Biomaterials Day 2018


The University of Florida Chapter of the Society for Biomaterials will be hosting its 7th Annual Biomaterials Day research symposium on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 in J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom and Auditorium. The theme this year is "Breaking Barriers in Biomaterials Research to reflect both the innovation in the field and diversity in the workplace that will be showcased at the event. We will be hosting speakers from Columbia University, UC Davis, UMass Amherst, and University of Central Florida.

Biomaterials Day will include a poster competition open to both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, graduate students are eligible to submit abstracts to participate in the student talk competition. Six applicants will be selected for student talks which will last 15 minutes each. Abstracts for both the poster competition and student talk competition are due February 2nd, 2018. Register now and submit abstracts using the links to the right!

Judge student talks by clicking here!

Date: February 23rd, 2018

Time: 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

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


Keynote Speaker:

Helen Lu, PhD

Professor, Vice Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

  • Member, Editorial Board, Regenerative Biomaterials

  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

  • Member, Editorial Board, Tissue Engineering

  • Society for Biomaterials Young Investigator Award

  • Faculty Diversity Research Fellowship, Columbia University

  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering

  • International Award for Young Investigator in Orthopedic Biomechanics and Sports Medicine

  • Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Faculty Career Award in Translational Research (Phases I & II)

Research  Interests:

  • Interface tissue engineering and mechanisms of soft tissue to bone integration 

    • Structure-function relationship at soft tissue-to-bone interfaces

    • Mechanisms of tissue-to-tissue integration: Role of cellular interactions

    • Multi-phasic scaffold design for the formation of complex tissue systems

  • Mechanism of cell-biomaterial interactions 

  • Design of composite biomaterials and scaffolds for functional tissue engineering

  • Dental and Craniofacial Tissue Engineering

Check out Dr. Lu's research here:

 Research Presentation:

Shelly Peyton, PhD

University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Associate Professor


Research interests:

  • Soft Materials, Cancer Biology, and Cell Motility


Check out Dr. Peyton's research here: 

Research Presentation:

Jamal Lewis, PhD

University of California Davis

  • Assistant Professor

Research interests:

  • Investigation and translation of a particulate platform system for autoimmune disease therapy

  • Development of biologically-inspired polymers for immune modulation

  • Understanding controlled non-lytic exocytosis in phagocytic cells

  • Uncovering the role of dendritic cells in the foreign body response to materials

Check out Dr. Lewis's research here:

Research Presentation:

Elizabeth Brisbois, PhD

University of Central Florida

  • Assistant Professor


Research interests:

  • Biomaterials, polymers, thera-peutic delivery, biomedical efficacy, medical device applications, translational research

Check out Dr. Brisbois's research here:

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