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.
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 ScienceDaily, Cosmos, Medical Xpress, Innovation Toronto, MicrobiologyBytes, AZoNano, Outbreak News Today, and Futurism.
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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Congratulations 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.
Since the early stages of Prof. DeSimone’s career as a professor at UNC and NC State, he has consistently stressed the importance of diversity in team problem-solving, emphasizing the role of diversity in the process of innovation. This was the subject of his September 14th speech at Duke University, as highlighted by The Chronicle, Duke University’s student newspaper.