NCTERMS Annual Conference 2018

This one-day event will include a keynote lecture from Dr. Krishnendu Roy, director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies at Georgia Tech, as well as a series of invited speakers from North Carolina including Drs. Ke Cheng, Barbara Nsiah, Shay Soker, Tatiana Segura, Ashley Brown, Samira Musah, Emmanuel Opara, and Wesley Legant.

Abstracts for posters will be accepted through November 26 on the following topics:

  • Stem Cell Biology and Cell Therapy
  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • Translational Research in Regenerative Medicine
  • Biofabrication

There will be a poster competition open to all students and post-doctoral fellows. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The abstract template and submission are available at



8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Attendee Arrival and Registration/Poster/Exhibit Set Up
Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:05 a.m. Welcome
Dr. Jennifer West, Duke
9:05 – 9:35 a.m. Next-Generation Regenerative Therapies for Heart and Lung Disease
Dr. Ke Cheng, NCSU and UNC
9:35 – 10:05 a.m. Progress Towards Development of Functioning Bio-engineered Lungs
Dr. Barbara Nsiah, United Therapeutics
10:05 – 10:35 a.m. Bioengineered Liver Tissue for Transplantation, Development and Disease Modeling
Dr. Shay Soker, Wake Forest
10:35 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Biomaterial Strategies to Promote Brain Repair After Stroke
Dr. Tatiana Segura, Duke
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Controlling Fibroblast Modes of Migration through Microgel Thin Film Viscoelasticity
Dr. Ashley Brown, NCSU and UNC
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Poster session with box lunches available
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Plenary Speaker
Dr. Krishnendu Roy, Georgia Tech and Emory, Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies

How do we Achieve Reproducible and Scalable Manufacturing of High Quality Therapeutic Cells at a Lower Cost? – A Consortium Approach

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Modeling Human Kidney Development and Function by Directed Differentiation of Stem Cells
Dr. Samira Musah, Duke
3:30 – 3:50 p.m. Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
3:50 – 4:20 p.m. Re-engineering the Bioartificial Pancreas for Sustained Performance
Dr. Emmanuel Opara, Wake Forest
4:20 – 4:50 p.m. From Molecules to Organisms: Pushing the Limits of Fluorescence Microscopy
Dr. Wesley Legant, UNC and NCSU
4:50 – 5:00 p.m.

Presentation of Poster Awards and Concluding Remarks



Cancellations: All cancellation requests must be in writing. Full refunds will be given for cancellations received by November 26th, 2018. Cancellations received after November 26th, 2018 will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after December 9th, 2018.


More Information

The North Carolina Tissue Engineering Group was first organized in 1998 to foster collaborations in tissue engineering throughout North Carolina, with the strong desire to be geographically and institutionally inclusive.  In 2010, the Board decided to reorganize as the North Carolina Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society (NCTERMS) as an educational and scientific association. It is the purpose of NCTERMS to provide information and educational opportunities to fellow researchers, scientists, students and staff on advances in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine in the State of North Carolina.

View the NCTERMS website for more information.


Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences
Schiciano Auditorium
Duke University
101 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27710

$75 - $100