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Emma Duffy ’19 – Summer Research Poster Session

Posted on Oct 1 by

The members of Grab Lab are reflecting back on the summer as they look for inspiration for research during the fall semester. They attended and presented at the Emmanuel College Summer Research Poster Session to share the progress that has been made.  They also explored research projects going on in other departments. For example, in the Biology department several groups are studying how chemical pathways are related to genes in model organisms. Reflecting on their own research and other’s was a good way to get motivated to have a productive semester in research.    ...


Jake Shlaferman ’19 – Kicking off Senior year

Posted on Sep 21 by

To kick off the start of his senior year, Jake is finishing up some mineralization experiments for a new publication that is soon to come. After presenting his poster at ACS Boston in August, Jake is motivated to tie up loose ends and finish his calcium phosphate mineralization project. Also, with new students joining the GRAB Lab, senior members are helping them get acclimated with the lab and start running experiments on their...


Publication! (for team laminar flow)

Posted on Sep 10 by

A very big congratulations to Aimee Sanford, Geoff Conklin, and Jason Miech for the fantastic work, recently published in Materials Science & Engineering C! “Solution rheological parameters modulate calcium phosphate mineralization in a microfluidic device” This publication has been a long time coming and was really based on the Distinction in the Field work by Geoff and Aimee. It is an interesting combination of the engineering and chemistry aspects of controlling solid-forming reactions, like mineralization, in a microfluidic device. Check out the abstract here! Congrats to Aimee, Geoff, and Jason!...


ACS Conference Success!

Posted on Aug 23 by

Jake, Emma, Alex, and Dr. Gerdon all had a great time being fully immersed in chemistry at National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston this week. Jake and Emma presented beautiful work and had good traffic at their posters. Alex had his eyes opened to the wide world of agricultural chemistry! Dr. Gerdon’s presentation on the Analytical Chemistry project with the Muddy River drew a lot of interest from the Citizen’s First educators. Congrats on a great...


Students travel to ACS in…..Boston!

Posted on Aug 17 by

The 256th Meeting of the American Chemical Society is just around the corner – in time and in space! Dr. Gerdon will be “traveling” with Emma, Jake, and Alex to the conference this weekend through Tuesday. It’s great to have such wonderful science from all over the world in your backyard! If you’re in town for the conference, stop by the CHED poster session Monday 2-4 pm for Emma Duffy – “DNA Aptamers that Selectively Bind to Hydroxyapatite” Jake Shlaferman – “Calcium phosphate supersaturation ratios alter DNA-templated mineralization in solution” It would be great to gather any Emmanuel alumni at the...


Dr. Gerdon at GRC – Biomineralization

Posted on Aug 7 by

Dr. Gerdon had a fantastic week in New Hampshire, totally immersed in all things biomineralization, at the recent Gordon Research Conference. Dr. Gerdon presented a poster on “Analysis of secondary structures in DNA aptamer mineralization templates” and was able to consult with many experts in the field. He also successfully completed a rainy and treacherous hike up Mt. Kearsarge with like-minded...