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Research Alumni and Students Nucleate in the Fenway

Research Alumni and Students Nucleate in the Fenway

Posted by on Jul 10, 2019 in Alumni, Posts, Student News

GRAB Lab research alumni and current research students met for an annual gathering (nucleation?) in the Fenway neighborhood. It is great to see some familiar faces and to hear about the progress and success that chemistry research alumni are making. Current students get to hear about what lies ahead in the “real world” and former researchers...

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Easwer Raman – Enamored by chromatography

Easwer Raman – Enamored by chromatography

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in Posts, Student News

Easwer is new to the team and has spent his summer synthesizing and experimenting with the conjugation of an antibody to a porphyrin nanoparticle. He has been learning how to use instruments such as Dynamic Light Scattering, Probe Sonication, and Anodic Stripping Voltammetry and is excited to learn more. He has been learning a new method for purification...

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Publication! Congrats to student authors

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Posts, Student News

Selected DNA aptamers influence kinetics and morphology in calcium phosphate mineralization Congrats to Jake, Alex, Krista, and Jason on their recent publication in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering! This is exciting work that elucidates the structure-function relationship between DNA aptamers and calcium phosphate mineralization. Great work GRAB...

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Alex Paige ’20 – fun with fluorescence

Alex Paige ’20 – fun with fluorescence

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Posts, Student News

Alex has spent the beginning of the summer investigating the effects of the selected aptamers on the morphology and crystallinity of calcium carbonate. Although there is a lot of TEM and FT-IR to do, there is some leftover work with calcium phosphate. Alongside calcium carbonate experiments, Alex has been testing the affinity of the DNA to calcium...

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Dr. Gerdon – Take a deep breath…and create

Dr. Gerdon – Take a deep breath…and create

Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Posts, Student News

Summer research is a magical time in the lab for Dr. Gerdon and research students. The stress of the semester starts to fade away and there’s finally enough time to take a deep breath, focus your attention to research, and let your mind wander towards new ideas. Summer research is a time to put your head down and power through a big list of experiments and...

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Stephanie Colon ’20 – Summer Research Has Begun

Stephanie Colon ’20 – Summer Research Has Begun

Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Posts, Student News

Now that the 2018-2019 school year has come to an end, summer research has begun! Alex and Stephanie are working on optimizing the conditions for their calcium carbonate experiments. Stephanie, specifically, has been working on choosing between optical density and absorbance as a way of measuring the kinetics of calcium carbonate mineralization and how DNA...

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