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Kokkoli Research GroupDepartment of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS)

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Group News

January 2014

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Our alumna Alison Tisdale (M.S. 2009) was accepted to MIT's graduate program after a successful career at Eleven Biotherapeutics. Congratulations Alison.

December 2013

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Brett successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Development and Characterization of Aptamer-Amphiphiles Against Fractalkine for Targeted Drug Delivery". Congratulations Brett! Good luck in your new job as Research Chemical Engineer at Bend Research.
The 1st graduate of the group, Anastasia Mardilovich Behr (Ph.D. 2006), visited us with her family. It was really great to see her and husband Michael again and to meet their 2-year-old daughter Zoe.

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Wenjie received a competitive Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award for her project Aptamer-Amphiphile Nanotapes for Targeted Drug Delivery. Congratulations Wenjie.

November 2013

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We welcome Mike into our group.
Wenshi received a competitive Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award to Test and Analyze the Effect of Lyso-PR_b Peptide-Amphiphiles on Drug Release Rates from Liposomes Upon Mild Hyperthermia. Congratulations Wenshi.

August 2013

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Maroof successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "A platform for next-generation cancer therapies: multi-targeted non-viral vectors for site-specific gene delivery and expression". Congratulations Maroof! Good luck with your post doc at the University of California, Berkeley.

June 2013

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We welcome Lucero (Biol University of Texas- Pan American). She joins us through the MRSEC REU program.

May 2013

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Matt successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Degradable Polymersomes for Targeted Drug Delivery". Congratulations Matt!
Rachel received a competitive UMN Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her work Targeted Liposomal Gene Delivery for Cancer Therapy. She also received an award at the UMN Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME) Annual Meeting from the Biomaterials and Pharmaceutical Materials program for her poster Preparation and Characterization of Liposome-Encapsulated Plasmid DNA for Gene Delivery. Congratulations Rachel.
We welcome two undergraduate summer students into our group, Vasiliki (ChBE University of Pennsylvania) and Wenshi (CEMS UMN).

April 2013

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Christina received a competitive Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award for her work entitled Optimization of Liposome Encapsulated siRNA Delivery Vehicle. Congratulations.

March 2013

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Our alumna Katerina Georgiou, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Katerina.

November 2012

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Wenjie received a competitive Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award for her work entitled Lipid Micelle Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery. Congratulations.
Frankie joins our group. Welcome.
We also welcome Dr. Ajay Vidyasagar to our group. Ajay has expertise in thermal transitions and mechanical behavior of responsive and peptide based smart polymers.

Nicole Graduates

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Nicole successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis "Nanomaterial Solutions for the Protection of Insulin Producing Beta Cells". Congratulations Nicole! Good luck in your new job as R&D Engineer at Covidien.

August 2012

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grcphoto_2012_drugcarr.jpgEfie discussed our Peptide- and Aptamer- Targeted Nanodevices for Drug Delivery work at the "Emerging technologies, materials, carriers and mechanisms" session of the "Drug Carriers in Medicine & Biology" Gordon Research Conference.

July 2012

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Tim and Kamlesh's paper Peptide Targeted Lipid Nanoparticles for Anticancer Drug Delivery was featured on the inside cover of the July 24th Advanced Materials special issue on "Materials for Drug Delivery: Innovative Solutions to Address Complex Biological Hurdles". We are grateful to Rachel for designing the cover artwork.

June 2012

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Carolyn has been selected to receive a fellowship on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Biotechnology Training grant. Congratulations.
We welcome 3 undergraduate summer students, Brianna (ChEn Oregon State University), Katelyn (ChEn Iowa State University) and Pranay (BME Johns Hopkins University).

May 2012

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Burroughs_Community_School_May_2012.jpgIn collaboration with The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, Efie visited different 4th grade classrooms at the Burroughs Community School, where she had the opportunity to talk to the students about nanotechnology and in particular our work in targeted drug delivery.
Garrett received one of the six 2011-2012 CEMS Outstanding TA Awards given. Congratulations.
Congratulations to Rachel for receiving the Dow Chemical Unit Operations Lab TA award for Fall 2011.

April 2012

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Zach has received a competitive Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award for his work on Targeted Drug Delivery Hybrid Complex. Congratulations.
Kyle will be attending graduate school in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Congratulations.
Our alumnus Michael Baranello, a graduate student at the University of Rochester, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Mike.
We welcome Christina, an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering, into our group.

March 2012

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A poster with Efie's facetime profile highlighting our research is displayed in the Walter Library lobby. The poster was prepared by Meghan Lafferty.

Katerina will be attending graduate school in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UC Berkeley. Congratulations.


January 2012

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Todd successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis "Targeted Delivery of Polymer Vesicles Functionalized with Fibronectin Mimetic Peptides to Cancer Cells". Congratulations Todd! Good luck in your new job as Senior Engineer at Dow Chemical.

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