36th Northeast Bioengineering Conference

36th Northeast Bioengineering Conference
Conference Location:  New York, NY
Conference Dates: March 26 – 28, 2010
The theme of this year’s meeting is “Biomedical Engineering for Society.” In the midst of a national discussion on transforming our health-care infrastructure, the role of biomedical engineering has never been more important. We are thrilled that the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has endorsed this meeting, and will hold a session on how bioengineers can advocate for the future of engineering, on Capitol Hill and across the country. Also critical in the health-care debate is the ability to translate novel research developments into products that will improve the health of patients. In conjunction with Columbia Technology Ventures, we will feature a medical technology showcase on emerging medical-device technologies from some of the most promising industry players in the northeast.

Jessica Isaacs presented her talk entitled, “Effects of Enzymatic Digestion on Mechanics of In-Plane Annulus Fibrosus Lamellae

Poster presentations from the Biomaterials Lab included:
David Jamison: “Analysis of the Mechanical Behavior of the Intervertebral Disc under High-Impact Loading
Sumona Sarkar: “Immobilization of Chondroitin Sulfate for the Fabrication of Biomimetic Brush Structures
Chris Massey: “Effect of Aging and Degeneration on the Human IVD during the Diurnal Cycle: A Finite Element Study

Congradulations to Chris Massey for winning best poster at the conference

International Symposium on Surface and Interface of Biomaterials

International Symposium on Surface and Interface of Biomaterials
Conference Location:  Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
Conference Dates: Jan 4 – Jan 6, 2010


The series of International Symposium on Surface and Interface of Biomaterials was conceived in 2005 and the first conference in this series (SIB2007) was held in Chengdu, China, in October 2007. Following the great success of SIB2007, the 2nd International Symposium on Surface and Interface of Biomaterials (ISSIB-II) tookplace in Hong Kong in January 2010


Dr. Marcolongo was a key note speaker at the conference for
Surface Interactions of Model Systems of Blastocyst Implantation in the Uterus

Sumona Sarkar also presented her work,
Chondroitin Sulfate Immobilization for the Fabrication of Biomimetic Brush Structures
for which she won
the Best Student Paper Silver Award


Fifth Annual Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium

5th Annual Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium
Conference Location:  UPenn, Philadelphia, PA
Conference Dates: Dec 9, 2009

The Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium provides a forum to present cutting-edge multidisciplinary Spine research in a collegial atmosphere that disseminates scientific information, encourages informal exchange, educates scientific and clinical trainees, and develops future collaborations. The meeting includes clinicians, biologists, and engineers from across the greater Philadelphia and surrounding mid Atlantic region.

The Biomaterial’s Lab was well represented at this year’s symposium hosted at the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.  Dr. Chris Massey presented his work “Effect of Aging and Degeneration on the Human Intervertebral Disc during the Diurnal Cycle: A Finite Element Study” during the degeneration session.  David Jamison presented “Analysis of Mechanical Behavior of the Lumbar Spine under High Impact Loading” during the Injury session.  And Sumona Sarkar had a poster presentation entitled, “Identification of Biomolecular Changes in Intervertebral Disc Tissue Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.”

The Biomaterial’s Lab and Collaborators
(L-R): S. Sarkar, M. Cannella, M. Marcolongo, C. Massey, J. Isaacs, D. Jamison, N. Ganesh


The Biomaterial Lab’s Current Graduate Students
(L-R): J. Isaacs, D. Jamison, N. Ganesh, S. Sarkar


S. Sarkar and C. Massey


Professors Silfies and Cannella

Senior Design Team Proposal

Our 2009 Biomed Senior Design Team consisting of members,
Aykan Karabudak, Elizabeth Dreher, Kim Trasatti, Krista Szymborski and Mingming Chen
presented their design project proposal, entitled
A Hybrid Design: A biomimetic bottle-brush aggrecan molecule utilizing a synthetic polymer backbone and bio-based bristle attachments
to rave reviews on Wednesday, December 7.