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Laura Blanco awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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.

Laura headed to NIST again

Laura Blanco was invited to the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for the second time!

Asma wins College of Engineering Research Week Best Poster Award

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”.

Kranthi publishes in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering

Dr. Kranthi Kumar Elineni’s work on how microtubules regulate cell adhesion strength via cell shape was published in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. Microtubules Mechanically Regulate Cell Adhesion Strengthening Via Cell Shape

Kemi awarded UNCF-Merck Fellowship. Congratulations!

Olukemi Akintewe was awarded a UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship. Kemi was one of 12 students nation-wide granted this Fellowship through a highly competitive selection process for her work on modular building block tissue fabrication.

Asad and Onursal’s paper accepted for publication in Sensors

Surface modification of acoustic wave biosensors for enhanced specificity was accepted for publication in Sensors.

Welcome new students

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 presents invited talk at ACS National Meeting

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.

Dr. Gallant receives BMES-SPBRM Rising Star Award

Dr. Gallant was recognized at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)-Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine (SPRBM) Conference on Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering with a “Rising Star Award”. He was invited to present the lab’s work on Regulation of Adhesion Strength by Cell Shape and Focal Adhesion Position in a special session.

Kranthi’s research published in Biophysical Journal

Regulation of cell adhesion strength by peripheral focal adhesion distribution has been accepted for publication in Biophysical Journal.

Congratulations Dr. Elineni!

Kranthi Kumar Elineni successfully defended his PhD dissertation “Regulation of Cell Adhesion Strength by Spatial Organization of Focal Adhesions”. We wish him well as he joins Intel Corporation in Portland, Oregon, to work on next generation nanopattering technologies.

Dr. Gallant receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Gallant received the NSF CAREER Award to investigate combinatorial biomaterials for mechanobiology.

Welcome to the CMTB

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?

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