May 3, 2014 – By Maren Roman
On Wednesday, April 30, the Bio-based Materials Center (BB MC) at Virginia Tech held its 3rd Graduate Research Symposium. Twenty-one graduate students of BB MC faculty members from various disciplines, ranging from wood science to biomedical engineering, presented their research projects in 12 oral and 9 poster presentations. This year’s keynote presentation was given by Prof. Dr. Petra Mischnick from the Institute of Food Chemistry of the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany and titled “Sequencing” polysaccharides and polysaccharide derivatives – What is possible? Glycoscience, one of the center’s research foci, has recently been recognized as a frontier in chemical, biological, and medical research.
The symposium, made possible with the help of graduate students Cole Burch, Yifan Dong, Jung Ki Hong, Joyann Marks, Xiangtao Meng, Jameison Rolle, Guigui Wan, and Xueyan Zheng, was well attended and showcased the diverse nature of the BB MC’s research activities. The symposium program and presentation abstracts are posted under Events on the BB MC’s Web site at www.bbmc.ictas.vt.edu. Founded in 2008 and led by Professor Kevin Edgar of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, the BB MC is a multidisciplinary academic center under the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICT AS) with funding from ICT AS and the USD A National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The BB MC fosters and funds collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects and offers a graduate certificate in Bio-based Materials. Faculty members of the BB MC also include Professors Chip Frazier, Barry Goodell, Scott Renneckar, and Maren Roman.