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Congratulations Brandi!

October 26th, 2011 by ht3

Brandi, our previous MSRT student and current 4th year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, successfully defended her master’s thesis in Bioengineering, “In Vivo and In Vitro Remodeling of a Small Intestinal Submucosa Extracellular Matrix Cardiac Patch in an Ovine Model and Splashing Bioreactor.” Congratulations!

Paul leaves for UCSD

October 23rd, 2011 by ht3

Paul Qu, a postdoctoral associate in the lab, after having only joined us in the summer, is leaving for another postdoctoral position in sunny California. In particular, he will be working in Shaochen Chen’s lab in the Dept. of Nanoengineering at UCSD. Thank you for all your insight and help in methacrylating HA and the metabolism projects, and good luck in SD!

Welcome Dr. Driessen-Mol!

October 18th, 2011 by ht3

The lab welcomes a very special visitor! Dr. Anita Driessen-Mol is spending the semester in our lab. She is an assistant professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven and a fellow heart valve scientist. We’re so thrilled to have you here Anita!

Check us out on facebook and Twitter!

October 17th, 2011 by ht3


Goodbye Shannon

September 1st, 2011 by ht3

Shannon, who’s been with us for the past few months, is leaving the lab to start the real world. Your contributions, particularly your quick thinking and knowledge, your help with our contamination issues, and your friendly persona, have made every minute that you’ve been in lab enjoyable. Good luck in your future endeavors, and we hope you never forget us!

Welcome to the lab, Xing and Paul

August 16th, 2011 by ht3

The lab welcomes Xing Zhang and Paul Qu to the lab. Xing was previously at the University of California, San Diego and will be working on heart valve tissue engineering, while Paul comes to us from Texas A&M University, and he’s studying methacrylated hyaluronan for tissue engineering. We welcome the addition of these two fine scientists to the lab!

The lab welcomes Monica!

May 12th, 2011 by ht3

Monica Fahrenholtz is our newest graduate student in the lab. She transferred to Rice from UT Dental where she worked in Peter Yang’s lab on biomaterials and bone tissue engineering. We are so thankful that she ended up with us!

We salute our graduates!

May 9th, 2011 by grande

There will be a lot of celebrating this weekend as Kerem Kalpakci, Nikhil Gheewala, Chris Durst, Chris Lin, Eric Kim, and Jit Nandi walk in Commencement.  Kerem, Nikhil, and Chris all got PhDs within the last year and are all headed to various aspects of the medical device industry.  Eric is earning a BS in Bioengineering and starting medical school in the fall.  Eric,  you could not have impressed us more if you tried!!  Chris is earning a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology as well as a BA in Architecture.  She will spend next year applying to med school and continuing to perform research.  Chris, we’ll miss your art skills and laughter!  Jit is also a new BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and going to med school in the fall.  Jit has worked in the lab for 4 years, has helped practically every single person in the lab, and will be missed more than words can express.  Congratulations to all of you!!

Chris Durst, Jane and Nikhil

Congratulations Hubert on Morse Graduate Fellowship!

April 22nd, 2011 by grande

Congrats to Hubert, who was just selected to receive one of six 2011 Mary Frances Dunnam Morse Graduate Fellowships from the Rice University Institute for Bioscience and Bioengineering!  This fellowship comes with a $500 prize.  Guess who’s buying at Valhalla tonight…

Welcome Shannon!

April 6th, 2011 by ht3

The lab welcomes a new member, Shannon Burke, a Masters student in Bioengineering at Rice who will be working in the lab studying heart valve cell metabolism.