Biomaterial-Tissue Interaction

Events that follow binding of the first host ion to an implant’s surface are dictated by reactions not well understood for any biomaterial or device. Understanding these events is the purpose of the Biomaterial-Tissue Interaction Special Interest Group. Only through such understanding can one definitively answer such questions as: “Why did it fail?” and “What led to its success that we can apply to future devices?” These answers will come from such fields as physiology, immunology, pathology, biomechanics and material science. They will apply to the subjects of every other SIG in the Society.  All those interested in the mechanisms of host-implant interaction are welcome to join BTI's quest.

Introduction to BTI


Chair: Antonio Merolli, MD, FBSE
Research Educator
Einstein/Jefferson Health
Philadelphia PA
t: (973) 520-3375

Vice Chair: Omid Veiseh, PhD
Rice University
6500 Main ST
Houston, TX 77030
t: (206) 915-7502

Secretary/Treasurer: Sunita Ho, PhD
Professor, Preventive & Restor Dent Sci
707 Parnassus Avenue, D 3212
School of Dentistry
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94143
t: (415) 514-2818

Program Chair: Rene Olivares-Navarrete, DDS, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
Biomedical Engineering
401 W. Main Street
Room 1252
Richmond, VA 23284
t: (804) 828-8718

Web Contact: Thomas Dziubla, PhD
Associate Gill Professor
University of Kentucky
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
177 F Paul Anderson Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0046
t: (859) 257-4063

Student Contact: Le Zhen, MS
Foege N 307, 3720 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195
t: (541) 602-9069

Industry Contact: Peggy A. Lalor, PhD
2615 W Casino Road
Everett, WA 98204
t: (425) 347-0439

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Antonio Merolli, MD, FBSE
New Jersey Center for Biomaterials
Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey
145 Bevier Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
t: (973) 520-3375

Past Chair: Floyd Karp, MME

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