Christina will be attending graduate school in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT in the Fall. Congratulations.
The OVPR's (Office of the Vice President for Research) research and innovation blog, Inquiry, highlighted our transdisciplinary MnDRIVE project on DNA nanotechnology: Tiny technology to deliver big disease treatments.
Aadarsh, the high school student that worked with Rachel over the summer, presented his project "Increasing Cancer-Specific Drug Delivery using Targeted Liposomes" at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. His poster was selected as a finalist for the International Science & Engineering Fair (to be held in Pittsburgh in May), and the MN State Science Fair (to be held in March). His research paper was awarded 3rd place out of 174 papers. Congratulations Aadarsh, we are proud of your achievement!
Congratulations to Kamlesh for his new job as a Scientist at Novel Laboratories, Inc., in their specialty product division!
Efie was invited by the Orono Girls Science Club (Orono, MN) at one of their meetings to talk about Chemical Engineering and our group's work. The girls, grades 4th-7th, had the opportunity to think like engineers and work on a S'mores packaging activity (thanks to Rachel and Carolyn for recommending it).
Tim's paper "DNA Nanotubes and Helical Nanotapes via Self-Assembly of ssDNA-Amphiphiles", Soft Matter, 2015, 11 (1), 109-117, made the list of Soft Matter's most downloaded articles. Congratulations Tim.
We welcome Dr. Huihui Kuang to our group. Huihui has expertise in the design and characterization (in vitro & in vivo) of biodegradable polymers bearing nucleobase pairs.
Prof. Havazelet Bianco-Peled from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel visited our group and presented her group's work on bioadhesive interfaces.
Efie discussed our work on DNA nanotechnology at the "Drug Carriers in Medicine & Biology" Gordon Research Conference.
Efie's proposal on "DNA Nanotechnology: Developing and Analyzing a New Tool for Sensing and Targeting Disease" was selected for funding through the MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research Program. Nearly $6 million was awarded to 12 projects through a competitive peer-reviewed process. Efie and her co-investigators from other UMN departments will use breakthrough DNA nanotechnology to engineer and evaluate materials that can address major challenges in our health and food system. Read more.
Efie discussed our DNA nanotubes and nanotapes via self-assembly of ssDNA-amphiphiles work at the "Bioinspired Materials" Gordon Research Conference.
Ajay leaves the group to work at 3M as a Senior Product Development Engineer. Congratulations and good luck!
We welcome Lucero Ramirez (Chemistry, University of Texas at Pan American), Javier Topete (Chemistry & Biology, University of Texas at Pan American) and Aadarsh Padiyath (Woodbury High School) to our group for the Summer.
Rachel 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 Peptide-Targeted Liposomal Gene Delivery for Cancer Therapy. Congratulations.
Wenjie will be attending graduate school in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Congratulations.
Congratulation to Rachel for winning the Sigma Xi Graduate Research Poster Award for her poster Biomimetic Peptide-Targeted Liposomal Gene Delivery for Cancer Therapy at the UMN Doctoral Research Showcase.
Our alumna Alison Tisdale (M.S. 2009) was accepted to MIT's graduate program after a successful career at Eleven Biotherapeutics. Congratulations Alison.
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.
Wenjie received a competitive Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award for her project Aptamer-Amphiphile Nanotapes for Targeted Drug Delivery. Congratulations Wenjie.
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.
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.
We welcome Lucero Ramirez (Chemistry, University of Texas at Pan American). She joins us through the MRSEC REU program.
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).
Christina received a competitive Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award for her work entitled Optimization of Liposome Encapsulated siRNA Delivery Vehicle. Congratulations.