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

Vice-Chair: Bradley Willenberg, PhD
Asst. Professor
Univ. of Central Florida
6900 Lake Nona Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827
t: (407) 266-7151

Secretary/Treasurer: Balakrishnan Sivaraman, PhD
Staff R&D Engineer
Mechanical CIrculatory Support Division
23 Fourth Ave
Burlington, MA 01803
t: (415) 779-2258

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

Web Contact: Runye Helen Zha, Ph.D.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Center for Biotechnology
110 8th St.
t: (518) 276-4273

Student Contact: Kailei Xu, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida
4260 Spoleto Circle
Apt 302
Oviedo, FL 32765

Industry Representative: Balakrishnan Sivaraman, Ph.D.
Staff R&D Engineer
Mechanical Circulatory Support Division
23 Fourth Ave
Burlington, MA 01803
t: (415) 779-2258

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Narayan Bhattarai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
North Carolina A&T State University
1601 E Market St
McNair 326
Greensboro, NC 27410
t: (336) 285-3652

Past Chair: Pranav Soman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Syracuse University
318 Bowne Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1200
t: (315) 443-9322

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