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TERMIS AM 2016 Awardees

Michael Sefton - Lifetime Achievement Award
Presentation Date: Monday, December 12th from 9:00 - 9:30 AM in Harbor Ballroom D
Presentation Title: "Are Cells Really Necessary for Regenerative Medicine"

MICHAEL V. SEFTON is University Professor and Michael E. Charles Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. He was Director of the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto from 1999-2005 and President of the US Society For Biomaterials in 2006. He has received the Founders Award of the US Society For Biomaterials, the Killam Prize in Engineering of the Canada Council and the Acta Biomaterialia Gold award (among others). He has been active in the preparation of blood compatible materials through heparinization, the microencapsulation of mammalian cells in synthetic polymers and various strategies for vascularizing tissue constructs. He was elected an international member of the US National Academy of Medicine in 2014 and received the Terumo Global Science prize in 2016

Ali Khademhosseini - Senior Scientist Award
Presentation Date: Tuesday, December 13th from 4:15 - 4:30 PM in Harbor Ballroom D
Presentation Title: "Nano- and Microfabricated Hydrogels for Regenerative Engineering"

Ali Khademhosseini is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Biomaterials Innovation Research Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is also a faculty at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology as well as an Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and a Junior PI at Japan's World Premier International-Advanced Institute for Materials Research at Tohoku University where he directs a satellite laboratory. He is recognized as a leader in combining micro- and nano-engineering approaches with advanced biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications. In particular, his laboratory has pioneered numerous technologies and materials for controlling the architecture and function of engineered vascularized tissues. He has authored over 450 journal papers (H-index = 83, ~25,000 citations) and 50 books/chapters. In addition, he has delivered 250+ invited/keynote lectures. Dr. Khademhosseini's interdisciplinary research has been recognized by over 40 major national and international awards. He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the US government for early career investigators. He is also a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Fellow of the Biomaterials Sciences and Engineering (FBSE) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Currently he serves on the editorial board of numerous leading journals as well as an Associate Editor for ACS Nano (IF: 12) and a permanent member of NIH BTSS study section. He received his Ph.D. in bioengineering from MIT (2005), and MASc (2001) and BASc (1999) degrees from University of Toronto both in chemical engineering. Read more at:

Johnna Temenoff - Educational Award
Presentation Date: Tuesday, December 13th from 4:30 - 4:45 PM in Harbor Ballroom D
Presentation Title: "The Intersection of Research and Education in Biomaterials"

Dr. Johnna Temenoff joined the faculty in the Coulter Deparment of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech/Emory University in 2005. She has been honored previously with several awards, such as the NSF CAREER Award and the Arthritis Foundation Investigator Award, and was named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE) in 2015. She also acts as the Co-Director for the Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center, a statewide initiative encompassing three premier research universities in Georgia (Georgia Tech, Emory University, and the University of Georgia). Dr. Temenoff has demonstrated her commitment to undergraduate biomaterials education by co-authored a highly successful introductory textbook - Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science, by J.S. Temenoff and A.G. Mikos. This book has been adopted in over 50 universities, and has been printed in three international editions. In response, Dr. Temenoff and Dr. Mikos were awarded the American Society for Engineering Education's 2010 Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award for best new engineering textbook.

Jordan Green - Young Investigator Award
Presentation Date: Wednesday, December 14th from 8:00 - 8:15 AM in Harbor Ballroom D
Presentation Title: "Biomimicry of the Antigen Presenting Cell: The Importance of Size and Shape"

Dr. Jordan J. Green is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Oncology, Neurosurgery, and Materials Science & Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also co-founder of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center at JHU and an executive committee member of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology at JHU. Dr. Green received his B.S. in chemical engineering and in biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 and completed his Ph.D. in biological engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007. His work has resulted in the publication of over 70 papers and he has received numerous awards including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Allan P. Colburn Award, the Biomedical Engineering Society Rita Schaffer Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was named by Popular Science as one of the "Brilliant Ten." Dr. Green's main research interests are in creating biomaterials and nanobiotechnology for regenerative medicine and advanced therapeutics.

Jenna Dziki - Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
Presentation Date: Wednesday, December 14th from 8:15 - 8:30 AM in Harbor Ballroom D
Presentation Title: "Extracellular Matrix Bioscaffolds for Volumetric Muscle Loss Treatment"

Jenna Dziki is a third year PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh in Dr. Badylak's laboratory. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, has co-authored 14 publications in journals including Biomaterials, Science Advances, Science Translational Medicine, and Nature Regenerative Medicine. Her research focuses on regenerative medicine strategies for skeletal muscle repair.