David Rampulla Program DirectorNational Institute of Biomedical Imaging and BioengineeringDr. Rampulla is a Program Director at the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). He manages a long-standing program in biomaterials and the recently established program in synthetic biology. He holds a B.S. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, both in Chemical Engineering. Dave was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and has research experience in academia, government, and industry. His research career spanned both basic and applied sciences – from nano to bio – and the common thread throughout was investigating phenomena at surfaces and interfaces. As a program director, he is interested in advancing the space that lies at the intersection of the physical and life sciences to engineer the next generation of emerging platform technologies for biomedical applications.