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Adrianne Rosales joins the Anseth Lab as a new postdoc

July 29, 2013

Adriane Rosales, a recent graduate of Prof. Rachel Segalman's lab at UC-Berkeley, joined the Anseth Group as a new postdoc. She brings a wealth of expertise in polymer engineering, nanostructured materials, and peptide self-assembly to the group and will be working on applying dynamic, peptide-based materials to biomedical systems.

Sharon (Huan) Wang publishes "Characterization of Cell Subpopulations Expressing Progenitor Cell Markers in Porcine Cardiac Valves" in PLoS ONE

July 28, 2013

Sharon Wang showed the unique gene expression profiles of several valvular interstitial subtypes. Her work will have deep impact in the heart disease community and showed that a certain subpopulation of cells participates in tissue repair and regeneration.

Former Anseth graduate student Mark Tibbitt awarded Outstanding Thesis of 2012 by the Max Bergmann Center for Biomaterials in Dresdan

July 18, 2013

Mark Tibbitt, currently a postdoc in the Langer Group at MIT, was honored with the 2012 Outstanding Thesis Award by the Max Bergmann Center for Biomaterials in Dresdan, Germany. Mark's doctoral work focused on developing applications for a cytocompatible, photodegradable hydrogel. he will be honored at a ceremony in Dresdan September 17-18th so stop by if you're in the area to congratulate him.

Kyle Kyburz's paper "Three-dimensional hMSC motility within peptide-functionalized PEG-based hydrogels of varying adhesivity and crosslinking density" is the 8th most downloaded Acta Biomaterialia manuscript in the last 90 days

July 12, 2013

In "Three-dimensional hMSC motility within peptide-functionalized PEG-based hydrogels of varying adhesivity and crosslinking density" Kyle showed differential degrees of hMSC motility and spreading depending on the functionalization of the hydrogel. This work has relevance in wound healing and biomaterials development and generated significant interest in the community. Congratulations Kyle!

Kelly Schultz begins her independent research career at Lehigh University

July 12, 2013

Kelly Shultz, a postdoc who focused on microrheological characterization of biomaterials, has left the Anseth Group for the green pastures of Lehigh University where she will begin her tenure as assistant professor. We wish Kelly, the May Employee of the Month recipient and gracious provider of a new rheometer, the best in her new career. Congratulations Kelly!

Jen Leight publishes "Direct measurement of matrix metalloproteinase activity in 3D cellular microenvironments using a fluorogenic peptide substrate" in Biomaterials

July 8, 2013

Jen Leight showed spatially resolved cellularly MMP activity through a FRET reporter peptide. She showed increased MMP expression in response to TGF-beta and higher substrate modulus. This is an excellent follow-up to her June Employee of the Month Award! Congratulations Jen!

Sarah Gould publishes "Hemodynamic and Cellular Response Feedback in Calcific Aortic Valve Disease" in Circulation Research

July 8, 2013

Sarah Gould published a rad review of the role of matrix elasticity in aortic cell disease in Circulation Research. Congratulations Sarah!

S.T. Gould, S. Srigunapalan, C.A. Simmons, and K.S. Anseth, "Hemodynamic and Cellular Response Feedback in Calcific Aortic Valve Disease," Circulation Research (2013).

Samir Singh awarded the NIH Biophysics Training Grant

June 26, 2013

Samir Singh was awarded the NIH Biophysics training grant for his work on the role of mechantransduction in cellular signaling pathways. Congratulations Sam!

William Wan earned the NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

June 20, 2013

William Wan, working on the role of matrix elasticity in cardiomyocyte function, earned the NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for his project entitled "A multiscaled theoretical and experimental framework for analyzing contractile tissues." Congratulations William!

Malar Azagarsamy's paper entitled "Bioorthogonal Click Chemistry: An Indispensable Tool to Create Multifaceted Cell Culture Scaffolds" was one of the ten most read papers published in ACS Macro Letters in Winter quarter 2013

June 5, 2013

Malar Azagarsamy's review entitled "Bioorthogonal Click Chemistry: An Indispensable Tool to Create Multifaceted Cell Culture Scaffolds" described different methods of creating and modifying synthetic hydrogels to control cellular microenvironment.

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/mz300585q

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