Biomaterials Day 2015


The student chapter of the Society For Biomaterials at the University of Florida is proud to host it's fourth annual Biomaterials Day on March 27th, 2015 at the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, which is on campus. The one-day symposium consists of a keynote address, speaker presentations from academia, as well as students and 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.

Date: March 27th, 2015

Time: 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Location: University of Florida, Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. Gainesville, Florida


Keynote Speaker:

Jeffrey Karp, PhD

Associate Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School


  • Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute

  • Affiliate faculty at MIT through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

  • Research harnesses materials science and stem cell biology to solve medical problems with emphasis on nanoscale/microscale materials and bio-inspired approaches

  • Published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters

  • Given over 140 national and international invited lectures

  • Has 50 issued or pending patents

  • Several technologies that Dr. Karp has developed have formed the foundation for multiple products under development and for the launch of two companies, Gecko Biomedical and Skintifique

  • In 2011 the Boston Business Journal recognized Dr. Karp as a Champion in Healthcare Innovation

  • In 2013 the Institute for Chemical Engineers (IChemE) awarded one of his technologies at the Most Innovative Product of the Year

  • MIT’s Technology Review Magazine (TR35) also recognized Dr. Karp as being one of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35

  • Received the Society for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award

  • Elected in 2013 to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's College of Fellows and as a Kavli Fellow

  • Selected as the Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Mentor among all Faculty at MIT

  • Received the HST McMahon Mentoring award for being the top mentor among all faculty who mentor Harvard-MIT students

 Research Presentation:

Kristi Kiick, PhD

University of Delaware

  • Professor and Deputy Dean of Engineering


Research interests:

  • Uses of protein- and peptide-based materials

  • Self assembled networks in a variety of diverse applications

  • Toxin neutralization, viral inhibition, control of cellular responses, drug delivery, and light-emitting films. 

Research Presentation:

Stephen Miller, PhD

University of Florida

  • Associate Professor

Research interest:

  • Biorenewable, Oxygen-rich monomers for replacing petroleum-based feedstocks that are required for the vast majority of current polymer syntheses

Research Presentation:

Clive Wasserfall, MS

University of Florida

  • Assistant in Pathology


Research interests:

  • Immunopathogenesis of type 1 diabetes and refining prediction of disease onset/progression through the use of genetic markers and autoantibody assessment.

Research Presentation:

Younan Xia, PhD

Georgia Institute of Technology


  • Brock Family Chair and Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Eminent Scholar in Nanomedicine in The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering


Research interests:

  • Design and synthesis of nanomaterials for applications, including nanomedicine, regenerative medicine, cancer theranostics, tissue engineering, controlled release, catalysis, and fuel cell technology.

Student and Poster Presentations

Biomaterials day 2015 included a poster presentation competition highlighting biomaterials research in the region. All graduate, undergraduate, and post-docs were welcome. All abstracts were published in the Event Program. The best two posters received a cash prize!


One student was selected to present during Biomaterials Day.

Industry Representatives

Our industry information session will host great biotechnology and biomaterial companies from around the region, and provide you with the opportunity to interact one-on-one with industry research scientists and hiring managers. Interested in working in the industry or learning more about what these great companies have to offer? Come attend the industry information session, and bring your resumes and questions!

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