A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon CRS-16 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station on Dec. 5, 2018.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 was ferrying material for the inauguration of several projects and we are honored to play a role in this mission.
Dr. Vekilov (left) and Mr. Xu (right)
The special liquid cell used for the space station contains protein samples with different concentrations.
Mission Operations Started on LMMBIO-2/5 on January 21,2015
ISS Mission Operations began on January 21, 2019, for the Light Microscopy Module Biology experiment two and five (LMMBIO-2/5). The PI is from the University of Houston (Peter Vekilov). This first phase of the experiment will run two of the five modules. The remaining spares may operate just before SpaceX-18 (June/July 2019). These samples are of medically relevant cancer protein crystals that evolve much larger on ISS. (Ronald Sicker, GRC/MSI 3-6498 and William Meyer, USRA, 3-5011)
Anne McClain installing LMMBIO-2/5 into the LMM
May science beatify the life
Rashree successfully passed her qualifiers and are now Ph.D. candidates. Congratulations!
Wenchuan was the recipient of a poster award at the 26th AACGE Western Section Conference on Crystal Growth & Epitaxy at Fallen Leaf Lake, CA. He presented his work on hematin crystallization, in collaboration with Prof. Rimer.
Congrats Mohammad was Accepted by Princeton as a postdoc position
Yuechuan successfully passed his qualifiers and are now Ph.D. candidates. Congratulations!
Publication in The Journal of Physical Chemistry
Mohammad’s paper was accepted for publication as part of a collaborative project with Prof. Conrad
Congrats Katy Newlin was Accepted by MIT as a postdoc position
New Group Members
Two new students recently joined our group: Nicholas Collett and Rajat Ghosh! Welcome!
Highlight Selected for Cover of Crystal Engineering Communications
Katy and Megan’s highlight article on hematin crystallization was selected for
the inside cover of the November 7th issue of Crystal Engineering Communications.
Paper Selected for Cover of Biophysical Journal
Maria’s paper on protein clusters was selected for the cover of the November 3rd issue of Biophysical Journal.
Paper Accepted in Biophysical Journal
Maria’s paper on the effect of electrostatic interactions on protein cluster formation was accepted in Biophysical Journal.
Award for Best Poster
Katy was a recipient of the Best Poster Award for the 30th Organization for Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (OChEGS) Symposium. Congrats Katy!
Paper Accepted in Physical Review E
Mohammad’s paper on differential dynamic microscopy of polydisperse protein solutions was accepted in Physical Review E.
Paper Accepted in Crystal Growth & Design
Katy and Megan’s paper on hematin crystallization was accepted for publication in the ACS journal Crystal Growth & Design. This work is a collaboration with Prof. Jeffrey Rimer at UH.
Highlight Accepted in CrystEngComm
Katy and Megan’s highlight article on hematin crystallization was accepted for publication in Crystal Engineering Communications. Congrats!
Gordon Research Conference
The group attended the 2015 GRC on Crystal Growth & Assembly in Biddeford, ME where Katy was one of the selected talks for graduate students for her work on mechanisms of hematin crystallization.
Anupam Aich successfully defended his dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Aich!
Paper Accepted in PNAS
Katy Olafson’s paper on the mechanisms of hematin crystallization and inhibition was accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Co-authors on this paper include Megan Ketchum and Prof. Jeffrey Rimer.
Mohammad successfully passed his qualifier exam. He is now a Ph.D. candidate. Congratulations!
Katy, Mike, and Megan successfully passed their qualifiers and are now Ph.D. candidates. Congratulations!
Publication in Crystal Growth & Design
Katy’s paper was accepted for publication as part of a collaborative project with Prof. Rimer. Congratulations Katy!
New Group Member
One person joined the group: Mohammad Sadegh Safari. Welcome!
Keck Poster Award
Katy Olafson received an award at the 2013 Keck Center Annual Research Conference Poster Contest. Katy presented her work on beta-hematin crystallization. She placed 2nd out of 65 posters. Congratulations Katy!
Maria successfully passed her qualifier exam. Congratulations!
Paper Accepted in Journal of Chemical Physics
Megan and Katy’s paper on the crystallization of hematin in aqueous and organic solvents was accepted in Journal of Chemical Physics. Co-authors of this paper are Dr. Jeffrey Rimer and Dr. Elena Petrova.
Keck Center Graduate Fellowship
Katy was awarded a fellowship as part of the Nanobiology Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program (NIGTP) supported by the Keck Center and sponsored through the Gulf Coast Consortia. This award will sponsor her research on malaria as part of a coadvised project with Prof. Jeffrey Rimer (UH, Dept. Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Alessandro Grattoni (Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Dept. Nanomedicine). Congratulations Katy!
New Group Members
Three new people joined the group: Michael Byington, Megan Ketchum and Katy Olafson. Welcome to the group!