Dr. Jeremiah Gassensmith was invited to give a talk at the 2016 MOF YI symposium over the work the group has been doing with virus encapsulated MOF architectures.
We trapped the Tobacco Mosaic Virus in a Metal Organic Framework and published it in Angewandte! Inside the MOF, the virus become much more resilient against denaturation, even surviving boiling water and pure methanol solvent. After these harsh treatments, we were able to gently exfoliate the virus with EDTA to get the virus back. The effort was lead by first year graduate student Shaobo Li, who spent almost 18…
Doxorubicin is released using light from the surface of bacteriophage Qβ and shows very little toxicity in the dark but is quite effective when activated. To achieve the low "dark toxicity" however, required development of a method to modify the capsid at a second site in an orthogonal fashion. Zhuo Chen, Na Li, Luxi Chen and Jiyong Lee contributed.
Madushani Dharmawardana has been awarded a Travel Award from the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre to attend the 2016 American Crystallographic Association's annual meeting in Denver. Congrats Madushani!
First year student Hamilton Lee won UTD's Eric Moore Scholarship, a merit based scholarship that goes toward his stipend. Congrats Hamilton!