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Biomedical Engineering Scientific Interest Group

About the BME-SIG

The Biomedical Engineering Scientific Interest Group (BME-SIG) seeks to fill a current void in bioengineering interest and organization within the broader NIH community. Initially spearheaded by NIBIB and NCI, with clinical advisors from NIAID, we focus on community-building and resource knowledge of engineers and scientists in the NIH intramural research program. Several sub-disciplines are represented, including biomaterials, regenerative medicine, in vitro systems, immunoengineering, fabrication, tissue biomechanics, nanoformulations, drug delivery, materials science, cancer therapeutics, and others. 

Educational Events: As a part of the BME-SIG, there are several educational and outreach programs we plan to implement that promote biomedical engineering education and engagement of NIH fellows and researchers. This includes a seminar series aimed at increasing the visibility of bioengineering and biomaterials science through inviting leaders from the field to give seminars. Included in this program will be seminars focused on tech-transfer and IP/patent law, the regulatory process such as filing for IND and other FDA processes, and pathways for bringing technologies to commercialization. Commercialization processes will be presented from the intramural perspective as well as extramural university setting for our fellows. The BME-SIG will host a technology-demonstration day in partnership with the NIH Library to expose intramural scientists to engineering platforms such as 3D printing, nanoparticle synthesis, microfiber electrospinning, microencapsulation, organ-on-a-chip and microfluidic platforms, hydrogel biomaterials, organoid modeling, and others. Furthermore, we will provide career talks and tea-times where fellows can chat with members of the external bioengineering community to promote education and careers in biomedical engineering for our postbac and postdoc fellows, respectively.

Steering Committee Members

Matthew Wolf (Stadtman Tenure-Track, CCR Frederick)
Joel Schneider (Senior Investigator, CCR Frederick)
Kandice Tanner (Senior Investigator, CCR Bethesda)

Kaitlyn Sadtler (Stadtman Tenure-Track, Bethesda)
Nicole Morgan (Staff Scientist, Bethesda)
Peter Schuck (Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator, Bethesda)

Elise O’Connell (Associate Research Physician, Bethesda)
Maura Manion (Staff Clinician, Bethesda)

Inaurgural 2021–2022 Lecture Series

Please join us at our seminar series held during the second week of each month from fall through spring, remote-only for now via Below is the list of speakers from 2021–2022 with links to the archived lecture.

October 12, 2021 at 1:00 p.m ET
"Engineering Human Tissues for Medical Impact"
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Ph.D.
The Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine
Director, Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering
Columbia University
watch the archive at

November 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m ET
"Biomaterials for Combination Immunotherapy"
Natalie Artzi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Engineering in Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
watch the archive at

December 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m ET
"Engineered Extracellular Matrix Models to Study Tumor Heterogeneity"
Claudia Fischbach, Ph.D.
Stanley Bryer 1946 Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Cornell University
watch the archive at

January 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m ET
"Injectable Biomaterials for Translational Regenerative Engineering"
Karen Christman, Ph.D.
Professor of Bioengineering
Associate Dean of Faculty, Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego
watch the archive at

February 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m ET
"Electrostatic Assembly of Targeted Delivery Agents"
Paula Hammond, Ph.D.
Department Head and Institute Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
watch the archive at

March 7, 2022 at 1:00 p.m ET
"Designing Engineered Tissue Platforms for In Vitro Disease Modeling"
Catherine Whittington, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
watch the archive at

April 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m ET
"Harnessing Biomaterials to Study and Direct Immune Function"
Christopher Jewell, Ph.D.
Minta Martin Professor of Engineering, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland
watch the archive at

May 9, 2022 at 1:00 p.m ET
"Controlling the Journey of Nanoparticles in Blood: Surprising Things Learned and Implications for Design and Clinical Translational of Targeted Drug Carriers"
Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate & Professional Education
University Diversity & Social Transformation Professor of Chemical Engineering
Miller Faculty Scholar
University of Michigan
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