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In association with the Society for Biomaterials Student Chapter at Texas A&M University


Dr. Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez

Dr. Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez is associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. She received her B.S. in biomedical engineering and Ph.D. in macromolecular science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Cosgriff-Hernandez is the recipient of the Society for Biomaterials Student Award for Outstanding Research. She also has been awarded the UT-TORCH Postdoctoral Fellowship and conducted bone tissue engineering research with Professor Tony Mikos at Rice University. Her research interests include biomaterial synthesis, structure-property relationships, cell-material interactions, musculoskeletal tissue engineering and biodegradation characterization.


Dr. Melissa Grunlan

Dr. Melissa Grunlan is associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. She received her B.S. in chemistry and M.S. in polymers and coatings from North Dakota State University. Her Ph.D. in chemistry was obtained at the University of Southern California in 2004. Her post-doctoral research was in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M, where she developed silicone polymers with catalytic behavior. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she was a senior chemist with the H.B. Fuller Company for four years. Her research interests focus on the development of polymeric biomaterials for applications such as blood-contacting device coatings, sensor membranes, tissue engineering scaffolds and “smart” materials.


Dr. Jeff Jacot

Dr. Jeff Jacot is assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University and director of the Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering Laboratory at the Congenital Heart Surgery Service at Texas Children's Hospital. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado and his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Boston University. He then received a postdoctoral fellowship at the Cardiac Mechanics Research Group at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses primarily on the influences of biophysical cues, such as stress, strain, shear, substrate stiffness and electrical stimulation, on the development and maturation of heart cells and tissues.


Dr. Laura Suggs

Dr. Laura Suggs is associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering with a concentration in biomaterials/tissue engineering from Rice University. She obtained her Ph.D. under the guidance of Professor Tony Mikos, specializing in cardiovascular tissue engineering. Prior to teaching at The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Suggs worked on developing a tissue-engineered vascular graft from multipotent adult progenitor cells at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on physiologically responsive biomaterials and their use and behavior for applications in cardiovascular tissue engineering.