We got good news that Keva is selected for research scholarship the Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation for her study in the mechanics of cell migration. Keva will use the fund to cover her research expense and is invited to present her work at the convention next year. Congratulations Keva, we are very happy for you and super proud of you!
We celebrated this year’s Halloween by convention – having a themed party on Friday. Due to safe measures for COVID-19, the theme of our 2020 Halloween Lab Party is cat and mask. After our Amazon order of cat masks went missing during the delivery, Junjie promptly and enthusiastically mobilized everybody in the lab to get artistically hand-made cat masks to wear at the gathering. We can proudly say that our creativity definitely flew from research to crafting! Incidentally 10/30 was also National Cat Day. The picture was taken in R House where we had snack and chatted happily. We were a bit sad that we missed our wonderful undergraduate group members this year. But at least we got the chance to see each other in person. Many of us did not meet since March until now.
Edit: Thanks to Keva, the processed image below records the virtual presence of our brilliant undergraduate research assistants. Happy Halloween!
We are delighted to learn that Wei-Hung’s paper “Stretching DNA Origami: Effect of Nicks and Holliday Junctions on the Axial Stiffness” is now accepted to be published in Nucleic Acids Research. As true stretchologists, in our lab we try to stretch everything – from tissues, to cells, to molecules. When we stretched DNA origamis, a counterintuitive phenomenon regarding the mechanical properties of DNA was revealed – which launched years of exploration. This is a collaborative project between our group and the group of Prof. Stavros Gaitanaros at the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering , with great inputs and technical support from Prof. Remi Veneziano at the Department of Bioengineering, George Mason University. There are moments of scratching our heads for weeks, but mostly we had a lot of fun. Congratulations team!
Matt Receives NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
We are very happy that Matt is selected for the NIH F31 predoctoral fellowship from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which will support his research for the next 4 -5 years. We are psyched to take good use of the resources that come with the fellowship and continue to explore the mind-blowing world of cytoskeleton mechanics. More details can be found through this link. Congratulations Matt. One of the best news that we got since COVID-19.
We are very happy to have Jen Flournoy, who won multiple honors and was invited to multiple talks for her research during her undergraduate years in our our lab back as a brand new PhD student. Jen will continue her research on tissue engineering and work with our collaborators in the medical school. We look forward to more great stuff from you Jen!
We are happy to welcome Jason Kim to join the MEOW lab. Jason is an electric engineer by training but his impressive industrial experience made him knowledgeable about biomedicine too. We are very happy after a summer of rollercoaster ride regarding immigration issues, Jason arrived Baltimore safe and sound. He could take the class remotely from Baltimore now, as everybody else in the lab. We are thrilled to have you here for more adventures to come, Jason!
Our review paper “the effects of stiffness, fluid viscosity, and geometry of microenvironment in homeostasis, aging and diseases” is accepted
We were invited to write the review paper “The effects of stiffness, fluid viscosity, and geometry of microenvironment in homeostasis, aging and diseases” to be published in Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, an ASME journal. It was a true team effort for the whole lab. Good work everybody!
We are delighted to learn that Wei-Hung will receive the NCI F99/K00 fellowship (more deatils at https://me.jhu.edu/2020/07/30/wei-hung-jung-receives-nci-f99-k00-award/), the fund of which will cover the remainder of his PhD training and 4 more years of postdoc stipend/research cost at any lab that he chooses to work in. Wei-Hung was the sole applicant nominated by Johns Hopkins in 2019 to apply for this prestigious award. We are all very very proud of you, Wei-Hung! Congratulations!!!
We are pleased to be notified that Seungman’s paper “Force-Dependent Trans-endocytosis by Breast Cancer Cells Depletes Costimulatory Receptor CD80 and Attenuates T Cell Activation” has been accepted for publication in Biosensors and Bioelectronics. This project was to investigate how cancer cells evade anti-tumor immunity and it turned out to be force-dependent. It was a collaborative project across four groups, between UCSD and Johns Hopkins. Congratulations Seungman!
Minh-Tam, Athena and Keva teamed up during the COVID-19 shut-down to compile a comprehensive online handbook “Beginner’s Guide to Bioprinting“, it lists definitions of the terms commonly used in bioprinting, resources to use bioprinting for biomedical research, and references to review articles for more in-depth reading. We hope this can provide interested scientists useful information to kick-start their first bioprinting project. Good work, Team undergrads!