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May 2015

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5-22-2015-2s.jpgWe enjoyed a beautiful summer day after a group lunch.

We welcome Amanda Kummeth (Chemistry, Colgate University) to our group for the summer.

Aadarsh Padiyath, the high school student that worked with Rachel over the summer of 2014, was selected as a MN Scholar of Distinction in Science for his project "Increasing Cancer-Specific Drug Delivery using Targeted Liposomes". Congratulations!

February 2015

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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 Padiyath Science Poster 2-27-2015.jpgAadarsh Padiyath, 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!

January 2015

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Congratulations to Kamlesh for his new job as a Scientist at Novel Laboratories, Inc., in their specialty product division!

Orono_Girls_Science_Club_1-13-2015-s.jpgEfie 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).

December 2014

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Tim and Efie graduation photo.jpg


Tim successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Self-assembly of ssDNA-amphiphiles into micelles, nanotapes and nanotubes". Congratulations Tim!

September 2014

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Garrett's_defense_9-26-14.jpgGarrett successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis "Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications of Porous and Hierarchically-Porous Silica Nanostructures". Congratulations Garrett! Good luck in Praxair Technology, Inc. as a Development Specialist.

August 2014

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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.

June 2014

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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.

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.

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.

Group Lunch

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Efie treated us all to lunch at Stub & Herb's. It was a beautiful summer day, so we ate out on the patio. A nice break from a day in the lab.

From Group Lunch - May 18, 2011

Group Lunch

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The Kokkoli group gets together for some fun socialization at group lunches. We've been having these approximately once a month.

Asish Graduates

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Ashish successfully defended his thesis, so we all got together to celebrate.

July 2007

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When Efie and Ashish weren't presenting their research, "Integrin alpha(5)beta(1) targeted delivery to colon cancer cells" at the 2007 Gordon Conference "Biomaterials: Biocompatibility/Tissue Engineering" they took the chance to have some fun with the other conference attendees. They hiked The Original Death March.

During some of their free time while attending the Gordon Conference for Biomaterials: Biocompatibility/Tissue Engineering, Ashish and Efie did a bit of hiking. They conquered the four hour hike along the Welch/Dickey Mountain Trail (a.k.a. The Original Death March).

Group Photos

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Photos of the Kokkolli Group through the years.