December 6, 2018

With the end of the semester here, it was prime time for a lab outing as a mini-break from exams and to celebrate the holidays. We put our skills to the test at local escape room, Escape the Space. Our adventure began with smiles and excitement, but after being “Snowed In”, unfortunately, we were not able to successfully escape before our time was up. We were very close!! Even though we didn’t escape the space in time, there were still some smiles and a fun time was had by all as we enjoyed fellowship, food and fun. Happy Holidays from the Gomillion Lab!!

November 14-18, 2018

This week was the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Indianapolis, IN. What an impressive meeting! Dr. Gomillion attended and served as a judge for research presentations. Lab members Bryant and Sarah were also in attendance, with Bryant presenting his work via poster in the Cancer Biology section. The cold and icy weather made for an interesting visit, but a great time was had by all!

October 27, 2018

Dr. Gomillion was recognized as an honoree at the Williams Forum for Diabetic Education and Healthcare Hidden Figures Gala in Atlanta, recognizing physicians and scientists making contributions to medicine and science. Her award was for her contributions in the fields of biomedical and tissue engineering.

October 17-20, 2018

This week was the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Gomillion and members of the lab had a great time helping celebrate the 50th anniversary of the society. Check out meeting highlights below:

The lab was well-represented by undergrads Megan Williams and Sean Hu, our summer REU student. Also in attendance was high school student, Ellie Kim, who participated in summer research in the lab through the Young Dawgs program, and had the opportunity to participate in a High School BME Expo Poster Competition. Congratulations to Ellie for winning 1st place in the poster competition!

Winners of the High School Expo Poster Competition with BMES President Lori Setton. Congratulations to Ellie on her 1st Place award!
Saturday festivities were capped off with undergraduate research presentations. Both Sean and Megan did a great job presenting their work.

September 29, 2018

Dr. Gomillion and the lab were recently awarded a research grant from the It’s the Journey/Georgia Center for Oncology Research & Education Breast Cancer Research Award Program. Award recipients were recognized during a dinner held during the annual Georgia 2-Day Breast Cancer Walk sponsored by It’s the Journey. It was a great time interacting with breast cancer survivors and loved ones affected by the disease. Update: see press release here.

September 25, 2018

Congratulations to lab member, Damion Dixon, for receiving the Dire Needs Scholarship Award from the College of Engineering!

September 15, 2018

Congratulations to lab member, Jenna Alsaleh, for receiving a University of Georgia Impact Now (U-GAIN) Master’s Fellowship!

August 15, 2018

Congratulations to undergraduate lab member, Megan Williams,  for receiving a Fall 2018 CURO Research Assistantship! We look forward to your continued work in the lab.

August 13, 2018

Today was the start of a new semester and school year. Welcome to new lab members Damion Dixon and Longjing Zhu!

August 1, 2018

Undergraduate member Megan Williams did a nice job today presenting her work at the Summer CURO Fellows Symposium.  Check her out in action!

July 26, 2018

Today was the concluding event for our summer NanoBio REU participant, Sean Hu. Sean spent 10 weeks with us this summer completing a research project focused on studying the use of pectin as a biomaterial substrate for biomedical applications. He presented his work in both oral and poster presentations, and did a nice job at both events. Best of luck as you return to your home institution for senior year, Sean!

July 6, 2018

Congratulations are in order for our high school student, Ellie Kim. Ellie was named runner-up for Best Presentation Award at the Young Dawgs Final Presentation Series! It was great to celebrate the end of the program with all the student participants and parents today at the final luncheon.  Best of luck next school year, Ellie!

July 3, 2018
Our summer high school student, Ellie Kim did a wonderful job today presenting her work at the Young Dawgs Final Presentation Series. She was mentored this summer by graduate student Jenna Alsaleh, and also worked closely with undergraduate student Megan Williams. The 6 weeks went by quickly, but she accomplished a lot with the help of Jenna and Megan. Great job, Ellie!!

June 13, 2018

When you work hard, you can play hard! A great time was had by all getting out of the lab and engaging in a little friendly bowling competition. “Team Megan”, aka Megan, Bryant, and Morgan, emerged as winners, taking home the days prize. Summer student Sean put up the highest individual score, leading us to believe it was all thanks to his cradling of his lucky ball between turns (we have the pics to prove it!). Better luck next time “Team Jenna”, aka Jenna, Sarah, Dre, and Sean!

Obligatory group picture… just missing Jenna, who got away before we captured the moment and our high school member, Ellie.

June 1, 2018

We were pleased to welcome a group of middle and high school science teachers to our lab today for a visit and tour. Coordinated by our colleague Cory Buxton from the College of Education, the group consisted of teachers from Clarke and Hall counties in Georgia, who are at UGA learning about cell manufacturing, tissue engineering , and how these areas of research can be incorporated into lessons for students in their classrooms, as part of the Education and Workforce Development programs from the Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) Engineering Research Center, recently funded by the National Science Foundation. Learn more here:

Mixing Healthcare and Engineering for New Careers

NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies

Lab member Sarah Chaji explains her research to the group of middle and high school teachers visiting the lab
Lab member Dre DeVeaux taking care of his cells while Dr. Gomillion shows the tour group around our lab.

May 29, 2018

Welcome to our Young Dawgs researcher Ellie Kim, who will be joining us this summer for a 6-week research experience from Lambert High School!

May 22, 2018

Welcome to undergraduate researcher Sean Hu, who will be joining us this summer as part of the NSF-Funded NanoBio REU program from his home institution in Pennsylvania!

May 7, 2018

Congratulations to lab member Megan Williams, who was awarded a 2018 Summer Research Fellowship from the UGA Center  for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO)!

May 4, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for lab member Dre DeVeaux, who is now the newest member of the UGA Class of 2018! Dre graduated today with his M.S. in Biochemical Engineering, and we couldn’t be more proud. Congratulations, Dre!

April 11-14, 2018

The annual meeting for the Society For Biomaterials (SFB) was held this week in Atlanta. As always true for SFB, we had a great time networking and learning about the great work performed. Great job by Dre and Jenna who presented their work at the meeting!

Jenna and Dre presenting their posters (top); Dre meeting renowned researcher and surgeon, Dr. Cato Laurencin (bottom left); Dre presenting during his rapid-fire session (bottom right).

April 9, 2018

Today was a busy day for our lab.

First, CONGRATULATIONS to Dre DeVeaux for successfully defending his Master’s thesis today! We appreciate the service of Dr. Kisaalita and Dr. Yan on his thesis committee.

This afternoon, undergraduate researcher, Bryant Bolds, presented his work from this past semester at the CURO Research Symposium at the Classic Center. Nice job, Bryant!

March 19, 2018 Lab member and graduate student, Dre DeVeaux was the featured speaker for the School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering Seminar this afternoon. Nice job, Dre! 

January 19, 2018

Congratulations to lab members Dre DeVeaux and Jenna Alsaleh whose abstracts were accepted at the upcoming Society For Biomaterials meeting in Atlanta! Dre will present his work, “Chitosan/Poly(lactide) Drug-Loaded Nanoparticles for Delivery of Therapeutic Compounds” on Wednesday, April 11th at the Drug Delivery Special Interest Group Session in addition to a poster, Jenna will present a poster of her work, “Engineered Matrices for Studying the Effects of Tissue Stiffness on Breast Cancer Metastasis” during the meeting. See you there in April!

January 10, 2018

Welcome to new lab members Bryant Bolds and Megan Williams! They are joining us as CURO undergraduate researchers, and we are excited to welcome them to the group.

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