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“Ultrafast X-ray imaging of the light-induced phase transition in VO2” published in Nature Physics, selected as Spotlight Publication

Jan. 30, 2023—Congratulations to Richard Haglund and Kent Hallman for their Nature Physics publication. This paper is the latest from a multi-year, multi-national (United States, Germany, Denmark, South Korea, France, United Kingdom) collaboration in which Vanderbilt’s part was the preparation and characterization (in conjunction with the Technical University-Berlin) of a challenging ultrathin holographic gold-vanadium dioxide “sandwich” on...

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Dissertation Defense, Joshua Greenlee, Biomedical Engineering

Jan. 25, 2023—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Joshua Dale Greenlee, Biomedical Engineering *under the direction of Dr. Michael King “TRAIL Therapy for Exploiting Mechanisms of Drug Resistance and Metastasis in Advanced Colorectal Cancer” 02.23.23  |  9:30am  |  Light Hall 208  |  Zoom Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for over...

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Sajal Islam appointed to the Graduate Student Council

Jan. 22, 2023—Sajal Islam has been appointed to the Graduate Student Council (GSC) to represent Interdisciplinary Materials Science. The GSC exists to enhance the overall educational experience at Vanderbilt University by promoting the general welfare and concerns of the Graduate School student body. This is achieved through the creation of new programs and initiatives to provide opportunities...

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“Diabetic hyperglycemia promotes primary tumor progression through glycation-induced tumor extracellular matrix stiffening” published in Science Advances selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication

Jan. 20, 2023—About the authors: Co-first author, Wenjun Wang is an NIH NCI F99/K00 Predoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Engineering advised by Prof. Cynthia Reinhart-King. Wenjun’s research focuses on the mechanism of tumor progression at the RNA, cell, and tissue levels via alteration of tissue mechanical properties. Co-first author, Dr. Lauren Hapach earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering...

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Mona Ebrish named senior member of the IEEE

Jan. 18, 2023—Vanderbilt engineering professor Mona Ebrish has been designated a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the highest professional grade of the IEEE. Mona Ebrish Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty in January 2023 as an assistant professor electrical and computer engineering, Ebrish was a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington,...

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VINSE Spring 2023 Newsletter

Jan. 11, 2023—The Spring 2023 edition of the VINSE Nano News is out now! This issue features the following stories: Director’s note Welcome – Mona Ebrish Upcoming events Analytical open house Research highlights Immersion and outreach VINSE_Nano_News_Spring_2023

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Carlos Silvera Batista wins NSF CAREER Award

Jan. 10, 2023—Congratulations to VINSE faculty member Carlos Silvera Batista! Batista has won the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his project “Colloidal Dynamics under Electrodiffusiophoresis.” The prestigious NSF CAREER award is a five year grant. Batista’s begins on February 1, 2023, and will run through 2028. Batista, an assistant professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, joined...

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Graduate Student Feature: Tian Zhu

Jan. 5, 2023—Tian Zhu, 5th year Chemical and Biomedical Engineering graduate student in the Rafat Lab While radiation therapy (RT) is an efficient treatment for patients with triple negative breast cancer, patients continue to experience recurrence after RT. The extracellular matrix (ECM) in the tumor microenvironment plays a major role in tumor progression and metastasis. ECM structure,...

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Faculty Research Highlight: De-en Jiang

Jan. 5, 2023—Professor of Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Professor of Department of Chemistry Energy-efficient chemical transformations and separations are key to solving our society’s many issues toward substantiality. The long-term goal of the Jiang Research Group is to achieve data-driven design and discovery of functional materials and molecules for a sustainable society. By leveraging great...

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Faculty Research Highlight: Marjan Rafat

Jan. 5, 2023—Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering The Rafat Lab combines engineering and cancer biology concepts to examine the mechanisms driving tumor recurrence and metastasis. We study the relationship between tumor cells, normal tissues, and the immune system as a means of understanding the microenvironment to determine how each component contributes to metastasis and relapse...

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