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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.


Feb, 2022
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 !!!

Jan, 2022


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 !

Summer 2021
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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 !!

Spring 2021


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.

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