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Sotak Lecture in BME| Ronke Olabisi, PhD| Assistant Professor, Samueli Development Chair| University of California, Irvine| Via Zoom

Friday, April 16, 2021
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm




Using Secrets of the Maya to Control Bone Formation



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.
Ronke Olabisi earned her bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from MIT. At the Uni-versity of Michigan she completed one master’s degree in mechanical engineering and one in aeronautical engineering. Olabisi received her doctorate in biomedical engineer-ing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2020 she joined the UCI Biomedical Engineering department from Rutgers University where she was an assistant professor with an appointment in Biomedical Engineering and an affiliation with the Institute of Ad-vanced Materials, Devices, and Nanotechnology. Olabisi is the recipient of a 2016 Engi-neering Information Foundation Award, a 2018 NSF CAREER Award, a 2019 Johnson & Johnson Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design (WiSTEM2D) Scholar Award, and in 2019 she was named one of the Bio-medical Engineering Society’s Young Innovators in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineer-ing. She is a member of 100 Year Starship, an interdisciplinary DARPA-funded initiative that seeks to replicate the rapid technological development stimulated by the moon landings by tackling human interstellar travel. Olabisi’s research involves modifying syn-thetic materials with the natural, from small molecules, to large proteins, to cells, in or-der to develop cell-responsive materials for tissue engineering and wound healing.


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