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Grant Scull, a Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the Student Travel Achievement Recognition (STAR) award by the Society for Biomaterials (SFB). Scull works with Ashley Brown, associate professor and director of the Advanced Wound Healing Lab. Scull’s research centers on therapeutics that fight bacteria, such as staphylococcus aureus, which may infect wounds during healing. The award presented by the Tissue Engineering Special Interest Group from SFB was in recognition of his abstract entitled “Novel Targeted Treatment of Coagulase-Mediated S. Aureus Biofilms.”

Ana Sheridan, a Ph.D. student in the Advanced Wound Healing Lab, was also recognized for her research by the SFB. Her research focuses on developing fibrin-specific nanogels to deliver materials that slow down clotting and treat coagulation within blood vessels. She received an Honorable Mention STAR award for her outstanding contributions by the Cardiovascular Biomaterials Special Interest Group.

The annual Society for Biomaterials’ 2023 meeting will be held in San Diego, California, on April 19-22, 2023. As part of the award, Scull will receive monetary support towards his travel to the conference, and both Scull and Sheridan will be recognized during the event’s opening ceremony.

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