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November 2017
News Miracle Wins Poster Award
Miracle presented a poster on her work at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, and she was the winner of Outstanding Poster Award for the Math, Physics and Engineering Division. Nice work, Miracle!
October 2017
News News News News News Jing, Megan, Richard, Ling-Fang, Alexis' Report on Shape-Memory Effects on Cell Seeding Appears in a Special Issue of the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
The work, which identifies issues that should be considered when applying SMPs in cell-based therapies, has been published in JMSM. Nice work, everyone!
News Justine Presents at BMES
Justine presented her work this month during a poster session at the Biomedical Engineering Society annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ. Great job, Justine!
September 2017
News Ariel Accepts Job at the FDA
Ariel has accepted a job at the FDA in the Interventional Cardiology Devices Branch in the Division of Cardiovascular Devices. Congrats, Ariel! Do great things!
News Megan Accepts Job at WorldCare Clinical
Megan has accepted a job at WorldCare Clinical, where she will be helping manage clincial trials. Congrats, Megan!
News Victor Joins the Lab
Victor joins us this month to work on a project on drug release from a shape-memory polymer for orthopedic applications. Welcome to the lab, Victor!
August 2017
News Ariel Defends!
Ariel successfully defended her PhD thesis this month! Good job, Ariel!
News News Paul and Chenyan Join the Lab
We're pleased to have Paul Chando join us as a student co-advised with primary advisor Pranav Soman and Chenyan Wang join us as a student co-advised with primary advisor Zhen Ma. Welcome aboard, Paul and Chenyan!
June 2017
News News News Jing, Andy, and Megan's Report on On-command On/Off Switching of Progenitor Cell and Cancer Cell Polarized Motility and Aligned Morphology Appears in the Journal Biomaterials
Jing, Andy, and Megan's work, which is anticipated to enable new study of directed cell motility in tumor metastasis, in cell homing, and in tissue engineering, has been published in Biomaterials. This work is part of a great ongoing collaboration with the lab of Chris Turner. Nice work, guys! You can find the article here.
News Megan's Collaboration with the Ren Lab Published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Megan's work with the Ren lab studying the role of Escherichia coli flagellar motility in material stiffness response was published this month in ACS Applied Materials & Intercaces. Nice work, all! You can find the article here.
News Monica Joins Lab for Undergrad Research with LSAMP Support
Monica joins us to work on a technique for sterile preparation of SMPs, bringing with her support from the Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). Glad to have you, Monica!
May 2017
News Ben Receives SRC Scholarship
Ben, who as a high school student performed research in the lab during Summer 2016 as a Syracuse University Engineering and Computer Science Research Intern, has received a highly competitive SRC Scholarship, which will support his studies at Cornell University, starting next year. Congrats, Ben!
News Ben Graduates and Accepts Job at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Ben wrapped up his MS program and research in the lab and has accepted a position at BMS. Best wishes, Ben!
April 2017
News Megan Defends!
Megan successfully defended her PhD thesis this month! Megan has also been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in Graduate Study, Bioengineering, by the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering. Good job, Megan!
News Jay Receives Excellence in Graduate Education Award
Jay is very honored to have received a 2017 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award from the Graduate School at Syracuse University. Many thanks to all the great graduate students who made his recognition possible!
March 2017
News Ariel Wins Prestigious Orange Circle Award
Ariel has received the highly prestigious Orange Circle Award in recognition of her extraordinary work on STEM outreach. Congrats, Ariel!
News News News Lab Presents at Stevenson Biomaterials Research Day, Ariel and Giuseppe Win Honorable Mention
Fred, Ariel, and Giuseppe presented work at this year's Stevenson Biomaterials Research Day, with Ariel and Giuseppe both receiving Honorable Mention Awards in the poster competition. Nice work, guys!
January 2017
News Jing Starts Faculty Position at U. Buffalo
After competing her PhD at SU last year, this semester Jing starts as a Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo. Congrats, Jing!




October 2016
News Ariel Presents at BMES
Ariel presented her work this month during a poster session at the Biomedical Engineering Society annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Great job!
News Jay Gives Keynote at SES 2016
Jay was pleased to give a keynote talk at the Symposium on Non-linear Response of Highly Deformable Structures during the Society of Engineering Science 53rd Annual Meeting at the University of Maryland, College Park.
September 2016
News News News Roland, Katy, and Plansky Join the Lab!
Roland (a STEM Fellow), Katy, and Plansky (an IGERT Fellow co-advised with primary advisor Zhen Ma) join the lab as two new students in the Bioengineering PhD program. Welcome aboard, folks! Glad to have you!
News Jay Attends Hampton PREM Advisory Board Meeting, Alyssa Presents at PREM Research Retreat
While attending the annual meeting of the Hampton PREM Advisory Board, Jay was delighted to catch up with former NSF SMAART Workshop Participant Alyssa Seunarine, who presented her work at the PREM Research Retreat. Great seeing you, Alyssa!
August 2016
News Shelby Presents at ACS
Shelby presented her work on shape-memory-generated complex wrinkles at the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia. Nice work, Shelby!
News Summer Researchers Present at the NSF REU Site:Interactive Biomaterials Poster Session and at the Syracuse University Undergraduate Symposium
Lauryn, Claude, Leila, Justine, and Kyla presented at the REU poster session and Ben, Kyla, and Justine presented at the symposium, with Ben (a high school student) bringing home the 5th place award in the Biomedical and Chemical Engineerign Division. Nice work, all!
News Shelby's Collaboration with the Ren Lab Published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Shelby's work with the Ren lab presenting a shape-memory mechanism for removal of bacterial biofilms was published this month in ACS Applied Materials & Intercaces. Nice work, all! You can find the article here.
News News News Ling-Fang, Jing, and Richard's Work Examining Differentiation Capacity Post Shape Memory Activiation Appears in Tissue Engineering
Ling-Fang, Jing, Richard's work to determine the extent to which osteogenic capacity is maintained following activation of a shape memory scaffold appeared this month in the journal Tissue Engineering Part A. You can find the article here.
July 2016
News Megan's Collaboration with the Ren Lab Published in Scientific Reports
Megan's work with the Ren lab elucidating how Escherichia coli lands and forms cell clusters on a surface, and the role of surface topography in that process, was published this month in Scientific Report. Nice work, all! You can find the article here.
June 2016
News News News News News Avery, Leila, Lauryn, Claude, and Ben Join the Lab for the Summer
Avery (Donofrio Scholar), Leila and Lauryn (SMAART Workshop participants), Claude (NSF REU participant), and Ben (Syracuse University Engineering and Computer Science Research Intern) all joined the lab this month to pursue summer research in various capacities. Welcome all!
News Jay Helps Organize, Host ICAM Workshop
Jay and a great organizaing team led by Jen Schwarz organized and hosted the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter Workshop, Active and Smart Matter: A New Frontier for Science and Engineering, at SU this summer, and Jay chaired a session on Sensing, Swimming, and Crawling, Active and Smart Matter.
May 2016
News Richard Receives University and Departmental Awards During Graduation
Richard was back on campus to be hooded and walk in graduation, during which he was awarded the All University Doctoral Prize and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Graduate Study, Bioengineering. Congratulations, Richard!
News Ling-Fang Walks
Ling-Fang came back on campus to be hooded and walk in graduation. Congratulations, Ling-Fang!
News Jay Gives Invited Talk at NYS Biotech Symposium
Jay was pleased to take part in another edition of the New York State Biotechnology Symposium, held this year on the campus of SUNY ESF. Nice to see the great work going on in NYS!
April 2016
News Ariel Receives Spotlight in SU News
Ariel was profiled this week by SU News. Nice recognition, Ariel!
News News News Lab Presents at the annual Nunan Lecture and Research Day
Kyle, Megan, and Shelby all presented at this year's Nunan Day. Nice work, all!
March 2016
News Jing Defends!
Jing successfully defended her PhD thesis this month! Well deserved, and best wishes for the future!
News Ariel Presents at Academic and Research Leadership Symposium
Ariel presented her work this month at the Academic and Research Leadership Symposium at the annual convention of the National Society of Black Engineers in Boston, MA. Great job!
News Lab Presents at the annual Stevenson Lecture Series Poster Session
Shelby presented a poster and Megan's collaborative work with the Ren Lab was presented in two posters from students in that lab.
February 2016
News News News Multiple Students Recognized at the 30th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Conference
We're very proud that Ariel, Alexis, Stephen all received awards at this year's BEYA STEM conference. Ariel received the Community Award, which recognizes a student that has shown exemplary leadership in promoting an area of STEM to other students or the community. Alexis and Stephen both received Research Awards, which recognize a student for a research project in which they participated, their roles in the research and accomplishments made based on the research project. Fantastic job, folks!
January 2016
News News Richard and Ling-Fang's Report on SMPs to Treat Complex Bone Defects Appears in the Journal Biomaterials
Richard and Ling-Fang's work to improve treatment of complex bone injuries has been published in Biomaterials. This work is part of a great ongoing collaboration with the lab of Megan Oest. Nice work, guys! You can find the article here.




December 2015
News Complex Fracture Project Receives Next Stage Funding Through a Nappi Family Research Award
Jay and collaborator Megan Oest were pleased to be shortlisted for the inaugural Nappi Family Research Awards and were very excited to be chosen for award following the final (and open to the public) competition stage. The support will enable the next stage of this project that was initially begun with DARPA YFA support.
November 2015
News Megan Profiled in SU News
Congrat's to Megan, who was profiled this month by SU news. Keep up the good work, Megan!
News News Ariel and Alexis Present at ABRCMS in Seattle
Ariel and Alexis both presented posters at this year's Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle, WA. Good job!
News News News News Lab Presents at the annual NSF IGERT Retreat
Ariel, Giuseppe, Megan, and Shelby all presented at this year's IGERT Retreat. Nice work, all!
October 2015
News Alexis Wins Poster Award
Alexis presented a poster on her work at the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE) 3rd Annual Conference: Accelerating Diverse Talent along the STEM Pipeline, Indianapolis, Indiana, and she was the winner of 6th place in the L'Oreal poster competition. Nice work, Alexis!
News News Megan and Jing Present at BMES
Jing and Megan presented two posters and one oral talk, respectively, at this year's Biomedical Engineering Society meeting in Tampa, FL. Nice work!
September 2015
News Richard Defends!
Richard successfully defended his PhD thesis this month and will soon be moving to a position at Exponent, in Menlo Park, CA, where he will be an Associate in Mechanical Engineering. Congratulations, Richard! Well deserved, and best wishes for the future!
News Ling-Fang Defends!
Ling-Fang successfully defended her PhD thesis this month and will soon be moving to a position at Living Proof, Inc., in Cambridge, MA, where she will be a Postdoctoral Fellow. Congratulations, Ling-Fang! Well deserved, and best wishes for the future!
News Alex Joins the Lab!
Alex joins the lab as an IGERT Fellow in the Chemical Engineering PhD program. He will be advised by Profs. Hasenwinkel and Henderson. He plans to work on bioinspired hydrogels. Welcome aboard, Alex! Glad to have you!
August 2015
News Stephen Wins Poster Prize
Stephen's poster was chosen for the third prize award in the biological/general sciences division of the Syracuse University Summer Symposium for Undergraduate Research. Nice job, Stephen!
News Ye Defends!
Ye successfully defended her MS thesis this month. Congratulations, Ye! Well deserved, and best wishes for the future!
July 2015
News Ling-Fang's Work Featured in Bioamterials Forum
Ling-Fang's work, as originally reported in Acta Biomaterialia, was featured in this month's issue of the Biomaterials Forum, the official newletter of the Society for Bioamterials. Nice work, Ling-Fang!
June 2015
News News Joyrie and Donmanique Join the Lab for the Summer
Welcome to Joyrie and Donmanique, who join the lab for the summer as participants in the Smart Materials Advances and Advanced Research Training Workshop. Welcome aboard, folks! Happy to have you!
May 2015
News Alexis Receives Multiple Honors
Alexis distinguished herself this semester, having received multiple prestigious awards, including: Senior Marshall (one of two); Awarded a Crown Award from the Renee Crown University Honors Program in support of her honors capstone project; Ronald E. McNair Scholar; and Remembrance Scholar. Well done, Alexis!
April 2015
News Miracle Accepted into the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
Miracle has been accepted into the prestigious and competitive Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. Well deserved, Miracle!
News News Megan and Jing Present at the 41st Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference
Jing and Megan presented two posters and one oral talk, respectively, at this year's 41st Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, at Rensselaer Polytechnic University in Troy, NY, Jing brought home the second place poster price. Nice work!
News Jay Gives Plenary Talk at NEBEC 2015 - 41st Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference
Jay was honored to give a plenary talk at this year's NEBEC. Great conference, as always!
News Ariel Presents at the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting
Ariel presented her work on wrinkling polyelectrolyte multilayers at this year's Society for Biomaterials Meeting. Nice work, Ariel!
News News News News Lab Presents at the annual Nunan Lecture and Research Day
Ariel, Jing, Megan, and Shelby all presented at this year's Nunan Day. Nice work, all!
News Justin Presents at ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference at North Carolina State University
Congratulations to Justin, who has been recognized with a Research & Scholarship Award from the Department of Biology. This award is given to graduating Biology, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology majors based on their excellence in research and academics. Well done, Justin!
News Justin Wins Department of Biology Research & Scholarship Award
Justin represented the lab and the university at the annual 2015 MoM conference, held at NCSU. Well done, Justin!
March 2015
News Jay Visits USF Chemical and Biomedical Engineering for Departmental Seminar
Jay enjoyed his first visit to the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of South Florida to give the departmental seminar. Thanks to everyone at USF for a great, productive visit!
February 2015
News Justin Presents in DC and Receives Crown Award
Justin presented his undergraduate research at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM, held in Washington, D.C. Justin also was awarded a Crown Award from the Renee Crown University Honors Program in support of his honors capson project. Well done, Justin!




December 2014
News Stephen Awarded Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) 2015 Undergraduate Research Assistantship
Stephen has been chosen as an Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) 2015 Undergraduate Research Assistant. Congrats, Stephen!
News Shelby Presents Award Winning Poster at MRS
Shelby presented her work on shape-memory-generated complex wrinkles and in so doing came home with the Biomaterials Science Poster Prize from the Materials Research Society meeting. Way to go, Shelby!
November 2014
News Jay Gives Invited Talk at AMBA 2014 in Ghent, Belgium
Jay enjoyed returning to Ghent, Belgium, to give an invited talk and to co-chair a session at the 2014 Advanced Materials for Biomedical Applications meeting. Thanks to all of the organizers, particularly everyone in the U.Gent Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials group, for another wonderful visit to Ghent!
October 2014
News News News News Lab Presents at the Annual Stevenson Biomaterials Research Symposium
Ariel, Giuseppe, Megan, and Richard all presented at this year's Stevenson Symposium, with Ariel winning the Honorary Poster Award. Nice work, all!
August 2014
News Alexis Profiled in Syracuse Engineer
Alexis was profiled in this Fall's Syracuse Engineering magazine. Nice piece, Alexis!
News Ariel Participates in the BioNanoTechnology Summer Institute
Ariel participated in the BioNanoTechnology Summer Institute at UIUC, winning the Best Poster Prize in the process. Nice work, Ariel!
News Jay Visits UF Chemical Engineering for Departmental Seminar
Jay enjoyed his first visit to the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Florida to give the departmental seminar on the 6th. Thanks to everyone at UF for a great, productive visit!
June 2014
News Prof. Raymond Samuel Visits as Part of SMAART Workshop
As part of the final week of the SMAART workshop, Ray visited to learn more about the work Alyssa and Brandyn have been doing. The visit produced great discussion and ideas for future research collaborations. Good having you, Ray!
News News News Alyssa, Brandyn, and Derek Join the Lab for the Summer
Welcome to Alyssa, Brandyn, and Derek, who join the lab for the summer as participants in the Smart Materials Advances and Advanced Research Training Workshop (Alyssa and Brandyn) and the REU (Derek). Welcome aboard, folks! Happy to have you!
News News News Kevin and Richard Publish a Chapter on Shape Memory Applications in Mechanobiology and Bone Repair
Kevin and Richard have a new book chapter out in "Biomaterials for bone regeneration: novel techniques and applications." Nice work, guys!
News Jay Gives Invited Talk at CIMTEC 2014 - 13th International Ceramics Congress & 6th Forum on New Materials
Jay had a productive, and enjoyable, visit to Montecatini Terme, Italy, to take part in the Smart Polymers for Biomedical Applications Session of CIMTEC/Forum on New Materials. Great to see again or meet for the first time others working in the area, and in a beautiful location!
May 2014
News News News Richard and Megan's Cell Tracking Algorithm Research to Appear in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Richard and Megan's work to improve researchers' options for tracking cells in complex in vitro environments will soon appear in Interface. This work is part of a great ongoing collaboration with the lab of Lisa Manning. Nice work, guys!

Update: The article is now out and you can link to the article or to the download page for the cell tracking code.
News Jay Awarded Tenure and Promotion
Jay is pleased to have received tenure and promotion and would like to thank the outstanding students who built the lab over the last 6 years and without whom this wouldn't have been possible. Thanks folks!
April 2014
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Jing's Work and Dakota's Work on Display at the 2014 Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting in Denver
Jing's work was reported during an oral presentation and Dakota's during a poster. Nice work, folks!
News Ariel Wins NSF GRFP
Ariel has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will support her during the remainder of her thesis work. Outstanding job, Ariel! Well deserved!
March 2014
NewsNews Kevin's Collaborative Work with the Turner Group Published in PLOS ONE
Kevin's work with Duncan Wormer of Chris Turner's lab was published this month in PLOS ONE. Nice job!
January 2014
News Richard Passes Candidacy Exam
Congrat's to Richard, who passed his candidacy exam en route to defending his thesis. Great job, Richard! Next stop, defense!






October 2013
News Jay Presents at Upstate Surgery Grand Rounds
Jay presented a tag-team talk with Pat Mather at the October 16th Surgery Grand Rounds at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The talk, entitled "Shape Memory Polymers: A World of Opportunities in Healthcare," highlighted biomedically relevant SMP work in the two labs.
News Ling-Fang Passes Candidacy Exam
Congrat's to Ling-Fang, who passed her candidacy exam en route to defending his thesis. Great job, Ling-Fang! Next stop, defense!
August 2013
News News Richard's Cytocompatible Shape Changing Foam Scaffold for Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology to Appear in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B
Richard's work on a foam scaffold capable of cytocompatible shape change for use in tissue engineering and mechanobiology is now available as an In Press Article at the Journal of Materials Chemistry B. Nice work, Richard!
News News Jay Takes Part in DARPA YFA 2013 Kickoff and 2012 Annual Review
Jay had a great visit to DARPA headquarter in Arlington for the one year Young Faculty Award review. Lots of great ideas and really nice to meet members of the 2013 cohort! Amazing folks!
July 2013
News News Ling-Fang's Cytocompatible Shape Changing Scaffold Work to Appear in Acta Biomaterialia
Ling-Fang's work on a scaffold capable of cytocompatible shape change is now available as an In Press Article at Acta Biomaterialia. Nice work, Ling-Fang!
News Megan Passes Qualifying Exam
Congrat's to Megan who, with flying colors, received a unanimous vote from her committee to pass her quals. Great job, Megan!
News Kevin Passes Candidacy Exam
Congrat's to Kevin, who passed his candidacy exam en route to defending his thesis. Great job, Kevin! Next stop, defense!
News Jay Takes Part in 2013 Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering GRC
Jay enjoyed another visit to beautiful Holderness, NH, for this great GRC and shared a poster on the lab's recently submitted work on tracking of cells in complex in vitro biomaterial microenvironments. Great to see everyone!
May 2013
News Megan Awarded IGERT Fellowship
Congrat's to Megan who has been awarded an NSF IGERT Fellowship to support the next two years of her graduate work. Well deserved, Megan!
News Brenda Accepted into McNair Scholars Program
Congrat's to Brenda who has been accepted into the McNair Scholars Program, which will support her preparation for post-baccalaureate studies. Well done, Brenda!
April 2013
News News Richard's Wrinkle Work to Appear in Soft Matter
Richard's collaboration with Pine Yang from the Mather Research Group on cell culture with shape-memory actuated surface wrinkles is now available as an Advance Article at Soft Matter. Nice work, Richard and Pine!
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Ling-Fang, Richard, Jing, Kevin, and Megan Present at the 2013 Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting in Boston;
Jay Joins Officers of the Engineering Cells and Their Microenvironments SIG

Lab members presented four posters at the meeting, and Kevin delivered a podium presentation as part of a symposium on Biomaterials in the Fourth Dimension - Controlling Temporal Properties. Nice work, all! Jay is pleased to now be serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Engineering Cells and Their Microenvironments Special Interest Group.
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Lab Presents Diverse Work at the 2013 Northeast Bioengineering Conference;
Jay Chairs;
Richard Wins Nunan Day Best Poster Award

The lab shared work from five different projects during this year's Northeast Bioengineering Conference, a conference that Jay chaired. Ling-Fang and Richard shared work on programmable, shape-changing scaffolds (both) and cell tracking (Richard), Jing shared work on chondrocyte hypoxic response for tissue engineering applications, and Kevin presented on shape-memory actuated microcontact printed substrates. The conference was coordinated with this year's college of engineering Nunan Lecture and Research Day, at which the students also presented, with Richard bringing home the Best Poster Award. Congrats Richard!




November 2012
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Four Lab Members Put Diverse Projects on Display at the 2012 Stevenson Biomaterials Lecture
The lab shared work in four different areas during this year's Stevenson Biomaterials Lecture Research Poster Session. Ling-Fang and Richard shared work on programmable, shape-changing scaffolds, Jing and Kevin shared work on chondrocyte epigenetics and shape-memory actuated microcontact printed substrates, respectively.
News Soft Interfaces IGERT @ SU and Collaboration with Physics Professor Lisa Manning Featured in Arts and Sciences
The NSF supported Soft Interfaces IGERT @ SU as well as the lab's budding collaboration with Lisa Manning in Physics is featured in the Fall 2012 Arts and Sciences Magazine, an annual publication of Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences.
News Jay Visits CWRU BME for Departmental Seminar
Jay enjoyed a visit back to his postdoc institution to give the Case Western Reserve University Department of Biomedical Engineering Seminar on the 8th. Thanks to everyone at CWRU for a great, productive visit!
October 2012
NewsNews Richard and Kevin Present at the 2012 Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting
During this year's meeting in Atlanta, Richard reported work on shape-memory polymers for bone engineering during a podium presentation, and Kevin reported on controlling micropattern geometry via the shape memory effect.
September 2012
NewsNews Kevin's Shape Memory Substrate Work Highlighted in MRS Bulletin
Kevin's shape memory substrate work, originally reported in Biomaterials, was featured in an article in this month's issue of MRS Bulletin. Nice recognition, Kevin!
August 2012
News Jay Takes Part in 2012 Musculoskeletal Biology and Bioengineering GRC
Jay enjoyed another visit to scenic Andover, NH, for this great GRC and shared a poster on the lab's current efforts in the areas of musculoskeletal mechanobiology and tissue engineering.
News Lab Bids Fond Farewell to SMAART Workshop Participants
This month the NSF-supported workshop on Smart Material Advances and Advanced Research Training (SMAART) organized by Jay came to a close after a 3 week run at SU. The lab sends Simone Summers, Marisa Tukpah, Joalene Mason, and Falin Jones off with best wishes as they prepare to return to their undergraduate studies at Hampton University. Keep up the great work, folks!
July 2012
News Jay Takes Part in DARPA YFA Kickoff Meeting
Jay had an enjoyable and inspirational visit to Arlington during the DARPA YFA Kickoff meeting (seen here receiving his YFA award plaque from MTO Director Dr. Tom Lee and DSO PM for YFA 2012 Dr. William Casebeer). Amazing work was on display. If you're interested in learning more about DARPA, check out their website or YouTube channel.
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Lab Receives Support from the Hill Collaboration on Environmental Medicine
A competitive seed grant awarded by the Hill Collaboration on Environmental Medicine Cancer Focus Group will support collaborative work with the lab of Jing An and Upstate Medical University to pursue a novel micro bone marrow for testing environmental chemicals. The Hill Collaboration comprises Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), and the Central New York Reserach Corporation, a non-profit affiliate of the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center.
News Jay Takes Part in 2012 Signal Transduction by Engineered Extracellular Matrices GRC
Jay enjoyed seeing friends and colleagues and sharing a poster on the lab's work during this great GRC in lovely Biddeford, Maine.
News Jay Joins the International Journal of Polymeric Materials
Jay is pleased to have joined the International Journal of Polymeric Materials Editorial Advisory Board.
News Richard's Work Featured in Rheology Bulletin
Richard's collaborative work with members of the Mather Lab is featured on the inside cover of this month's issue of Rheology Bulletin. Nice work, everyone!
News Smart Material Advances and Advanced Research Training (SMAART) Workshop Kicks Off
The first offering of this NSF-supported workshop organized by Jay kicks off this month for a 3 week run. The workshop is engaging undergraduates in research, mentoring, and professional development activities to (1) provide meaningful conceptual and technical expertise; (2) provide professional development and training; (3) exposed participants to diverse professional and intellectual academic and research environments; and (4) advanced current shape-memory polymer research efforts.
June 2012
News Richard's Wrinkle Work Featured on Cover of Biomaterials Forum
Richard's work on shape-memory driven cytocompatible wrinkle formation, a collaboration with Pine Yang of the Mather Research Group, is featured on this quarter's cover of Bioamterials Forum, the official news magazine of the Society for Biomaterials.
News Jays visit Brooklyn to Give Seminar at SUNY Downstate
Jay made a trip downstate to share the lab's work during the Biomedical Engineering Program seminar at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. Great visit, nice work being performed at Downstate, and a chance to have some authentic ramen while in Brooklyn!
May 2012
NewsNewsNews Lab Shares Work at the 2nd Annual Life Sciences Symposium, Jing Wins Best Poster
Another busy month for posters as Jing, Ling-Fang, and Richard shared with the Syracuse community work on chondrocyte epigenetics and shape changing scaffolds during three poster presentations at the 2012 Life Sciences Symposium. Jing picked up the Best Poster Award. Congrats, Jing!
News Dakota Jones Awarded a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University
Congrats to Dakota, who received a highly competitive REU to support his work in the lab this summer. Good job, Dakota!
NewsNews Elena Presents Poster and Jay Gives Invited Talk at 2012 Biotechnology Symposium
At this year's Biotechnology Symposium at the OnCenter, Elena presented a poster on her and Kevin's work on quantifying substrate deformation during active cell culture. Meanwhile, Jay gave an invited talk in which he made a case for why it's time for shape-changing culture dishes and tissue engineering scaffolds.
April 2012
News Jay Selected as DARPA Young Faculty Awardee
Jay is honored to have been chosen as a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Awardee for the Class of 2012. The award will support research in the lab designed to apply shape-memory-actuated materials for accelerated healing of orthopedic injuries in warfighters.
News Jay to Chair 39th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference in 2013
Jay is pleased to have been chosen to chair the 2013 NEBEC conference, which Syracuse University will host. See you in Syracuse next Spring!
NewsNews Lab Shares Work at Nunan Day 2012
Jing and Megan shared with the Syracuse community work on chondrocyte epigenetics and automated multi-cell tracking, respectively, during two poster presentations at the 2012 Nunan Lecture + Research Day.
March 2012
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Lab Visits Philly for NEBEC 2012
The lab enjoyed a trip to the city of bortherly love this March to participate in the 2012 Northeast Bioengineering Conference at Temple University. Ling-Fang and Richard shared work on programmable, shape-changing scaffolds during two podium presentations, and Jing and Megan shared work on chondrocyte epigenetics and automated multi-cell tracking, respectively, during two poster presentations. Everyone also enjoyed having a chance to visit lab alum Brian Cosgrove, who's enjoying his grad studies at UPenn.
February 2012
News Jay Gives Two Talks at Hampton University
Jay had a chance to strengthen growing research and educational ties to Hampton University with a trip to Virgiania this February. While at Hampton he gave two seminars, one for faculty and one in the Advanced Biology Seminar. We're looking forward to continuing to grow this fruitful relationship!
News Jay to Coordinate Ethics & Science Policy Components of new NSF IGERT Program
Already a faculty participant in the NSF supported Soft Interfaces IGERT @ SU, Jay looks forward to further contributing to the program as the Ethics & Science Policy Faculty Coordinator.








December 2011
News SMP Hydrogel Work Published
The group's work with the Mather Lab on a cell-culture-compatible shape-memory hydrogel was reported this month in Macromolecular Symposia.
November 2011
News Jay Takes Part in BIOFUTURE 2011 in Ghent, Belgium
Jay again crossed the pond to share new work on shape changing scaffolds at the first ever BIOFUTURE conference, BIOFUTURE 2011: Young European Biomaterial Scientists Designing a View for the Future, held in lovely Ghent, Belgium; November 16-18. Jay presented an invited talk and co-chaired a session on Surface Modification.
News Anita Shares Summer Research with Colleagues in South Carolina
Anita shared the fruits of her summer toil during an oral presentation at the Louis Stokes South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation Program Annual Science, Engineering & Research Conference, Orangeburg, SC, Claflin University; November 4, 2011.
News Katrina Keegan Joins the Lab for Undergraduate Research
Katrina joins the lab to pursue research complementary to her undergraduate studies in the Department of Biology. Welcome, Katrina!
October 2011
NewsNews Ling-Fang and Dakota Report at BMES 2011
Ling-Fang Tseng and Dakota Jones presented on their work on active cell culture scaffolds and substrates, respectively, in two posters at this years Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting in Hartford, CT, October 12-15.
News Jay Presents at AIChE 2011 in Minneapolis, MN
Jay headed to the Land of Lakes to present an invited talk on active cell culture substrates and scaffolds during the Cell-Biomaterial Interactions session of the American Institute of Chemical Engineerings annual meeting.
August 2011
News The Lab Welcomes the Retrun of Megan Brasch for Her PhD Work
The lab is pleased to welcome Megan Brasch back for her thesis work. Megan, a former SBI REU student, came to SU this fall as a first year graduate student, and she'll be working in the lab on application of 2D active cell culture substrates for the study of mechanobiology.
NewsNewsNews Summer's End Sees a Host of Poster Presentations
With the close of a productive summer, there were several poster presentations this month as Dakota and Anita presented their work at the LCS College of Engineering and Computer Science Summer Symposium, Jay presented a poster at the Gordon Research Conference on Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering, and Anita presented another poster at the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute REU Summer Research Poster Session.
July 2011
News Kevin's JoVE article highlighted
Kevin's recent JoVE publication is highlighted in This July in JoVE.
Kevin's substrate work published in JoVE
Detailed description of Kevin's shape memory substrate methods have been published as a video and print article in the Journal of Visualized Experiments. Nice work, Kevin!
June 2011
NewsNews Kevin and Richard Report at the 2011 NYCMW
Kevin and Richard reported on behalf of a couple project teams during the 11th Annual New York Complex Matter Workshop, held at SU this year.
News Jay Presents at AFPM 2011
Jay crossed the pond to represent the lab's collaboration with the Mather Lab via a poster presentation at the outstanding 2011 Advanced Functional Polymers in Medicine meeting at University of Twente, The Netherlands.
News Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso Fosters Tomorrow's Engineers at Lincoln Middle School
Gwendolyn is again in residence in the lab this summer to work with Jay on their PK-20 STEM cooperative efforts, which are designed to help fill the STEM pipeline while testing out collaborative approaches that could be adopted by other schools and universities. This month "Little" Engineers tried out their robots in this year's "Clean Sweep" competition
May 2011
News Brian Cosgrove Graduates and Heads to UPenn for Grad School
Congrats to Brian, who finishes up his BS in Bioengineering and heads off to UPenn for PhD study. Great job, Brian. You'll be missed!
News Dakota Jones Awarded a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University
Congrats to Dakota, who received a highly competitive REU to support his work in the lab this summer. Good job, Dakota!

April 2011
NewsNewsNews Active Cell Culture on Display at NEBEC 2011
The lab's work on active cell culture was on display at the 37th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, held this year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jay presented the Biomechanics Track Keynote and chaired the Biomechanics Session, Kevin presented a podium talk on active cell culture substrates, and Richard presented a poster on new materials being developed in the lab.

March 2011
News Jay Shares Progress during Seminar at U of R
Jay discussed the lab's work on cell culture substrates during an invited seminar at the University of Rochester Department of Biomedical Engineering. Great work is going on at U of R, and the lab looks forward to seeing what new directions develop from collaborations now being pursued following that visit.
NewsNews Kevin's Recent Work on Active Cell Culture Make Waves
Kevin's work on actice cell culture substrates, published in the March issue of Biomaterials, is being reported on in Science Blog, Science Daily, Genetic Engineering News, e! Science News, Futurity, and is featured on the Syracuse University and LCS websites. Congrats Kevin! Lots more to come in this exciting area.
January 2011
News Kevin Presents at BMES/SPRBM 2011
Kevin had a nice break from the snow this month. His submission to the 29th Biomedical Engineering Society/Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine Conference on Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering in Miami Beach was one of nine abstracts accepted for oral presentation in addition to poster presentation. Thanks for making the trip to Miami on our behalf, KevinÂ…






December 2010
News Jay Describes Potential of Smart Materials in Cell Culture Applications during Invited Seminar at Utica College
Jay spoke on the potential for smart materials to create unprecedented advances in cell-culture-based fields using examples from current research in the lab during a visit to Utica College at the Invitation of the Asa Gray Biological Society.

Septemper 2010
News Shelley Finishes Postdoc and Moves to Research Assistant Professor Position
Shelley Kummer wrapped up her postdoc and moved to a Research Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering. Congrats, Shelley! We look forward to continuing to collaborate with you!

June 2010
News Megan Brasch Joins the Lab
Megan joins the lab for the summer, having been accepted into the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute Biomaterials REU, and will be working with Ling-Fang on cytocompatible shape memory polymers. Welcome, Megan!

May 2010
News Jay Joins the Upstate Cancer Research Institute
Jay is please to have joined the excellent faculty that comprise the recently formed Upstate Cancer Research Institute.

News Low Oxygen Tension Cartilage Engineering Work Published in Tissue Engineering
Recent work examining the effects of low oxygen expansion on engineered cartilage was published this month in the journal Tissue Engineering.
April 2010
News Kevin Reports at UNYBECC
Kevin shared his current Active Cell Culture progress with regional colleagues at the 2010 Upstate New York Biomedical Engineering Career Conference in Rochester.
News Kevin Presents at NYAS Symposium
Kevin's been racking up the mileage this month, including a trip to the Big Apple to give a presentation at the New York Academy of Sciences Symposium on Biological Smart Materials, organized by the Soft Materials Discussion Group.
News Jay Receives the LC Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Excellence Award
The award was made in recognition and support of Jay's work with Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso to address PK-20 STEM challenges through collaborative engagement of middle school and university students.
February 2010
News GI Bill Project on Display at the NSF Engineering Education Awardees Conference
The research being performed by Jay and a team of faculty from across the University to design pathways to engineering for American GIs was well received at this year's NSF EEAC.
News Jay Joins the New York Academy of Sciences
Jay is pleased to have become a member of the venerable New York Academy of Sciences.
January 2010
NewsNews Jake Cline and Wesley Kong join the lab
The lab is pleased to welcome Jake and Wesley! Jake joins the lab for an undergraduate research experience in which he'll work with Kevin and Brian on active cell culture and cartilage tissue engineering. Wesley joins the lab for an undergraduate research experience in which he'll be contributing to the CARTI project.




November 2009
News Jay gives MIT Program in Polymer Science and Technology and University of Delaware Department of Mechanical Engineering Seminars
This November, Jay gave two invited seminars on the lab's work on shape memory polymer cell culture substrates: one at the MIT PPST program, and one at the University of Delaware Department of Mechanical Engineering. Thanks to both great institutions for their interest in our work and for their hospitality!
October 2009
News Kevin reports on active cell culture substrates at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting
Kevin presented his work during a podium presentation at the 2009 BMES Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.
September 2009
News CARTI project featured at Healthy Buildings 2009
Progress on the CARTI project was featured in an invited poster Shelley presented at Healthy Buildings 2009
August 2009
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Richard Baker, Ling-Fang Tseng, Jing Wang, and Matt Salminen join the lab
The lab is pleased to welcome so many new faces at the beginning of this academic year! Richard joins the lab for his PhD studies following his undergraduate work at Rose Hulman. He will be jointly advised by Jay and Prof. Mather. Ling-Fang come to the lab to pursue her PhD following completion of her MS at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Jing joins the lab for her PhD work following her undergraduate work at Beijing University of Chemical Technology. Matt joins the lab for an undergraduate research experience in which he'll be contributing to the CARTI project.
News Kevin's work on active cell culture substrates on display at the 2009 SBI offsite meeting
Kevin shared his active cell culture work with the SBI community at this year's offsite meeting poster session on August 28th.
News Cassie finishes her summer research with a poster presentation at the SBI REU showcase
Cassie summarized her summer research in a poster entitled "Quantification of Intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species and Associated Cell Damage." Her work provides the foundation for the biological assays required for the ongoing CARTI project.
July 2009
News Kevin's work on active cell culture substrates debutes at Biomaterials Biocompatibility and Tissue Engineering GRC
Kevin's work on topography-changing cell culture substrates debuted when Jay presented a poster, entitled "Active Cell Culture: Surface Shape Memory Triggered Topographic Change" on the work at the 2009 Gordon Research Conference on Biomaterials Biocompatibility and Tissue Engineering. Lots more to come in this exciting new area!
News Jay gives interactive talk on biomechanics and tissue engineering to local school kids at the MOST
Jay was the featured speaker at the July 18th TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique at the Syracuse Museum of Science and Technology. His talk, entitled "Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering," gave a broad look at the amazing biomechanical properties of musculoskeletal tissues and the lab's efforts, and challenges, in engineering those tissues for clinical use.
June 2009
News Air pollution (CARTI) project featured in the Syracuse Post-Standard
You can read in the Syracuse Post-Standard about the lab's new collaborative project with the Tavlarides Lab to investigate the effects of air polution using an in vitro model of the surface of the human lung. The project is supported by a Collaborative Activities for Research and Technology Innovation (CARTI) award from the Syracuse Center of Excellence.
May 2009
News Albaraa Salama joins the lab
Albaraa joins the lab joins the lab for the summer to contribute to the projects focusing on mechanotransduction.
News Transformative Alliance on Cellular Engineering (TrACE) project featured in CNYBJ
You can read in the May issue of the Central New York Business Journal about the lab's new collaborative project with SU and SUNY UMU researchers to investigate mechanotransduction in stem and progenitor cells.
NewsNewsNews Brian Cosgrove, Roger Conturie, and Cassie Gorman join the lab
Brian joins the lab, having been awarded summer support from the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, to continue his research on cytotoxicity and mechanostimulation begun during the 2008-2009 academic year. Roger also joing the lab following research during the academic year, having performed an independent study working with Kevin on active cell culture substrates. Cassie has been accepted into the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute Biomaterials REU, and will be working with Shelley on in vitro models of cytotoxicity.
News Jay becomes Assistant Professor (by courtesy) in the Department of Biology
Jay's adjunct position in Biology will allow Biology undergraduate students to complete research toward their degree in the Henderson Lab.




December 2008
News Jay gives Case Western Reserve University Department of Orthopaedics seminar.
Returning to his postdoc stomping grounds, Jay presented a talk at the CWRU Department of Orthopaedics seminar series entitled, "Musculoskeletal Tissue Development and Engineering."
November 2008
NewsNews Chi-Yu Sun and Brian Cosgrove join the lab.
Chi-Yu, a MS student in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, bring a background in Chemical Engineering and interest in biological applications. Brian, an undergrad in the same department, will be working with Shelley and Kevin on the mechanics of tissue development.
News Luana performs in a Diwali celebration play of "Ram Leela".
Luana plays King Ravan in the South Asian drama "Ram Leela." The play, produced by the Hindu Students Council, was held in honor of Diwali. Luana's picture was the "Photo of the Week" in The Daily Orange printed on Monday, November 10, 2008.
September 2008
News Shelley Kummer joins the lab as a postdoc.
Shelley joins the lab following the completion of a post-doctoral position in the SU Department of Biology. Shelley's doctorate and background are in Microbiology/Immunology. Her expertise in biology, and her experience with tissue culture and molecular biology, will advance the lab's research at the interface of biology and engineering. Shelley is initially focusing her efforts on studying the effects of mechanical stress on gene expression during tissue development.
August 2008
News Luanna Ramcharran presents at ULSAMP.
On August 7th, Luana presented a poster, the lab's first, at the Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) Poster Session. The poster summarized the work of her summer project, in which she began the development of a new model system to investigate mechanical regulation of embryonic skeletal tissue development.
June 2008
News Kevin Davis joins the lab as a graduate student.
Kevin has joins the lab as a first year graduate student in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering. Kevin gained previous research experience as undergraduate researcher at Case Western Reserve University, where he designed a mechanostimulation device for research on cartilage annealing. His research project at SU focuses on chondrocyte expansion.
News Jennifer Amos joins the lab for a postdoc.
Having just completed her PhD in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina, Jen brings to the lab both additional expertise with mechanical regulation of cells during tissue engineering and new expertise in biomaterials. Jen will be leading a number of projects in the areas of cartilage tissue engineering and the development of new biomimetic tissue engineering approaches, in collaboration with other researchers in the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute.
May 2008
News Luana Ramcharran awarded an ULSAMP internship.
Luana was awarded an Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP) 2008 Undergraduate Summer Research Experience intership, which will support both her continuing work in the lab and career development activities over the course of the summer.
NewsNews Luana Ramcharran and RJ Spink, both SU undergraduates, join the lab.
In the lab for the summer, Luana is managing a new cell line and performing preliminary experiments on biomechanical regulation during embryonic tissue development, and RJ, who joins the lab having been awarded summer support from the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, is setting up experiments for several new and ongoing tissue engineering projects.
April 2008
NewsNews Jay Henderson joins Syracuse University faculty, gives Department of Biology seminar.
The lab got its start when Jay began his position as Assistant Professor on April 1st, with the lab website launching April 30th. On April 25th, Jay presented at the SU Department of Biology seminar series. The talk, "From Embryonic Biomechanics to Cell-Based Therapies: Tissue Engineering for Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration," focused on the potential for interaction between research in basic biology and tissue engineering.




October 2007
NewsNews Jay Henderson accepts position at Syracuse University, wins New Investigator Recognition Award.
Jay has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University. The position is associated with the new interdisciplinary Syracuse Biomaterials Institute. On October 23rd, Jay received a New Investigator Recognition Award at the 6th Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Societies of Australia/New Zealand, Britain, Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the USA. The award was presented at the meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii for work entitled "Low oxygen tension during chondrocyte expansion enhances cartilage matrix production following expansion." This is Jay's second new investigator award for research in the field of cartilage tissue engineering.