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Olabisi Lab attends annual BMES meeting
October 11-14, 2017
REU students Vincent Cali and Kaylie Sheehan, in addition to Tissue Engineering Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) students, Jeeba Thomas, Nina Ninua, Aliyah Shell, Ruchi Patel, Kriti Sharma, Zeiny Aubdoollah, Sofia Castro-Pedidro, Shreya Soni, Sheethal Ajakkala and Aishwaria Devi all presented at the annual SFB meeting in Phoenix, AZ. Vincent presented his work on micropatterning PEG hydrogels using biomineral proteins. Kaylie presented her work on differentiating cells using piezoelectric scaffolds. The CURE students presented their work investigating a variety of substances as wound healing agents: Zeiny and Sofia, household sweeteners; Jeeba and Aliyah, silver nitrate; Shreya and Nina, vitamins; Ruchi and Kriti, cactus prickly pear and tamanu fruit; Sheethal and Aishwaria, spinach and green tea.

Congratulations to Dr. Corina White
September 14, 2017
Corina White, successfully defended her dissertation today. Corina graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Her dissertation was entitled, Biomimetic PEG hydrogels for ex vivo expansion and in situ transplantation of retinal pigment epithelial cells.

Congratulations to Dr. Ayesha Aijaz
May 12, 2017
Ayesha Aijaz, was hooded at today’s graduation ceremonies. Ayesha graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Her dissertation was entitled, Coencapsulation of insulin-producing cells and mesenchymal stromal cells in PEGDA hydrogels to enhance chronic wound healing.

Olabisi Lab Undergraduates present at the Summer NJSGC Fellow Poster Session
August 5, 2016
Kriti Gupta and Bryan Kwok presented their posters followed by a podium presentation, along with the other NJ Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC) Summer Fellows. Kriti’s poster was entitled, “Inducing Mechanical Stresses in Electro-active PEGDA Hydrogels to Influence the Fate of Mesenchymal Stem Cells.” Bryan’s poster was entitled “Tuning the mechanical properties of a synthetic polymer scaffold for retinal pigment epithelium tissue engineering.”

Olabisi Lab Undergraduate Featured in Rutgers Today
May 11, 2016
Brooke McClarrenWas featured by Rutgers Today in an article entitled “Creating Medical Devices to Help People, Families.” After graduating, Brooke will continue in the Olabisi Lab for her Master's degree.





Olabisi Lab Undergraduate presents at the Academic Year NJSGC Fellow Poster Session
April 5, 2016
Brooke McClarren presented her poster followed by a podium presentation, along with the other NJ Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC) Academic Year Fellows. Brooke’s poster was entitled, “Mesenchymal Stem Cell Response to Cyclic Tension, Static Tension and Vibration.”



Olabisi Lab attends annual SFB meeting
April 15-18, 2015
BME graduate students Ayesha Aijaz, Corina White, and Kris White all presented at the annual SFB meeting in Charlotte, NC. Ayesha presented her work on wound healing with microencapsulated insulin-producing cells. Corina presented her work developing an artificial Bruch’s membrane scaffold for retinal pigment epithelial cells. Kris presented his work using nacre to control osteoblast mineralization.

Olabisi Lab attends annual SFB meeting
April 16-19, 2014
BME graduate student Ayesha Aijaz, and BME undergraduate students Abhimanyu Cherukupalli, Davina Perera, Deepika Seethamraju, Michael Medini, Michael Pellegrini, and Ron Falkowski all presented at the annual SFB meeting in Denver, CO. Ayesha presented her work on microencapsulated insulin-producing cells. Davina and Deepika presented their work on optimizing microencapsulation conditions for mammalian osteoblasts. Mike M and Ron presented their work on optimizing polymer conditions for microencapsulated mammalian osteoblasts. Mike P presented his and Abhi’s work on developing a correction for Coulter counted hydrogel microspheres.

Prof. Olabisi invited to speak at the Department of State
March 24, 2014
Professor Olabisi was recently invited by the U.S. Department of State to speak to industry executives, diplomats, and government officials on the significance of the global bioeconomy, which focuses on the sustainable production and conversion of biomass for health care products as well as energy. She presented on Monday March 24th at the event entitled “Showcasing the Bioeconomy.” The event was co-sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of State and it aimed to engage industry and government in a dialogue on opportunity in areas comprising the global bioeconomy: agricultural, biomedical and industrial biotechnologies.

Olabisi Lab Undergraduates present at the Summer NJSGC Fellow Poster Session
August 2, 2013
Davina Perera and Michael Pellegrini presented their posters followed by a podium presentation, along with the other NJ Space Grant Consortium (NJSGC) Summer Fellows. Davina’s poster was entitled, “Determining the Optimum Cell Density for Hydrogel Microencapsulation Based on Cell Viability.” Michael’s poster was entitled, “Development and Validation of a Method to Determine Microsphere Size.”



Prof. Olabisi invited to speak at the European Parliament
March 4-8, 2013
Professor Olabisi was recently invited by representatives of the European Parliament to speak to government officials, industry executives, and representatives of research organizations to address the scientific response to global societal challenges. The event was co-sponsored by ISC Intelligence in Science and members of the European Parliament and it aimed to engage industry, government, and research institutions in a discussion about the role of research and development in the response to global challenges and to strengthen European participation in global research and development initiatives.




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