October, 2023: The term “DUCKY”, coined by noted linguist Nick Bruno, enters the scientific lexicon with the publication of his super-cool Nature Materials paper.
September, 2023: Parisa and Liangjun’s VLP library paper appears!
August, 2023: Group visit to the Museum of Illusions was a delight. (And revealed that we aren’t that great at logic puzzles.)
August, 2023: Robert’s papers (one with Sonia as co-first author) on VLP manipulations and targeting are published!
July, 2023: Seth Taylor joins the group from his Ph.D. at Brigham Young University (with Paul Savage) – welcome, Seth!
April, 2023: Rani Kumar and Theo Elvebak are going far – to Ph.D. studies at Johns Hopkins and UC Irvine, respectively. Congratulations to those institutions, and to these wonderful young scientists. We’ll miss you!
April, 2023: Sonia Bhattacharya defends her Ph.D. thesis in outstanding fashion, and is on to an ORISE postdoctoral fellowship at the CDC. Congratulations, Sonia!!
March, 2023: Soumen Das, skier.
March, 2023: The group ski trip featured great food and a wonderful time, in spite of less-than-ideal winter conditions.
February, 2022: Benny Payero joins the group from undergraduate studies at Georgia Tech and Georgia State – congratulations to us!
December, 2022: Wenting and Parisa each win a Krish Roy GRA Travel Award to support their participation in the Society for Biomaterials and Physical Virology Gordon Conference meetings, respectively.
December, 2022: The Three (Clicking) Amigos were reunited at the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm (left to right, Hartmuth Kolb, Barry Sharpless, M.G. Finn).
November, 2022: Valentino Perez is selected as Georgia Tech’s representative to the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium, to be held at the Spring, 2023 National ACS Meeting by the ACS Polymer Chemistry Division.
November, 2022: We celebrated Thanksgiving at Robert and Laurel’s house. So wonderful to get together in person, and to eat food from, well, everywhere (and especially Bengal)!
November, 2022: Ty Thacker joins us as our group’s Administrative Magician, and part of the staff of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Welcome, Ty!
November, 2022: Parisa, Sonia, and Wenting give terrific presentations at the student-faculty retreat; Sonia wins a best talk award and Wenting claims a best poster prize!
November, 2022: Alisyn Bourque joins the group from Northeastern University and the BioE program – huzzah!
October, 2022: See the “Nobel Celebration” link on the Publications page for some of the key click-related papers from our group over the years.
September, 2022: Marrissa Izykowicz joins our lab from Salisbury University where she did research in both chemical synthesis and molecular biology. Welcome, Marrissa!
September, 2022: OZ-Link Technologies web site goes live! Kasie, Jasmine, Wenting, and Friend of the Group Steve Seo are the outstanding entrepreneurial team (shoutout to the GT CreateX program).
August, 2022: Robert Hincapie becomes Dr. Robert after a wonderful seminar and thesis defense. Congratulations!!!
July, 2022: Our group beach trip to St. Simons island was a great excuse to cook and eat wonderful food together. Oh, and go to the beach, too.
June, 2022: Santanu Ghosh joins the lab from U. Strasbourg (with Prof. L. Miesch) and Ph.D. studies at IIT Guwahati (with Prof. C. Jana) in organic synthetic methods.
April, 2022: Our undergraduate group meeting research presentations included contributions from this outstanding roster (left to right): Rani Kumar, Brianna Thompson, Emily Fleck, Honoka Miura, Jungeun Lee, Theo Elvebak.
April, 2022: Theo Elvebak is named a 2021-2022 ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Outstanding Senior Organic Chemistry Student. Congrats to Theo and his mentor, Anand Podilapu!
March, 2022: Jasmine Hwang joins us from Otago University and Ph.D. studies with Alan Gamble in synthetic organic chemistry.
March, 2022: Nick Bruno takes an exciting job with Osmoses, Inc., in Cambridge, to be their first chemist and make new polymers for gas separations. Congratulations, Nick – don’t know what we’ll do without you!
February, 2022: Sonia and Wenting win poster awards at the Career, Research, and Innovation Development Conference at Georgia Tech – congratulations!
February, 2022: Zach Hodge joins the group from Lyon College (B.S. in Chemistry).
December, 2021: Ruyi Yang departs for a job with Pacific Biosciences in San Diego, doing 3D printing and lots of other stuff. Have fun, Ruyi – we’ll miss you!
December, 2021: Richard Lerner died on Dec. 3. All group members for the last 25 years owe a special debt to Richard, who changed our lives by bringing the Finn lab to Scripps and thereby starting us on chemical biology. He shared his matchless insights and enthusiasms with anyone who would listen, and we were very fortunate to be in a position to do so. He will be greatly missed.
November, 2021: Robert and Laurel hosted pre-Thanksgiving dinner at their house. The food was as wonderful as the company.
February, 2022: Soumen Das’ paper (with Annika Yau, Jeff Noble, and Lu DePascalis) on thiazole orange-based cargo packaging and release is published in Angewandte Chemie.
February, 2022: Andrew Jeong, Rani Kumar, and Emily Moore each win a Presidential Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) to support their work. Congratulations!
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