Laura Byrnes-Blanco was awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The highly competitive NSF Graduate Fellowship Research Program will support Laura in her phD program starting next Fall.
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Laura Blanco was invited to the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for the second time!
Congratulations to Asma Sharfeddin for winning a Travel Grant for her presentation on the “Effects of Elastomer Stiffness and Thickness on Fibroblast Cell Adhesion and Morphology”.
Dr. Kranthi Kumar Elineni’s work on how microtubules regulate cell adhesion strength via cell shape was published in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.
The Gallant Lab welcomes 3 new Ph.D. students. Asma Sharfeddin joined us this summer from Libya. Sarah McMaster stays on after an undergraduate research project. Nicole Febles was awarded a FGLSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship and joins us from The City College of NY to work on a collaborative project with Dr. Bob Frisina’s Global Center for Hearing & Speech Research.
Dr. Gallant presented an invited keynote presentation in the Polymeric Materials and Surfaces for Cell Differentiation Symposium at the 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia.
The Cellular Mechanotransduction and Biomaterials Laboratory was established to analyze the mechanical and biochemical interactions between cells and their microenvironment in order to design instructive biomaterials that are able to control cell behavior. We are particularly interested in adhesion receptor-mediated processes and developing novel tools and strategies to investigate how cells interface with native and engineered extracellular matrices. Our goal is to answer questions such as: How are extracellular mechanical cues sensed, transmitted, and interpreted to regulate cell function? How does the spatiotemporal presentation of adhesive ligands influence cell behavior? What are the signaling pathways and mechanosensitive proteins responsible for cellular force generation?