Rayyan Completes Summer Research Experience in Belgium

Rayyan Gorashi, a rising senior in the Gerecht lab, just completed her summer research experience in Leuven, Belgium as part of the Inter-University MicroElectronics Centre (IMEC) program! Her project focused on a microfluidic system called heart-on-a-chip device to predict toxicity and aid in drug development. To learn more about the IMEC experience, visit: https://www.imec-int.com/en/imec-magazine/imec-magazine-july-2018/a-summer-of-science-abroad. While there,… Read more »

Recently Published Micropatterning Work Featured in Hopkins News!

Last week, Dr. Quinton Smith, a Gerecht lab alumnus, and Dr. Sharon Gerecht’s recently published work on micropatterning human induced pluripotent stem cells to control cell cytoskeletal tension and regulate cell fate was featured on the HUB and Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) websites! This work was performed in collaboration with Dr. Nash Rochman in Dr…. Read more »

Congratulations Morgan for the 2018 BMES award!!

Morgan has been selected to receive the 2018 BMES Career Development Award, which provides a complimentary registration to the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting and a travel stipend. Morgan will present her work on vascular grafts.

Bria Receives NIH NRSA F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship

Bria Macklin, a 3rd year PhD student, received an NIH NRSA F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship today! Under this grant, she will explore the role of hypoxia in human pluripotent stem cell derived endothelial cell vascular network formation and pericyte recruitment. We are extremely proud of and excited for her! Congratulations, Bria!

Saying Adieu to Xin and Joon

Last Thursday, the lab celebrated Dr. Xin Yi Chan, a postdoc, and Joon Eoh, a research technician, before they depart from the lab.  Both of these individuals have been invaluable to the lab and we will miss them. To celebrate their contributions, we ate BBQ and sipped bourbon at Blue Pit BBQ in Hampden. Xin… Read more »

John Infiltrates the Blood Brain Barrier

John Jamieson, a 3rd year PhD student in the Searson and Gerecht labs, attended the Barrier of the Central Nervous System, Gordon Research Conference at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH at the end of June. While there, he presented a poster entitled “Directly and indirectly co-cultured hiPSC-pericytes have differential effects on the barrier function… Read more »

Rayyan Spreads Her Wings – to Belgium!

Rayyan Gorashi, a rising senior undergraduate in our lab, is participating in the Inter-University MicroElectronics Centre (IMEC) program in Leuven, Belgium. During her international research experience, she is performing microfluidic research with cardiomyocytes and exploring Europe!  Below, she is pictured in the lab, getting into the spirit during the Belgium vs. England FIFA World Cup… Read more »

Dr. Daniel Lewis Gets a Hood!

Last week, Dr. Daniel Lewis, who defended his thesis in March, participated in the Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering doctoral hooding ceremony. After being hooded by Dr. Gerecht , he celebrated with his family, lab mates, and fellow graduate Nash Rochman!