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Sarah Gould takes position as a Research Engineer at Novozymes

December 5, 2013

Sarah Gould, whose thesis focused on characterizing the response of valvular interstitial cells to substrate stiffness, defended and left for a position at Novozymes in her home state of North Carolina. Congratulations Sarah and best of luck!

Mike Schwartz (former postdoc) publishes "A Quantitative Comparison of Human HT-1080 Fibrosarcoma Cells and Primary Human Dermal Fibroblasts Identifies a 3D Migration Mechanism with Properties Unique to the Transformed Phenotype" in PLoS ONE

December 4, 2013

Mike Schwartz, currently at University of Wisconsin, showed differences in migration, morphology, and adhesion between cancer and primary dermal cells. Congratulations Mike (and Emi Tokuda and Samir Singh, co-authors on the paper)!

Kristi Anseth presents "Dynamic Cell Scaffolds through Photochemical Reactions" at the Materials Research Society meeting in Boston

December 3, 2013

Kristi Anseth will present the group's work on dynamic cell scaffolds in a talk entitled "Dynamic Cell Scaffolds through Photochemical Reactions" at 1:30 PM on December 3rd in the Back Bay B room on the secon floor of the Sheridan. She hopes to see you all there! The abstract is pasted below.

Adrianne Rosales earns December Employee of the Month

December 3, 2013

Adrianne Rosales earns December Anseth Group Employee of the Month for being the resident "chemist" on the bio-side of the lab, helping people save their reactions, taking chemistry safety to a new level by introducing solvent carriers to the lab (I saw Danny using one the other day!), and helping outside users with the HPLC. Congratulations Adrianne!

Navakanth Gandavarapu publishes "Osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells on α5 integrin binding peptide hydrogels is dependent on substrate elasticity" in Biomaterials Science

November 18, 2013

Nava showed that a5b1 integrin binding can induce osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs on stiff but not soft substrates. Congratulations Nava!

N.R. Gandavarapu, D.L. Alge and K.S. Anseth, "Osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells on α5 integrin binding peptide hydrogels is dependent on substrate elasticity," Biomaterials Science (2013).

Anseth group undergraduate researcher Jhenya Nahreini chosen as 2013 Outstanding Graduate of the College of Engineering

November 15, 2013

Jhenya Nahreini, mentored by Chun Yang with whom she co-authored one paper, has been chosen as the College of Engineering's December 2013 Outstanding Graduate of the College. This prestigious undergraduate award is based on overall strength in academics, service, and research. Congratulations Jhenya!

Danny Alge publishes "Bioactive Hydrogels: Lighting the Way" in Nature Materials

November 13, 2013

Danny Alge reviewed a recent Nature Materials paper from the Lutolf group detailing their use photoactivated enzymatic protein patterning to direct hMSC migration. This technique expands the toolkit for designing cell-instructive hydrogels.

http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v12/n11/full/nmat3794.html

Sharon (Huan) Wang publishes "Hydrogels preserve native phenotypes of valvular fibroblasts through an elasticity-regulated PI3K/AKT pathway" in PNAS

November 12, 2013

Sharon Wang showed valvular interstitial cells respons to matrix elasticity through the PI3K/AKT pathway in her new paper entitled "Hydrogels preserve native phenotypes of valvular fibroblasts through an elasticity-regulated PI3K/AKT pathway" in PNAS. Congratulations Sharon!

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/11/07/1306369110.abstract

Malar Azagarsamy publishes "Wavelength-Controlled Photocleavage for the Orthogonal and Sequential Release of Multiple Proteins" in Angewandte Chemie

November 7, 2013

Malar Azagarsamy publishes "Wavelength-Controlled Photocleavage for the Orthogonal and Sequential Release of Multiple Proteins" in Angewandte Chemie showing orthogonal photo-release of two different proteins using two wavelengths of light. Congratulations Malar!

Kelly Shekiro wins November EOTM

November 7, 2013

Kelly Shekiro wins November employee of the month for being an excellent team player, preparing her comps paper, and contributing to reorganizing common stocks. Congratulations Kelly!

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