Gassensmith Lab

Welch Foundation Funding

We are very grateful to the Welch Foundation for supporting our research through a 3-year renewable grant. These grants are one of the most exciting parts of doing chemistry research in Texas. A very special thank you to Olivia Brohlin, who helped write this one. One of the first proposals I've ever written with a student, and it was funded!

Four New Grad Students!

Welcome (starting top left and going clockwise) Hamid FirouziJenica LumataFabian 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...

First Three PhD Students Graduate

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!

Michael does DIY Drug Delivery & Shaobo (李少博) does MOFs on Bioconjugted Viruses

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

New Members!

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!