Check out our student presenters at BMES 2021 in person and virtually

Track: Women’s Health
Presentation Title: Modelling of Female Organs/Diseases, Endometriosis, Tissue Engineering, and Sex
Presenter: Samantha Zambuto
Session Time: 8 – 9:30 am EST, Friday, Oct 8th
Room Assignment: Crystal KL

Track: Biomaterials Scaffolds 1
Presentation Title: Formation of a Primary Murine Perivascular Model to Study Hematopoietic Stem Cells In Vitro
Presenter: Tori Barnhouse
Session Time: 8 – 9:30 am EST, Thursday, Oct 7th
Room Assignment: Crystal A

Title of Abstract: Gelatin Hydrogel to Benchmark Patterns of Glioblastoma Invasion and Chemotherapeutic Resistance
Poster Hall Assignment Number:103
Title of Session:Poster Session F with Refreshment Break – Saturday PM
Session Date: 10/9/2021
Session Room Assignment:Exhibit Hall
Time:3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Biomaterials
Theme: Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine
Presentation Title: Isolating the Effects of Amnion and Chorion Soluble Factors and Matrix on hMSC Osteogenic Response
Presenter: Vasiliki (Aliki) Kolliopoulos, Ph.D. candidate
Session Time: Throughout BMES conference
Room Assignment: Virtual

Aliki, Alec, and Victoria won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place funding from the IGB’s Young Innovator Program

Aliki, Alec, and Victoria each won research funding to help develop and commercialize a new technology. Aliki pitched a three dimensional high-throughput array based on the mineralized collagen scaffolds for the rapid downselection of structure-property relationships. Alec pitched a gradient hydrogel platform for the regeneration of cartilage inspired by the growth plate. Victoria pitched a hydrogel platform for high-throughput glioblastoma research. Congratulations!

Congratulations Samantha for winning the SFB STAR award!

Congratulations to Samantha for winning the Society for Biomaterials 2021 Annual Meeting STAR award! The Student Travel Achievement Recognitions (STARs) recognize research excellence and develop future leaders within the Society for Biomaterials. Samantha won the STAR award with her amazing abstract and presentation titled “A Gelatin Hydrogel Model of the Endometrium and Trophoblast Invasion”.

SFB 2021: come watch our student presentations!

Marley Dewey – she/her/hers (rapid fire, 3MT): “Antimicrobial drug delivery in infectious diseases” number 302

Vasiliki “Aliki” Kolliopoulos – she/her/hers (oral): “Modifying Mineralized Collagen Scaffolds to Modulate the Inflammatory Response in Craniomaxillofacial Defects and Enhance Bone Regeneration” session: Biomaterials-based strategies for endogenous tissue regeneration – 1

Samantha Zambuto – she/her/hers (oral): “A Gelatin Hydrogel Model of the Endometrium and Trophoblast Invasion” section: Biomaterials for Women’s and Fetal Health

Tori Barnhouse – she/her/hers (rapid fire): “Formation of a Primary Murine Perivascular Model to Study Hematopoietic Stem Cells In Vitro” number 519

Aleczandria Tiffany – she/her/hers (rapid fire): “Bioactive Alterations to Mineralized Collagen Scaffolds to Enhance Craniofacial Bone Repair” number 352

Sara Pedron – she/her/hers (oral): “Bioengineered Tissue Mimetic Hydrogels to Study Brain Tumor BiologyBioengineered Tissue Mimetic Hydrogels to Study Brain Tumor Biology” session: Engineered biomaterials for neural applications – 1

Congratulations Dr. Marley Dewey!

Congratulations to Marley for successfully defending her PhD thesis, ‘Modification of mineralized collagen scaffolds to overcome challenges of craniomaxillofacial bone repair.’ Marley transformed our efforts to create shape-fitting materials for bone repair. She constantly impressed us with her striking images connecting art with science. She will be moving on to a postdoc with Prof. Stephen Badylak at the University of Pittsburgh. We are so proud of her and will miss her very much! Congrats Dr. Dewey!

Marley publishes in Acta Biomaterialia

Marley and Brendan published an article titled “Inclusion of a 3D-printed Hyperelastic Bone mesh improves mechanical and osteogenic performance of a mineralized collagen scaffold” in Acta Biomaterialia. This describes their work towards regenerating craniomaxillofacial bone defects by combining mineralized collagen scaffolds with 3D-prints from chicago-based company Dimension Inx, LLC. Check it out here!

Congratulations Dr. Aidan Gilchrist!!!

Congratulations to Aidan for successfully defended his PhD thesis today, ‘Soluble factors and remodeling in a synthetic stem cell niche.’ Aidan transformed our efforts to create artificial platforms to culture hematopoietic stem cells in the laboratory. While we are excited that he will be moving on to a fantastic postdoc with Dr. Sarah Heilshorn at Stanford University,  we will miss him very much! Congratulations again Dr. Gilchrist!