The group officially welcomes three new grad students! Olivia Brohlin, who received her BS from UT Austin, has taken up some biochemistry work. Arezoo Sharivarkevishahi, from Shiraz University in Iran, and Biology MS student Bharath Devaki of SASTRA University.
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…
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.
Zhuo Chen (陈茁) had a very productive summer indeed! Having just published a second time in the journal Small with the brilliant Qin group here at UT Dallas, she moved fast to wrap up a manuscript, which just appeared in the journal Bioconjugate Chemistry, entitled "Fluorescent Functionalization Across Quaternary Structure in a Virus-Like Particle." In it, she demonstrated the considerable substrate scope of the
Michael Luzuriaga, in his 2nd year, has been awarded a travel scholarship to present his research at the 2017 National Diversity in STEM Conference hosted by SACNAS (Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) in Salt Lake City, Utah. He will present his work on using tools for rapid prototyping to create new drug delivery systems!
Madushani Dharmawardana, in her 4th year, has been named as the Industry Etter Student Lecturer at the American Crystallographic Association's 2017 national conference in New Orleans. She presented her submitted work on thermochromic and dynamic crystals and was chair of the General Interest I section.