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Feature on Aimee Sanford ’16!

Posted on Sep 21 by

Congratulations to Aimee Sanford ’16 on a great spotlight feature and on such an amazing path from Emmanuel College GRAB Lab research, to the CDC, Emory University, and beyond. Thanks for the research shout-out! We can’t wait for that PhD defense coming soon! Check out the story here: From Soapberries to RE-SELEX Here’s a throwback picture of Aimee back in the WSC lab for...


State of the Project – Summer 2021!

Posted on Jul 28 by

The research group has worked very hard this summer through a variety of adverse conditions and has come through with a lot of great data, quality research experience, and more ideas for the next experiment. That means it is time for the very official State of the Project reports! Students give short presentations to summarize where their projects started, where things stand now, and where experiments will go in the coming semester. We have some great presentations on Friday! This has been an amazing group of chemists to work with this summer. We’ve had some great lunch discussions and took a trip to the North End for Julia-inspired Italian cannolis and more!...


Research Alumni Unite! – Summer 2021

Posted on Jul 21 by

It was fantastic to see research alumni in the Boston area come together in person to catch up, support each other, and support the current students in the research lab. We had a great time and missed all the alumni too far from campus to join in the fun. The network of research alumni keeps growing and the connections and accomplishments are impressive. Stay in touch – you’re...


Dr. Gerdon – Folding Up Research!

Posted on Jul 12 by

Dr. Gerdon is thinking about new adventures with DNA origami by starting with paper and a few folds. Tabs and pockets hold the six pieces of paper together to make this cube. Over 200 synthetic strands of DNA base-pair to M13 phage DNA to hold this DNA origami tile together and hopefully we’ll see it in action in the lab in the coming weeks! This summer of research has been a challenge and has been a lot of fun! We are so glad to be back to chemistry research, learning, struggling, and learning some more to come up with completely amazing, new experiments. The group – Amanda, Esther, Grace, Julia, Luz, and Rylie – has worked really hard and we have great new data to...


Grace Sanpietro ’22 – chemical reference librarian

Posted on Jul 6 by

Grace is so excited to be doing summer research with the GRAB lab team this summer! She has begun working on Headspace Extraction, Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME), and GC-MS analysis of ignitable molecules. Her plan is to develop the GRAB lab’s own in-house reference library of ignitable molecules! She has completed headspace analysis and compiled chromatograms and mass spectra of 10 molecules and gasoline and diesel standards so far! Next, she is working on development of a method for SPME and then compiling data on the same molecules and standards using SPME. Grace has had a great time during summer research so far and cannot wait to see what the rest of the summer will...


Luz Padilla ’22 – Forensics and Fabrics

Posted on Jun 29 by

This week Luz finished performing headspace analysis of volatile liquids, hexane and gasoline, on four sample fabrics. These fabrics are denim, linen, polyester, and nylon. The headspace analysis using the GC-MS instrument has shown– through chromatograms and mass spectra, that this method is most likely not sensitive enough to detect the molecules or that the method needs to be adjusted. This is where Luz will get to add in solid-phase microextraction (SPME) to work on improving...