PhD student Kelsey Gray presented a poster at the 2019 Cerebral Vascular Biology Conference in Miami, FL, this week. Her poster was titled, "Quantifying brain endothelial cell-cell junction presentation: Investigating the role of cyclic-AMP and substrate composition." Kelsey presented new results using our recently-published Junction Analyzer Program (JAnaP).
Congratulations to PhD student Ariana DeCastro, who successfully passed her Research Aptitude Exam today! This marks the first of several key milestones in our department's PhD program. Congratulations, Ariana, and great job!
Congratulations to Dr. Marina Pranda, who successfully defended her PhD defense today! This marks the first Stroka Lab defense, and we are so proud! Awesome work, Marina!
Marina joined the FIschell Department of Bioengineering in Fall 2014 and the Stroka Lab in January 2015. She has published her work in FASEB Journal, with at least 3 more publications forthcoming. Marina has presented her work at 9 national and international conferences, including the BMES and CMBE annual meetings, Gordon Research Conference, and 19th International Signal Transduction at the Blood-Brain Barriers Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark). She has won numerous awards throughout her career as a PhD student, including national awards (BMES Career Development Award and Gordon Research Conference Travel Award) as well as numerous awards from the UMD Grad School (Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Goldhaber Travel Award, International Conference Student Support Award, Graduate Research Appreciation Day Travel Award for best talk). Marina is a Clark School of Engineering Future Faculty Fellow and during her teaching practicum in BIOE404, designed and completed a Teaching as Research project, which she presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference. Marina has been a dedicated mentor to many undergraduate students, with at least 5 of them co-authoring her papers. Congratulations, Marina!!!
Congratulations to Dr. Ajmeeta Sangtani, who was hooded at today's graduate school commencement ceremony! Ajmeeta completed her dissertation research in Dr. Jim Delehanty's lab at the Naval Research Lab and was co-advised by Dr. Stroka. Great job, Ajmeeta, and best of luck in the USC-Allergan Fellowship in the School of Pharmacy!
Dr. Stroka gave a talk on the lab's work at this year's University of Maryland Greenebaume Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) Cancer Imaging Retreat. Thanks to Giuliano Scarcelli (UMD BIOE) and Rao Gullapalli (UMB) for the invitation!
Congratulations to Becca Moriarty, who successfully completed her PhD proposal today and officially advanced to PhD candidacy! Great job, Becca!
We have been approved for funding through a Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund Discovery Grant to explore the mechanobiology of iPSC-derived brain microvascular endothelial cells! Thank you, MSCRF!
Congratulations to co-first authors Mary Doolin (PhD candidate and F31 fellow) and Thea Ornstein (undergraduate student and HHMI fellow) whose paper has been accepted for publication in the journal Cells! This paper, titled, "Nuclear Deformation in Response to Mechanical Confinement is Cell Type Dependent," will be included as an invited contribution to the upcoming special issue on "Frontiers in Cytoskeleton Research - From Development to Disease," guest edited by Dr. Bor Luen Tang. Great job, team!
Read the paper here.
A paper in collaboration with the Scarcelli Lab, titled, "Mechanical Characterization of 3D Ovarian Cancer Nodules using Brillouin Confocal Microscopy" was accepted for publication in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering! Christina Conrad from the Scarcelli lab was first author, and Kelsey Gray from our lab was second author. Great job, everyone!
Read paper here.
Congratulations to undergraduate researcher Thea Ornstein (BIOE '19) who received an Honorable Mention for her National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship application! Thea's research in our lab has been supported by an HHMI Fellowship and she will be continuing on to complete a PhD later this year. We are proud of Thea and all of her accomplishments!
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