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Amanda Gilbert ’22 – New Semester, More Hydrogels!

Amanda Gilbert ’22 – New Semester, More Hydrogels!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 in Posts

After making progress last semester with intrafibrillar mineralization in the collagen hydrogels using Poly-Aspartic acid and DNA aptamers, Amanda is going to continue to make more hydrogels. This time, she will be mineralizing the gels with a lower concentration of poly-aspartic acid and two different DNA aptamers. Then, she will lyophilize the gels and...

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Dianna Shields ’22 – Return to the lab!

Dianna Shields ’22 – Return to the lab!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Posts, Student News

After enjoying a relaxing winter break, Dianna has made it back to the research lab. Last semester ended with one last nanoparticle synthesis using the Azubel method. These nanoparticles were dried and left in the lab for a month until Dianna returned and was able to take NMR of the sample. Although getting into the lab after the first full week of classes...

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GRAB Open Lab Success!

GRAB Open Lab Success!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2020 in Posts, Student News

This past week the research group (GRAB: Gerdon Research in Analytical Biomaterials) welcomed non-science members of the Emmanuel College community into the Wilkens Science Center for a fun and informative introduction to lab. Emmanuel College faculty, staff, and students joined in even though they had very little (or no) prior experience in science lab...

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GRAB Lab – Semester Success!

GRAB Lab – Semester Success!

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Posts, Student News

The semester is about over and finals are upon us! That means that work in the lab is slowing down, though there are a few more experiments going on in between studying. The group also took a break from the busy end of semester to get off campus and gather over some pizza. We shared achievements from the semester and goals for the spring! The seniors are...

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GRAB Open LAB!

GRAB Open LAB!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 in Posts, Student News

The GRAB (Gerdon Research in Analytical Biomaterials) Lab is planning an exploration open lab event for Emmanuel College students, faculty, and staff! Perhaps you’ve taken a few sciences courses, maybe you took those science courses quite a few years ago, or maybe you’ve never set foot in a science lab….but, maybe you always wanted to see what it’s like....

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Dianna Shields ’22 – Gold Nanoparticle Synthesis

Dianna Shields ’22 – Gold Nanoparticle Synthesis

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Posts, Student News

Dianna has officially started working in the research lab! She was able to use several literature papers alongside Dr. Gerdon’s calculations to assemble a protocol for uniform size nanoparticle synthesis. She has been using the standard Templeton method for nanoparticle synthesis with a few changes found in more recent papers. These changes include pH...

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