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New England - Meetings


The New England Chapter and the Hudson Mohawk Chapter will be hosting a joint virtual meeting on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 2:30PM EST.

2:30 – 3:30 pm     Keynote presentation and Q&A
3:30 – 4:00 pm    Open floor discussion on AVS-NE Chapter activities     

Keynote Talk: “Bugs BeGone – Approaches to Prevent and Treat Infections”
Dr. Melissa Reynolds – Colorado State University

The epidemic of multidrug resistant bacteria necessitates the development of new materials to inhibit bacterial infections, both in solution and on surfaces. This presentation will focus on holistic approaches for addressing bacterial infections associated with implanted medical devices. Effective prevention and treatment of infections related to implantable medical devices requires the fabrication of surfaces with long lasting antibiotic character, as the lifetime of the device is related to the lifetime of the patient. Towards this goal, the fabrication of polymers with metal-organic framework additives and the ability of these materials to prevent the attachment of bacteria on their surfaces will be presented.  Additionally, methods that first detect bacteria in solution and then “turn-on” anti-bacterial activity will be presented. Multifunctional materials that can inhibit bacterial attachment, detect bacteria, and kill bacteria may prove valuable in long-term implantable materials.

Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Natural Sciences and is a Professor in Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University. She received a BS in Chemistry from Washington State University and a PhD from the University of Michigan and worked for a translational biomedical device company before joining CSU in 2009. Her research interests are in improving medical device technologies to improve patient outcomes. Her group is highly multidisciplinary and collaborative working in the areas of metal organic frameworks as biocatalysts, antibacterial materials, and biosensors. She has been recognized as an emerging investigator by the Journal of Materials Chemistry, a Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Early Career Award, NSF CAREER Award and Monfort Award.  The group’s research on metal organic frameworks received a 2013 TechConnect National Innovation Award. Her research has been funded by NSF, NIH, DOD, Boettcher Foundation, state funding and corporate funding.

Please contact Necmi Biyikli for Zoom details.