Embassy of France and Mycelium Visit

We met scientific attaches from Embassy of France today and the founder of the startup company Mycelium from France.

We demonstrated the tools that we use for research in biofabrication and biomaterials characterization for our guests of honor.

Daniel was showing how we could use shear-thinning viscoelastic biomaterials to print complex shapes using our bioprinter.

 

For example, we could print Gary the cat snail using NIVEA hand cream. Scale: 1 mm.

Or we could print a family of them.

We also learned a lot from the presentation by Mycelium and our colleagues at Hopkins. It was a very informative event.

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Congratulations Samantha for the medical admission offer!

We celebrated Samantha’s graduation last December and admission offer to medical school today!

Samantha joined our lab in 2021 when we just returned to the normal operation in the lab.  She has been working with Junjie through many projects. Samantha is an integral part of the MEOW lab. Though we are sad to part with her, we are very excited for Samantha that she is going to start a new chapter in life. Congratulations, Samantha!

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Day of Unibrows

On this bright and sunny Friday in March we all grew unibrows. Unibrows are the symbol of intelligence, wisdom, scientific rigor, research productivity, engineering excellence and ingenuity in many cultures since ancient times. This symbolism traces all the way back when human kinds started hypothesizing and verifying the hypotheses in their first experiments.

We are very happy that we can embody those scholarly characteristics on our faces!

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Dr. Alex Jones from National Physics Laboratory UK visits

We are pleased to learn about the research results at the cross section between cell biology and spin chemistry from Dr. Alex Jones‘ group. Dr. Jones leads his highly innovative research at the Biometry Division of National Physics Laboratory. Recently Dr. Jones coauthored the Nature paper reporting the minimal requirement for protein to be megnetosensitive. Dr. Jones gave a special seminar on February 16th 2024 at Johns Hopkins University. The talk attracted a good crowd of quantum biology aficionados at Homewood campus. Many questions were asked, and many new ideas were formed.

We are delighted that we had chance to learn from Dr. Jones and to exchange ideas over quantum biology in specific and general terms.  Dinner conversation was fun and stimulating too! Thank you for visiting us, Dr. Jones!

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Junjie chairs the Bioengineering Platform and gives a talk on quantum actuation at BPS Annual Meeting 2024

Junjie served as the chair of the Bioengineering Platform in Biophysical Society Annual Meeting at Philadelphia this year (2024). More coverage can found at this link.

Junjie also was invited to give a talk on his exciting discovery that we can use light and magnetism to control cell behaviors and cell fate. Junjie designed recombinant proteins that would respond to light and magnetic fields in a prescribed fashion.  The data suggest we can design many more that can modulate many more different types of cell behaviors.

We received a lot of interest at the BPS annual meeting and many insightful feedback. We look forward to getting back to the bench and make the recombinant protein more efficient and more powerful.

Very proud of you, Junjie!

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Daniel presents the discoveries from the quantum-limited light imaging project at BPS Annual Meeting 2024

We are happy to see the debut presentation of the results acquired from latest project launched last September. Using quantum-limited laser light, we were able to detect the organelle dynamics in cells in a label-free, non-destructive and longitudinal manner. Daniel presented our finding at a poster session in the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this year (2024)

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This is a collaborative project with Dr. Warwick Bowen’s group at University of Queensland. We are glad to see our efforts start to translate into fruition. Many thanks to BPS members who stopped by Daniel’s poster and gave helpful suggestions!

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Bye-Bye 2023

We are grateful that 2023 treated us gently enough that we made progress in research, we travelled far to establish collaboration, and welcomed new members into our MEOW family. To celebrate a year of hard work,we dined together and reminded each other that all the sweat, tears and blood are worth it. And we willingly to do it again all over in 2024, maybe even more!

 

Happy 2024 everyone!

 

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Daniel wins the championship of cell confluency estimation

We are delighted to learn that our Daniel has the skill to eye-stimate cell confluency to the accuracy of 4 decimal place. Daniel defeated many skilled cell biologists and won the contest (sponsored by Leica) square and fair.

We are very impressed. With your sharp eyes and sharper brain, we look forward  to many wonderful discoveries from you!

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MEOW’s Cell Bio 2023 meeting

We attended the American Society of Cell  Biology annual meeting (Cell Bio 2023) held in Boston during December 2-6. Not only we learned a lot about the latest research in the community of cell biology, mechanobiology and biophysics, we met old friends and former group members. We presented our progress and got helpful inputs.

Wei-Hung, Ed and Rachel joined us at ASCB. It was great to catch up.

We also dined with MEOW friends. Over the delicious food, more science was discussed.

We were very happy that Cell Biology can be so much fun.  Friendship, good food and science- what more can one asks from a meeting?

 

 

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Junjie is selected to give a talk at the Biophysical Society (BPS) Annual Meeting 2024

We are delighted to learn that Junjie’s project about developing quantum actuator is been selected for oral presentation at the BPS 2024 annual meeting at Philadelphia in February 2024 . We are very glad Junjie’s novel ideas are getting noticed by the community. Congratulations!

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