Biomaterials Day Program


October 14, 2016

Marcus Nanotechnology Building

Georgia Tech



8:15 a.m. – Registration, Continental Breakfast

8:55 a.m. – Welcome & Opening Remarks – Olivia Burnsed, Biomaterials Day Chair

Session 1 Cell-Biomaterial Interactions

Session Chair – Ken Webb, Ph.D., Clemson University

9:00 a.m. – Plenary Speaker – Cherie Stabler, Ph.D., University of Florida – "Modulating Immunological Responses to Cellular Transplants for Type 1 Diabetes"

9:40 a.m. – Student Presentation – Roxanne Glazier, Emory University – “Investigating Integrin Mechanics in Podosomes using Fluorescence Spectroscopy”

9:55 a.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Kirsten Parratt, Georgia Tech – “Screening Microfabricated Biomaterials using Flow Cytometry”  

10:00 a.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Christopher Macks, Clemson University –“Combinatorial Therapy of Rolipram and pNGF for Traumatic Brain Injury” 

10:05 a.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Michelle Gaines, Georgia Tech – “Controlling the Adhesion of Microgels Particles Adsorbed to a Surface for Improved Biomaterial Function”

10:10 a.m. – Rapid Fire Discussion

10:20 a.m. – Break

Session 2 – Rationally Designed Biomaterials

Session Chair – Robert Latour, Ph.D., Clemson University

10:40 a.m. – Faculty Presentation – James Dahlman, Ph.D., Georgia Tech – "Barcoded Particles"

11:05 a.m. – Student Presentation – Taylor Kavanaugh, Vanderbilt University – “ROS Scavenging for the Prevention of Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis” 

11:20 a.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Bryan Dollinger, Vanderbilt University – “PPS-based ABC Triblock Polymer Thermo-hydrogels Protect Pancreatic Islets from Cytotoxic ROS” 

11:25 a.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Jessica Petree, Emory University – “Building a Nanozyme for RNA Gene Therapy” 

11:30 a.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Thomas Werfel, Vanderbilt University –"Optimizing Architecture and Hydrophobic Content of RNAi Polyplexes Enables Selective mTORC2 Therapy in vivo" 

11:35 a.m. – Rapid Fire Discussion

11:45 a.m. – Industry Panel & Working Lunch


Kenneth Dupont, Ph.D. – Director of Clinical Research and Operations, Medshape

Anna Fallon, Ph.D. – Director of Research, MiMedx

Julia Henkels, Ph.D. – Consultant, Keystone Strategy

Stacy Imler, Ph.D. – Managing Engineer, Exponent

Ted Lee, Ph.D. – Staff Scientist, Membrane Advanced Research, Dexcom

Dawn E. Ridz – Senior Technical Recruiter & Internship Program Manager, Dexcom

Session 3 – Biomaterials for Tissue Repair

Session Chair: Julia Babensee, Ph.D., Georgia Tech

1:25 p.m. – Faculty Presentation – Jeoung Soo Lee, Ph.D., Clemson University – "Multi-functional Polymeric Micelle Nanocarriers for Central Nervous System Regeneration"

1:50 p.m. – Student Presentation – Liane Tellier, Georgia Tech – “Localized SDF-1 Delivery Promotes Endogenous Cell Recruitment to the Supraspinatus Muscle after Severe Rotator Cuff Injury” 

2:05 p.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation  – Joshua Walters, Clemson University – "Partially Restored Kinematics of Spinal Units Following the Repair with Novel Annulus Fibrosus and Nucleus Pulposus Biomaterials”    

2:10 p.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Elda Trevino, Georgia Tech – “Heparin-based Microparticles for Release of Protease Inhibitors after Rotator Cuff Tear” 

2:15 p.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Myles McCrary, Emory University – “Improving Neural Stem Cell Transplantation in Stroke with a Sulfated Chondroitin Sulfate Glycosaminoglycan Hydrogel Carrier” 

2:20 p.m. – Rapid Fire Discussion

2:30 p.m. – Break

Session 4  Biomaterials for Immune Modulation

Session Chair – Edward Botchwey, Ph.D., Georgia Tech

2:50 p.m. – Faculty Presentation – Julie Champion, Ph.D., Georgia Tech – "Protein Assembly to Create Therapeutic Materials"

3:15 p.m. – Student Presentation  – Rikhav Gala, Mercer University –“Needleless Measles Vaccine Delivery: Preclinical Evaluation of Oral Disintegrating Films in a Juvenile Pig Model” 

3:30 p.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Christopher Johnson, Georgia Tech - “Lysostaphin-presenting Biomaterial Reduces Staphylococcus Aureus Infection and Improve Bone Healing in a Mouse Model for Bone Repair” 

3:35 p.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Matthew Lawler, Georgia Tech - “Investigation of Immunomodulation on Myofibroblast Activation: Implications for Biomaterial Design” 

3:40 p.m. – Rapid Fire Presentation – Alexandra Tsoras, Georgia Tech - “Oncofetal Antigen Peptide Nanocluster Cancer Vaccines” 

3:45 p.m. – Rapid Fire Discussion

3:55 p.m. – Plenary Speaker – Jordan Green, Ph.D. – Johns Hopkins University – "Engineered Biomaterials for Biomimicry: Gene Delivery Nanoparticles and Artificial Antigen Presenting Cells"

4:35 p.m. – Poster Session & Reception

6:30 p.m. – Adjourn


Biomaterials Day Organizers

Vice Chairs: Fabrice Bernard, Ryan Akman, & Lina Maria Mancipe Castro

Board Members: Kirsten Parratt, Allen Lieu, Jessica Lin, Joscelyn Mejias, Lizzie Marr, Alexandra Atalis, Nate Dwarshuis, Elda Trevino, Liane Tellier