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*CANCELLED* - Sotak Lecture in BME: Ronke Olabisi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Samueli Development Chair, University of California, Irvine

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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LECTURE 5 – 6pm / RECEPTION 6 - 8pm


Cells as Biofactories:  Exploiting Cell Therapies

for Tissue Engineering and Wound Healing



Ronke Olabisi, PhD

Samueli Development Chair
Assistant Professor
University of California, Irvine
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at WPI cordially invites colleagues, alumni, students, families and friends to the Christopher Sotak Lecture in Biomedical Engineering.
This annual event perpetuates Chris’s passionate commitment to supporting and promoting innovative scholarship and research efforts in the field of bioengineering.


Prof. Christopher Sotak
1951 - 2011

Our lecture will be given by Ronke Olabisi, Assistant Professor at UC Irvine in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She is also a member of 100YSS and a committee member on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s study session: Promising Practices for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in STEM. Dr. Olabisi’s research interests encompass biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine to repair or build de novo tissues for treating defects due to injury, disease, aging, or spaceflight. Specifically, her approach is through the development of biosynthetic materials, which combine the best aspects of synthetic and biological materials to attain reproducible biomaterials that can drive or direct cell and tissue function. Dr. Olabisi is the recipient of the Frontiers in Bioengineering Best Poster Award (2014), the Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Grant Award (2014), an Engineering Information Foundation Award (2016), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2018), the TechAdvance Commercializing Innovative Technologies Award (2018), The Johnson and Johnson Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing and Design (WiSTEM2D) Award (2019), and the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Young Innovators in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (2019). Dr. Olabisi's research on the symbiotic relationship between coencapsulated cells has laid the groundwork for improving the outcomes of cell-based therapies, which have yet to achieve their potential. Dr. Olabisi's research group is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Engineering Information Foundation, TechAdvance, Johnson & Johnson, Condé Nast, and several other foundations and agencies.

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