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Are Artificial Organs in Our Future?

  • Cafe Eclectic 603 North McLean Boulevard Memphis, TN, 38107 United States (map)

Ever wonder exactly what a biomaterial is? 

The definition is a synthetic or natural material suitable for use in constructing artificial organs and prostheses or to replace bone or tissue.

but what is it, really? Join us for this fun event with two great speakers from the University of Memphis to learn more about this neat STUFF and what it means to Memphis.



Doors will be open at 6:30pm. Cafe Eclectic, as the name would suggest, has an eclectic variety of eats and drinks, but doesn't sell alcohol. Have no fear, you are welcome to BYOB if that's what your heart desires. Enjoy while chatting with new friends!


Following a brief introduction to taste of science and thanks to our sponsors, we will hear from our speakers with plenty of time between for questions and refills. 

Seating is limited; only a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

Endogenous Tissue Engineering

Dr Gary Bowlin

Chair of Excellence and Professor, University of Memphis

This presentation will discuss the concept of tissue engineering, with a focus on blood vessels and the use of electrospinning to make nanofibrous structures used in endogenous tissue engineering. Endogenous tissue engineering is an approach where we implant a structure in the body to guide regeneration. The body will be our bioreactor - the perfect bioreactor. More specifically, we will discuss how to tame the body’s immune system into helping and driving the repair process, not rejection. 


Dr Firouzeh Sabri

Associate Professor, University of Memphis

Prof. Sabri is an experimental materials physicist with a focus on synthesis, characterization, and understanding of bulk and surface properties of nanomaterials including aerogels. Currently, materials that are being studied by her group include elastomeric materials as well as mesoporous materials such as aerogels. She has recently been working on the design, synthesis and characterization of a RTV-aerogel compound material for cryogenc tank material applications for space exploration.