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Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Engineering the Building Blocks to Translational Technologies


July 22-23, 2017


Holderness School
Holderness, NH


Claire E. Witherel

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The goal of this meeting is to highlight to the breadth and range of topics within the field, but also provide an inclusively broad platform for trainees to showcase their important work. Additionally, there will be an "Alternative Career Paths" panel at the end of the meeting featuring speakers within Science Communication, Start-Ups, and Government Research, who will describe their transition from their academic (PhD or Post-Doc) positions into to their current role and stick around for questions and discussion.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts for a talk and/or poster within the sessions described above. Please do not hesitate to contact the chair if you have any questions or concerns.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Unlocking the Regenerative Capacity of Skin and Brain Tissues Using Biomaterials
Discussion Leader: Brian Aguado (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmTatiana Segura (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Unlocking the Regenerative Capacity of Skin and Brain Tissues Using Biomaterials"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmInstructive Biomaterials Using Molecular Engineering Techniques
Discussion Leader: Derfogail Delcassian (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmRobert Wieduwild (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Twin Protein Superglues Give Hydrogels Mimicking Cell-Cell Interactions"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmHandan Acar (University of Chicago, USA)
"Self-Assembling Nanoparticles with Enhanced Stability"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmEugene Pashuck (Rutgers University, USA)
"Controlled Cell Migration Within Cell Selective Hydrogels"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmEce Ozturk (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Biomimetic Alginate Sulfate Hydrogels Provide a Chondrogenic and Anti-Inflammatory Microenvironment for Articular Chondrocytes"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amImmunomodulatory and Cell-Targeted Biomaterials for Translational Technologies
Discussion Leader: Pamela Graney (Drexel University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amEvelyn Bracho-Sanchez (University of Florida, USA)
"Targeted Extracellular Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase Suppresses Immune Responses In Vitro and In Vivo"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amYaoying Wu (Duke University, USA)
"Alpha-Helical Peptide Nanofibers as Non-Inflammatory Self-Adjuvanting Vaccines"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amHeather Gustafson (University of Washington, USA)
"Early Fibrin Stabilization with a Fibrin-Stabilizing Polymer in Breast Cancer Brain Metastatic Development Aides in Macrophage Recruitment and Propagates Reactive Gliosis Enhancing Metastatic Outgrowth"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amNisarg Shah (Harvard University, USA)
"Recapitulating Niche Interactions in T-Cell Neogenesis"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Alternative Career Paths Panel
Discussion Leader: Tatiana Segura (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Alternative Career Paths - Industry, Start-Up, Science Policy, Government"
  • Sarindr Bhumiratana (EpiBone Inc, USA)
  • Hallie Brinkerhuff (Zimmer Biomet, USA)
  • Marisha Godek (Medtronic, USA)
  • Sapana Vora (U.S. Department of State, USA)
  • Richard McFarland (Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) / BioFabUSA, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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