Biomaterials Day 2014


The student chapter of the Society For Biomaterials at the University of Florida held its third annual Biomaterials Day entitled “Engineering the Future of Medicine” on March 28th, 2014 at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, which is on campus. The one-day symposium consisted of a keynote address, seven speaker presentations from academia as well as industry representatives, a student poster session featuring the work of graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Florida and other regional universities and lastly, an industrial information session for career opportunities in the field of biomaterials.


Welcome Address:

Dr. Winfred Phillips, PhD

President of the Office of Research at the University of Florida

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Cato Laurencin MD, PhD

University of Connecticut

  • Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Professor of Chemical, Biomolecular, and Materials Science Engineering

  • Director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler for Biomedical, Biological, Engineering and Physical Sciences

  • Science Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering

  • Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science University of Connecticut

Research Presentation:

Dr. Tanmay Lele, PhD 

University of Florida


  • Associate Professor in the UF Department of Chemical Engineering


Research interests:

  • Cell mechanics 

  • Cell and tissue engineering

  • Quantitative cell biology

Research Presentation:

Gary Miller, PhD


  • Founder of Exactech

  • Executive Vice President of Research 

Research Presentation:

Dr. James J. Hickman, PhD

University of Central Florida


  • Professor of Nanoscience Technology, Chemistry, Biomolecular Science and Electrical Engineering 

  • Head of Hybrid Systems Laboratory Nanoscience Technology Center


Research Interests:

  • Body-on-a-chip system

  • Hybrid biological/non-biological devices for drug delivery and toxicology

  • Biological information processing

Research Presentation:

Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy, PhD

Florida International University

  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Research interests:

  • Cell and engineered tissue mechanics with application in cardiovascular regenerative medicine,

  • Interface cartilage tissue engineering


Research Presentation:

Ken Anusavice DMD, PhD 

University of Florida Dental School

  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Division of Operative Dentistry

  • Department of Restorative Dental Sciences                 

  • Chairman, Dental Products Panel, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)         

  • Chairman, Subcommittee 2, Prosthodontic Materials, ISO Technical Committee TC 10

Industry Representatives


Exactech Inc.


RTI Biologics

UF Office of Licensing Technologies

​Society for Biomaterials​

​University of Florida Chapter of