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Ghandehari Lab News

  • Our students received several awards at the Institute of Biological Engineering Conference held in Salt Lake City this year. Kyle Isaacson received the 1st place award for graduate student poster competition sponsored by the Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering. M. Martin Jensen received 3rd place in the graduate student poster competition and the "Oustanding Student Presentation in Materials & Technology for Drug and Nucleic Acid Delivery" award for his oral presentation. 

  • Martin Jensen received Best Oral Presentation at the 2016 UBEC 11th Annual Bioengineering Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 16th, 2016.
  • Several researchers participated in the JDCHS internship program this summer to give high school students a real lab experience.
  • Martin Jensen received a Student Research Award from the Society for Biomaterials, Drug Delivery Special Intrest Group for his work on developing recombinant polymer-based systems. This work was recognized at The 14th International Nanomedicine & Drug Delivery Symposium, NanoDDS, at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Mostafa Yazdimamaghani was awarded one of the inaugral Skaggs Graduate Research Fellowship awards from the Universtity of Utah College of Pharmacy.
  • M. Martin Jensen and Kyle Isaacson received a Best Poster Award at Mechanisms and Barriers in Nanomedicine conference in Breckenridge, CO on July 16, 2016 for their poster "Impact of Motif Organization on the Formation and Stability of Silk-Elastinlike Protein Polymer Nanogels". Based on the quality of the poster presentation Martin received an invitation at the conference to give an oral presentation in the concluding session titled "Creation of Physically Crosslinked Nanogels from Silk-Elastinlike Protein Polymers".  The work represents the first reported creation of physically cross linked protein nanogels.
  • Nithya Subrahmanyam was awarded the fall 2015 Dr. Dinesh C. and Kalpana D. Patel Fellowship in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, College of Pharmacy.
  • Dr. Ghandehari was selected to join the Controlled Release Society (CRS) College of Fellows. He was inducted at the 2015 annual meeting.
  • Pouya Hadipour was awarded a 2015 Nanotechnology Graduate Training Program Fellowship and will receive a certificate upon graduation from the Nanotechnology Training Program.
  • Martin Jensen, PhD Graduate Student, Bioengineering, has recently been selected to receive a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.
  • Azadeh Poursaid and Nick Frazier received 1st and 3rd student poster prizes, respectively, at nanoUtah 2014.
  • Azadeh Poursaid received an NIH-NRSA fellowship for her project focused on design and development of protein based polymers for localized drug delivery in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Adam Gormley won the Best Poster Award at the 2012 International Polymer Therapeutics Symposium in Spain.
  • Heather Herd was the recipient of NanoDDS Poster Award in the 2011 Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Symposium.
  • Robert Price, Dallin Hubbard and Azadeh Poursaid were awarded the Nanotechnology Training Program Fellowship during the period of 2010-2011.
  • Shraddha Sadekar and Giridhar Thiagarajan were awarded the Research Fellowship from the University of Utah Graduate School in 2011.
  • Debra Goldberg was awarded first prize for her podium presentation at The Globalization of Pharmaceutics Education Network conference in 2010.
  • Three students from Ghandehari lab won poster awards at nanoUtah 2010, Utah's 6th annual statewide nanotechnology conference. First, second and third prizes in the Nanomedicine Category, went to Giridhar Thiagarajan, Shraddha Sadekar, and Adam Gormley respectively.
  • Heather Herd, PhD Graduate Student, Bioengineering, has recently been awarded two fellowships. The Institute of International Education has awarded Heather a Whitaker International Fellowship, which allows her to study at the University of Saarland, Saarbruecken, Germany, as a Visiting Scholar in Dr. Claus Michael-Lehr's laboratory. Following her fellowship in Germany, Heather will return to the Ghandehari lab to begin a Department of Defense (DOD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) titled Multimodal silica nanoparticles for the assessment of the role of tumor-associated macrophages in breast carcinoma and therapy. Herd will receive three years of funding from the DOD to continue her research in this area.
  • Adam Gormley, PhD Candidate, Bioengineering, received a Pre-doctoral fellowship from the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) titled Targeted Prostate Tumor Ablation Using Engineering Gold Nanorods. Gormley will receive three years of funding from the DOD to continue his research in this area.
  • Giridhar Thiagarajan and Jordan Frandsen win 2nd and 3rd place respectively at the nanoUtah 2009 Conference Poster Session. Thiagarajan’s 2nd place winning poster was titled PAMAM-Camptothecin Conjugate Inhibits Proliferation and Induces Apoptosis in Colorectal Carcinoma Cells. Frandsen’s 3rd place winning poster was titled Silk-elastinlike Protein Polymers Improve the Efficacy of Gene Therapy of Head and Neck Tumors.  Please see our Photo Gallery for photos from the award session.
  • Dr. Ghandehari was selected to become a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

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36 S Wasatch Dr
SMBB Rm 5205
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: 801-587-1566

Last Updated: 6/26/17