Mr. Sricharan Kadimi, sophomore student of the Chemical Engineering department (class of 2019)won the Office of Undergraduate Research’s 2017 SURF Award.The Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF)supports full-time UConn undergraduates with summer research and creative projects. His project title is:Development of Lipid Bicelles as Self-Assembling siRNA Delivery Vehicles.” Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Ms. Catherine Cheu joined our group as a new Ph.D. student from polymer science (IMS).
Mr. Armin Tahmasbi Rad won the annual award of the school of engineering for the “most marketable project of the year“.
Dr. Nieh gave a talk at: 16, 2017 Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Inc. “A Universal Lipid-Based Platform for Encapsulating Hydrophobic Molecules”, Ridgefield, CT
Ph.D. Student Donyeil Hoy Receives NSF Fellowship from the2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. In announcing the award, the NSF pointed to Hoy’s “demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise.” The 3-year award will amount to $102,000 for Mr. Hoy.
Mr. Mingze Sun and Mr. Yue Bao (BME graduates) defend their M.Sc. thesis.
Ms. Ying Liu (CBE, Ph.D.) defend her dissertation.
Ms. Yan Xia (CBE, Ph.D.) defend her dissertation.
Ms. Amani Ebrahim (Polymer Science) joined SAFN group. Amani was a Research and Teacher Assistant at the City College of New York (CCNY), where she also received her master’s and bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and bachelor’s in chemical engineering. Her research at CCNY was devoted to the synthesis and evaluation of engineered nanomaterials as adsorbents of toxic gases for environmental remediation purposes. She is also a recipient of the National GEM Consortium Fellowship, the National Science Foundation (NSF)-LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship and has received honorable mention for the NSF- Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Mr. Donyeil Hoy joined our group as a new Ph.D. student. He got his undergrad from Texas Southern University in the field of Chemistry in 2015.
Dr. Nieh gave talks at:
4, 2016 Moderna Therapeutics “Future Prospects for Application of Scattering on Characterization of LNPs”, Cambridge, MA
13, 2016 Moderna Therapeutics “A Universal Self-Assembled Delivery Nanoplatform – Lipid Nanodiscs (Bicelles)”, Cambridge, MA
Mr. Kuo-Chih Shih joined SAFN as a visiting scholar from National Taiwan University. He is an experienced Ph.D. student in the field of neutron and X-ray scattering and will be at UConn for the next two years with us.
Ms. Wafa Aresh (BME PhD)has defend her dissertation.
Mr. Behrad Kangarlu (Materials Science PhD student) joined SAFN in Spring 2015. He got his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from IAU, Science and Research Branch, Tehran in polymer engineering field.
Dr. Nieh gave talks at:
30, 2015 New Jersey Institute of Technology “Properties and Applications of Well-Defined Self-Assembled Lipid Nanodiscs (Bicelles)”, Newark, NJ.
25, 2015 Pfizer Inc. “Small Angle X-ray Scattering”, Groton, CT.
25, 2015 Drug Discovery & Therapy World Congress “Single-Step Formation and Cellular Response of Vesicles and Disk-like Bicelles”, Boston, MA
12, 2015 NCS4: Northeast Complex Fluids and Soft Matter Workshop (Stony Brook University) “Controlling Self-Assembled Lipid-Based Nanoparticles for Theranostic and Nanobiosensing Material”, Stony Brook, NY
1, 2015 Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics (Chinese Academy of Science) “Properties of Self-Assembled Discoidal Bicelles and Their Potential Applications in Bionanotechnology”, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
May 29, 2015 Lanzhou University, School of Nuclear Science & Technology “Properties of Self-Assembled Discoidal Bicelles and Their Potential Applications in Bionanotechnology”, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
May 16, 2015 UCONN Mentor Connection Program (Exploring Expertise) “Engineering Lipid Mixtures into Well-Defined Nanoparticles”, Storrs, CT
22, 2015 American Chemical Society (Colloid and Surface Chemistry) “Cellular uptake mechanisms as controlled by nanostructures of a lipid mixture: Comparison between bicelles and vesicles”, Denver, CO
3, 2015 Iona College, Department of Chemistry “Building up Lipid-Legos and Their Applications”, New Rochelle, NY
Prof. Nieh delivered a presentation on “Principle & Application of Nano-Materials in Biomedical Engineering” at the 2013 summer workshop held by UCONN da Vinci Project at the School of Engineering (July 12, 2013).
Mr. Ming Li returned China for physical rehabilitation on Dec 5, 2012.
Prof. Nieh gave an invited presentation – “Self-Assembled Structures, Kinetics & Applications of a Phospholipid Mixture – Bicelle” at the Department of Chemistry, Emory University on November 28, 2012.
Ms. Yan Xia (a CBE graduate student) joined SAFN in Fall 2012.
NSF(CMMI 1131587) proposal entitled “Single-Step Manufacture of Affinity Nanodiscs for Drug Delivery” was granted (Aug., 9, 2011).
Mr. Joshua Lemkin, Ms. Laurelle Giovannoli and Mr. Anthony Dizon (CBE undergraduates) joined SAFN in Fall 2011.
Mr Ming Li received the “Best Presentation Award” at the 14th National School on Neutron and X-Ray Scattering (organized by Oak Ridge National Lab and Argonne National Lab.) during Aug. 11- 25, 2011. – Congratulations!
Mr. Andrew Hu joined SAFN for 3-month summer co-op (summer, 2011).
Prof. Nieh gave an invited presentation – “Self-Assembled Nano-Liposomes for Targeting Delivery” at Pharmaceutical Development group, Pfizer Inc. on Mar. 9, 2011.
Prof. Nieh gave an invited presentation – “Neutron Scattering – an Advanced Tool for Nanoscaled Structural Characterization” at Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Feb. 7, 2011.
Ms. Ying Liu (a CMBE graduate student) joined SAFN (Spring, 2011).