Nicole and Todd won awards at the LifeScience Alley Conference for their posters "Targeting Alpha(5)Beta(1) on Pig Islets of Langerhans in Culture with PR_b, a Fibronectin Mimetic Peptide, to Stimulate ECM Production and Increase Islet Viability" and "Polymersomes Functionalized with the PR_b Peptide Promote Targeted Drug Delivery to Cancer Cells", respectively. Congratulations.
Nicole wins 2nd place at the Nanoscale Science and Engineering poster session at the 2010 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, for her work "Benign, Permeselective Encapsulation of Porcine Islets: Active Nanomaterials Solutions for Xenotransplanation". Congratulations Nicole.
Carolyn joins our group. Welcome.
Soft Matter issue 20 was part of a themed on tissue engineering, highlighting recent advances in the area of biomaterials engineering for tissue fabrication and regenerative medicine. Our paper "Fibronectin-mimetic peptide-amphiphile nanofiber gels support increased cell adhesion and promote ECM production" was featured on the outside front cover. We are grateful to Seth Miller from our Information Technology office for his valuable help with the cover artwork.
Efie delivered the invited talk "Engineering Biomimetic Peptides for Targeted Drug Delivery" at the "Engineering Inspired by Biology" session. The National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering is an annual three-day meeting that brings together 100 of the nation's outstanding young engineers (ages 30-45) from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. Participation is by invitation following a competitive nomination and selection process. Efie is an alumna of the Symposium. She was an invited participant in 2007 and an invited session organizer in 2008.
We welcome for the summer Irene Torija, a visiting undergraduate from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and Prof. Nelly Mateeva and her undergraduate student Nwamaka Onyeozili from Florida A & M .
The Kokkoli group gets together for some fun socialization at group lunches. We've been having these approximately once a month.
We double congratulate Emilie for defending her Ph.D. thesis "Self-Assembly of Fibronectin Mimetic Peptide-Amphiphile Nanofibers" and for the birth of her daughter Anna.
We welcome Katerina, an undergraduate student, into our group.