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!
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.
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!
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).
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!
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.
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!
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!