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Bio-based Materials Center holds 2nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium

Founded in 2008, the Bio-based Materials Center (BBMC) is a multidisciplinary academic center at Virginia Tech under the directorship of Professor Kevin Edgar of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. The faculty members of the BBMC also include Professors Chip Frazier, Scott Renneckar, and Maren Roman. The BBMC is a research and education center under the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) with funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and from ICTAS.

Bio-based Materials Graduate Research Symposium

May 28, 2012 –  

On Friday, May 18, the BBMC held its 2nd annual Graduate Research Symposium. Twenty- four graduate students of BBMC faculty members presented their research projects in 13 oral and 11 poster presentations. The keynote speaker of this year’s symposium was Dr. Jennifer Kelly of the Food and Drug Administration, giving a talk on “Promoting Medical Device Innovation and Safety”. The all-day symposium, including extensive oral presentations as well as a late-afternoon poster session, was organized by a committee of four BBMC graduate students (Siddhesh Pawar, Betsy Claunch, Xiao Zhang, and Jung Ki Hong) with leadership from Professor Roman and support from Dr. Hezhong Wang. The symposium was well attended and showcased the diverse nature of the BBMC’s research activities. The symposium program and presentation abstracts are posted under Events on the BBMC’s Web site at



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