Jen Leight and Emi Tokuda publish "Multifunctional bioscaffolds for 3D culture of melanoma cells reveal increased MMP activity and migration with BRAF kinase inhibition" in PNAS

April 14, 2015

In this work, Jen (now at Ohio State) and Emi (now at Seattle Children's Hospital) investigate the effect of cancer drugs on matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) and metabolic activity of melanoma cells at various stages of metastasis. Their findings suggest that current clinical drugs can upregulate MMP activity, causing increased metastatic cell migration. Check out the pre-print publication here!

The Anseth Group bids farewell to graduate student Emi Tokuda

April 2, 2015

After her defense in December, Emi is leaving CU to return to Seattle for a postdoc at the Seattle Children's Hospital. Goodbye Emi!

Katie Lewis publishes "In vitro model alveoli from photodegradable microsphere templates" in Biomaterials Science

April 2, 2015

In this work, Katie uses photodegradable hydrogel microparticles to create three dimensional cyst-like structures to mimic the native alveoli of the lung epithelium. Check it out here!

Graduate student Tobin Brown awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship

April 2, 2015

2nd year graduate student Tobin Brown was selected as one of this year's National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows. Congratulations Tobin!

Kyle Kyburz successfully defends thesis

April 2, 2015

Congratulations to Kyle on completion of his thesis and a successful defense!

Congratulations to high school students Amelia Webb, Annie Chen, and Jessica Dessau, who participated in the Corden Pharma regional science fair!

February 25, 2015

Amelia, Annie, and Jesse have been hard at work this year preparing excellent projects for the science fair. Amelia examined the effect of hydrogel crosslinking and protein size on release rates, Annie investigated the effect of hydrogel stiffness on neurite extension, and Jesse developed a hydrogel microfluidic device. Annie took first prize in the Chemistry division and fourth overall. Congratulations!

"Development of a Cellularly Degradable PEG Hydrogel to Promote Articular Cartilage Extracellular Matrix Deposition" accepted to Advanced Healthcare Materials.

January 30, 2015

In this paper, Balaji Sridhar demonstrates improved glycosaminoglycan and collagen deposition by co-encapsulating chondrocytes and MSCs in a functionalized cell-degradable PEG hydrogel. Check it out here!

Kristi is named the 2015 Bayer Distinguished Lecturer at Pitt

January 23, 2015

Kristi was selected to give the 2015 Bayer Distinguished Lecture, based on "outstanding excellence in chemical education, outreach and research." See her talk on Thursday, April 23rd at 5 pm or Friday, April 24th at 9 am at Benedum Hall in Pittsburgh. Read more about it here.

Welcome to new group members Alex Caldwell, Hao Ma, Megan Schroeder, and Della Shin!

January 15, 2015

We are excited to welcome four new members to the lab this year, and look forward to seeing their progress. Check out their bios here.

Emi Tokuda and Balaji Sridhar successfully complete their thesis defenses

January 5, 2015

Congratulations to Emi and Balaji, the latest PhDs from the Anseth lab.