Last week, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida! I’ve been working really hard on my research project in Dr. Megan McCain’s lab for over a year, and this was our opportunity to show it off at a national conference.
For the first two days of the conference, we got to sit through numerous lectures on a myriad of subjects within the broad field of Biomedical Engineering. Some of the fascinating ones I listened to included:
~ Rapid, Multiplexed Generation of Homozygous Gene-Deleted Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Utilizing CRISPR/Cas9
~ Hydrogel Scaffolds for 3-D Reprogramming & Transplantation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons
~ Fabricating 3D Microvascular Structures with Cell & ECM Organization Recapitulating Native Vasculature
On the first evening, there were receptions held by many schools in attendance with free food and the valuable opportunity to network with students and professors from other schools in order to learn about the available graduate programs. It was so much fun!
The next evening, there was an event called the BME Bash—there was even more food, and we met even more people. It took place right by river where the conference was, and at night there were beautiful fireworks to celebrate.
The last day was when we got to display our poster.
Here’s our poster (featuring me and my research partner, Holly):
Our project was called “Long-Term Culture of Engineered Skeletal Muscle on Micromolded Gelatin Hydrogels.” Essentially, we figured out a better way to grow skeletal muscle into healthy fibers for a much longer time.
This was easily the best part of the conference—all of our hard work paid off, as we received a lot of positive feedback from other students as well as professors and researchers from other schools who had heard of or even previously worked with my advisor.
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