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BME Seminar Series| Engineering Mesenchymal STEM Cell Therapies Using Advanced Biomaterials| Dr. Bethany Almeida| Clarkson University

Monday, February 21, 2022
12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Bethany Almeida, PHD
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Coulter School of Engineering
Clarkson University



Abstract: Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) have demonstrated enormous potential to treat a wide variety of human disease due to their innate ability to differentiate down a variety of adult cell lineages and modulate the immune environment during wound healing. However, a multitude of limitations affects their therapeutic potential. Biomaterials, such as hydrogels, nanoparticles, or bio-functionalized surfaces, may be used to modulate the behavior of hMSCs. This talk focuses on the fabrication of two biomaterial platforms, bio-functionalized surfaces of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers and polymeric nanoparticles, and explores the interrelationship between biomaterial physicochemical properties and hMSC behavior towards improving hMSC lineage specificity. 
Biography: Dr. Bethany Almeida is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clarkson University. Her laboratory focuses on the design and fabrication of advanced biomaterials to modulate stem cell behavior with the ultimate goal of developing translatable biomaterial-stem cell therapies to treat human disease. Dr. Almeida’s group is also interested in fundamentally elucidating the dynamic relationship between stem cell behavior and culture conditions and the physicochemical properties of biomaterials. Dr. Almeida was named a 2020 Rising Star in Engineering in Health by Columbia University and has received funding from the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining Clarkson University in August 2021, Dr. Almeida was an American Society for Engineering Education Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the US Naval Research Laboratory’s Center for Bio/molecular Science and Engineering. Dr. Almeida received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University in 2019 and a dual B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Professional Writing from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2013. 
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