Michael Luzuriaga and Daniele Berry’s (Smaldone Lab) work in producing 3D printing microneedles using FFF printing has landed the cover of PC Magazine. The article covers the latest developments in 3D printing in the medical world and was the digital cover for the magazine. The work was also reported on in more detail in Digital Trends and other media outlets. The original article on drug delivering 3D FFF printed microneedles can be accessed here. This was a joint project between our group and the Smaldone group.
Welcome (starting top left and going clockwise) Hamid Firouzi, Jenica Lumata, Fabian Castro, and Tahmid Faisal, born and raised in the nations of Iran, Philippines, Mexico, and Bangladesh and all bringing their brilliance here to America and, in particular, Texas…
Drs. Shaobo Li (李少博), Zhuo Chen (陈茁), and Madushani Dharmarwardana (මාධුෂානි ධර්මවර්ධන) were hooded as the first three PhD students to emerge from the group. They’ve left big shoes to fill and set a pace for productivity and dedication to hard work and good science that will hopefully last for a long time. Best of luck to the first three!
The Qin and Gassensmith groups have been collaborators for a while on plasmonic attenuation of proteins (you can read those papers here and here and a news post  about our work with them) and work built on those efforts have been funded by the NIH. Hooray! Just in time to replace our dead -86 freezer!
The group has been busy and hitting it big in the popular media. Michael Luzuriaga in collaboration with the Smadone Lab next
door put out a method to make microneedle drug delivery patches using 3D printing. Cheap 3D printing using the FDA approved thermoplastic poly-lactic acid. The group shows reversible sorption of small molecules and release into pig skin. You can read more about it in the various writeups in popular media or the group’s original report in either ChemRxiv or the hyperlinks on our publication page that go out to its final home in Lab on a Chip.
A second paper, this time by Shaobo Li (李少博), brings a structure-function understanding to the core-shell
growth of MOFs onto proteins—in particular, ZIF-8. The paper was accepted by four reviewers without change (!!), is an ACS Editor’s Choice, open access, and will appear on the cover of ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. This is a real testament to Shaobo’s qualities as a scientist since his first paper on Viruses in MOFs in Angewandte was also accepted without changes!
The group officially welcomes two new grad students! Olivia Brohlin, who received her BS from UT Austin and Arezoo Sharivarkevishahi, from Shiraz University in Iran!
Good news from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas! The group has been awarded a grant to conduct “High Risk High Reward” research looking at how VLPs can be used in the course of cancer treatment. The work will be carried out jointly between UT Dallas and UT Southwestern and will mark our first project funded to conduct work at UT Southwestern.
Madushani Dharmarwardana and Raymond Welch have just published a paper in Chemical Communications showing thermal actuation in a single crystal. This is cool because the actuation is powered by a single-crystal to single-crystal phase transition (a monoclinic to triclinic phase transition) that accompanies an enormous change in unit cell. When glued to a glass plate, this anisotropic change causes the crystal to lift away from the heat. We show that the single crystals can lift almost 100 times their weight!
Also, check out the press release on the topic from UTD!