Lab News

April 30, 2021:

Helena Hall-Thomsen and Shavier Small are the recipients of the 2021 Elenor Muly Undergraduate Research Award. The award is based on the originality of the research project and the suitability of the undergraduate nominated to undertake the research. Congratulations!

 

April 14, 2021:

Yi Li defends his thesis, “Engineering DNA-based Nanochannels and Vesicles for Controlled Molecular Transport” in a wonderful talk. Congratulations, Yi!

 

April 13, 2021:

Samuel W. Schaffter (Ph.D. 2020) has received the 2021 Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize, which recognizes exceptional early-career achievement by a researcher who has not yet accepted a tenure track position. Dr. Schaffter gave his prize lecture April 13th at the Foundations of Nanoscience Conference. Congratulations, Sam!

 

March 29, 2021:

Liwen Xia joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome, Liwen!

 

January 4, 2021:

Shavier Small joins the group as an undergraduate student. Welcome, Shavier!

 

January 4, 2021:

Helena Hall-Thomsen joins the group as an undergraduate student. Welcome, Helena!

 

December 16, 2020:

Heon Joon Lee joins the group as a Ph.D. student. Welcome HJ! He is also the recipient of the 2021 Graduate Student Scholarship for Biomedical Sciences from the ASAN Foundation. Congratulations!

 

November 30, 2020:

Vincent Clark has joined the laboratory as a rotation student in the Chemistry and Biology Interface program. Welcome Vincent!

 

November 20, 2020:

Professor Schulman was invited for an informal chat on molpigs for their initial podcast, Meet the Molecular Programmer series! She was interviewed by William Earley. Check out the podcast here!

 

November 20, 2020:

Sisi Jia presented her work “Detecting shear forces at the cell surface with nanostructured filaments” at the Center for Cell Dynamics seminar series. Great work, Sisi!

 

November 20, 2020:

Keynon Bell completed his CBI rotation and gave his rotation talk entitled: “Growing Y-Junction Seeded DNA Nanotubes in Order to Build Nanotube Networks“. Well done, Keynon!

 

November 17, 2020:

Yi Li gave a talk at the AIChE conference during the session: “Patterning and Assembly at Nanoscale”. The title was “Molecular Transport through Self-Assembled DNA Nanofluidic Channels“. Well done, Yi!

 

November 6, 2020:

Yanqi Jiang joins the group as a Ph.D. student. Welcome Yanqi!

 

November 6, 2020:

ChengHung (Jason) Chou joins the group as a Ph.D. student (joint with Yannis Kevrekedis). Welcome, Jason!

 

October 26, 2020:

Sara Ord joins the group as a masters student. Welcome, Sara!

 

July 15, 2020:

Samuel Schaffter received a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral fellowship.

 

June 24, 2020:

Samuel Schaffter gave an invited talk at the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) virtual seminar entitled “In vitro transcriptional regulatory networks for autonomous control of bioinspired materials“. Well done, Samuel!

 

May 13, 2020:

Well done, Philip Dorsey! He was inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society in a virtual ceremony that was hosted by JHU President Daniels. HUB announcement

 

April 20, 2020:

Well done, Yi Xiao for defending your thesis entitled, “Self-assembly and patterning of hierarchical DNA nanotube microarrays on glass surfaces“.

 

April 13, 2020:

Well done, Sam Schaffter! He defended his thesis entitled, “In Vitro Transcriptional Regulatory Networks for Autonomous Control of Bioinspired Materials“. His defense was given through a Zoom meeting.

 

April 1, 2020:

Congratulations to Dr. Schulman! She was chosen to be a recipient of the Hartwell Foundation Individual Awards. Notably, Johns Hopkins received two individual awards.

 

February 27, 2020:

Congratulations to Yi Li and Rebecca Schulman – for their story in the INBT Nano-Bio Report.

 

February 4, 2020:

Congratulations to Phillip Dorsey! He has been accepted to be a member of the Johns Hopkins University 2020 class of the Edward A Bouchet Honor Society!

 

January 13, 2020:

Well done, Philip Dorsey! He defended his thesis entitled, “Towards spatial computing and chemical information storage in soft materials using DNA programming“.

 

December 9, 2019:

Samuel Schaffter presents his invited talk “Towards a synthetic genome for materials: Challenges beyond the test tube” at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic DNA Nanotechnology Conference (MADNano 2019) in Gaithersburg, VA.

 

December 9, 2019:

Michael Pacella presented the poster titled, “Characterizing DNA Nanotube Networks Assembled via Y-Junction DNA Origami Seeds” at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic DNA Nanotechnology Conference (MADNano 2019) in Gaithersburg, VA.

 

December 9, 2019:

Phillip Dorsey presented the poster titled, “DNA Reaction-Diffusion Attractor Patterns” at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic DNA Nanotechnology Conference (MADNano 2019) in Gaithersburg, VA.

 

December 9, 2019:

Ruohong Shi presented the poster titled, “Responsive Multi-functional DNA polymerization motor gel” at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic DNA Nanotechnology Conference (MADNano 2019) in Gaithersburg, VA.

 

December 9, 2019:

Sisi Jia presented the poster titled, “Growth and site-specific organization of micron-scale biomolecular devices on living mammalian cells” at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic DNA Nanotechnology Conference (MADNano 2019) in Gaithersburg, VA.

 

December 9, 2019:

Yi Li presented the poster titled, “Molecular transport through self-assembled DNA-nanofluidic channels” at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic DNA Nanotechnology Conference (MADNano 2019) in Gaithersburg, VA.

 

November 12-15, 2019:

Phillip Dorsey presented the poster titled, “DNA Reaction-Diffusion Attractor Patterns” at the 2019 AlChE Conference in Orlando, FL. He received first place in the Student NSEF Poster Session.

 

October 18, 2019:

Moshe Rubanov receives a Combustion Grant from the Applied Physics Laboratory.

 

September, 2019:

Sisi Jia presented the poster titled, “Growth and Site-specific Organization of Micro-scale Biomolecular Devices on Living Mammalian Cells” at the Asilomar Bioelectronics Symposium 2019 in Pacific Grove, CA.

 

September, 2019:

Yi Li presented the poster titled, “Molecular Transport Through Self-Assembled DNA Nanofluidic Channels” at the Asilomar Bioelectronics Symposium 2019 in Pacific Grove, CA.

 

August 7, 2019:

Phillip Dorsey gives an oral presentation at The 25th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA25) held in Seattle, WA entitled “DNA Reaction-Diffusion Attractor Patterns”.

 

August 6, 2019:

Yi Li gives an oral presentation at The 25th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA25) held in Seattle, WA entitled “DNA Nanostructures that Self-Heal in Serum”.

 

August 3, 2019:

Congratulations to Tiffany Hou! She is a recipient of the Elenora Muly award to support her undergraduate research project to characterize DNA nanotubes.

 

August 2, 2019:

Congratulations to Michael Pacella for his oral presentation at the ICCGE-19/OMVPE-19 held in Keystone, CO. The abstract was entitled, Hierarchical Assembly and Characterization of DNA Nanotube Networks and was authored by Michael Pacella, Jasen Zhang, Tiffany Hou, Pagya Singh, Evan Liu, Ruby Liu, Jonathan Gunn, Paul Vallejo and Rebecca Schulman.

 

July 12 & 31, 2019:

Dr. Schulman has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are in the early stages of their independent research careers. Rebecca’s award is funded by the U. S. Department of Energy. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating departments and agencies. Hub article

 

June 20, 2019:

Congratulations! Paroma Mukhopadhyay begins a summer REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) as part of the NSF project “YeastOns: Neural Networks Implemented in Communicating Yeast Cells”

 

June 1, 2019:

Congratulations! David Shang begins a summer REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) as part of the NSF Nanomanufacturing project “Parallel, Adaptive Manufacturing of Nanoscale Electrical Interconnects Using DNA Self-Assembly”

 

May 29, 2019:

Dr. Schulman and Yi Li publish “Self-healing DNA nanostructures” with the American Chemical Society – Articles published in EurekAlert, Science Daily, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Interesting Engineering and Phys.org

 

May 7, 2019:

Wenlu Wang presents her M. S. E. thesis, “A Digital Maskless Photolithographic Patterning Method for Poly (ethylene glycol) Diacrylate Hydrogels with a Camphorquinone-Triethanolamine Photoinitiator.” Congratulations, Wenlu!

 

April 25, 2019:

At the spring meeting of the Materials Research Society, Phoenix AZ, Phillip Dorsey, a 4th year PhD Candidate in Professor Rebecca Schulman’s research group, presented his research regarding DNA programming in biomaterials, entitled, “DNA-based Attractor Patterns”. His talk focused on the assembly of self-organizing and healing DNA-based patterns using digital photolithographic and microfluidic fabrication processes, which has the potential to facilitate the development of new classes of soft biomaterials programmed with nucleic acids. His presentation received Best Oral Presentation Award for the Synthetic Biology Symposium at the conference.

 

April 25, 2019:

Misha Rubanov gives a talk at the Material Research Society Spring 2019 Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

“Spatiotemporal Release of Oligonucleotides for Soft Material Programming”

 

April 12, 2019:

The latest JHTV Newsletter that will be emailed to subscribers includes this Technology Spotlight from Professor Schulman:

Responsive Materials That Could Move Cells

 

March 10, 2019:

Welcome David! – David Sheng joins the Schulman Lab as an undergraduate research assistant.

 

March 5, 2019:

Michael Pacella presents his poster at the Biophysical Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

“Characterizing DNA nanotube networks assembled via Y-junction DNA origami seeds”

 

March 5, 2019:

Samuel Schaffter gives a talk at the Biophysical Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

“Synthetic integrated in vitro transcriptional regulatory networks”

 

March 4, 2019:

Phillip Dorsey presents his poster at the Biophysical Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

“Self-healing DNA-based reaction-diffusion patterns”

 

March 2, 2019:

Welcome Katherine! – Katherine Miller joins the Schulman Lab as a Ph.D. student.

 

March 2-6, 2019:

Yi Li presents a poster at the Biophysical Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Molecular Transport through Self-assembled DNA Nanofluidic Channels

 

March 2-6, 2019:

Naresh Dhanasekar presents a poster at the Biophysical Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

“Ion-transport through large diameter DNA origami nanotube channels across synthetic membranes”

 

February 18, 2019:

Jessica Dunn, rotating with CBI, gives her rotation talk on “Understanding dynamic monomer exchange in DNA nanotubes.”

 

January 26-27, 2019:

Misha Rubanov gives a talk and presents his poster at the Gordon Research Seminar for Complex Active and Adaptive Material Systems (GRS) held in Ventura Beach, CA.

“Spatiotemporal Release of Oligonucleotides for Soft Material Programming”

 

January 26-27, 2019:

Ruohong (Rachel) Shi gives a talk and presents her poster at the Gordon Research Seminar on Complex Active and Adaptive Material Systems (GRS) held in Ventura Beach, CA.

“Multifunctional DNA Polymerization Motor Gels”