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Dr. Gerdon – Small AFM successes!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2021 in Posts, Student News

Dr. Gerdon has had a very slow time in the lab this semester (where do the hours go?), but he is proud to have made some “small” progress on using the AFM at the MIT Koch Institute to image DNA origami tiles seen here. These tiles are about 60 x 90 nm in size and about 2 nm tall! So cool! There’s more work to be done, particularly in purifying...

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Julia Japo ’23 – new and improved collagen

Posted by on Nov 2, 2021 in Posts, Student News

Julia has been excited to start research again in the Fall. She has been doing a lot of data analysis and continues to conduct collagen mineralization experiments using a Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM). She is looking forward to continue improving the methods of these experiments and learn more about the process of collagen mineralization.

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Amanda Gilbert ’22 – SEM imaging is next!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2021 in Posts

This semester, Amanda has been busy continuing her work with collagen hydrogel mineralization! She has done a few different experiments with collagen and DNA aptamers, including her most recent experiment, which was a 7-day mineralization reaction. These hydrogels will be used for SEM imaging, which means she will have more cool images to analyze! Amanda...

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