On November 29th, the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering celebrated its 20th anniversary as a department by commemorating with Pruitt Research Day. At Pruitt Research Day, three pivotal leaders in the early development of the BME program gave the keynote speeches where they shared the successes of their research program and reflected on the early days of BME at UF. There was also six student talks and 28 poster presentations this year. Of those, the Sharma Lab was represented via 1 student talk and 3 poster presentations!
Jessica Aldrich presented her research in a talk titled, “Targeting Oxidative Stress with an ROS-Scavenging Biomaterials as a Chondroprotective Therapy for Osteoarthritis.” Through her efforts, Jessica was awarded the Best Oral Presentation!
In addition, Suzanne Lightsey presented her research titled, “The Influence of Hyaluronic Acid Properties on Natural Killer Cell Function in a 3D System,” Tiffany Conklin presented her research titled, “ROS-Scavenging Manganese Dioxide Nanoparticles Mitigate Inflammatory Signaling by Macrophages,” and Quincy Barton presented his research titled, “Establishing Methodology for Probing Mechanisms of Nanoparticle Uptake in Natural Killer Cells.”
To read more about Pruitt Research Day and UF BME’s history, click here.