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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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Alex Paige ’20 – Stuck on Calcium Carbonate

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

After spending the past summer investigating the effects of selected DNA aptamers on the morphology and crystallinity of calcium carbonate, Alex plans on testing the aptamer’s affinity to calcium carbonate. Although the crystallinity and morphology experiments are done for now, there are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding the relationship...

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Amanda Gilbert ’22 – Research Begins

Amanda Gilbert ’22 – Research Begins

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

Amanda has made her start in the lab by making her own collagen hydrogels! She has been making them with Kassidy, who is also teaching her how to mineralize and lyophilize the collagen hydrogels. After Amanda had made her second set, it was time for her to start mineralizing them in different concentrations of poly-aspartic acid. Amanda will then...

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Stephanie Colon ’20 – Team Work and Presentations

Stephanie Colon ’20 – Team Work and Presentations

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Posts, Student News

Research isn’t only about working in the lab but being able to analyze, interpret and write up results and data. Stephanie and Alex have loads of data from the summer that have already been analyzed and interpreted. Now, they are working on writing an abstract so they are able to present at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society Conference...

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Kassidy Patoine ’20 – Back in the Lab!

Kassidy Patoine ’20 – Back in the Lab!

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

Kassidy has moved out of summer vacation mode and jumped back into the lab to continue research with collagen. She decided to do a quick experiment on the difference between using a PBS solution versus a collagen neutralization solution when preparing the hydrogels. After careful observation, it was found that the gels appeared the same with both...

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GRAB Lab Welcomes Future Researchers!

GRAB Lab Welcomes Future Researchers!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in Posts, Student News

The GRAB Lab members would like to extend a warm welcome to all students back on campus for the start of the fall semester. We’ve been here all summer and we’ve missed you! We’d especially like to welcome all the future research students! If you’re coming back as a sophomore or junior or just getting here as a first year student,...

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