Dr. Cherie Stabler is a tenured Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Surgery, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Miami. Dr. Stabler also serves as the Director of the Tissue Engineering Program at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University. Her research centers on the engineering of cell-based tissues for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes, specifically the development of novel biomaterials for: cellular encapsulation; three-dimensional scaffolds; and in situ oxygen and drug release. Through the fabrication of novel biomaterials capable of actively interfacing with the host, she seeks to modulate the graft environment to favor the survival and optimal function of the implanted cells. She has published in a broad range of journals, from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, to Biomacromolecules, to Cell Transplantation. She is a recipient of the 2008 NIH NIDDK Type 1 Diabetes Pathfinder DP2 Award. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Helmsley Trust, and the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.