SYIS-AM Council Members
We are pleased to announce the following chairs of our Planning Committee who are working together to create our conference program:
Alexander Tatara - SYIS-AM Chair
Alex received his bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently a dual degree MD/PhD student at Baylor College of Medicine and the Rice University Department of Bioengineering. Alex is studying strategies to promote tissue regeneration in cases of cancer and infection in the laboratory of Dr. Antonios Mikos.
Laura Bracaglia - SYIS-AM Chair-Elect
Laurie is a PhD student at the University of Maryland, and is investigating hybrid biomaterials for cardiovascular tissue engineering strategies in the Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Laboratory with Dr. John Fisher. She got her BS in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech in 2012.
Rodrigo Alvarenga Rezende - SYIS-AM Secretary
I am a Young Investigator. PhD and MSc in Chemical Engineering by the State University of Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil and Electrical Engineer graduated by the Federal University of Uberlândia, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. During the PhD, I spent one-year in Portugal at the Politechnic Institute of Leiria. Post-Doc at the Renato Archer Information Technology Center located in Campinas, Brazil, from 2011 to 2014. Currently, since 2014, working as project coordinator and leader of the Biofabrication Group located in the Division of 3D Technologies of the same center. Member of the Brazilian Institute of Biofabrication (INCT-Biofabris). I have been working in the biofabrication field employing information technologies as enabling technologies onto the biofabrication and 3D bioprinting of tissue and human organs, throughout the design, bioprinting and maturation phases, employing design, computer simulations, treatment of medical images and the development of a bioprinter. Currently, I am also manager of a project financed by the Brazilian Ministry of Healthy at CTI. I have presented works in many national and international conferences. I was invited by Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore, and by the Virginia University for lecturing and meeting. I have cooperations with universities in Brazil and abroad.
Maria Coronel - SYIS-AM Treasurer
Maria Coronel is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Florida under the tutelage of Dr. Cherie Stabler. She completed her Bachelors in 2010 at the University of Miami in the department of Biomedical Engineering. She has been awarded a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award (NRSA) doctoral fellowship. Maria's research aims to improve the survival rate of tissue engineering constructs. Her work focuses on improving oxygen supply upon implantation, developing bioactive surfaces to provide constructs with biological cues that mimic the angiogenic mechanism that occurs naturally, and speeding up the revascularization process.
Monica Laronda - SYIS-AM Scientific & Professional Development
Monica M Laronda, PhD is a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Fellow in Teresa Woodruff's laboratory at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She studies the supportive niche of stem and progenitor cells and is currently engineering an ovary transplant with novel biomaterials and 3D printing. She is also differentiating endocrine producing/responsive cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells. The BWF Career Award is a transition grant and Monica is currently applying for professor positions.
Alysha Kishan - SYIS-AM Communications Officer
Alysha received her BS in biomedical engineering from Duke University in 2011 and is currently a PhD student at Texas A&M University. She is developing tunable electrospun scaffolds for tissue engineering applications, ranging from interfacial repair to multifactorial drug release, under the guidance of Dr. Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez.