Ramya receives an R21 award from the National Institutes of Health.

Ramya’s R21 application (in collaboration with coI Prof. Luis G. Villa-Diaz at Oakland University) was awarded $403,000 from NIH NIBIB. This funding will help the lab unravel how glycocalyx-mimetic cell culture coatings impact the expansion and genetic modification of mesenchymal stem/signaling cells. This is the first funded proposal in Ramya’s independent career.

Lab renovations completed!

After an 18-month wait for lab renovations, we have finally started doing research in our own space in Alderson.

Jessica wins NSF GRFP! Adam and Aryelle recognized with honorable mentions!

The lab did pretty well with our first stab at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship competition. Jessica was offered an award for the 2023 cycle while Adam and Aryelle came really close with honorable mentions.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. The fellowship provides a three-year annual stipend as well as a cost of education allowance that is paid to the institution. NSF GRFs are selected based on their potential for scientific leadership and outreach to the broader community. Honorable mentions recognize equally meritorious applications that are unable to be funded.

Congrats Jessica, Adam, and Aryelle! We are proud of you!

Aryelle is selected to participate in the Integrating Computation and Experiment to Create Revolutionary Materials (ICECRM) REU at Mines!

As a part of this 11-week program, Aryelle will identify polymer design motifs that stabilize ribonucleoprotein payloads against environmental stressors by applying Bayesian experimental design. More details can be found here

Congrats to Aryelle!