Stem Cell Biomanufacturing IGERT Trainees Meet the Director of the NSF

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Subra Suresh, PhD, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), came to Georgia Tech to deliver the Parker H. Petit Institute’s 2011 Distinguished Lecture presentation on diagnosing human diseases using biomedical models. While here, Suresh met with Georgia Tech's Stem Cell Biomanufacturing IGERT trainees.

The NSF awarded the Stem Cell Biomanufacturing IGERT in 2010 to Robert Nerem, PhD, director of the Georgia Tech & Emory Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Todd McDevitt, PhD, director of the Stem Cell Engineering Center and associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering.

These IGERT graduates are conducting the highest quality stem cell research for the purposes of discovering stem cell therapies, technologies and diagnosis. From various engineering and scientific backgrounds, these students are working to enhance the fields of regenerative medicine, drug discovery & development, cell-based diagnostics and cancer treatments using stem cell applications.

Fall 2011 awards were given out to the following first-year PhD graduate students:

Tom Bongiorno  - Sulchek laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering
Rob Dromms - Styczynski laboratory, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Devon Headen -  Garcia laboratory, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Greg Holst -  Precision Biosystems laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering
Torri Rinker -  Temenoff laboratory, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Shalini Saxena -  Lyon laboratory, School of Material Science Engineering
Josh Zimmermann -  McDevitt laboratory, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering