Biomaterials Day 2019


The University of Florida Chapter of the Society for Biomaterials will be hosting its 8th Annual Biomaterials Day research symposium on Monday, March 18th, 2019 in J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom and Auditorium. The theme this year is Celebrating Biomaterials InvestiGATORS!

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. The abstract submission link and deadline will be available by the end of January. Register now and submit abstracts using the links to the right!

Faculty and post-docs interested in judging student posters can sign up to do so by clicking here!

Date: March 18th, 2019

Time: 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

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


Keynote Speaker:

Christopher Batich, PhD

Professor, Joint Faculty, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida

  • Phi Lambda Upsilon (Honorary Chemistry Group). Section Vice-President, 1970

  • Chairman: Organic Chemists Club (Delaware), American Chemical Society, 1978

  • Chairman: College-Industry Relations Committee, Delaware Section (ACS), 1979 & 1980

  • Chairman: North-east ESCA Users Group, Nomination Committee, 1980-1981

  • Member: Florida Section ACS, Public Affairs Committee, 1983

  • College of Engineering Sabbatical, 1990-1991; Akzo Biomedical Research Center, Obernburg, Germany

  • Award for Excellence in Teaching (“TIP”), F-1995

  • Listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 1st Edition, 1996.

  • Listed in The Official Who’s Who of American Inventors, 5th Edition, 1998-99.

  • Professional Excellence Program Award (“PEP”), 1998

  • American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow (1999)

  • Co-Chair, AIMBE Public Information Committee (1999 -present)

  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Millennium Edition. (2000)

  • College of Engineering Nominee for the 2002 Ernest L. Boyer International Award of Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology (2001)

  • AIMBE College of Fellows Selection Committee – Medical Instrumentation Subcommittee, Chair (2006-2011)

  • Inventors Recognition Ceremony; UF Office of Technology Licensing; March 25, 2010

  • 2011 Superior Accomplishment Award from UF for “Mentoring of PhD students” (April 30)

  • Sabbatical (2 semester) August 2011-May 2012

Research  Interests:

  • Antimicrobial advanced wound care dressing

  • Bacterial resistance issues in wound care

  • Tissue engineering

  • Sucrose effects on vascular grafts

  • Persistent skin sanitizer

  • Tissue regeneration

Learn more about Dr. Batich's research here:

Dr. Servoss will no longer be able to present at Biomaterials Day, but we would like to thank her for her consideration! Please learn more about her research below:

Shannon Servoss, PhD

University of Arkansas

  • Associate Professor

Research interests:

  • Biomimetic materials based on poly-N-substituted glycine (peptoid) constructs for use in biomedical applications. 

  • Current research projects include peptoid-based affinity reagents (affitoids) and surface coatings for antibody microarrays.

Learn more about Dr. Servoss's research here:

 Research Presentation:

Gulden Camci-Unal, PhD

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

  • Assistant Professor


Research interests:

  • Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Personalized Medicine, Hydrogels, Additive Manufacturing, Microfabrication, Cardiovascular Diseases, Biomineralization, Point of Care Diagnostics


Learn more about Dr. Camci-Unal's research here:​ 

Research Presentation:

Chelsea Magin, PhD

University of Colorado, Denver

  • Assistant Professor


Research interests:

  • Biomaterials, Regenerative MedicinePulmonary Engineering, In Vitro Disease Modeling, Precision Medicine

Learn more about Dr. Magin's research here:

Research Presentation:

Ashutosh Agarwal, PhD

University of Miami

  • Assistant Professor

Research interests:

  • Muscle on a Chip, Cardiac Disease Models, Pancreatic Islets on a Chip, Lung Cancer on a Chip, Fibrosis on a Chip, Microfluidic Device Design, 

Learn more about Dr. Agarwal's research here:

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