BioInterfaces

 

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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Here are several exciting sessions and awards planned for the 2023 SFB annual meeting.

BioInterfaces SIG session: The junction between materials and biological systems is a critical and complex interface with the potential to control the function of macromolecules and dictate cell and tissue responses. Increasingly, cells and biomacromolecules are designable components of biomaterials, creating additional opportunities for innovative research at the interface of materials science and fundamental biology. This session serves as a forum for advances in approaches to modulate interfacial properties, investigations of structure-function and self-assembly at biointerfaces, and applications of interface-driven biomedicine. We also encourage contributions that advance a biomaterials lens to cutting-edge research in protein and cell biology, and research that translates progress in molecular and cell biology into innovative biomaterials.

In addition to our BioInterfaces SIG session, we are sponsoring and co-sponsoring general sessions in the following cutting-edge areas:

1. Bioinspired Approaches to Supramolecular Biomaterials: Progress in cell and protein biology are fueling Innovation of increasingly sophisticated and functional self-assembling, supramolecular biomaterials. This session will stimulate progress on cutting-edge bioinspired approaches to engineer the self-assembly, dynamics and functionality of biomaterials.

2. Immunomodulatory Biomaterials and Immune Cell Interfaces: Co-sponsored with the Immunoengineering SIG, this session aims to shed light on our emerging understanding of immune cell-cell and cell-biomaterial interfacial phenomena and methods to engineer these interactions in order to better diagnose and treat human diseases.

3. Interfacing Biomaterials with Extracellular Vesicles: Recent studies highlight the role of cell-derived lipid membrane-bound extracellular vesicles in mediating various nanoscale biological processes. This co-sponsored session will feature recent progress in both fundamental and application-based studies that interface biomaterials with extracellular vesicles.

To learn more about each of these opportunities, here is the full program.

2023 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: January 10, 2023, 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.

 

Officers

Chair: Felipe Garcia Quiroz, PhD
Assistant Professor
Emory University
1760 Haygood Dr NE
HSRB Room E184
Atlanta, GA 30322
t: (404) 251-5435
e: felipe.quiroz@emory.edu

Vice-Chair: Erik Dreaden, PhD
Assistant Professor
Emory University
1760 Haygood Dr NE
HSRB Room E108
Atlanta, GA 30322
t: (404) 778-3033
e: e.dreaden@emory.edu

Secretary/Treasurer: Jouha Min, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
028-2010E NCRC
2800 Plymouth
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
t: (734) 647-4821
e: jouhamin@umich.edu

Program Chair: Nathan Gallant, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Ave
ENB118
Tampa, FL 33620
t: (813) 974-5840
e:ngallant@usf.edu

Web Contact: TBD

Student Contact: Sanju Vardhan, PhD candidate
University of Texas, Austin
e: sanju.vardhan@utexas.edu

Industry Representative: Lauren Austin, PhD
Discovery Pharmaceutical Sciences
Merck
770 Sumneytown Pike
14-2134
West Point, PA 19486
t: (215) 652-0327
e: lauren.austin@merck.com

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Stephanie Florczyk, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Central Florida
12760 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL 32816-2455
t: (407) 823-2738
e: Stephanie.Florczyk@ucf.edu

Past Chair: Stephanie Florczyk, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Central Florida
12760 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL 32816-2455
t: (407) 823-2738
e: Stephanie.Florczyk@ucf.edu

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