8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM Opening Remarks by the organizing committee
9:15 AM Keynote Address by Dr. Liisa Kuhn (University of Connecticut)
10:00 AM Plenary Session 1: Cell-Instructive Materials
  • Plenary Speaker: Dr. Prabhas Moghe (Rutgers University)
  • Culture on graphene composite scaffolds enhances function of stem cell derived cardiomyocytes - Pamela Hitscherich (NJIT)
  • Composite-mediated angiogenesis to enhance the survival of transplanted human adipose stem cells - Brian Cho (Johns Hopkins)
  • Insulin-like growth factor-1 encourages chondrocyte chemotaxis and cartilage repair in vivo - Christopher Mosher (Columbia)
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Plenary Session 2: Biomaterials for Drug and Gene Delivery
  • Plenary Speaker: Dr. Danielle Benoit (University of Rochester)
  • Cell type influences local delivery of biomolecules from a drug delivery system - Jumana Alhamdi (UConn)
  • Self-assembled micelle enables effective CRISPR/Cas9 delivery for human papillomavirus oncogene disruption - Yeh-Hsing Lao (Columbia)
  • Curcumin-loaded cellulosic hydrogels for soft tissue reconstruction - Gittel Gold (CCNY)
11:45 PM Working Lunch and Exhibitor Show
1:00 PM Plenary Session 3: Fabrication Techniques of Biomaterials
  • Plenary Speaker: Dr. Murat Guvendiren (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
  • MRI compatible polyvinyl alcohol cryogel phantom to replicate anthropomorphic spinal cord properties - Mohammad Molla (CCNY)
  • Synthesis of a 3D-patterned fetal trachea construct mimicking the mechanics of the native fetal trachea - Jamie Benson (CCNY)
  • Modulation of collagen fibrillogenesis using ammonia gas to vary optical characteristics and biological compatibility of biosynthetic corneal implants - Shoumyo Majumdar (Johns Hopkins)
1:45 PM Plenary Session 4: Materials Characterization and Mechanics
  • Plenary Speaker: Dr. L.D. Timmie Topoleski (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
  • Fabrication and characterization of injectable sulfated carboxymethylcellulose hydrogels for nucleus pulposus replacement - Huizi Lin (CCNY)
  • Investigating actuating poly(ethylene glycol) bsed hydrogels for tissue engineering - Joseph Freeman (Rutgers)
  • Evaluating a biodegradable piezoelectric composite scaffold for cartilage tissue engineering application - Ateka Khader (NJIT)
2:30 PM Poster Session and Exhibitor Show
3:30 PM Government Career Talks
4:20 PM Break
4:30 PM Industry Career Talks
5:20 PM Career Panel Discussion
  • Dr. Liisa Kuhn (University of Connecticut)
  • Dr. Kimberly Ferlin (FDA)
  • Dr. Charlie Drinnan (NIH)
  • Dr. Ben Hwang (Profusa)
  • Dr. Anthony Tuesca (Medimmune)
5:50 PM Awards Presentation and Closing Remarks

The complete list of presentations and posters can be found here.