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Katerina Luarasi ’17 tours the Broad Institute

Posted on Feb 17 by

Senior Katerina Luarasi gets a tour of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA. At the Broad, they do a lot of DNA sequencing. Fun facts: the flow cell in her hand has 8 lanes that can hold 96 samples in each lane and the instruments behind her cost about $1M...


Jason Miech ’18 – off campus opportunities

Posted on Feb 7 by

Junior Jason Miech is using his experience in research on campus in applying to external summer internships at NASA and Department of Energy National Research Labs. Meanwhile, junior Krista Meserve has locked up a unique summer internship opportunity at the FBI (pending background check and other security measures), but hopes to stay engaged in research on campus as...



Posted on Jan 4 by

Congratulations to Keith and Krista, Sarah, Sam, and Hillary on their recent publication in Chemical Communications! They were able to develop and demonstrate the success of a new approach to DNA aptamer selection. This work has taken many years, but we finally have some interesting aptamer sequences. Prof. Padraig Deighan, in the Biology Department at Emmanuel College, was a tremendous help in DNA sequencing and data collection. This was a great team effort! Check out the abstract here: Baillargeon, K.R.; Meserve, K.; Faulkner, S.; Watson, S.; Butts, H.; Deighan, P.; Gerdon, A.E. “Precipitation SELEX: identification of DNA aptamers for calcium phosphate materials synthesis” Chem. Comm. 2017....


Happy Holidays!

Posted on Dec 16 by

A holiday wish from our group to yours!


Dr. Gerdon Discusses Research!

Posted on Dec 16 by

Professor Aren Gerdon is the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Emmanuel College. He leads his own chemistry research group, focusing on biomaterials, and works closely with other research groups across campus. Professor Gerdon is passionate about sharing his deep knowledge of chemistry with his students, guiding them from class work to practical, real-world lab...