BME Graduate Students Win Awards at SFB Biomaterials Day at UTSA

Avinash Gadok
Graduate student Avinash Gadok wins overall best paper and presentation. 

Graduate students from Department of Biomedical Engineering won two awards at this year’s Texas Biomaterials Day, hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio on June 3.

Avinash Gadok won overall best paper and presentation, and John Clegg won a best paper award.

Gadok, who works with Professor Jeanne Stachowiak won for her research titled “Connectosomes for Direct Cytoplasmic Drug Delivery.”

   John Clegg received an award for his poster. 

Clegg worked with Professors Pengyu Ren and Nicholas Peppas, as well as students Matthew Harger and Afshan Irani on his poster, titled, “Toward Protein Recognition with Oligopeptide-Containing Imprinted Hydrogels.”

Chemical engineering graduate students David Spencer and Angela Wagner, both of whom work in Professor Peppas' lab, also won awards. 

The Society for Biomaterials has initiated the Biomaterials Day Program, which provides financial support for a one-day symposium at five different locations throughout the United States. The purpose of these meetings is to highlight cutting-edge research and increase student interest in biomaterials careers.

The goal of the Texas Biomaterials Day is to enhance networking between academic and industrial sectors and increase student exposure to exciting biomaterials research. This one-day symposium features presentations from academic, clinical and industrial researchers that showcase ongoing research in the region and promote collaboration and knowledge exchange between institutions and industry. The day includes student poster sessions that provide a venue for student research presentations and networking.