6/2016 - Nature Methods highlights Victor’s paper with article titled “PCR for cellular forces”!

5/2016 - New tool: Ratiometric tension probe to study forces at cell-cell junctions! See in Nano Letters

5/2016 - First T cell receptor tension sensor is highlighted by Chemical & Engineering News and by Emory Science Commons!!

5/2016 - Watch 2 min youtube interview describing our latest results studying T cell mechanics!

4/2016 - Roxanne Glazier receives the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!! Aaron Blanchard receives honorable mention!!

4/2016 - Yang Liu’s paper on T-cell mechanics is accepted in PNAS!

4/2016 - First example of catalytic amplification to readout piconewton forces. Victor’s paper appears in Angewandte Chemie!

4/2016 - Native chemical ligation and solid phase peptide synthesis to make tension sensors! Yuan’s paper goes live in JACS

1/2016 - First example showing the use of catalytic nanoparticles for treatment of acute inflammation in heart disease! Paper appears in Biomaterials!

11/2015 - Kornelia’s paper accepted in Nano Letters!

10/2015 - We are on a roll - Zheng’s & Yang’s paper is accepted in Nature Methods!

9/2015 - Jessica Petree receives ARCS fellowship and Kornelia Galior receives the Quayle award! Good job!

8/2015 - Kevin’s paper is accepted in Nature Nanotechnology! Stay tuned!

8/2015 - Daniel Stabley’s much anticipated real-time TIRF nanometry paper is now accepted in Nature Communications! Congratulations!

8/2015 - Dr. Weiwei Zheng moves to Syracuse University to start as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Best of Luck! We will miss you!

8/2015 - Lab goes on an extreme zip lining trip. We’ll post some pictures soon.

7/2015 - Congratulation to Dr. Kevin Yehl on an excellent thesis defense!

5/2015 - Carol’s review article is published in Molecular and Cellular Biology!

5/2015 - Yun Zhang wins a best poster prize at the GRC on  Fibronectin, Integrins & Related Molecules in Italy. Nice work!


5/2015 - Khalid receives an NIGMS equipment supplement to acquire a multicolor Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscope (FLIM) system.

4/2015 - Josh Brockman receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Jessica Petree receives honorable mention! Congratulations!

1/2015- Hanquan Su joins the lab! yay!

12/2014 - DNA tension probes are highlighted in Nature Methods

9/2014 - Josh Brockman and Roxanne Glazier (BME program) join the lab! WELCOME and best of luck!

9/2014 - Yang’s paper on patterned tension sensors is accepted in Nano Letters! Congrats!

9/2014 - Yun’s paper on DNA-based tension probes is accepted in Nature Communications! High five! Work also featured in Nature Reviews Molecular and Cell Biology and Chemical & Engineering News!

5/2014- Khalid receives the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award!!

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