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ACS Spring 2021 Conference Success!

ACS Spring 2021 Conference Success!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2021 in Alumni, Posts, Student News

Congratulations to Gabby Zabala ’21 on successfully presenting her poster at the Undergraduate Poster Session on Saturday! It took a while to navigate the virtual session experience but the poster looked great and Gabby was ready to talk about her work with fellow researchers. Dr. Gerdon’s talk about chemistry for social justice was also well...

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Julia Japo ’23 – Learning QCM

Julia Japo ’23 – Learning QCM

Posted by on Apr 8, 2021 in Posts, Student News

Julia has performed her first experiment in the lab! She conducted a sucrose density experiment and learned how to use the QCM instrument that she will continue to use over the summer during research. Julia is excited to continue conducting experiments, learning new techniques, and get her project up and running!

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Visit Us at the ACS Conference!

Visit Us at the ACS Conference!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2021 in Posts, Student News

The National Meeting of the American Chemical Society will be launching next week! The conference is virtual this spring which means that we don’t get to visit San Antonio, TX (Dr. Gerdon was really hoping for some local food!) where the conference was planned to be held. But, we might get more visitors from across the globe in a virtual setting. If...

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Amanda Gilbert ’22 – Affinity for Collagen

Amanda Gilbert ’22 – Affinity for Collagen

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Posts, Student News

This semester, Amanda has been running lots of affinity experiments with collagen hydrogels and DNA aptamers! This is a new experiment for Amanda, who has worked on mineralization experiments up until this point. For these experiments, the collagen hydrogels are much smaller than what she was previously working with! She has also learned how to use the...

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Dr. Gerdon – Quality TEM time

Dr. Gerdon – Quality TEM time

Posted by on Mar 23, 2021 in Posts, Student News

Dr. Gerdon spent some quality time at the Electron Microscopy Facility at Harvard Medical School this week! The goal was to get images of the different nanoparticle syntheses that Rylie and Dianna have been working it. Time at the instrument reminded Dr. Gerdon of first learning TEM from the incomparable Dr. Joe Slocik at Vanderbilt University many years...

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New Course – Chemistry of Brewing!

New Course – Chemistry of Brewing!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2021 in Posts, Student News

Dr. Gerdon is excited to be designing and teaching a new course this coming Fall 2021 called the Chemistry of Brewing. There’s tons of chemistry in the process of brewing from water chemistry to polysaccharides to alpha acids to yeast biochemistry. This is going to be a fun class and is open to all students (no science prerequisite)! It’s not...

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