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2014 TERMIS-AM Conference SYIS Activities

Council Members

Laura Bracaglia - SYIS-AM Chair
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.

Alexander Tatara - SYIS-AM Past 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.

Elie Zakhem - SYIS-AM 2017 Programming 
Elie Zakhem, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM). He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine and Translational Sciences (MMTS) from Wake Forest School of Medicine and holds a master’s in biomedical engineering from Wayne State University. He works in the lab under Khalil Bitar, Ph.D., director of WFIRM’s gastrointestinal program, a translational program that utilizes regenerative medicine approaches to potentially treat patients with deficiencies in the physiological functions of the GI tract. Elie’s research interests focus on the basic science and translational aspects of gut tissue engineering.

Riccardo Tamburrini - SYIS-AM2017 Programming
Riccardo Tamburrini, MD, is a graduate from the School of Medicine of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.
He is licensed to practice in Italy and the UK, where he completed the first two years of residency in general surgery. During his training in the UK, he has developed a major interest in organ transplantation. He joined Dr. Orlando's team at Wake Forest Baptist Health in October 2015, with the intent to specialize in regenerative medicine technologies as they are applied to organ transplantation, and ultimately develop new platforms for organ bioengineering, regeneration and repair. His major interests are related to abdominal organ regeneration and transplantation such us pancreas, kidney, liver and small bowel.

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.

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.