Young Scientist Group


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.


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Brian Aguado, Ph.D.
Position: Chair (2020-2021)
Twitter: @BrianAguado  

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.  

Claudia Loebel, Ph.D.
Position Vice Chair (2020-2021), Chair (2022)
Twitter: @ClaudiaLoebel

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.

Woojin Han, Ph.D.
Position: Communications Chair (2020-2021)
Twitter: @thewooj

Woojin Han is an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow in at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and his MSE and PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on engineering biomaterial-based technologies for promoting musculoskeletal tissue regeneration by harnessing cell-matrix interactions.  

Maria Coronel, Ph.D.
Position: Programming Chair (2020-2021)
Twitter: @maria_mcoronel

Maria Coronel received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida in 2016. Currently, she is a Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDRF) funded postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests are focused on developing biomaterials for immunomodulation for cell-based diabetes treatments and developing platforms to understand aberrant immune activation in autoimmunity. 

Kelly Chen-Leung, Ph.D.
Industry Chair (2020-2021)

Kelly Leung received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah. She then received her postdoctoral training from the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Kelly is currently a principal scientist at Rochal Industries LLC, in charge of developing medical device and drug products from R&D to manufacturing, regulatory approvals, and clinical trials.  

Deanna Bousalis
Student Representative

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).








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