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Spring Distractions

Posted on May 9 by

The end of the semester is upon us and that has brought so many distractions from research and from regular blog posts. This is rightfully so, of course, because classes must come first! Still, the group was able to get together to celebrate the end of this academic year with a group picture and a trip to Tasty Burger. Thanks for a great semester of research! Let’s carry all of those experiments into the summer with Stephanie and Alex, and an occasional visit from Kassidy, Dianna, Amanda, and Logan. An even bigger thank you is in order to the seniors, Emma, Jake, and Marielle, for their hard work over the years! See you at...


Marielle Percuoco ’19 – Gelation

Posted on Mar 28 by

Marielle has been working hard this semester trying to adhere collagen hydrogels onto gold surfaces. Last week’s attempted experiment left her puzzled as there was no gelation of the collagen solution on the gold plate. This week, Marielle revised the experiment adding a positive control and another method for dropping the collagen solution onto the gold plate. Marielle was pleased to find positive results as the new method allowed for visual confirmation of the gelation of the collagen as seen in the picture. Since Marielle has been working towards this goal all semester, she couldn’t help but feel excited about these...


Emma Duffy ’19 – Problems arise and are then solved

Posted on Mar 21 by

As Emma continues with the affinity project at the tail end of her senior year, she is reminded of one of the first lessons learned in research. There is no such thing as a failed experiment. Emma is now trying to further explore the selectivity of the DNA aptamers by running mineralization experiments for set amounts of time. The mineral produced in those experiments can then be tagged with the DNA aptamers, hopefully identifying the form of calcium phosphate present. As these experiments are being tried, the method has to evolve as problems arise and are then...


Jake Shlaferman ’19 – Back to Circular Dichroism

Posted on Mar 12 by

As his days of undergrad are coming to an end, Jake is working on side-projects related to his previous work. He is analyzing the secondary structure of the G-quadruplex that forms in the DNA aptamers in the presence of different cations. Based on literature and previous results, he hopes to find some trends that correspond to the mechanism that will be presented in a publication that is soon to come. To analyze the folding of the secondary structure, Jake will use Circular Dichroism at the Instrumentation Center at Boston University. Collaboration between labs is very beneficial in undergraduate research as not all instruments are available at hand. Becoming more collaborative is a very useful skill and will serve Jake well as he leaves college and starts a new job after...


Another alumni in Atlanta!

Posted on Mar 5 by

Aimee Sanford ’16 is popular these days! Another visit comes from GRAB lab alumni Jason Miech ’18 while on a visit to Georgia Tech.


GRAB Lab alumni on campus and in Atlanta!

Posted on Feb 25 by

Alumni of the research group have been spotted on campus recently! Dr. Gerdon has had recent visits from Tom Cicuto ’14 and Bobby Tzepos ’19, both talking about exciting new job opportunities. Krista Meserve ’18 enjoyed some time with Aimee Sanford ’16 during a visit to the Chemistry Graduate Program at Emory University in Atlanta. It is great to see amazing alumni doing amazing...