Special Interest Groups

Chairs supervise and control all business of the Special Interest Groups and also serve as members of the Special Interest Group Committee. Group Vice-chairpersons assist the Chairs. Group Secretary-Treasurers are responsible for funds and securities of the group and maintain minutes of group meetings. Program Chairs represent the interest of the group within the programs, publications, and activities of the Society.

Special Interest Group Representative:
Steven R. Little, Ph.D
University of Pittsburgh
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
1237 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Telephone: (412) 624-9614
Fax: (412) 624-9639
Email: slittle@engr.pitt.edu


The Society's Special Interest Groups provide a forum for networking and new ideas within a focused environment.

Any active SFB member may join a SIG at any time by filling out a short SIG Membership Application.

Biomaterials and Medical Products Commercialization

Developing and commercializing a useful new biomaterial or medical product can be difficult enough from a scientific perspective, but additional challenges may await you in bringing products to the market including issues in the regulatory, reimbursement, patent, litigation, economic, manufacturing and political realms, along with the unavailability of many materials for implantation. The B&MPC SIG members interact and exchange information on these and related issues, providing a forum to assist Society members in coping with uncertain and evolving matters in the commercialization of products.

Chair: Anne E. Meyer, PhD
University At Buffalo
Industry/University Center For Biosurfac
110 Parker Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3007
t: (716) 829-3560
f: (716) 835-4872
e: aemeyer@buffalo.edu

Vice Chair: Carl R. McMillin, PhD
Synthetic Body Parts
6099 Warblers Roost
Brecksville, OH 44141
t: (440) 838-0985
f: (440) 838-4516
e: carl@syntheticbodyparts.com

Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Curtis
Senior Industry Chemist, Healthcare
Dow Corning Corporation
PO Box 994
MS C40D01
Midland, MI 48686-0994
t: (989) 496-6809
f: (989) 496-5710
e: jim.curtis@dowcorning.com

Program Chair: Eric Sussman, BSE
University of Washington
Dept. of Bioengineering
Box 355061
Seattle, WA 98195
t: (206) 221-5827
f: (206) 616-9763
e: esussman@u.washington.edu

Web Contact: Carl R. McMillin, PhD
Synthetic Body Parts
6099 Warblers Roost
Brecksville, OH 44141
t: (440) 838-0985
f: (440) 838-4516
e: carl@syntheticbodyparts.com

Student Contact: TBD

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Nihar Shah, PhD
University of Kentucky, Lexington
177 F. Paul Anderson Tower
Lexington, KY 40506
t: (864) 650-0578
e: nihar.shah@uky.edu

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Biomaterials Education

Our mission is to affect quality of teaching and learning through the discussion, generation and implementation of innovative ideas. Through this, we seek to advance the interests and goals of the biomaterials community by attempting to bridge the gap between classroom theory and clinical application. As the field of biomaterials rapidly evolves, so must biomaterials education. The Biomaterials Education Special Interest Group is dedicated to the belief that all members of the biomaterials community should be provided with high quality educational opportunities in a stimulating environment.

Chair: Julie Liu, PhD
Purdue University
School of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
t: (765) 494-1935
f: (765) 494-0805
e: julieliu@purdue.edu

Vice Chair: Nicholas Ziats, PhD
Case Western Research University
Department of Pathology
10900 Euclid Avenue
Wolstein Building #5143
Cleveland, OH 44106
t: (216) 368-5176
f: (216) 368-1357
e: npz@case.edu

Secretary/Treasurer: Cassandra Wright-Walker, PhD Candidate
Clemson University
Bioengineering
301 Rhodes Research Center
Clemson, SC 29634
t: (864) 367-4652
e: cassanw@clemson.edu

Program Chair: Anirban Sen Gupta, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Biomedical Engineering
10900 Euclid Ave.
Wickenden Bldg., Room 519
Cleveland, OH 44106
t: (216) 368-4564
f: (216) 368-4969
e: axs262@case.edu

Past Chair: Kenneth R. St. John, PhD
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Biomedical Materials Science
Medical Center, SOD Biomaterials
2500 N State Street
Jackson, MS 39216-4500
t: (601) 984-6170
f: (601) 984-6087
e: kstjohn@umc.edu

Web Contact: Amber Jennings
t: (205) 310-3153
e: jennings.amber@gmail.com

Student Contact:
1) Elizabeth Adolph
Vanderbilt University
107 Olin Hall, 2400 Highland Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212
t: (615) 343-4977
e: elizabeth.adolph@vanderbilt.edu

2) Beth Pollot
University of Texas at San Antonio
9603 Bandera Road
Apt 916
San Antonio, TX 78250
t: (585) 739-1721
e: bepollot@gmail.com

 

Biomaterials Forum Reporter:
Gregory Hudalla
University of Chicago
Abbott Hall 524
5841 S. Maryland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
t: (630) 781-1071
e: ghudalla@uchicago.edu

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Biomaterials-Tissue Interaction (formerly Implant Pathology)

Events that follow binding of the first host ion to an implant’s surface are dictated by reactions not well understood for any biomaterial or device.  Understanding these events is the purpose of the Biomaterials-Tissue Interaction Interest Group.  Only through such understanding can one definitively answer such questions as: “Why did it fail?” and “What led to its success that we can apply to future devices?” These answers will come from such fields as physiology, immunology, pathology, biomechanics and material science.  They will apply to the subjects of every other SIG in the Society.  All those interested in the mechanisms of host-implant interaction are welcome to join our quest.

Chair: Floyd Karp, MME
University of Washington
Dept of Bioengineering
Box 355061
Seattle, WA 98195-5061
t: (206) 715-5386
e: floyd@u.washington.edu

Vice Chair: Janson Emmanuel
W L Gore Associates
Department of Pathology
4100 W Kiltie Ln
Box 900
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
t: (928) 864-3855
f: (928) 864-3860
e: jemmanua@wlgore.com

Secretary/Treasurer: Nicholas P. Ziats, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Department of Pathology
2103 Cornell Road
Wolstein Building #5143
Cleveland, OH 44106
t: (216) 368-5176
f: (216) 368-1357
e: npz@case.edu

Program Chair: Howard Winet, PhD
University Of California, Los Angeles
Bioengineering Dept
PO Box 951600
Los Angeles, CA 90095
t: (213) 742-1007 x1459
f: (310) 794-5956
e: hwinet@seas.ucla.edu

Past Chair: Janson Emmanuel

Web Contact: TBD

Student Contact: Argus Sun, MS
UCLA
Biomedical Engineering
811 Venice Blvd. #341
Los Angeles, CA 90066-3949
t: (310) 391-4875
e: argus@seas.ucla.edu

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Janson Emmanual
W L Gore Associates
Department of Pathology
4100 W Kiltie Lane
Box 900
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
t: 928-864-3855
f: 928-864-3860
e: jemmanua@wlgore.com

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Cardiovascular Biomaterials

The Cardiovascular Special Interest Group has the mission to foster the professional interaction and address the common concerns of academic and industrial scientists and engineers, clinicians, and regulatory professionals concerned with the discovery, research, development, and use of biomaterials for cardiovascular devices and implants.

Chair: Natalie Artzi, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Health Sciences and Technology
311 Carlton Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
t: (617) 513-0063
e: nartzi@mit.edu

Vice-Chair: Peter Edelman, PhD
Boston Scientific
R&D Analytical
One Scimed Place
Maple Grove, MN 55311
t: (763) 255-0282
f: (763) 322-5048
e: peter.edelman@bsci.com

Secretary/Treasurer: Laura Indolfi, PhD
Harvard - MIT
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Bldg E25-449
Cambridge, MA 02139
t: (617) 715-2060
e: lindolfi@mit.edu

Program Chair: Kishore Udipi, PhD
Biopolymer Designs, Inc.
3575 Alkirst Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
t: (707) 544-2969
f: (707) 544-2969
e: udipi@biopolymerdesigns.com

Past Chair: Vipul Dave, Ph.D.
Cordis Corporation
a Johnson & Johnson Company
Therapeutics and Advanced Research
7 Powder Horn Drive
Warren, NJ 07059
t: (732) 805-6075
f: (732) 805-6198
e: vdave1@its.jnj.com

Web Contact: Annemarie Gallo, BSEE
University of South Dakota
3901 W Innovation St Apt #203
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
t: (802) 338-0889
e: annemarie.gallo@gmail.com

Student Contact: Rahim Jindani, MSc
NCSU College of Textiles
Dr. Martin W King's Biomedical Textiles
1000 Main Campus Dr.
3305 College of Textiles Box 8301
Raleigh, NC 27695
t: (248) 821-0923
e: rjindan@ncsu.edu

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Natalie Artzi, PhD
MIT
311 Carlton Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
t: 617-513-0063
e: nartzi@mit.edu

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Engineering Cells and Their Microenvironments

The Engineering Cells & Their Microenvironments Special Interest Group concentrates on technologies and approaches focused at the single cell level and encompassing engineering cell microenvironments, biomaterial-induced cell signaling, stem cell manufacturing and differentiation, immunoengineering, and biomaterials for cell-based detection and diagnosis.



Chair: Brendan Harley, ScD
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dept of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineer
110 Roger Adams Lab
600 South Mathews Ave, MC712, Box C3
Urbana, IL 61801
t: (217) 244-7112
f: (217) 333-5052
e: bharley@alum.mit.edu

Vice-Chair: Sarah E. Stabenfeldt, PhD
Arizona State University
School of Biological & Health Systems Eng.
PO Box 879709
Tempe, AZ 85287-9709
t: (480) 965-8336
f: (480) 727-7624
e: sarah.stabenfeldt@asu.edu

Secretary/Treasurer: Jay Henderson, PhD
Syracuse University
318 Bowne Hall
Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
Syracuse, NY 13244
t: (315) 443-9739
e: jhhender@syr.edu

Program Chair: Anshu Mathur, PhD
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Plastic Surgery
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
602
Houston, TX 77459
t: (713) 563-7568
e: amathur@mdanderson.org

Past Chair: Thomas Barker, PhD
Georgia Inst. of Technology
Wallace H. Coulter Dept of Bio. Eng.
313 Ferst Drive
Suite 3111
Atlanta, GA 30332
t: (404) 385-5039
f: (404) 385-5044
e: thomas.barker@bme.gatech.edu

Web Contact: Laura Wells, MASc
University of Toronto
IBBME
7-109 Runnymede Rd.
Toronto, ON M6S 2Y4
CANADA
t: (647) 783-8085
e: laura.wells@utoronto.ca

Student Contact: David Baker, BS
UT Arlington
Biomedical Engineering
1717 E Belt Line Rd. #625
Coppell, TX 75019
t: (508) 930-2413
e: bakerdw71@gmail.com

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Adam Feinberg
Carnegie Mellon University
700 Technology Dr.
PTC 4315
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
t: (412) 268-4897
e: feinberg@andrew.cmu.edu

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Dental/Craniofacial Materials

The Dental/Craniofacial Biomaterials Special Interest Group focuses on basic, applied, and clinical biomaterials research using approaches ranging from synthetic materials to biological mechanisms of therapy, and including materials/biological constructs and tissue structure-function analyses as biomimetic/design bases. Each of these approaches converge into the larger objective of restoring oral tissue structure and function. Issues related to materials used or having potential for use intra-orally or extra-orally for the restoration, fixation, replacement, or regeneration of hard and soft tissues in and about the oral cavity and craniofacial region are included. New dental biomaterials technologies include advanced inorganic and organic materials, biomimetics, smart materials, tissue engineering, drug delivery strategies and surface modified materials.

Chair: Sachin Mamidwar, MBSS (MD), MS
Orthogen Corporation
505 Morris Ave, Suite 104
Springfield, NJ 07081
t: (973) 467-2404
f: (973) 467-1218
e: smamidwar@orthogencorp.com

Vice Chair: Qiang "Charles" Ye, PhD
University of Kansas
Bioengineering Research Center
1530 W 15th St
Lawrence, KS 66045
t: (785) 864-1746
f: (785) 864-1742
e: yeq@ku.edu

Secretary/Treasurer: Lukasz Witek, MS
Oklahoma State University
School of Chemical Engineering
4701 N. Washington St.
Apt. 312
Stillwater, OK 74075
t: (570) 401-1332
e: lukas.witek@gmail.com

Program Chair: Nick Tovar, PhD
NYU College of Dentistry
Biomaterials and Biomimetics
345 East 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
t: (212) 998-9447
e: nicktovar@gmail.com

Past Chair: Sachin Mamidwar, MBSS (MD), MS
Orthogen Corporation
505 Morris Ave, Suite 104
Springfield, NJ 07081
t: (973) 467-2404
f: (973) 467-1218
e: smamidwar@orthogencorp.com

Web Contact: Jimmy Walker, MS, PhD candidate
419 Engineering North
School of Chemical Engineering
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
t: (918) 658-4271
e: jimmywalker@okstate.edu

Student Contact: TBD

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Sachin Mamidwar, MBSS(MD), MS
Orthogen Corporation
505 Morris Avenue, Suite 104
Springfield, NJ 07081
t: 973-467-2404
f: 973-467-1218
e: smamidwar@orthogencorp.com

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Drug Delivery

The Drug Delivery Special Interest Group will deal with the science and technology of controlled release of active agents from delivery systems. Controlled drug release is achieved by the use of diffusion, chemical reactions, dissolutions or osmosis, used either singly or in combination. While the vast majority of such delivery devices are based on polymers, controlled release can also be achieved by the use of mechanical pumps. In a broader sense, controlled release also involves control over the site of action of the active agent, using the active agent using pro-drugs, targetable water soluble polymers or various microparticulate systems. Relevant aspects of toxicology, bioavailability, pharmacokinetics, and biocompatibility are also included.

Chair: Rebecca Bader, PhD
Syracuse University
Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
318 Bowne Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
t: (315) 443-9709
f: (315) 443-9175
e: babader@syr.edu

Vice Chair: Noelle Comolli, PhD
Villanova University
Chemical Engineering
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
t: (610) 519-7134
e: noelle.comolli@villanova.edu

Secretary/Treasurer: Jordan Green, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Biomedical Engineering
400 N. Broadway, Smith 5017
Baltimore, MD 21231
t: (410) 614-9113
f: (443) 287-6298
e: green@jhu.edu

Program Chair: Thomas Dziubla, PhD
University of Kentucky
Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering
177 F Paul Anderson Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-4063
t: (859) 257-4063
e: dziubla@engr.uky.edu

Past Chair: Steven Little, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
1237 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
t: (412) 624-9614
f: (412) 624-9639
e: slittle@engr.pitt.edu

Web Contact: Noelle Comolli, PhD
Villanova University
Chemical Engineering
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
t: (610) 519-7134
e: noelle.comolli@villanova.edu

Student Contact: Noah Johnson
University of Pittsburgh
112 Stratford Ave #2
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
t: (615) 322-9097
e: nrj5011@gmail.com

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Scott A. Guelcher, PhD
Vanderbilt University
Dept. of Chem. and Bio. Engineering
PMB 351604
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1604
t: 859-257-4063
f: (615) 343-7951
e: scott.guelcher@vanderbilt.edu

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Immune Engineering

Over the past decade the focus of many bioengineers and clinicians has been shifting towards "immune engineering" approaches that include but are not limited to engineered biomaterials for vaccines, immunotherapy (immune-modulation), cell and gene therapy, immune microenvironment engineering, and systems immunology. These research areas embrace a comprehensive list of translational immunology-associated problems including chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, aggressive cancers, allergies, etc. The purpose of the Immune Engineering SIG is to bring together emerging ideas and provide a venue for professional interaction to a large number of academic and industrial research groups and scientists working in these areas.

 

Chair: Ankur Singh, PhD
Cornell University
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace
Cornell University
233 Thurston
Ithaca, NY 14853-7501
t: (607) 255-2194
e: as2833@cornell.edu

Vice Chair: Susan N. Thomas, PhD
Georgia Insitute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering
315 Ferst Drive NW, Ibb - Rm 2315
Atlanta, GA 30332
t: 404-385-1126
f: 404-385-1397
e: susan.thomas@gatech.edu

Secretary/Treasurer: Lance Kam, PhD
Columbia University
Department of Biomedical Engineering
351 Engineering Terrace
500 W 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
t: 212-854-8611
f: 212-854-8725
e: lk2141@columbia.edu

Program Chair: Benjamin Keselowsky, PhD
University of Florida
Department of Biomedical Engineering
130 BME Building
PO Box 116131
Gainesville, FL 32611-6131
t: 352-273-5878
e: bkeselowsky@bme.ufl.edu

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Nanomaterials

Chair: Steven Eppel, PhD
Case Western University
Biomed Engineering
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
t: (216) 368-4067
f: (216) 368-4969
e: sje@case.edu

Vice Chair: Ketul Popat, PhD
Colorado State University
School of Biomedical Engineering
1374 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523
t: (970) 491-1468
f: (970) 491-3827
e: ketul.popat@colostate.edu

Secretary/Treasurer: Daniel Siegwart, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Department of Biochemistry
6001 Forst Park Rd, ND2, Room 210E
Dallas, TX 75390-8807
t: (617) 682-9313
e: daniel.siegwart@utsouthwestern.edu

Program Chair: Huinan Liu, PhD
University of California at Riverside Materials Science And Eng. Program
Dept. of Bioengineering
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521
t: (951) 827-2944
f: (951) 827-6416
e: huinan@gmail.com

Past Chair: Thomas Webster, PhD
Brown University
Division of Engineering
Box 224
Barus and Holley
Providence, RI 02912
t: (401) 863-2318
f: (401) 863-9107
e: Thomas_Webster@brown.edu

Web Contact: Aaron Cipriano
University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
t: (909) 652-2564
e: acipr001@ucr.edu

Student Contact: Aaron Cipriano
University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
t: (909) 652-2564
e: acipr001@ucr.edu

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Steven Eppell, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Biomed Engineering
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
t: 216-368-4067
f: 216-368-4969
e: sje@case.edu

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Ophthalmic Biomaterials

The scope of the Ophthalmology Special Interest Group encompasses both the development and biocompatibility testing of materials for the augmentation and replacement of diseased ocular tissues and the development and testing of drug delivery systems to the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Some specific areas of interest include but are not limited to: wetting of surfaces; surface modification and protein adsorption of polymers used for refractive devices; transport through polymers, drug delivery systems and technologies; vitreous replacement fluids; retinal tamponades, and glaucoma drainage devices for the regulation of intraocular pressure.

Chair: Rakhi Jain, PhD
PowerVision, Inc.
298 Harbor Boulevard
Belmont, CA 94002
t: (650) 620-9948 ext 223
f: (650) 620-4607
e: rjain@powervisionlens.com

Vice Chair: Marcia Orozco, MS
6201 S Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76134
t: (954) 235-5847
e: marcia.orozco@gmail.com

Secretary/Treasurer: Anand "Andy" Doraiswamy, PhD
Advanced Vision Science, Inc
5743 Thornwood Drive
Goleta, CA 93117
t: (805) 683-3851 x 247
f: (805) 964-3065
e: adoraiswamy@avsiol.com

Program Chair: Yasushi P. Kato, PhD
Innovia LLC
12415 SW 136 Ave Unit 3
Miami, FL 33186
t: (305) 378-2651 x331
f: (305) 378-2652
e: ypkato@innovia-llc.com

Past Chair: Anand "Andy" Doraiswamy, PhD
Advanced Vision Science, Inc
5743 Thornwood Drive
Goleta, CA 93117
t: (805) 683-3851 x 247
f: (805) 964-3065
e: adoraiswamy@avsiol.com

Web Contact: Victoria Tran
CooperVision
5870 Stoneridge Dr.
Pleasanton, CA 94588
t: (412) 624-8625
e: vbluetran@gmail.com

Student Contact: Myrto Koroglannaki
McMaster University
Chemical Engineering
44 Glen Rd. #604
Hamilton, Ontario
CANADA
e: korogim@mcmaster.com

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Morgan Fedorchak, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Chemical Engineering
3700 O'Hara St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
t: 805-683-3851 x 247
f: 805-964-3065
e: mod8@pitt.edu

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Orthopaedic Biomaterials

The Orthopaedic Biomaterials Special Interest Group is focusing on new technologies and materials advances in orthopaedic surgery. The three immediate goals of this emerging Special Interest Group are: 1) solicitation of new members for the Special Interest Group from current Society membership and from non-members actively engaged in research and development of improved materials for orthopaedics, 2) identification of key issues in orthopaedic materials that should be addressed within the Society, and 3) cooperation between Special Interest Group membership and the chairman of the Program Committee for the Annual Meeting to assist in the coordination of the scientific program.

Chair: Esmaiel Jabbari, PhD
University of South Carolina
301 South Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
t: (803) 777-8022
e: jabbari@mailbox.sc.edu

Vice Chair: Bingyun Li, PhD
West Virginia University Medical School
Dept of Orthopaedics
PO 9196 HSS
1 Medical Center Dr
Morgantown, WV 26506-9196
t: (304) 293-1075
f: (304) 293-7070
e: bli@hsc.wvu.edu

Secretary/Treasurer: Sachin Mamidwar, MBSS (MD), MS
Orthogen Corporation
505 Morris Ave, Suite 104
Springfield, NJ 07081
t: (973) 467-2404
f: (973) 467-1218
e: smamidwar@orthogencorp.com

Program Chair: Sangamesh Kumbar, PhD
University of Connecticut Health Center
New England Musculoskeletal Institute
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
MC 3710, Room # ARB7E7032
263 Farmington Ave 
Farmington, CT 06030
t: (860)-679-3955
f: (434)-258-7924
e: kumbar@uchc.edu
e: nair@uchc.edu

Past Chair: Sangamesh Kumbar, PhD
University of Connecticut Health Center
New England Musculoskeletal Institute
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
MC 3710, Room # ARB7E7032
263 Farmington Ave 
Farmington, CT 06030
t: (860)-679-3955
f: (434)-258-7924
e: kumbar@uchc.edu
e: nair@uchc.edu

Web Contact: Chandra M. Valmikinathan, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology
Biomedical Engineering
9 Linden Ave
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
t: (201) 290-5215
e: cvalmiki@gmail.com

Student Contact: Ashley Parker
University of Memphis
330 Engineering Technology
Memphis, TN 38152
t: (601) 580-0318
e: alcox3@memphis.edu

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Jessica Amber Jennings, PhD
University of Memphis
Biomedical Engineering
330 Engineering Technology
Memphis, TN 38152
t: (205) 310-3153
f: (901) 678-5281
e: jennings.amber@gmail.com

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Protein and Cells at Interfaces

The Proteins and Cells at Interfaces Special Interest Group seeks to promote a better understanding of cell and protein interactions with biomaterial interfaces. To achieve these goals, the group organizes activities related to the evaluation of existing materials and the design of new materials to produce targeted responses by proteins and cells. Some of the topics related to proteins include: 1) relating surface chemistry to protein adsorption or specific binding and 2) studying the activation or inactivation of protein function at interfaces, including complement activation. Cell topics include: 1) the response of cells to differing chemistries and microstructures (roughness or porosity), 2) the evaluation of multiple cell and tissue response parameters (attachment, growth, migration, differentiation, inflammation, fibrosis), 3) the role of surface receptors in cell responses, and 4) all relevant cell types including bacteria. The group organizes workshops, symposia, and sessions at the Annual Meeting.

Chair: Nathan D. Gallant, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ENB 118
Tampa, FL 33620
e: ngallant@usf.edu
t: (813) 974-5840

Vice-Chair: Pranav Soman, Ph.D.
Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Syracuse University
318 Bowne Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1200
e: pranavsom@gmail.com
t: (315) 443-9322

Secretary/Treasurer: Jeffrey R. Capadona, PhD
L. Stokes Department of Veteran Affairs
Rehabilitation Research & Dev.
10701 East Blvd - APT Center
Cleveland, OH 44106
t: (216) 791-3800 x 4662
f: (216) 707-6420
e: jcapadona@aptcenter.org

Program Chair: Christopher Bettinger, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University
Biomedical Eng./Mat. Science
5000 Forbes Ave.
Wean Hall Room 4315
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
e. cjbetti@gmail.com
t. (412) 268-7677
f: (412) 268-7596

Past Chair: Carl G. Simon, Jr., Ph.D.
Polymers Division
National Institute of Standards & Technology
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8543
e: carl.simon@nist.gov
t: (301) 975-8574

Web Contact: Balakrishnan Sivaraman, PhD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Lerner Research Institute
Biomedical Engineering
9500 Euclid Ave. ND-20
Cleveland, OH 44120
t: (415) 779-2258
e: bsivaraman@gmail.com

Student Contact: Alice Cheng
Georgia Institute of Technology
Biomedical Engineering
1206 Shockoe Lane
#201
Richmond, VA 23219
t: (917) 346-1153
e: acheng@gatech.edu

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Sumona Sarkar, PhD
Polymers Division
National Institute of Standards & Technology
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8543
e: sumona.sarkar@nist.gov

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Surface Characterization and Modification

The Surface Characterization and Modification Special Interest Group emphasizes two major research topics: 1) improving understanding of biomaterial surface structure and its relationship to biological performance, and 2) developing surface modification strategies for biomaterials. Some research areas that fall under these topics include spectroscopic, microscopic, and biochemical surface characterization, thin film deposition; chemical and ion surface modification; lubrication, passivation/corrosion, and biological films; and quality assurance of device surfaces. This Special Interest Group will be active in arranging workshops, symposia, and Annual Meeting sessions for the Society. Through these venues the Special Interest Group will provide a forum for exchange of ideas, methods, and expertise in surface characterization and modification.

Chair: Shrojal Desai, PhD
Hospira Inc.
275 North Field Drive
Building H3-N1
Lake Forest, IL 60045
t: (651) 582-5496
f: (651) 582-6201
e: shrojaldesai@yahoo.com

Vice Chair: Gopinath Mani, PhD
The University of South Dakota
Biomedical Engineering
4800 N. Career Ave., Suite 221
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
t: (605) 367-7773
e: Gopinath.Mani@usd.edu

Secretary/Treasurer: Ankit Agarwal, PhD
Imbed Biosciences Inc.
510 Charmany Drive
Suite 62
Madison, WI 53719
t: (515) 708-1330
e: ankit@imbedbio.com

Program Chair: Susan Stoebner
University of South Dakota
5 W Equestrian Place #2203
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
t: (605) 216-3876
e: suestoebner@hotmail.com

Past Chair: Lawrence Salvati, Jr., PhD
Bausch & Lomb
1400 N Goodman St.
Rochester, NY 14609
t: (585) 338-8134
e: lawrence.salvati@bausch.com

Web Contact: Tigran Abramyan, BS
Clemson University
Bioengineering
407 Rhodes Research Center
Clemson, SC 29634
t: (267) 317-6168
e: tabramy@clemson.edu

Student Contact: Sujan Lamichhane
University of South Dakota
413 S Summit Ave.
Apt 2
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
t: (973) 652-6800
e: sjnlamichhane@gmail.com

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Nihar Shah, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky, Lexington
177 F Paul Anderson Tower
Lexington, KY 40506
t: 864-650-0578
e: nihar.shah@uky.edu

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Tissue Engineering

Mission Statement:

TE SIG is a forum to exchange information, further knowledge, and promote greater awareness regarding all aspects of the use of biomaterials to engineering tissue substitutes or to promote tissue regeneration. Of primary interest and relevance to TE SIG is the use of appropriate materials (synthetic and natural) with cells (either native or from a donor source) and/or biological response modifiers (e.g., growth factors, cytokines and other recombinant products) to replace tissue and organ functions. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of materials to better incorporate, protect, and deliver both the cells and biological response modifiers to help promote the healing and regenerative processes. The group is committed to forging interactions among basic scientists, applied scientists, engineers, clinicians, industrial members, professional societies in related fields, and regulatory groups in its efforts to expand and effectively utilize the shared knowledge base in this multidisciplinary field.

Objectives:

  1. Provide forums for presentations and exchange of knowledge at SFB through sponsoring symposia and sessions.
  2. Publicize activities in the Biomaterials Forum
  3. Forging interactions among basic scientists, applied scientists, engineers, clinicians, industrial members, professional societies in related fields, and regulatory groups in its efforts to expand and effectively utilize the shared knowledge base in this multidisciplinary field.
  4. Establish stronger interactions with members in the SIG, other SIGs, and other professional societies.

Chair: Amol Janorkar, PhD
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Biomedical Materials Science
2500 N State Street, Room D528
Jackson, MS 39216
t: (601) 984-6170
e: ajanorkar@sod.umsmed.edu

Vice Chair: Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, PhD
Texas A&M University
Biomedical Engineering
3120 TAMU
337 Zachry Engineering Center
College Station, TX 77843
t: (979) 845-1771
f: (979) 845-4450
e: cosgriff.hernandez@tamu.edu

Secretary/Treasurer: Jeffrey Jacot, PhD
Texas Children's Hospital
Pediatric Cardiovascular Bioeng. Lab
Feigin Center
1102 Bates Ave. FC.450.09
Houston, TX 77030
t: (832) 826-5731
f: (832) 825-1905
e: jeff.jacot@rice.edu

Program Chair: Syam Nukavarapu, PhD
University of Connecticut
Orthopedic Surgery
263 Farmington Ave.
New Britain, CT 06053
t: (860) 679-4183
f: (860) 679-1553
e: SYAM@uchc.edu

Past Chair: Mariah Hahn, PhD
Texas A&M University
Dept of Chemical Engineering
3122 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843
t: (979) 739-1343
f: (979) 845-6446
e: mhahn@tamu.edu

Web Contact: Adam Feinberg
Carnegie Mellon University
700 Technology Dr.
PTC 4315
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
t: (412) 268-4897
e: feinberg@andrew.cmu.edu

Student Contact: Ramon Coronado
University of Texas at San Antonio
10 Moondance Hill
San Antonio, TX 78254
t: (210) 577-2957
e: recs84@gmail.com

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Abby Whittington, PhD
Virginia Tech
210 Holden Hall
MC-0237
Blacksburg, VA 24060
t: (540) 231-0665
e: awhit@mse.vt.edu

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