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Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Engineering the Building Blocks to Translational Technologies


July 22-23, 2017


Holderness School
Holderness, NH Site Information


Claire E. Witherel

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was June 24, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

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.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 22, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. 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 - Start-up, Industry, Science Communication and Policy"
  • Hallie Brinkerhuff (Zimmer Biomet, USA)
  • Archana Bhat (Globus Medical, USA)
  • Sarindr Bhumiratana (EpiBone, USA)
  • Sarah Edwards (Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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