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Boston Biomaterials Day 2017

March 29, 2017

About Me

Andrew Spencer is a second year PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He grew up outside of Boston, MA and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN for his Bachelor's. Before joining the Northeastern Chemical Engineering Department, Andrew gained experience working in packaging development at a cosmetics company, and then moved on to work as a process engineer at a highly advanced semiconductor manufacturing company. At Northeastern, Andrew is very involved with a number of organizations on campus. He is the President of the Graduate Student Council and the President of the Biotech Entrepreneurs. In addition, he is on a committee for organizing workshops for early year graduate students and internal conferences at NEU, including the second annual Biomaterials Day this spring. His research involves the design and characterization of novel biomaterials for tissue regeneration and 3D bioprinting of materials for tissue engineering.

Boston Biomaterials Day 2017

The second annual Boston Biomaterials Day was hosted to bring together researchers from a variety of backgrounds to present biomaterials research, network and form collaborations. The event was hosted by Northeastern University’s Departments of Chemical and Bio-Engineering, and was funded by the Society for Biomaterials. We were fortunate to have over 100 attendees with 12 oral presentations, 35 posters and a workshop titled “The Science of Beer,” run by alumnus Nafi Fraiman (E'11) who is currently an Assistant Brewer at Cape Ann Brewing Co. Because we hosted the event during the academic year, a number of undergraduate students were able to attend and present at the conference. This was a great opportunity for young Northeastern researchers to get a taste of conference proceedings, since it was free and local.

The day was again a tremendous success and served as confirmation that the tradition should be carried on for years to come. Visiting scholars from all over the world were able to present their work while visiting the United States. The poster session was busy with conversation, and several collaborations were born of the presentations. Everyone in attendance was especially a fan of the lunch, which was a delicious display of sandwiches from a local sandwich shop, Cutty’s – Home of the Skillfully Crafted Sandwich. We were fortunate to have a variety of eclectic oral presentations, including one about using biomaterials as an art platform! Finally, the plenary talk by Professor David J. Mooney from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute was very well attended and a great way to end a day of biomaterials research. His talk was entitled “Building Immunity with Biomaterials” and described inspiring research on improving immunity against cancer with a small implantable biomaterial device. We are looking forward to Biomaterials Day 2018!