The BioInterfaces Special Interest Group seeks to promote a better understanding of cell and protein interactions with biomaterial interfaces. To achieve these goals, the group organizes activities related to the evaluation of existing materials and the design of new materials to produce targeted responses by proteins and cells. Some of the topics related to proteins include: 1) relating surface chemistry to protein adsorption or specific binding and 2) studying the activation or inactivation of protein function at interfaces, including complement activation. Cell topics include: 1) the response of cells to differing chemistries and microstructures (roughness or porosity), 2) the evaluation of multiple cell and tissue response parameters (attachment, growth, migration, differentiation, inflammation, fibrosis), 3) the role of surface receptors in cell responses, and 4) all relevant cell types including bacteria. The group organizes workshops, symposia, and sessions at the annual meeting.

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2024 BWF BioInterfaces Rising Star AwardSponsored by the BioInterfaces SIG (BioI) and Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), this annual award recognizes outstanding BioInterfaces research by postdoc-level scientists. The BWF BioInterfaces Rising Star Award seeks to stimulate and highlight research that advances a biomaterials lens to cutting-edge research in protein and cell biology, and, conversely, research that translates progress in molecular and cell biology into innovative biomaterials. Deadline for applications: March 1, 2024, at 5 PM ET.

The Dr. Rena Bizios Poster Award: honoring a founding and active member of the BIoInterfaces SIG, Dr. Rena Bizios, these awards recognize outstanding BioInterfaces research by graduate students who present at the annual SFB meeting. To be eligible, the candidates must be current graduate students or recent graduates (within 6 months of their most advanced degree). Candidates become eligible by either indicating the BIoInterfaces SIG as one of their choices for STAR awards and/or by presenting a poster in the BioInterfaces SIG session. First place ($300), second place ($150), and honorable mention ($50) winners will be announced at the end of the BioInterfaces SIG session at the 2023 SFB annual meeting.



Chair: Mary Beth Browning Monroe, PhD
Assistant Professor
Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
303F Bowne Hall
t: 315.443.3323

Vice-Chair: Jouha Min, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
028-2010E NCRC
2800 Plymouth
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
t: (734) 647-4821

Secretary/Treasurer: Adam J. Gormley, PhD
Assistant Professor, Graduate Admissions Co-Director Biomedical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
599 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
t: 848-445-6569

Program Chair: Claudia Loebel, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Assistant Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)
2800 Plymouth Road, Building 28, Room 3048W,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

Web Contact: TBD

Student Contact: Sanju Vardhan, PhD candidate
University of Texas, Austin

Industry Representative: Lauren Austin, PhD
Discovery Pharmaceutical Sciences
770 Sumneytown Pike
West Point, PA 19486
t: (215) 652-0327

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: TBD

Past Chair: Felipe Garcia Quiroz, PhD
Assistant Professor
Emory University
1760 Haygood Dr NE
HSRB Room E184
Atlanta, GA 30322
t: (404) 251-5435

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