NSF DMR National Facilities and Instrumentation Program

Dr. Sean Liam Jones
Dr. Guebre Tessema
Dr. Leonard Spinu

NSF DMR Biomaterials Program


Dr. Joseph Akkara
Dr. Aleksandr Simonian

Biomaterials in Biological Environments:
Session Leader: PUPA GILBERT (UW-Madison)
Trevor Douglas (Indiana U)
Joanna McKittrick (UC San Diego)
Alyssa Panitch (Purdue U)
Debora Rodrigues (UH)
Markus Buehler (MIT)
Jon Pokorski (CWRU)
Dinesh Patwardhan (FDA)

Dynamic and Adoptive Biomaterials Surfaces and Interfaces: 

Session Leader: MAREK URBAN (Clemson)
Debra Auguste (CUNY)
Nicole Steinmetz (CWRU)
Liviu Movileanu (Syracuse U)
Matt Tirrell (U Chicago)
Neel Joshi (Harvard U)
Hung Nguyen (UCI)
Joe Akkara (NSF)
Paul Sokol (NSF)

Signaling Across Biomaterials Boundaries:

Session Leaders: HELEN LU (Columbia) and PHIL LEDUC (CMU)
Dogic Zvonimir (Brandeis U)
Joyce Wong (BU)
Melissa Grunlan (TAMU)
Joachim Kohn (Rutgers U)
Warren Ruder (UVT)


Targeted Patterning, Fabrication, and Self Assembly:
Session Leaders: DAVID DEAN (OSU) and SHERINE OBARE (WMU)
Treena Livingston (NJIT)
Seth Fraden (Brandeis)
Anthony Guiseppi-Elie (TAMU)
Athanassios Sambanis (Keck Foundation)
Omolola Eniola-Adefeso (UMich)


Beyond Detection Limits; Characterization, Detection Tools and Diagnostic Methods:

Session Leaders: NICK KOTOV (UMich)  and GOBET ADVINCULA (CWRU)
Lee Makowski (Northeastern U)
Michael Rubinstein (UNC)
Joel Brock (Cornell U)
Gang-yu Liu (UC Davis)
Brylee Tiu (CWRU)
Alex Simonian (NSF)
Sheng Lin-Gibson  (NIST)

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About Us

We strive to bring together experts, peers, and colleagues who will be part of a 2-day gathering that will be inclusive and diverse in the field of biomaterials: biological, biomedical, biochemistry, analytical tools, simulation and theory, polymers, biomineralization, therapeutic, and diagnostic. What will enable us to carry biomaterials to the next level of discovery and innovation?

OUR MISSION: A biomaterials Workshop that will IDentify the frontiers and needs for tools and foundry : To carry out the discovery process to the next level

Led by Prof. Rigoberto C. Advincula            

Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University


Executive Committee Members:
Prof. David Dean

Plastic Surgery, Ohio State University


Prof. Pupa Gilbert

Physics and Chemistry, University of Wisconsin

Prof. Nick Kotov

Chemical, Biomedical, Materials, and Macromolecular Science & Engineering, University of Michigan

Prof. Philip LeDuc

Mechanical, Biomedical Sciences, Computational Biology, Carnegie Mellon University

Prof. Helen Lu

Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Prof. Sherine Obare

Chemistry, Western Michigan University

Prof. Marek Urban

Materials Science & Engineering, Clemson University