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Professor elected president of Society For Biomaterials

Sarah Stabenfeldt to serve on organization’s executive board for next 3 years

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Sarah Stabenfeldt, a professor of biomedical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, was elected president of the Society For Biomaterials.

January 11, 2024

Sarah Stabenfeldt, a professor of biomedical engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, has been elected president of the Society For Biomaterials. In the role, Stabenfeldt will serve on the organization’s executive board for the next three years.

The Society For Biomaterials is a multidisciplinary society of academic, health care and business professionals striving to advance biomaterials science, engineering and technology to promote human health and well-being. Stabenfeldt has been an active member for more than 20 years and has served on the society's board of directors and council, providing extensive experience in the organization’s leadership operations.

“I have been a member of SFB since I was a graduate student,” Stabenfeldt says. “Through the SFB community, I was able to network and find mentors and sponsors who, to this day, still play a huge role in my career development. To now be the president-elect and contribute to a community of current and future generations of leaders in biomaterials is an immense honor.”

Stabenfeldt joined ASU’s School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, part of the Fulton Schools, as an assistant professor in 2011. She has since dedicated her career to researching regenerative medicine strategies for acute neural injury. 

She is currently researching how nanoparticle delivery and biomarker presence vary after brain injury as well as developing methods for neural tissue engineering.

Stabenfeldt serves on numerous scientific journal editorial boards and review panels, including Acta Biomaterialia and the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. Her efforts have been honored with an array of accolades, including the 2015 Arizona Biomedical Research Consortium Early-Stage Investigator Award, the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award and the 2015 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award

Stabenfeldt is also an active member of the National Neurotrauma Society and the Biomedical Engineering Society, or BMES, and was named a 2023 BMES Fellow for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the biomedical engineering community. 

As a longtime Society For Biomaterials member, Stabenfeldt says the organization’s success is due to its strong sense of connection, which she plans to foster as its president.

“I aim to continue to grow this community and further strengthen career networking and development opportunities for trainees and early-career scientists,” she says. “I also want to bridge the gaps between academia, government and industry through collaborative sessions at our annual SFB meeting.”

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