Category Archive: Lab News

Congratulations to Dirk and Sally on their review published in European Polymer Journal!

Congratulations to Dirk Balkenende and Sally Winkler on their review published in European Polymer Journal! Check it out to learn more about mussel, sandcastle worm, and cephalopod inspired materials and their use as tissue adhesives. “Marine-inspired polymers in medical adhesion”, European Polymer Journal 2019, 116, 134-143.

Welcome, Miriam Zintl – visiting student researcher!

Our lab is delighted to welcome Miriam Zintl, a visiting student researcher from TU Vienna in Vienna, Austria. Miriam is pursuing her masters degree in Chemistry and Technology of Materials and has a BS in Technical Chemistry from TU Vienna. In our lab, she is working to develop novel polymer tissue adhesives. Welcome Miriam!!  

Sally Winkler named to university-wide Lab Ops and Safety Committee!

Bioengineering PhD candidate Sally Winkler was one of only two student delegates named to the UC Berkeley Laboratory Operations and Safety Committee! Thanks to Sally for representing our lab and standing up for safety at Berkeley. Safety is part of science!

Congratulations to Cody Higginson on his Perspective in Nature Chemistry!

Cody’s perspective describes the newly published work of Prof. Yi Cao (Nanjing) and coworkers on a mechanochemical approach to accelerating maleimide–thiol adduct hydrolysis, thereby improving the stability of polymer–protein conjugates. Link to the perspective here (view-only) Link to the Cao paper here.

Sally and Kayla win Athena Award for Double Shelix Podcast!

March 8, 2019 – Sally Winkler of the Messersmith Lab and Kayla Wolf of the Kumar Lab won the prestigious Athena Award for Next Generation Engagement at an awards ceremony on the UC Berkeley campus. As co-hosts of the podcast Double Shelix, Sally and Kayla are passionate advocates for women in STEM, inclusive science, and training …

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Messersmith Lab wins UC Berkeley Safety Award!

The Messersmith Lab has been recognized as winners of a 2018 Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award for the Physical Sciences category! Lab safety coordinators Jing Cheng, Sally Winkler, and Katerina Malollari were recognized for their leadership, and the entire group for their demonstrated commitment to safe practices and promotion of a positive lab safety culture. …

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Congratulations to Helen Zha and Peyman Delparastan on the publication of their paper in Biomaterials Science!

The paper describes the formation of nanothin silk coatings by leveraging the biomimetic self-assembly of eADF4(C16), an amphiphilic recombinant protein based on the Araneus diadematus dragline spidroin ADF4. DOI: 10.1039/C8BM01186A (Paper) Biomater. Sci., 2019, 7, 683-695

Congratulations to Peyman Delparastan and Katerina Malollari on the publication of their paper in Angewandte Chemie!

“Direct Evidence for the Polymeric Nature of Polydopamine”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition. This paper demonstrates the use of single molecule force spectroscopy to show that polydopamine is a polymer, shedding new light on the structure of this interesting material. Angewandte Chemie vol 58, Issue 4, Pages 1077-1082 (2019)  

Congratulations to former visiting scientist Suhair Sunoqrot on the publication of her paper in Biomaterials Science!

Suhair’s paper on “Facile synthesis and surface modification of bioinspired nanoparticles from quercetin for drug delivery”, Biomaterials Science, 2018, 6, 2656 -2666.  The paper describes synthesis of nanoparticles from the polyphenol quercetin, which can be conveniently functionalized with ligands and drug molecules by simple mixing under ambient conditions. doi: 10.1039/c8bm00587g    

Sally Winkler featured in Berkeley Engineer Magazine for her STEM outreach podcast, Double Shelix!

Berkeley Engineer magazine recently featured our PhD student Sally Winkler and her work creating Double Shelix podcast with Kayla Wolf from the Sanjay Kumar lab. Find the article in print or here. Congratulations Sally and Kayla!! Listen to Double Shelix at, on Podomatic, or on iTunes. Episodes feature interviews and discussions about inclusive science, women …

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