Engineering Cells & Their Microenvironments

The Engineering Cells & Their Microenvironments Special Interest Group concentrates on technologies and approaches focused at the single cell level and encompassing engineering cell microenvironments, biomaterial-induced cell signaling, stem cell manufacturing and differentiation, immunoengineering, and biomaterials for cell-based detection and diagnosis.


  1. Engage members at the annual Society For Biomaterials meeting by guiding and sponsoring forums
  2. Promote networking through social events held at the annual meeting
  3. Share resources to support students and members


Chair: Ashley Carson Brown, PhD
Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University and the UNC-Chapel Hill
911 Oval Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
t: (919) 513-8231

Vice-Chair: Daniel Alge, PhD
Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University
5045 Emerging Technologies Building
3120 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3120
t: (979) 458-9248

Secretary/Treasurer: Janet Zoldan, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Austin
107 W. Dean Keeton St.
BME 4.202D
Austin, TX 78712
t: (512) 471-4884

Program Chair: Akhilesh K Gaharwar, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-1158
t: (765) 430-3069

Web Contact: Chris Highley, PhD
PO Box 800759
415 Lane Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22908

Student Contact: Ram Saraswat, B.S.
Graduate Research Assistant
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
337 Saint Charles Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
t: (605) 939-6038

Industry Representative: Daniel Harrington, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
1941 East Rd
BBS 4202A
Houston, TX 77054

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Scott Wood, PhD
Assistant Professor
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 East Saint Joseph St
EEP 234
Rapid City, SD 57701
t: (605) 394-5222

Past Chair: Danielle Benoit, PhD
University of Rochester
Biomedical Engineering
308 Goergen Hall
Rochester, NY 14627
t: (720) 470-0507 x4700507

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