Citlayi heads to SACNAS!

Citlayi Villaseñor presented her research at the National Diversity in Stem Conference. She ran into our REU student, Jessy Gonzalez, while she was there!    

Nina and Lucas Win Undergraduate Awards!

Kamat Lab undergraduate researchers Nina Galvez and Lucas Sant’Anna have been recognized for their research! Both students were awarded the Lyle F. Mockros Outstanding Senior Award for their research and achievements in the Biomedical Engineering department. Congratulations on their well-deserved awards!

The Kamat Lab presents at the 2022 BMES Annual Meeting!

The Kamat Lab attended the 2022 BMES Annual Meeting from October 12-15 in San Antonio, Texas! The following students presented their work: Taylor Gunnels (platform) – “Elucidating Design Principles for Engineering Cell-Derived Vesicles to Inhibit SARS-CoV-2 Infection” Vivian Hu (platform) – “Assembly of Therapeutic Nanoparticles Using Cell-Free Integration of Viral Membrane Proteins” Mary Kelly (platform) […]

Tim and Lucas present at the 2022 ACS Fall Meeting!

Tim Vu and Lucas Sant’Anna presented at the 2022 ACS Fall Meeting in Chicago, IL! Tim gave a talk titled “Lipid Phase Separation in Vesicles Enhances TRAIL Mediated Cytotoxicity” and Lucas presented a poster titled “Phase separation and lipid saturation influence ligand-receptor interactions on lipid vesicles”.  

Maggie successfully defends her thesis!

Maggie Boyd, a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering program, successfully defended her thesis. Her thesis was titled “Engineering bilayer membranes for nano- and microscale sensing.”

Miranda successfully defends her thesis!

Miranda Jacobs, a graduate student in the Interdiscliplinary Biosciences (IBiS) Program successfully defended her thesis. Miranda is the first graduate of our lab! Her thesis was titled, “Investigating How Membrane Mechanical Properties Affect the Expression, Folding, and Function of a Model Mechanosensitive Channel Protein.”

Our paper, led by Miranda, is out in BiophysJ!

Miranda’s paper studying the effects of dietary fatty acids, EPA and DHA, on membrane elasticity is out in Biophysical Journal  1. This work was motivated by the bigger question of why these two fatty acids have different physiological effects (ex. cardiovascular, neurological) and what’s happening at the membrane level to potentially cause these changes.  2. […]

Our undergrads Nina and Lucas received fellowships for the summer!

Nina Galvez and Lucas Sant’Anna were awarded undergraduate research fellowships for the coming summer. We’re excited to announce that  Nina was awarded the McCormick 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Award and Lucas was awarded the Jaharis Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations to you both! We’re excited for what the summer will bring!