Weekly Webinar Series


The University of Florida Chapter of the Society for Biomaterials is introducing a webinar series focusing on advancements in the fields of biomaterials, bioengineering, and biomedicine. Talks will be given weekly by scientists and leaders of biomedical research and industry. Register for each talk at the links below!


Dr. Alex Lausch, Co-founder at Cohesys

Biomaterials Startup

September 2nd, 2020 at 6 PM


Dr. Alexander Lausch is an engineering scientist from the University of Toronto,
specializing in biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Dr. Lausch, has a passion for
translational science, bringing scientific research to real-world technologies to address
current and future medical problems.
Dr. Lausch has a background in material science and engineering with a specialty in
biomaterials. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto where he developed
a triphasic, biomimetically mineralized collagen scaffold for dental applications.
Considering his background Dr. Lausch is uniquely suited to help drive the transition
from fundamental science to real-world applications

Dr. Padina Pezeshki, Clinical Researcher at Medtronics

Clinical Research

August 17th, 2020 at 12 PM


Padina Pezeshki is a biomedical engineer by training, an innovator, art lover and
generally excited about life. She is a mom, a yoga teacher, and quite entrepreneurial.
She has 4 medical device patents, two TED talks and a fairly large academic footprint.
Her master's project (a dental implant), PhD project (RFA ablation devices for bone
cancer) and post-doc project (surgical navigation for breast cancer), and startup
venture (mental health digital clinic) have been commercialized and helping patients
worldwide. Currently, she is the clinical research lead for Medtronic's Minimally
Invasive Therapies Group in Canada.

Dr. Allison Goins, Research Engineer at Georgia-Pacific

Research and Development Engineering

August 5th, 2020 at 6 PM


Allison Goins, Ph.D. is a research engineer at Georgia-Pacific in the Building Products
business unit and works on the development of new construction-related products. During
her time at Georgia-Pacific Allison has led multiple projects with associated values over $5
million and filed more than 5 patents. Although Allison currently works in building materials
this is not what she did her graduate research in. Before joining Georgia-Pacific Allison was
a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida in the Department of Materials Science and
Engineering. Working in the laboratory of Dr. Josephine Allen, Allison studied biomaterial

implants to promote tissue regeneration. During her time as a graduate student, Allison co-
authored 6 publications, 3 of which were first author publications and filed 1 invention


Hamid Trimech, Bulk Vaccine Process Engineer

Vaccine Manufacturing

July 29th, 2020 at 10 AM


Hamid Trimech received his diploma as a chemical process engineer in 2017, from
CPE Lyon Engineering School in Lyon, France. He did his masters degree in Edinburgh
Scotland, and did a 12 month internship at Air Liquide Japan as a semi-conductor
research engineer. Currently he is a Bulk Vaccine Process Engineer at Sanofi Pasteur.
His talk will be about the vaccine industry and will share with us some projects he is
working on. Furthermore, he will be providing tips for students interested in going
into industry, and how he landed his current position at Sanofi Pasteur.

Samantha Stuart, B.A.Sc., IP Specialist

The Secret of Transferrable Skills

July 20th, 2020 at 6 PM


Transferable skills have largely shaped the path of Samantha Stuart’s career. After
pursuing an internship with a boutique patent law firm following her second year of
materials engineering at the University of Toronto, IP as a transferable skill has
followed her unexpectedly throughout her career; overlapping her role in quality
systems for surgical devices at Synaptive Medical, starting a freelance IP consulting
business while pursuing academic research in the UK, and after her graduation in
2019 building an IP Management System from scratch at an engineering start-up
through the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Samantha is also a TEDx speaker, an
engineering outreach advocate, and all-around fan of mindfulness and reading as
tools to get through the pandemic. This fall she is returning to the University of
Toronto to pursue a research Master’s in Biomedical Engineering.

Alexander Peters MD MPH, NY Presbyterian Hospital

Fighting COVID-19 in New York City

July 13th, 2020 at 6 PM


Dr. Peters is a surgeon working on the frontlines of COVID-19. He currently works at

New-York Presbyterian Hospital, and served as a project coordinator at Beth Israel

Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Peters graduated from Icahn School of Medicine and

did his fellowship as a global surgery research fellow at Harvard Medical School.

During his talk, he will be sharing his experience working during this pandemic, and

some previous work he has done.

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