Tallahassee Bioengineering Symposium 

An exciting event showcasing the wonders of biological and biomedical engineering 

Dr. Emily Pritchard
Dr. Emily Pritchard serves as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for Health Innovation & Strategic Alliances at Florida State University. Dr. Pritchard completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she also completed training and conducted research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Nanoscale Science and Technology Laboratory and Cornell Nanoscale Facility as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her research interests included medical devices, imaging, and sensing systems for clinical diagnostics and therapeutics. Dr. Pritchard now continues to cultivate Florida State's relationship with Mayo Clinic, building out a campuswide collaboration agreement which will transform health care delivery in North Florida and includes the launch of the Academic Health Center at the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare campus and a health care campus in Panama City Beach.

Dr. Stephen Arce
Dr. Stephen Arce is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Dr. Arce completed his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Florida. Dr. Arce manages Capstone Design for the Biomedical Engineers and offers an array of other courses ranging from Medical Instrumentation to Cell & Tissue Engineering. Dr. Arce also manages the Teaching Labs and believes in hands-on learning & community outreach as powerful tools for his students to gain professional skills and give back to their communities.

Dr. Scott Thourson
Dr. Scott Thourson is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Dr. Arce completed his Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the Georgia Insitute of Technology. Dr. Thourson has many interests that revolve around teaching and mentoring. His teaching specializations are in biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, and cell engineering with additional expertise in neural/electrochemical interfaces. As someone diagnosed with ADHD, Dr. Thourson is passionate about advocating for students in higher education with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. He also has a strong interest in mentoring undergraduate students through Ph.D.-level research opportunities to facilitate accelerated growth and advanced achievement. Dr. Thourson takes the approach of believing in his students more than they believe in themselves.

Elizabeth Moore
Elizabeth Moore is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering and serves as the Team Lead for the 2023 FSU iGEM Team. Her journey with iGEM began in 2022 where she served as the Build Team Lead. The 2022 Team was awarded the Silver Medal and Elizabeth was recognized with a Seminole Innovators Medallion for her efforts. Beyond her iGEM endeavors, Elizabeth's Senior Design Project, "Sleep Sentry", a device designed to detect nocturnal epileptic episodes and trigger a responsive alarm system, was recognized with an award from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. As she approaches her December graduation, Elizabeth is committed to embarking on a promising career in biotechnology, dedicated to realizing her lifelong aspiration of enhancing human health.

Sai Devulapalli
Sai Devulapalli is a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Commercial Entreprenuership. Sai has a passion for discovering problems and finding solutions which led him to joining the 2023 iGEM Team, and currently serves as Associate Team Lead. Along with the leadership of Team Lead, Elizabeth Moore, Elizabeth, Sai and the rest of the iGEM Team hope to develop a thereaputic model for Trimethylaminurea (TMAU) which is feasible to solve this extremely rare condition. Outside of iGEM, Sai is involved in many organizations on Florida State's campus where he serves on the Board of Directors for Student Foundation, a Marathon Events Coordinator for Dance Marathon, and completes research in the FSU College of Medicine's Autism Institute.