Gibson Group News
New Group Members
A bit late, but welcome to new GibsonLab Members:
Yunhua Chen - PDRA joint with Stefan Bon working on Functional Colloids
Amar Dhokia - AS:MIT student working jointly with Joseph Lewandowski on solid state NMR
Mary Liliman - Polymer MSc Students working on fully resorbable functional polymers
Gibson Group's work highlighted in Chemistry World
In a feature article in Chemistry World - the Royal Society of Chemistry's monthly Magazine, work by the Gibson Group on synthetic alternatives to Antifreeze Proteins is highlighted.
Paper Accepted in Journal of Materials Chemistry B
A collaborative paper with Besra (Birmingham) and Fullam (Warwick Life Science) has been accepted in the RSC Journal J. Mater. Chem. B.; Materials for Medicine and Biology.
This paper shows some of our early efforts to create new tools for glycobiology - the science of investigating how carbohydrate (sugars) direct biological signalling processes, which are crucial in infection, cancer and fertility. Standard anlytical tools for measuring carbohydrate-protein interactions rely on 'big' equipment such as Mass Spectrometry and Surface Plasmon Resonance which are not cheap nor high throughput. We show here that we can use gold nanoparticles to 'illuminate' carbohydrate binding proteins in assays to measure their activity. This is both cheap, scalable and most importanlty compatible with a simple mobile phone! A photograph is all that is required to measure biological activity.
Paper Accepted in Biomacromolecules
Our paper describing how a simple synthetic polymer, PVA, can reproduce the most desirable property of antifreeze glycoproteins - inhibition of ice crystal growth (recrystalization). The paper is published in Biomacromolecules
Richard Lowery Joins for Miniproject
Richard is joining the team as part of his MOAC miniproject. He will work on a project based on diagnosiing infectious diseases using a mobile phone.
Cecilia Ieong Joins the Group as a Postdoc
Cecillia Ieong (formally Dove and O'Reilly Groups @ Warwick) joins us as a postdoc from Monday.
Matt Gibson Awarded RSC Macrogroup Young Researchers Medal
Matt Gibson has been awarded the MacroGroup UK Young Researchers Medal for 2012. See list of previous winners here. He will give his award lecture and receive the prize at APME conference in Durham (his alma mater) later this year.
Rob Deller Awarded Transatlantic Fellowship
Rob has been awarded a Transatlantic fellowship by the UoW to allow him to particupate in a research project in New York later this year.