Biomaterials Day 2020


The University of Florida Chapter of the Society for Biomaterials will be hosting its 9th Annual Biomaterials Day research symposium on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 in J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom and Auditorium. The theme this year is Thinking Beyond Boundaries in Biomaterials!

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!

Date: March 12th, 2020

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

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


Keynote Speaker:

Jon Dobson, PhD

J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor, Joint Faculty, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida

Honors and Awards:

  • National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow, 2020

  • J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, 2017-present

  • UF Research Foundation Professor, 2017-2020

  • UF Preeminence Term Professor, 2017-2020

  • International Journal of Nanomedicine Distinguished Scientist Award, 2017

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2015

  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2015

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 2013-Present

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, 2004-Present

  • Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology (UK), 2012

  • Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine (UK), 2007

  • Césare Milstein Award, UK Medical Research Council, 2008

  • Lord Stafford Award (UK), 2006 & 2008

  • Royal Society of London – Wolfson Research Merit Fellow, 2004

  • The Wellcome Trust – Sir Henry Wellcome Showcase Award (UK), 2002

Research Interests:

  • Magnetic Activation of Receptor Signaling and Ion Channels

  • Magnetic Nanoparticle-Based Gene Transfection

  • Brain Iron and Neurodegenerative Disease

  • Magnetic Micro- and Nanoparticle Synthesis & Functionalization

  • Magnetic Nanoparticle-based Tools for OA Diagnosis 

Learn more about Dr. Dobson's research here:

Research Presentation

Lola Eniola-Adefeso, PhD

University of Michigan

  • Professor Miller Faculty Scholar

Research interests:

  • Cell Adhesion and Migration – Cells of the immune system

  • Design of polymeric cells for targeted drug delivery

  • Smart Biomaterials for Drug Delivery


Learn more about Dr. Adefeso's research here:

Research Presentation

Treena Arinzeh, PhD

New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Professor

Research interests:

  • Tissue-engineering scaffolds and biomaterials for the repair of bone and other related musculoskeletal tissue

  • Nerve tissue regeneration utilizing stem cells and other cell types

  • Surface characterization and modification of biomaterials

Learn more about Dr. Arinzeh's research here:

Research Presentation

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:

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