of the American Red Cross, the Greater Houston Women’s Foundation, the University of Houston Alumni Organization, and the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. She was a member of the River Oaks Business Women’s Exchange Club, the National Tax Sheltered Annuity Association, the Texas Association of College Teachers, and the Houston Association of Life Underwriters.

Among her numerous honors, she has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Houston, the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Houston Alumni Organization and from the UH College of Business Administration. Throughout the years she has been recognized for her many achievements by the Education Foundation of Harris County, the Houston Community College System’s Television Station Advisory Council, and the Houston Mayor’s READ Commission.

The Houston Alumni Center is home to the Elizabeth D. Rockwell President’s Suite. In September 1997, the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Career Services Center was opened in the UH College of Business Administration. She endowed the Chair for the Dean of the M.D. Anderson Library.

Mrs. Rockwell was listed in the Who’s Who in the South and Southwest; Who’s Who in finance and Industry; Who’s Who of American Women; and Who’s Who in the World.