The first news of the year 2013 goes to Mira and company for their recent detailing their "jelly bean" PODS! and both picked up on the story and in turn, wrote their own stories about it!
Congrats tofor being promoted to Senior Research Scientist!
Congrats to Vina and her husband as they are now the proud parents of Miss Aina (pronounced EYE-NUH) Elizabeth Koh!
Congrats to Chilkoti Group and Cohorts (Dewhirst and Zalutsky) as they have recently secured 2 new R01 grants: one to combat tumors with engineered thermally responsive multivalency and another to improve the delivery of drugs in general using the unique properties elastin-esque biopolymers.
Team Chilkoti Group (TCG) was awarded a NIH grant to study Protease Operated Depots (PODs) as a new trojan-horse type of drug delivery platform!
Mira defended her dissertation today, putting up what is probably a record time for PHD completion in the Chilkoti Group. Congrats to Mira!
Team Chilkoti Group (TCG) was awarded a grant from the NIH NIDDK to develop peptide therapeutics for Type 2 Diabetes using stealth polymer technology.
Congrats to Weiping, Wenge, Trine, Michael Zalutsky, and Tosh for their recent paper published in PNAS! Nature has highlighted the team's extensive use of mammalian beings (and their tumors) as size exclusion chromatography "columns" to entrap their boutique polymer-protein conjugates. Next step: deliver the trojan horse....
We have lots of awards and announements to make here at the end of the spring semester. Congratulations to Sarah for taking home first prize in the annual BME departmental retreat poster competition! She hopes to use her cash prize to help procure a baby mini horse! Also, congrats to Greg, who recently defended his dissertation. He and Andy have now completed all their requirements for graduation! Andy recently won an award from CBTE for being a stellar, example graduate student. Also, Mingnan took home a postdoc proster prize at this CBTE gathering! So many awards!
Team Chilkoti has been celebrating like crazy over the past week. First of all, we bade farewell to Sterling who will be finishing his postdoc tenure in our group. Also, we celebrated Andy's successful dissertation defense over the weekend. Congratulations Andy! Sorry, no photographic evidence of these occurrences. However, we do have photographic evidence of Vicky's farewell dinner at Dos Perros, here in Durham! Sterling, Andy, and Vicky; we will miss you all! However, we look forward to new additions to the lab. We'd like to extend a VERY warm welcome to Zareen Kapadia, who will be our new lab manager!