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5th Annual Research Alumni Gathering 2017

5th Annual Research Alumni Gathering 2017

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Alumni, Posts, Student News

Research alumni, from the Class of 2011 to the Class of 2017, returned to the Fenway to meet the current undergraduate researchers, catch up with Dr. Gerdon, and catch up with each other. This is always a great opportunity, once a year, to make new introductions and to hear about the successes and challenges of science and life. It was so great to see...

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Bobby Tzepos ’18 – Kayaking the Charles River

Bobby Tzepos ’18 – Kayaking the Charles River

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Posts, Student News

As a busy summer of experiments and hard work finally comes to an end, the entire GRAB lab team gets out of the lab to spend a day on the wonderful Charles River in Boston. Kayaking is a fun way spend some quality time bonding outside of the lab! As Bobby Tzepos begins to conclude his summer research, he looks back and realizes how much progress he’s...

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Dr. Gerdon collaborates with the CDC to publish in chemistry education

Dr. Gerdon collaborates with the CDC to publish in chemistry education

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Posts

A multi-year collaboration between Dr. Gerdon and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA has led to a recent publication in the Journal of Chemical Education. This project involved students in the Analytical Chemistry course at Emmanuel College, but also general chemistry and analytical chemistry students at three other...

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Jason Miech’18 – Construction and Destruction

Jason Miech’18 – Construction and Destruction

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Posts, Student News

Jason Miech’18 has developed a new procedure for deconstructing microfluidic flow cells. This can allow for further analysis of the mineral via FT-IR microscopy, SEM, and AFM. These techniques will be able to more accurately access the width, height, and morphology of the formed mineral.

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Jake Shlaferman ’19 – the G-quadruplex

Jake Shlaferman ’19 – the G-quadruplex

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Posts, Student News

During his summer research, Jake is studying how a G-quadruplex in DNA affects calcium phosphate mineralization. These mineralization experiments (like the one shown above), are prepared in 96-well plates and put in a plate reader to measure absorbance over time. He hypothesizes that the presence of a G-quadruplex should promote mineralization. However, he...

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Bobby Tzepos ’18 – nanoparticle synthesis

Bobby Tzepos ’18 – nanoparticle synthesis

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Posts, Student News

Rising senior Bobby Tzepos finally starts to finish up the optimization for the electrochemical technique to detect Co(III)-protoporphyrin IX in our early-detection malaria scheme!  Next, he’s on to nanoparticle synthesis of CoPPIX, which is then going to be used to conjugate an antibody specific to the malaria protein to determine the amount of the...

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