Mar 20, 2013

Society for Biomaterials honors two USD students with STAR Awards

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Two students from the University of South Dakota have been honored by the Society for Biomaterials for their outstanding research.

Sujan Lamichhane, a Ph.D. student, and Annemarie Gallo, a M.S. student, are recipients of 2013 STAR (Student Travel Achievement Recognition) awards by the Education and Professional Development Committee of the Society to attend the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting in Boston, April 10-13. Both students will be presented with a certificate of recognition as well as travel expense reimbursements during the opening ceremony of the annual meeting on Wednesday, April 10.

Lamichhane’s paper, “Interaction of Endothelial and Smooth Muscle Cells with Paclitaxel-Immobilized Self Assembled Monolayers” was nominated as an outstanding contribution to the Society for Biomaterials’ 2013 Annual Meeting. Gallo’s paper, “Co-Delivery of Paclitaxel and Nitric Oxide from Abluminal and Luminal Surfaces of a Coronary Stent,” was also nominated as an outstanding contribution to the organization’s upcoming annual meeting. They are students working under the supervision of Gopinath Mani, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering, at the Graduate Education & Applied Research (GEAR) Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. A photo of Gallo (left) and Lamichhane is available for download at

The Society for Biomaterials is a professional society promoting the advancements in biomedical materials research. It is the oldest scientific organization in the field of biomaterials and continues to be the world leader in this field by organizing an annual meeting in the United States as well as participating in the quadrennial world biomaterials congress. The USD student chapter of the Society of Biomaterials presents new concepts in the biomaterials field as well as participates in community outreach through volunteering and promoting science to younger students. Officers during the 2012-13 academic year include students Christopher Blahna, chapter president; Berit Foss, vice president; Gallo and Lamichhane, secretary/treasurer; and Eagappanath Thiruppathi, bylaws chair.

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