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Sep 152017

DeSimone_Heinz_PhotoCongratulations to Professor DeSimone, who has been named the winner of the 22nd Heinz Award in the Technology, Economy, and Employment category! The honor recognizes DeSimone’s achievements and leadership in multiple fields, including green chemistry, nanomedicine, and 3D printing. “By pursuing research paths at the interface of diverse disciplines, my students, coworkers and I have developed new technologies that, over time, have influenced areas including manufacturing and medicine,” DeSimone said. “This award is a testament not just to our discoveries, but to our approach to research—bringing together people with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve difficult scientific challenges, ultimately to create a positive impact in the world.”

Read UNC’s feature story

Read The Heinz Foundation’s features here & here

Read WRAL’s article by Rick Smith

Read The News & Observer’s article by Jane Stancill

 September 15, 2017
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
Nov 112016

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
Oct 252016

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