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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Two young scholars selected for distinguished seminar

Steven Caliari and Sarah Perry have been chosen as presenters for the University of Washington’s Department of Chemical Engineering 2013 Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar. The annual summer seminar features 10 top young researchers in their field including graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who have not accepted a faculty position.

Steven Caliari
Steven Caliari

Caliari, a graduate student in Assistant Professor Brendan Harley’s group, says it’s an honor to be selected to present at the seminar. “It’s extremely gratifying to know that people are excited about the research we’re doing,” he said.

He will present his seminar on July 22 titled “Spatially-graded collagen scaffolds for engineering orthopedic interfaces and regulating MSC fate.” Caliari’s research aims to develop spatially-graded collagen biomaterials that mimic key features of native orthopedic interfaces in order to control stem cell behavior and guide functional tissue repair.

“As an aspiring university professor, this seminar series is an opportunity to practice important elements of a faculty job interview while receiving critical feedback,” Caliari said.”

Sarah Perry
Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois with Professor and Department Head Paul Kenis as her advisor, says she is honored to be a seminar presenter.

“I am very excited about having been selected as a DYSS speaker, not only because of the honor it represents, but also because it allows me to network and share my research with a diverse audience,” she said.

Perry will give her seminar on August 12 titled “Stereoregularity Inhibits Complex Coacervation of Polypeptides.”  Her talk will describe how liquid-liquid phase separation can be used to create biomimetic micro- or nano-compartments to encapsulate sensitive biological molecules, such as enzymes, for use in biomedicine, biocatalysis, and sensing.