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Jan 082018
 

Rima JCongratulations to Rima Janusziewicz, who successfully defended her dissertation on November 29th! Janusziewicz’s research centered on fundamentally understanding the fabrication mechanism and factors of resolution of the novel 3D printing platform, CLIP. Her dissertation, “Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) for the Fabrication of Porous Architected Structures,” focused on the development and characterization of progressively smaller porous lattices and their application toward biological scaffolds and chromatography columns. The continuous and layerless nature of the CLIP process yielded structures with tunable resolution through parameters such as light intensity, build rate, and pore geometry.

Janusziewicz’s work has been published in top journals including Science and PNAS. Additionally, three patents have been filed based on her research.

In her career, Janusziewicz aims to pursue research and entrepreneurial opportunities at the interface of materials science and technology.

 January 8, 2018
Dec 062017
 

NSTMF evenning w JMD w play buttonOn November 9th, the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation hosted an evening with Professor DeSimone at Stanford University, where he discussed a range of topics including diversity and innovation in academia and industry. Prof. DeSimone was presented with the National Medal of Technology & Innovation by President Barack Obama in a 2016 White House ceremony.

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 December 6, 2017
Nov 292017
 

Jason_Coffman_2014Congratulations to Jason Coffman, who successfully defended his dissertation on September 25th! Coffman’s dissertation focused on developing a covalently attached particulate subunit vaccine platform targeting the dengue virus. Particulate subunit vaccines attach a piece (subunit) of a pathogen to a nanoparticle, giving it the shape and size of the original pathogen while maintaining a strong safety profile unlike traditional live vaccine platforms. Particulate formulations often enhance the immune response to subunit vaccines and provide the potential to manipulate antigen display. Multiple particle and conjugation parameters were optimized to create a particulate platform displaying Dengue E subunits on the surface, which induced a strong specific response and can be expanded upon.

In his career, Coffman plans to pursue opportunities in the areas of biotech process development and regulations.

 November 29, 2017
Oct 272017
 

erin_wilson_2014Congratulations to Erin Wilson, who successfully defended her dissertation on September 28th! Wilson’s research focused on the development of precisely engineered inhalable protein formulations, which non-invasively deliver therapeutic proteins for both respiratory and systemic diseases. Her dissertation, “Developing PRINT Dry Powders for Pulmonary Protein Delivery,” focused on the impact of fabrication conditions on protein stability and the influence of particle geometry on dry powder fluidization, aerosolization, and deposition. PRINT protein dry powders exhibited high delivery efficiency and deposition precision, which could improve the efficacy and safety of inhaled therapeutics.

Wilson plans to continue her research in formulation development in the pharmaceutical industry.

 October 27, 2017
Oct 262017
 

Kevin_Olsen_2014Congratulations to Kevin Olson, who successfully defended his dissertation on September 27th! Olson’s dissertation, “Nonflammable Perfluoropolyether Electrolytes for Safer Lithium-Based Batteries,” focused on developing nonflammable electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries to replace the current, combustible electrolytes. His work probed how electrolyte structure affects thermal stability and electrochemical performance, opening the door for safer and more efficient batteries.

Olson’s work has been published in Polymer, Soft Matter, and Macromolecules.

In his career, Olson aims to pursue research and leadership positions in the development of polymer-based devices in the medical device industry.

 October 26, 2017