Doctoral students win awards at ORS Spine Section meeting

Easson, left, and Barcellona were recognized for their achievements during the 2019 Spine Section meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society.

Marcos Barcellona, a doctoral student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Garrett Easson, a doctoral student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, received awards during the 2019 Spine Section meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS).

Barcellona won the ORS Philadelphia Spine Research Society (PSRS) Trainee Poster Award for Outstanding Scientific Research for his paper titled “Engineering Laminin-Mimetic Peptide Systems for 2D and 3D Support of NP Cell Culture.” Easson received the ORS Spine Section Innovation Award.

Barcellona is a member of the lab of Lori Setton, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Easson is a graduate research assistant in the lab of Simon Tang, assistant professor biomedical engineering and of orthopedic surgery in the School of Medicine.