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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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Spring Distractions

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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