BIOME LAB is moving to ERIC !
The lab has started its move to the Harold L. Martin Engineering Research and Innovation Complex (ERIC) ! The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 17th Feb, 2022.
The 4th floor of the ERIC belongs to the Biotechnology cluster, equipped with some of the state-of-the-art core facilities. More about the ERIC can be found in this link
Our BIOME Lab will be located at #480 of the ERIC building, approximately 1500 sq ft, and the lab space will be shared with our new faculty Dr. Eunsoo Yoo.
The BIOME lab will be a core part of the new DoD funded Center for Excellence in Biotechnology established by Dr. Vinayak Kabadi, in collaboration with the Wake-Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
Simrit's paper accepted for publication in Cancers (Impact Factor: 6.6)
Simrit's first lead-author research paper has been accepted for publication in the Cancers Journal !
The paper is titled "CXCR2 mediates distinct Neutrophil behavior in Brain Metastatic Breast Tumor"
Brain metastasis is one of common but yet lethal complications associated with breast cancers. Using simple neutrophil-tumor cell-culture models, we studied the possible biomolecular mechanisms by which the brain-metastatic breast cancer cells could potentially re-program the neutrophils as a tumor-promoting strategy, and how drug-induced inhibition of certain key neutrophil functionalities could help reverse this behavior.
This work was a collaboration with Dr. Fei Xing at the Wake-Forest School of Medicine, NC and Dr. Ankit Madan from the SOVAH Cancer center, VA
CONGRATULATIONS SIMRIT, for the first of your many more papers !!!
BIOME Lab at the BMES and MicroTAS
Congrats to Simrit, for successfully presenting at the BMES (Orlando, FL) and the MicroTAS (Palm Springs, CA) conferences.
Simrit made 5 presentations in total. 2 podium presentations and 1 poster at the BMES, followed by 2 posters at the MicroTAS (despite all the hassles/delayed bags encountered during travel from Orlando to Palm Springs).
NSF i-corps Participation
Vikram Surendran , Simrit Safarulla and Arvind represented the BIOMELAB at the regional NSF i-corps program (cohort #12) conducted by Dr. Sam Seyeddin from UNC Greensboro.
The team won $3000 towards conceptualization and product development. Our participation at the MicroTAS 2021 was supported by these funds
Thanks a lot, Sam Seyeddin, Jan Szelkowski, and Laura Collins (DORED) for your support and motivation !
Simrit wins the CoE poster competition !
For the second consecutive year, we have BIOME Lab student as the winner of the College of Engineering Annual Poster competition.
Last year it was Dylan Ruitledge. This year, it was Simrit Safarulla who won the competition for her work on CXCR2 mediated neutrophil dynamics in brain metastatic breast cancer.
And this was only Simrit's first semester in her grad program.
Awesome work, Simrit !!
It's now the time for the TIME-on-Chip ...
The TIME-on-Chip developed by Vikram has garnered quite a bit of interest among the bioengineering community ! There are already 5 citations to his paper within this year, there has been some interest from institutions such as ALine Inc., and CADMIM for further product development, towards possible commercialization !
Summer research at UNC Chapel Hill
Danielle Rice (BS BMEN) becomes the first student from NC A&T selected to conduct research at Dr. Richard Superfine's lab at UNC Chapel Hill, during Summer 2021. Danielle will be continuing her reserach on mucus mechanobiology.