Session Organizers

The Society For Biomaterials would like to thank the numerous individuals who have worked to create each session, workshop and panel. 

Session Organizers 

Advances and Translation of Self-Assembly Soft Biomaterials

  • Bingyun Li, Yunqing Kang

Applied Biomaterials for Microphysiological Systems

  • Daniel Harrington, Scott Wood

Bioactive Materials for Hard and/or Soft Tissue Regeneration

  • Robert Horowitz

Biofunctionalized Biomaterial Surfaces for Cellular and Tissue Engineering

  • Rui Reis

Bioinspired Approaches to Supramolecular Biomaterials

  • Gregory Hudalla, Felipe Quiroz 


  • Program Chair, Nathan Gallant; Chair, Felipe G. Quiroz; Vice-Chair, Erik Dreaden; Secretary/Treasurer, Jouha Min

Biomaterial-Associated Infection: Focusing on the Biomaterial, Host, Pathogen, or All?

  • C Li, Jessica Jennings, Malcom Xing

Biomaterial-Based in Vitro Cancer/Tumor Models for Drug Screening and Diagnostics

  • Sara Pedron Haba, Silviya Zustiak, Daniel Harrington

Biomaterials and Medical Products Commercialization (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Subramanian Gunasekaran; Chair, Stephanie Steichen; Vice-Chair, Eric Sussman; Secretary/Treasurer, Bob Hastings

Biomaterials Approaches to Address Health and Healthcare Disparities

  • Ana Porras, Olivia Lanier, Mykel Green

Biomaterials Education (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Scott Wood; Chair, Cheryl Gomillion; VIce-Chair, Daniel Alge; Secretary/Treasurer, Amber Jennings

Biomaterials for Cardiovascular Regeneration

  • Astha Khanna

Biomaterials for Cell Therapy

  • Silviya Zustiak, Era Jain

Biomaterials for Cultivated Meat

  • Shulamit Levenberg

Biomaterials for the Lungs 

  •  Ruogang Zhao, Claudia Loebel, Chelsea Magin

Biomaterials for Modeling the Heart to Study Disease and Therapies in Vitro

  • Zhen Ma, Nathaniel Huebsch, Jessica Gluck

Biomaterials for Organoids

  • Qun Wang, Ying Mei, Sarah Heilshorn

Biomaterials for Regenerative Engineering

  • Gulden Camci-Unal, Qun Wang, Ngan Huang 

Biomaterials for Women's Health

  • Brendan Harley, Christina Bailey-Hytholt, Ariella Shikanov

Biomaterials in Engineering the Tumor Immune Microenvironment

  • Shreya Raghavan, Vinay Abhyankar, Chase Cornelison

Biomaterials Systems and Devices for Hemostasis and Wound Care

  • Ashley Brown, Anirban Sen Gupta, Gulden Camci-Unal

Biomaterials to Engineer Tissue Morphodynamics

  • Brendon Baker, Claudia Loebel

Biomaterial-Tissue Interaction (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Rene Olivares-Navarrete; Chair, Antonio Merolli, Vice-Chair, Omid Veiseh; Secretary/Treasurer, Sunita Ho

Biophysical Strategies for Regulation of Cellular Microenvironments

  • Scott Wood, Tugba Ozdemir

Bioprinting Vascularized Tissue Constructs

  • Shulamit Levenberg

Black and LatinX Underrepresented Voices in Biomaterials Science

  • Ana Maria Porras, Brian Aguado, Santiago Correa

Cancer Immunotherapy

  • Hua Wang, Nisarg Shah, Luo Gu

Cardiovascular Biomaterials (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Yi Hong; Chair, Ngan Huang; Vice-Chair, LaShan Simpson; Secretary/Treasurer, Chris Bashur

Cardiovascular Manufacturing

  • Yi Hong, Ngan Huang

Cell Encapsulation and Digital Assembly for Basic and Applied Biomedicine

  • Liheng Cai, Jae-Won Shin, Chris Highley

Challenges and Opportunities in Translating Emerging Biomaterials Technologies Amid Papers, Patients, and Practice

  • Kenneth Sims, Christine Knabe-Ducheyne, Nassir Mokarram

Characterization of PEG Hydrogel Properties and the Effect of Ligands on Chondrogenesis for Articular Cartilage Tissue Formation

  • Luiza DaMotta,  Reginald Hammond, Ben Allen 

Computational Approaches for Biomaterial Design

  • Marian Hettiaratchi, Gulden Camci-Unal, Ngan Huang

Computationally Driven Biomaterials and Machine Learning

  • Jason Guo, Adam Gormley

Dental/Craniofacial Biomaterials (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Xiaohua Liu; Chair, Kurt Kasper; Vice-Chair, Daniel Harrington, Secretary/Treasurer, Hai Bo Wen

Development of Novel Bioinks for Tissue Engineering

  • Jennifer Patterson, Gulden Camci-Unal

Devices Designed for Imaging

  • Abby Whittington, Christopher Bashur, Derek Irvine

Drug Delivery (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Ambika Bajpayee; Chair, Michael Mitchell; Vice-Chair, Omid Veiseh; Secretary/Treasurer, Ana Jaklenec

Drug Delivery for Cardiovascular Applications

  • C. LaShan Simpson, Chris Bashur, Ngan Huang 

Emerging Innovations and Translation in Orthopedic Biomaterials Science and Engineering

  • Bingyun Li, Malcom Xing

Engineered Biomaterials for Neural Applications

  • Kyle Lampe, Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, Sarah Stabenfelft

Engineered Recombinant Protein-Based Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering

  • Chander Chawla, Ngan Huang, Gulden Camci-Unal

Engineering Cells & Their Microenvironments (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Sara Pedron-Haba; Chair, Daniel Alge; Vice-Chair, Janet Zoldan; Secretary/Treasurer, Chelsea Magin

Engineering Complex Tissues

  • Lesley Chow, Jeannine Coburn,  Vipuil Kishore

Engineering the Extracellular Matrix

  • Michele Marcolongo, Lin Han, Noelle Comolli

Extracellular Vesicles for Biomedical Applications

  • Eunji Chung

Fibrous Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering

  • Jessica Gluck

Granular Hydrogel Scaffolds

  • Donald Griffin, Tatiana Segura

Host Response to Biomaterials/Macrophage Plasticity at Tissue-Biomaterial Interface

  • Ilaha Isali, Phillip McClellan

Immune Engineering (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Shreya Raghavan; Chair, Kara Spiller; Vice-Chair, Josh Doloff; Secretary/Treasurer, Abhinav Acharya

Immunomodulation and Cancer Imaging and Therapy using Nanomaterials

  • Juan Beltran-Huarac, Steven N. Fiering, Robert Ivkov

Immunomodulatory Biomaterials

  • Ashish Kulkarni, Alexandra Stubelius

Immunomodulatory Biomaterials and Immune Cell Interfaces

  • Ramkumar T. Annamalai, Kara Spiller, Erik Dreaden

Incorporating Trained Immunity Concepts in Biomaterial Design

  • Elizabeth Wayne, Erika Moore

Nanomaterials (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Rachael Sirianni; Chair, Ming Su; Vice-Chair, Tolou Shokuhfar; Secretary/Treasurer, Vimala Bharadwaj

Nature Bioinspired Biomaterials and Strategies for TERM

  • Nuno Neves,  Rui Reis

New Materials and Approaches to Enhance Current Cardiovascular Devices

  • Chris Bashur, Valerie Binetti

NSF-Funded Biomaterials Education Projects

  • Jessica Jennings, Daniel Alge, Scott Wood

Ophthalmic Biomaterials (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Frances Lasowski; Chair, Katelyn Swindle-Reilly; Vice-Chair, Rachelle Palchesko; Secretary/Treasurer, Laura Wells, 

Orthopaedic Biomaterials (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Donghui (Don) Zhu; Chair, Kelvin Yeung; Vice-Chair, Amber Jennings Secretary/Treasurer, David Mills

Overcoming the Ill Effects of Aging Around the World

  • Liisa Kuhn, Ana Pego

Oxygen Imaging Assessment of Beta Cell Replacement Devices

  • Mrignayani Kotecha

Pediatric Drug Delivery and Device Design

  • Elizabeth Barker, Mike Mitchell, Riccardo Gottardi

Peptides as Therapeutics and Biomaterials

  • Era Jain,  Yaoying Wu

Sex, Ancestral & Geographical Determinants in Biomaterials Research

  • Brian Aguado, Jennifer Robinson, Riccardo Gottardi

SFB-PRA (Postdoctoral Recognition Award)

  • Claudia Loebel, Jason Guo

Smart Biomaterials

  • Santiago Orrego, Marian Ackun-Farmmer, Danielle Benoit

Stimuli-Responsive Biomaterials

  • Mary Beth Monroe

Tissue Engineering (SIG)

  • Program Chair, Gulden Camci-Unal; Chair, Ngan Huang; Vice-Chair, Jeannine Coburn; Secretary/Treasurer, Qun Wang

Translational Tissue Engineering Therapies in Preclinical Models of Injury and Trauma

  • Vanessa Doulames, Mary Beth Monroe, Ngan Huang

Understanding Biomaterial Behavior is Key to Use of Digital Twins in Biomedical Research

  • Steven Levine,  Nicholas Gallo


Building Resilience and Preventing Burnout in Science

  • Jason Guo, David Prieto

Future Biomaterials Faculty Workshops

  • Anita Shukla, C. LaShan Simpson

Leveraging Your Online Presence as a Scientist

  • Ritu Ramen, Nettie Brown, Jason Guo

Recent Advances in 3D Printing of Biomaterials

  • Roger Narayan 

Regulatory Challenges for Medical Products

  • Mehdi Kazemzadeh-Narbat, Ritu Ramen 


Back to the Future: The Wild West of Biomaterials

  • Chris Thatcher, Scott Taylor, Onno Visser

Biomaterials: Year in Review

  • Jan Stegemann, Uta Goebel 

Emerging Scholars in Biomaterials

  • Kent Leach 

New Product Concept to Market: Influence of Investment & Propoer Commercial Valuation

  • Subramanian Gunasekaran, Brent Upshaw, Lauren Costella

Scientific Writing: Crafting Your Story

  • Teresa Rapp, Mykel Green, Jason Guo

The US-Korea Joint Workshop on Biomaterials in Translational Medicine

  • Ho-Wook Jun, Jong-Chul Park, Dong-Wook Han 

Translational Aspects of 3D & 4D Printing & Bioprinting

  • Nureddin Ashammakhi, Scott Taylor