Proteins & Cells at Interfaces

The Proteins and Cells at Interfaces Special Interest Group seeks to promote a better understanding of cell and protein interactions with biomaterial interfaces. To achieve these goals, the group organizes activities related to the evaluation of existing materials and the design of new materials to produce targeted responses by proteins and cells. Some of the topics related to proteins include: 1) relating surface chemistry to protein adsorption or specific binding and 2) studying the activation or inactivation of protein function at interfaces, including complement activation. Cell topics include: 1) the response of cells to differing chemistries and microstructures (roughness or porosity), 2) the evaluation of multiple cell and tissue response parameters (attachment, growth, migration, differentiation, inflammation, fibrosis), 3) the role of surface receptors in cell responses, and 4) all relevant cell types including bacteria. The group organizes workshops, symposia, and sessions at the annual meeting.

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Chair: Pranav Soman, PhD
Assistant Professor in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Syracuse University
318 Bowne Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1200
t: (315) 443-9322

Vice-Chair: Balakrishnan Sivaraman, PhD
1416 Crossings Parkway
Westlake, OH 44145
t: (415) 779-2258

Secretary/Treasurer: Chris Bettinger, PhD 
Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University
Materials Science & Engineering
5000 Forbes Ave
Wean Hall Room 3325
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
t: (412) 268-7677

Program Chair: Sumona Sarkar, PhD
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Biosystems and Biomaterials Division
100 Bureau Dr
Bldg 224/B106
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
t: (301) 975-8595

Web Contact: Balakrishnan Sivaraman, PhD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Lerner Research Institute
Biomedical Engineering
9500 Euclid Ave. ND-20
Cleveland, OH 44120
t: 415-779-2258

Student Contact: Subhadip Bodhak, PhD
Nrc Nih/Nist Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
t: (301) 693-9637

Technology Representative: Subhamoy Das
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas, Austin
Biomedical Engineering
107 W. Dean Keeton Street
BME 3.314
Austin, TX 78712
t: (512) 965-5669

Biomaterials Forum Reporter: Stephen Florczyk, PhD
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Biosystems and Biomaterials Division
100 Bureau Drive, MS 8543
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8543
t: (206) 901-0284

Past Chair: Nathan D. Gallant, PhD
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ENB 118
Tampa, FL 33620
t: 813-974-5840

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