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Jan 302017
2017 GAA Faculty Service Award recipients, Prof. DeSimone (left) and Dean of UNC's School of Government, Michael Smith. (Photo by Ray Black III)

2017 GAA Faculty Service Award recipients, Prof. DeSimone (left) and Dean of UNC’s School of Government, Michael Smith. (Photo by Ray Black III)

Congratulations to Prof. DeSimone, who was presented this month with one of two 2017 Faculty Service Awards from the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). Established in 1990, the award recognizes outstanding service by members of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to either the University or the GAA. Michael Smith, Dean of the UNC School of Government, was the other recipient this year.

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 January 30, 2017
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Prof. Shaomin Tian  &  Prof. Chris Luft

UNC’s School of Medicine has highlighted a new paper published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases focused on a novel nanoparticle vaccine targeting dengue virus. Using the PRINT nano-molding technology invented in the DeSimone lab, the new vaccine demonstrates increased antibody responses against one of the four dengue serotypes. Additional research will focus on adapting the platform to also target the other three dengue serotypes.

DeSimone group members, Prof. Chris Luft and Prof. Shaomin Tian, played key roles in this work and are authors on PLoS NTD paper. Tian is a co-lead author with Dr. Stefan Metz of Prof. Aravinda de Silva’s lab, and Prof. Luft is co-corresponding author with Prof. de Silva. The paper has been featured numerous times, including in ScienceDailyCosmos, Medical XpressInnovation Toronto, MicrobiologyBytes, AZoNano, Outbreak News Today, and Futurism.

UNC SOM article “Can nanotechnology help develop a workable dengue virus vaccine?” by Caroline Curran

“Nanoparticle vaccinates mice against dengue fever” published in ScienceDaily

“Scientists Developed a Vaccine That Could Protect 350 Million Lives” published in Futurism

Read the PLoS NTD paper: “Precisely Molded Nanoparticle Displaying DENV-E Proteins Induces Robust Serotype-Specific Neutralizing Antibody Responses

 November 11, 2016
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In a talk this month at Stanford University, Prof. DeSimone stressed how the innovation process can benefit significantly from the convergence of different disciplines and from an emphasis on human diversity when structuring problem-solving groups. These principles were discussed in the context of the progress DeSimone has made as a leader at the forefront of 3D printing.

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 October 25, 2016
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Cameron_BloomquistCongratulations to DeSimone lab graduate student, Cameron Bloomquist, who was selected as the winner of the Biomaterials category of the Triangle Student Research Competition (TSRC) on October 5th! Bloomquist’s poster, “Design and Fabrication of Biodegradable Drug-Eluting Devices Using the 3D Printing Technique Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP),” focused on how design parameters—such as formulation of photopolymer resin, material properties of printed parts, and device geometry—influence drug release and degradation kinetics. A member of the DeSimone lab since 2013, Bloomquist is pursuing a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

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 October 11, 2016