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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...


Summer Research – Students present the “State of the Project”

Posted on Aug 7 by

Katarina, Alex, Sam, Emma, and Jake have been hard at work in the research lab all summer and now finally get a short break before the new semester starts in September. To conclude their hard work, each student presented their “State of the Project” report in order to put their project into perspective of previous work, to report on exciting new results from the summer, and to plan for work to come in the fall. Congrats to each on excellent work and excellent presentations! Presentation titles are given below and recaps of each project will be presented at Emmanuel College this fall semester at the summer research poster session. Katarina: “Using Stripping Voltammetry for Rapid Diagnostics Tests for Malaria” Alex: “Effects of Selected DNA Aptamers on the Morphology and Crystallinity of Hydroxyapatite” Sam: “Developing a mechanism for calcium carbonate mineralization in coral polyps using microfluidics” Emma: “DNA Aptamers¬†that¬†Selectively Bind to Hydroxyapatite” Jake: “Calcium phosphate supersaturation ratios alter DNA-templated mineralization in...



Posted on Jul 25 by

When fluorescently-tagged DNA aptamers bind to hydroxyapatite (and you centrifuge it down to make a pellet), you get really cool glowing HAP! Great job Emma!


Research Alumni Unite!

Posted on Jul 25 by

Every summer Emmanuel College alumni and past members of the Gerdon Research Team gather to share stories, reminisce about past days in the lab, and celebrate the great research adventures to which they contributed. This year was no exception! Thirteen alumni from the classes of 2013 – 2018 joined three current students from the future classes of 2019 – 2021 along with Dr. Gerdon for a great evening and gathering. It is so impressive to see where the alumni go in life and in science. All alumni should be very proud of their successes and it is great to see alumni share their wisdom with current students. The “travel award” goes to Jack for his heroic effort to join us from the reaches of Maine! See you all again next year, if not...


Dr. Gerdon – a brief moment in the lab

Posted on Jun 20 by

Let’s face it, the students get to do all the work and have all the fun! But, on a rare occasion, Dr. Gerdon has been able to find a few spare moments for an experiment of his own, to try to push some experiments forward and collect some preliminary data. Being in the lab is definitely a treat for Dr. Gerdon, but barring that, the next best thing is to teach new students about new experiments and to delve into some data analysis after the students have done all the hard work. Dr. Gerdon’s experiment for last week had to do with testing some new flow conditions for our microfluidic devices and to test out a new setup for making fluorescence measurements in our devices. One nice image is attached here – please try to ignore the air bubble… We are also happy to welcome Sam and Katarina to the group to work on some new projects in the...