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!
The Chilkoti Group bids farewell to Tak, who recently returned to Japan after visiting our group. We wish him luck in the future! Also, congratulations to Mingnan who recently won the Citizen Advisory Council Poster Award at the 2009 Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center Annual Meeting. He presented a poster on his drug delivery work done in collaboration with Andrew, Andy, Wenge, and Jonathan.
Congrats to Weiping and company for their recent publication in PNAS. Science Daily has picked up on the potential impact these protein-polymer conjugates can have on increasing drug efficacy in vivo with their recent research highlight. See their article here and also browse on over to the original publication over at PNAS.