July 31, 2013
Daniel McKinnon's article "Synthetic hydrogel platform for three-dimensional culture of embryonic stem cell-derived motor neurons" described a minimum synthetic niche useful for studying motor neurons in a biophysically and biochemically defined environment.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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).
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!