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Biomedical engineering postdoc ties for first in FSU's 5 Minute Research Postdoc competition

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Tisha Keller

Vishnu Priya Murali, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow in biomedical engineering, tied for first place in Florida State University’s 5 Minute Research (5MR) Competition for Postdocs on September 18, 2020. Her research presentation entitled, “Saving the Smiles,” focused on a new part of the process for bone grafting in dental procedures. Her work introduces a new type of guided bone regeneration membranes, which protect fresh bone grafted spaces in the oral cavity and prevent the surrounding gum tissue from entering the site.

Dr. Vishnu P. Murali

She was one of ten finalists asked to participate in the prestigious event.

Using a new type of membrane dubbed “Modified Electrospun Chitosan Nanofibrous Membranes,” Murali introduces the drug simvastatin (SMV) into the cavity via the protective membrane, allowing enhanced bone growth. The “chitosan” element makes the membrane biocompatible, biodegradable with non-toxic byproducts, osteoconductive and antimicrobial.

The event was judged by several esteemed members of the research and local community:

  • Mark Riley - Professor of Physics and Dean of the Graduate School
  • Stephen McDowell - Professor of Communication and Assistant Provost
  • Sally McRorie -  Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs
  • Karema Tymes Harris - President & CEO of Foreign Affairs, Inc.
  • Will Hill - Veterinarian and Director of the Lab Animal Resources
  • Gary Ostrander - Professor of Medicine and Vice-president for Research
  • Shonda Knight - Executive Director Leon County Sherriff's Office

Murali works under the direction of Christina Holmes, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering.