AWHL Undergraduate Researcher Jeremy Nortey has been awarded the Society for Biomaterials 2017 Cato T. Laurencin Travel Fellowship. This fellowship named in honor of a distinguished member of the Society For Biomaterials, the Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD Travel Fellowship supports under-represented minorities in the field of biomaterials by providing an undergraduate student resources to attend the 2017 SFB Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, and to become a member of the Society. Jeremy was selected for this award based on his outstanding scholastic achievement and his research and career objectives.
Jeremy will be recognized during the opening ceremony of the annual Society for Biomaterials Meeting in Minneapolis, MN in April 2017. Congrats to Jeremy on this outstanding achievement!
More information about the Cato T. Laurencin Travel Fellowship is available on the SFB website.
Four AWH undergraduate students have been named Abrams Scholars for the 2016-2017 academic year. This highly competitive program awards funding to support NCSU BME undergraduate research. Colleen Roosa, a sophomore in the group, was awarded a Tier 1 award which supports sophomore students. Rahul Kathard and Supriya Sivadanam, both BME juniors, were awarded Tier 2 awards which supports junior and senior students. Jeremy Nortey, a junior in the lab, was awarded a Tier 3 award, which supports returning scholars. Congrats to our 2016-2017 Scholars!
Jeremy Nortey, Rahul Kathard, Colleen Roosa and Supriya Sivadanam, undergraduate researchers in the AWH lab, have been named 2016-2017 Abrams Scholars.
Dr. Brown has been awarded a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association. This 3 year award will support the development of anti-microbial platelet-like-particles for the augmentation of hemostasis and promotion of wound repair following trauma. The AWH lab thanks the AHA for their support and we look forward to moving in this exciting new research direction.
TEM image of microgel particles
Undergraduate students Mario Castaneda (left) and Ben Igo (right) were awarded NCSU undergraduate research grants for the 2016-2017 academic year to support their individual research projects. Congrats Mario and Ben on your awards!
A new review article is out in Matrix Biology detailing the role of the biophysical properties of provisional matrix proteins in wound repair. PhD student student Daniel Chester is the first author on this new article, which was published online August 14, 2016. This contribution is part of a special issue on the provisional matrix and can be found online at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0945053X16301858
Chester, D. and Brown, A.C. The role of biophysical properties of provisional matrix proteins in wound repair. Matrix Biology. OnlineFirst, August 14, 2016. doi:10.1016/j.matbio.2016.08.004
Raleigh hosted the 2016 meeting of the American Society for Biomechanics. AWH members Dan, Seema and Erin volunteered at the meeting and led tours of NSCU for ASB attendees. During tours, Dan discussed with ASB members how AFM can be used to understand biomechanics at the tissue and cell level.
Dr. Ashley Brown and postdoctoral scholar Dr. Erin Sproul presented at the 2016 World Biomaterials Congress in Montreal.
Dr. Ashley Brown is the recipient of a 2016 NCSU Faculty Research and Professional Development (FRPD) Grant. The grant program was established to assist faculty in initiating research and professional development activities, and to provide seed funding to pursue larger awards and grants from outside agencies. The project supported by this grant will focus on studying dynamic cell interactions with microgel-based materials.
A new review article is out in Experimental Biology and Medicine detailing state of the art platelet-mimietic strategies for modulating the wound environment and inflammatory responses. PhD student student Seema Nandi is the first author on this new article, which was published online May 2, 2016. This contribution is part of a special issue on immunomodulatory materials.
Nandi, S. and Brown, A.C. Platelet-mimetic strategies for modulating the wound environment and inflammatory responses. Experimental Biology and Medicine. OnlineFirst, May 2, 2016. doi: 10.1177/1535370216647126
On April 7 NCSU and UNC hosted local 8th-12th grade students for National Biomechanics Day. During this interactive event, students visited labs at NCSU and UNC that focus on biomechanics related research and participated in interactive demos. The AWH lab introduced students to biomechanics at the cell and tissue level.
Undergraduate researcher Jeremy Nortey introduces students to the concept of “biomimetics”
Graduate student Allison Dougherty discusses microgel synthesis
Graduate student Daniel Chester describes the use of AFM to measure tissue and cell level mechanical properties
Undergraduate researcher Rahul Kathard describes how changes in tissue mechanics during disease can affect cell behavior
AWH Lab Members in 3D