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Twenty faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students from the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) attended the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) 2023 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, October 11-14. The number is the largest group UAB has taken to BMES to date.

The meeting provides opportunities for the best and brightest in the BME field to shine by sharing their latest work with a community of peers, through panel discussions, relationship building, and the presentation of research posters and projects.

“It was a great experience to see all of the cutting-edge research in biomedical engineering,” says Robbie Cross, Ph.D. student.

Department members Kamari Marzette, Bronte Johnson, Sophie Sitawalla, Maranda Kramer, Ho-Wook Jun, Noorulah Imran, Ian Berg, Vaishali Bala, Jun Chen, Kyonga Cheon, Sachin Budhathoki, Vidhi Patel, Peyton Clark, Michael Heim, Allyson Criswell, Pierce Plumlee, Annabel Johnson and Robbie Cross presented their academic research projects on topics ranging from cancer cell therapy to cardiac regeneration.

“BMES was an amazing opportunity to present my research in an environment of supportive scientists. I was also able to network and meet students and PIs in my field,” says Peyton Clark, undergraduate student. “It’s really cool to spend a week with students and scientists who are passionate about their research and work.”

BMES is an international professional society for biomedical engineering and bioengineering. It is home to more than 5,000 members. BME hosts a booth at BMES each year and has attended for more than 12 years. Department members look forward to attending the BMES 2024 meeting in Baltimore, Maryland next October.

“This was my first BMES conference and it blew my mind,” says Kamari Marzette, undergraduate student. “Not only was I able to present my research, but I was also able to connect with students and professors from other institutions within my field. This was a great experience and I cannot wait until next year’s conference.”