August 24, 2013
Sarah Gould successfully defended her thesis and is the 35th student to earn her doctorate from the Anseth Group. Her thesis focused on characterizing the response of valvular interstitial cells to different biochemical and biophysical microenvironments. Sarah will be doing a short post-doc in the Anseth Group before spreading her wings. Congratulations Sarah!
August 19, 2013
Chelsea Kirschner, a postdoc in the Anseth Group from 2011-2013, will be applying her expertise in micropatterning surfaces to tackle bacterial fouling with Sharklet Technologies. She produced three excellent papers in the Anseth Group and pioneered photodynamic topographies for stem cell differentiation. Best of luck at Sharklet Chelsea!
August 14, 2013
AIChE will bestow the James E. Baily Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Biological Engineering upon Kristi at the 2013 Fall Meeting in San Francisco. She will deliver her award lecture November 5, 2013, 6:00pm-7:00pm Hilton SF, Grand Ballroom. Congrats Kristi and I hope we see you there.
From the AIChE Website:
August 2, 2013
Abby Bernard has demonstrated exception leadership and poise through her five years in the Anseth group and is leaving for a succesful career at Michelin tires. She is the first two-time Employee of the Month and will be missed. Congratulations Abby!
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!