Pruitt Research Day

3rd Annual Pruitt Research Day

Friday, November 21st

Join us as we celebrate the next generation of Biomedical Engineers and Scientists!

Pruitt Research Day will be a celebration of the research being conducted in the BME department and the BME community. We hold our celebration near the birth date of Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt Sr. whose vision and generosity helped found the BME department. Because Dr. Pruitt was always most excited about hearing and discussing our students’ achievements and research.  Dr. Pruitt himself was not only a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon but also an inventor of catheters and instruments for use in cardiovascular surgery that include his co-invention of the Pruitt-Inahara shunt – still one of the world’s most popular shunts used during carotid endarterectomy. 

This year will feature a keynote talk by Karen Zaderej,. Ms. Zaderej is the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors of AxoGen, Inc. . Karen joined AxoGen in May 2006 and previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales and as Chief Operating Officer. From October 2004 to May 2006, Karen worked for Zaderej Medical Consulting, a consulting firm she founded, which assisted medical device companies build and execute successful commercialization plans. From 1987 to 2004, Karen worked at Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, where she held senior positions in marketing, business development, research & development, and manufacturing. She is a member of the Board of Directors of SEBio, a regional non-profit organization that fosters the growth of the life sciences industry in the Southeastern United States.  Karen has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

Ms. Zaderej will speak about academic-to-industry translation and share her personal experiences.

During this year’s event, we will host the special unveiling of a historic marker in recognition of Dr. Crayton Pruitt Sr. to be placed near the Biomedical Sciences Building entrance. The historic marker will honor and recognize the life, legacy and generosity of Dr. Crayton Pruitt Sr. Please take this opportunity to thank members of the Pruitt family who will be in attendance for the unveiling for their support of the BME department.

We will also be hosting an interactive industry panel discussion for students. The panel will include top biomedical technologies industry executives who will speak about latest industry trends, job prospects for recent graduates, best practices in leadership/innovation, and who will take questions from students in the audience. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to interface with these experts!


*All events with the exception of the student talks will take place in the Biomedical Sciences Building atrium.

8:45-9:00am       Welcome
9:00-9:30am       Keynote Speaker, Ms. Karen Zaderej
9:30-10:00am     Coffee Break
10:00-11:00am  Student Talks (located in Communicore, room C1-9)
11:00-11:45am Pruitt Historical Marker Unveiling
11:45-1:00pm     Lunch
1:00-3:00pm  Poster Session 
3:00-3:30pm  Awards
3:30-5:00pm       Industry Panel Discussion


Call for Abstracts:

Please submit abstracts online at the link below by 5pm on Monday, October 13th. We will select four abstracts for presentation as talks in the morning from students who have advanced to PhD candidacy. You must have passed your qualifying exam to be eligible for a talk. All other abstracts will be considered for presentation during the afternoon poster session from 1:00-3:00pm. We look forward to hearing about your exciting biomedical research!

Abstract Submissions: