The main objective of the Young Scientist Group within the Society For Biomaterials (SFB) is to facilitate and promote the entry, development, and full participation of young scientists within SFB and the broader biomaterials community. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, young industrial professionals, young faculty, and other young scientists are included in SFB’s Young Scientist Group.
Click here to review the YSG Policies which serve as a guide for governance.
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Claudia Loebel, Ph.D.
Position: Chair (2021-2022)
Claudia Loebel is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her MD at the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany and completed her PhD at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Her research interests are on the development of biomaterial platforms to characterize and uncover the role of nascent microenvironments on cell fate with the ultimate goal of addressing specific problems related to tissue repair and therapeutic treatment.
Position: Vice-Chair (2021-2022), Chair (2022-2023)
Brian Aguado, Ph.D.
Position: Past Chair
Brian Aguado is currently an NIH and Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his BS in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University and his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. His research is focused on developing precision biomaterials for personalized medicine and seeks to develop personalized models of fibrosis and cancer metastasis.
Position: Programming Chair (2021-2022)
Position: Communications Chair (2021-2022)
Position: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair (2021-2022)
Position: Industry Representative (2021-2022)
Deanna Bousalis is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Florida. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University (FSU). Her research is focused on cardiac tissue mimics for analysis of congenital heart impairments (in collaboration with Dr. Hideko Kasahara, UF).