14.01.2018: Our lab renovations are completed (after 1.5 years)! Our AFM lab how has full biotech capabilities including a biosafety cabinet, sink and cold storage. We are happy to finally be done with moving from Klingelbergstrasse and can enjoy this wonderful space for the next several years. Thanks to the University of Basel Department of Chemistry and the NCCR-MSE for making building 1096 at Biopark Rosental a reality!
Shown here is the right hand side of our single-molecule / microscopy lab now complete with biosafety cabinet, sink and cold storage.
13.01.2018: Mariana celebrated her birthday today by bringing a cake to the lab for the whole group to enjoy. Michael unfortunately was hung up with a cold and couldn't join - too bad for him. Congratulations Mariana, we wish you many more happy returns of this day!
12.01.2018: Alfred Bazin started in our lab as a masters student from the Institute of Chemistry, Polymers, and Materials at the University of Strasbourg (ECPM-UniStra). He has experience in polymer chemistry and previously completed an internship at the R&D Department of Continental Tires in Hanover, Germany. His masters project involves enzyme-mediated hydrogel reactions. Welcome to the group Alfred!
19.01.2018: Joanan Lopez Morales joined the lab today as a PhD student. Joanan studied Biotech Engineering at Instituto Politécnico Nacional and earned a Master's in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Göttingen / Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. He is pursuing his PhD as part of a project funded by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute in cooperation with Prof. Sai Reddy's Lab (ETH Z D-BSSE). He will be working on directed evolution of protein receptors. Welcome Joanan!
15.01.2018: Keerthana Thamboo (Uni. Basel Chemistry) joined the group today as a master's student. Keerthana holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Basel. She will be working with Tien on ELP engineering. Welcome to the lab Keerthana!
08.01.2018: Tien and Haipei both celebrated birthdays over the holiday break, so they brought their mandatory office cake today for all to enjoy. Congratulations on surviving another year of life guys, and thanks for the cake to break up our Monday!
14.12.2017: The group celebrated the holidays at Kohlmann's in Basel. Our dinner concluded with a white elephant gift exchange which was a tremendous success. Many thanks to Mariana for printing name tags for each team member on our 3D-printer, and also to Ivan for organizing the event. See you next year!
The white elephant gift exchange was a great success!
13.12.2017: Our recently published paper came out in final form today at the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). We were even chosen for the journal cover image and featured in a spotlight editorial! Below is our winning cover art. Many thanks to Tobi and Rafael for all their hard work on this project!
29.11.2017: We hosted Prof. Ben Schüler from the University of Zurich, Department of Biochemistry this week. He delivered the Physical Chemistry Seminar and gave a great lecture on single-molecule FRET on intrinsically disordered proteins. Thanks for coming Ben!
24.11.2017: Several members of the team traveled to EPFL in Lausanne for the Bioengineering day conference. Michael presented currently unpublished work on enzyme-mediated hydrogel reactions. Tien presented his recently published in Nano Letters paper on magnetic separation/enrichment of ELPs, and Rosario presented his work on enzyme-mediated hydrogel reactions. Valentin and Zhaowei came along as well. What a great day! Many thanks to Sai Reddy for the organization and invitation. Here are some impressions:
We were the first ones who arrived for coffee!
Michael presented on enzyme-mediated hydrogel reactions.
22.11.2017: We met with Prof. David Weitz from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, who is in Switzerland delivering the Dreyfus lecture series. He delivered some impressive lectures on "Dripping, jetting, drops and wetting in microfluidic systems" and a second lecture the following day on "Droplet microuidics for single cell studies". Thanks for coming Dave, we wish you continued success!