Texas Biomaterials Day
, an annual event founded by the Society for Biomaterials and organized by bioengineers Jordan Miller
and Omid Veiseh
, aims to create opportunities for students at all levels to showcase their research and network with academic, industry and government-sector professionals in the field. This year, the event is being held at Rice University and bioengineering graduate student Marjan Majid answers a few questions that provide a preview of this year’s event.
How did you get involved with organizing this year’s Texas Biomaterials Day?
I've always loved event planning and organizing and have been involved in a number of organizations here at Rice and during my undergrad at the University of Texas at Austin. For Texas Biomaterials Day actually, Dr. Veiseh emailed me and asked me to help. I'd helped coordinate bioengineering recruitment, the 2018 Innovation Symposium, and I had worked with him for coordinating the Rice booth at BMES. I was happy to help and I've really enjoyed the opportunity.
What are you most excited for during the event?
We have a diverse set of speakers
covering a wide range of topics related to the field of biomaterials. The keynote speaker is Adam Feinberg from Carnegie Mellon University who works on self-organization and self-assembly of cells into tissue structures for neuromuscular and cardiovascular systems.
I'm really looking forward to the reception because it gives us the opportunity to chat with all of the faculty and student attendees, which really gets at the heart of why we have Biomaterials Day. I'm also looking forward to the talks, specifically the keynote, and the rapid-fire talks because it's always exciting to hear about what your peers are working on!
What surprises have you encountered while organizing the event?
Planning the event really showed me how much I like graphic design! I've never been a very artistic person, and this was the first time I've created my own flyer for an event. I spent a lot of time trying to make it look nice and I think it turned out pretty well! It was a really fun experience and I'm looking forward to doing more creative projects.
It’s not too late to register for Texas Biomaterials Day on Friday, May 31 at the BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main Street in Houston, Texas. This year’s event is made possible by the Rice University Bioengineering Department, Volumetric and the Society for Biomaterials.
Marjan Majid is a second year Rice bioengineering Ph.D. student and a member of the Mikos Lab. She is president of the Rice Bioengineering Graduate Student Association and a NSF GRFP Fellow. Her research focuses on bone, cartilage and muscle tissue engineering. Marjan graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in biomedical engineering.