2016 Annual Conference

April 7-9, 2016
Greenville, South Carolina

2016 Awards Presentations

Bioethics Essay Competition
Chair: Lisa Wilken
Moderator: Carmen Gomes

Honorable Mention: Alexis Planells, University of Missouri
The Permissibility of 3D Bioprinting Organs

Jonathan Gootee, University of Missouri
Genetic Engineering: A Misunderstood Science

Third Place: Savannah Pounds, University of Missouri
Ethical Considerations of Genetic Enhancement

Second Place: Mitchell Hanson, University of Missouri
The Ethical Implications of CRISPR in Biological Engineering

First Place: Caleb Hazelwood, Missouri Western University
An Ethical Case for Continued Embryological Gene-Editing Research and Regulation on its Clinical Applications

Poster Competition
Chairs: Melissa Moss, Mark Uline

Graduate Student Awards
Third Place: Anna Doloman, Utah State University
Microbial Dynamics During Anaerobic Digestion of Algal Biomass and Sodium Acetate in USAB Reactor

Second Place: Rasheena Edmonson, Audrey Adcock, North Carolina Central University
Influence of Matrix on 3D-Cultured Prostate Cancer Cells: Drug Response and Expression of Drug-Associated Proteins

First Place: Adrian Beirise, University of Arkansas
Evaluating a Measure-Calculate Method for Determining Sediment Oxygen Demand in Lakes

Undergraduate Student Awards
Third Place: Kristina Pond, University of South Carolina
Improving Efficacy of Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer Using CCL8

Second Place: Ryan Geiser, University of South Carolina
Effect of Key Polyphenol Functional Groups on Oligomer Formation in Alzheimer’s Disease

First Place: R. Brock Fletcher, University of South Carolina
Polymer Grafted Nanoparticles as Drug Delivery Vehicles

Students’ Choice Poster Award
Emily Bliven, Oregon Health Sciences University
Flexibility of the Lumbar Spine for Activities of Daily Living

Journal of Biological Engineering Awards
Editors-in-Chief: Jeong-Yeol Yoon and Raj Rao
Raj Rao introduced as new co-Editor in Chief.

Publication of the Year, 2015
Helena N. Chia, Benjamin Wu
Recent advances in 3D printing of biomaterials
13,001 accesses in 2015

2015 Impact Factor: 2.48

Presidential Citations
Presented by Ben Stuart
Sabrina Jedlicka (conference co-chair)
Prem Parajuli (conference co-chair)
Jeong-Yeol Yoon (immediate past President)
Raj Rao (new editor of JBE)
Mark Eiteman (outgoing editor of JBE)
Lisa Wilken (Bioethics Essay chair)
Mark Uline (poster session co-chair)
Melissa Moss (poster session co-chair)
Eric McLamore (outgoing councilor at large)
Outstanding session chair

Announcement of 2017 Annual Meeting Location & Dates
March 30 – April 1, 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah


  • Keynote Session: Dr. Martine LaBerge: Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University; Executive Director, CUBEInC, Clemson University
    Endovascular Devices for Managing Atherosclerosis: Innovation and Translation
    Friday, April 8: 8:00 am
  • Keynote Session: Dr. Dan Luo: Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University
    DNA-Based Materials and Their Applications
    Saturday, April 9: 8:00 am
  • Dr. Michael J. Yost: Director of General Surgery Research, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery at Medical University of South Carolina
    From Bedside to Bench and Back Again
    Friday, April 8: 1:30 pm
  • Dr. James Mihelcic: Professor and State of Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of South Florida
    Biological Inspired Engineering That Makes the World a Better Place
    Saturday, April 9: 2:35 pm


2016 IBE Conference Topics

General Technical Sessions
The IBE general technical sessions are held concurrently during the meeting, such that similar topics are not at the same time. If you have questions about the applicability of your topic please contact Courtney Devine, at IBE Headquarters (cdevine@ibe.org). Sessions, with corresponding chairs, are as follows:

  • Algae-Based Systems
    Chair: Dr. Ronald Sims, Utah State University
  • Synthetic Biology/iGEM Synthetic Biology
    Chairs: Dr. John Dueber, University of California, Berkeley and Dr. Meghdad Hajimorad, California State University – Chico
  • Biochemical Conversions/Metabolic Pathway Engineering
    Chairs: Dr. Yanna Liang, Southern Illinois University and Dr. Jixun Zhan, Utah State University
  • Sensors and Biosensors
    Dr. Anhong Zhou, Utah State University
    Dr. Jonathan Claussen, Iowa State University
  • Biomaterials and Nanomaterials
    Chairs: Dr. Elizabeth Vargis, Utah State University and Dr. Heather Hunt, University of Missouri
  • Environmental Engineering
    Chair: Dr. Ying Ouyang, US Forest Service
  • Tissue & Cellular Engineering
    Chairs: Dr. Tarek Shazly and Dr. John Eberth, University of South Carolina
  • Biological Engineering Education
    Chair: Dr. Czarena Crofcheck, University of Kentucky
  • NC-11-94 Nanotechnology and Biosensors
    Chair: Dr. Chenxu Yu, Iowa State University

Special Sessions:

  • General Session: Bioethics Essay Session
    Chair: Dr. Lisa Wilken, Kansas State University
  • Bio-Business Nexus
    Chairs: Dr. Sabrina Jedlicka, Lehigh University, and Dr. Guigen Zhang, Clemson University
  • General Poster Session and Student Poster Session and Competition
    Co-chairs: Dr. Mark Uline and Dr. Melissa Moss, University of South Carolina

Special Sessions
Bioethics Essay Competition – This session will feature the results of a student competition and selected presentations on bioethics as it relates to biological engineering topics. Click here for information on the Bioethics Competition award recipients from 2015.

BioBusiness Nexus – Join us for the BioBusiness Nexus on Friday, April 8th at 3:00 pm. This session provides a forum for local emerging companies to introduce their technologies and companies to the engineers, life scientists, and fellow business registrants for this meeting.

2016 BioBusiness Nexus: Entrepreneurship in Science

  • Narendra Vyavahare, Hunter Endowed Chair, Professor of Bioengineering, Clemson University: From Academic Research to Market- It's a Long Road, But It's Worth It
  • Steve Johnson, CEO - CreatiVasc Medical Inc., COO - Brookhaven Medical Inc.: Prepare for the unexpected: It will happen
  • Mike Gara, Director of Innovation, CUBInC: Funding the valley of death: How to fund a startup, from lab to market
  • Question and Answer Session