C&E News Calling!

Arezoo Shahrivarkevishahi’s paper in JACS was recently covered by C&E News! Arezoo even goes on to speculate what the future of the project might bring: “The good thing about viruses is that we can not only decorate their surfaces but also load things inside them,” Shahrivarkevishahi says. Although the current study presents a simple version of the approach, loading Qβ coat proteins or another VLP with chemotherapy or other cancer drugs could further potentiate the treatment’s efficacy.” Congrats, Arezoo and team!

Crunchy on the Outside, Soft on the Inside

A recent collaborative paper with the Meloni lab has hit the news. Fabian Castro, a third-year grad student, did work with help from the Meloni Crew on making room-temperature stable liposomes, proteoliposomes, and protein-detergent micelles. All the formulations were so stable they could be stored at room temperature and even mailed around the US in an envelope for weeks at a time. There are pretty big differences between the COVID-19 vaccine and the liposomes we used here, but it’s probably obvious what we are doing next.

Five (5!!!) New Students Join

Jeremiah obviously got carried away and took five students this year. A huge welcome to (from top left across and then down and across) Perouza Parsamian (Փիրուզա Փարսամյան), Thomas Howlett, Ryanne Ehrman, Sneha Kumari, and Shailendra Koirala (शैलेन्द कोईराला).

NSFunded

The group received a new NSF grant with Co-PI Jonathan Sczpanski a rockstar assistant professor at Texas A&M doing innovative biomaterial-based research with complex RNA systems. This is a very exciting and our first funded collaboration with an Aggie!

Supramolecular Macromolecular Organic Radical Contrast Agents!

Departing rockstar chemist, Hamilton Lee, has a paper in Chemical Science that made it into the popular media! A university press release and an accompanying snapshot of the highly photogenic team of Arezoo, Olivia, Laurel, et al.  (Hamilton was busy starting the first week of his training at his new job right out of grad school.) You can read various media takes on our work here and here and you can watch this very nice video Chemical Science made for us as a ‘Pick of the Week’ as well as enjoy the cover art we received.

New Students Join!

Welcome (left to right) Laurel Hagge of Texas and Yalini Wijesundara (යලිනි විජේසුන්දර) of Sri Lanka! The two have hopped into hot projects and (as of this writing) already putting their names on drafts for publication! A record for a new incoming class!