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Spring Distractions

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

The end of the semester is upon us and that has brought so many distractions from research and from regular blog posts. This is rightfully so, of course, because classes must come first! Still, the group was able to get together to celebrate the end of this academic year with a group picture and a trip to Tasty Burger. Thanks for a great semester of...

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Marielle Percuoco ’19 – Gelation

Marielle Percuoco ’19 – Gelation

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019 in Posts, Student News

Marielle has been working hard this semester trying to adhere collagen hydrogels onto gold surfaces. Last week’s attempted experiment left her puzzled as there was no gelation of the collagen solution on the gold plate. This week, Marielle revised the experiment adding a positive control and another method for dropping the collagen solution onto the...

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Emma Duffy ’19 – Problems arise and are then solved

Emma Duffy ’19 – Problems arise and are then solved

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Posts, Student News

As Emma continues with the affinity project at the tail end of her senior year, she is reminded of one of the first lessons learned in research. There is no such thing as a failed experiment. Emma is now trying to further explore the selectivity of the DNA aptamers by running mineralization experiments for set amounts of time. The mineral produced in those...

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Jake Shlaferman ’19 – Back to Circular Dichroism

Jake Shlaferman ’19 – Back to Circular Dichroism

Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in Posts, Student News

As his days of undergrad are coming to an end, Jake is working on side-projects related to his previous work. He is analyzing the secondary structure of the G-quadruplex that forms in the DNA aptamers in the presence of different cations. Based on literature and previous results, he hopes to find some trends that correspond to the mechanism that will be...

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Dr. Gerdon – damages QCM crystal

Dr. Gerdon – damages QCM crystal

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Posts, Student News

Sometimes the best way to learn and best way to teach is to make a mistake! At least that’s what Dr. Gerdon is telling himself. When the gold electrode on a QCM crystal needs to be cleaned to produce a hydrophobic surface, we often use a mixture of chemicals called piranha (Caution! This is needs to be done in a fume hood very cautiously!). It helps...

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Kassidy Patoine ’20 – Research and Medicine

Kassidy Patoine ’20 – Research and Medicine

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Posts, Student News

Research isn’t the only fun extracurricular that GRAB Lab members are involved in. When Kassidy isn’t in the lab making collagen hydrogels, she is spending her time working towards entering the medical field. Research is a great opportunity to learn and expand your knowledge. It also looks great when applying to graduate programs. Kassidy has recently...

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