Postdoc Positions Open March 31st, 2014
The Disease Biophysics Group has three open postdoctoral positions to be filled in the summer of 2014:
1) One position in skeletal muscle tissue engineering,
2) One position in cardiac muscle tissue engineering, and
3) One position in nanofibers and materials science (no biology background required).
Competitive candidates should have an earned doctorate in an appropriate field and a record of first author publications. Candidates should submit, as a single PDF file, their cover letter, CV, and first author publications. Three letters of recommendation will be requested after initial screening of applications. Please send materials to Prof Parker, kkparker at seas dot harvard dot edu.
Congratulations to Dr. Leila Deravi!! March 10th, 2014
The DBG would like to congratulate Leila Deravi who has accepted a tenure track position at the University of New Hampshire. She will be an Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Materials Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. Click here for more information. Please join the DBG in extending Leila a hearty congratulations!!
Welcome to the DBG January 17th, 2014
Please welcome Angie Greer to the DBG. Angie is our new Research Associate. Angie comes to the DBG from the US Army Institute of Surgical Research where she worked in the Combat Casualty Care Battlefield Pain Management Task Area as a Research Associate. She is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom having served in the Army for 4 years. Welcome to the DBG!
Graduate Studies in the DBG December 6th, 2013
Folks, there is more email traffic from PhD applicants than I can respond to. I have posted previously on what your application should look like, so scroll thru our News to see specifics.
Here are the first things I look at when I review an application:
1. Your math (this filters out about 90% of the applicants with BME undergraduate degrees…gotta take PDEs and complex variables)
2. Your lab experience
3. Your grades
4. Your reference letters. If the best thing your letter writer can say is that you sat in front of class, asked questions, turned in HWs, and got an A in the class, that doesn’t really distinguish you.
5. Your essays. Nothing is done until its published. If you can’t write a good response to an essay question, with good English, sentence and paragraph structure, I can’t take you.
Welcome to the DBG December 5th, 2013
The DBG would like to welcome Isabelle Huggler from the Department Health Sciences and Technology at ETH, Zurich. Isabelle completed her Bachelor studies in Food Engineering in August 2013 and she has joined the DBG for an internship for three months before she returns to ETH to start her studies for a Masters. Isabelle will be working on a project that will draw on her Food Engineering expertise. Welcome Isabelle!
64. McCain ML, Yuan H, Pasqualini FS, Campbell PH, Parker KK. Matrix Elasticity Determines the Optimal Cardiac Myocyte Shape for Contractility. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2014 Mar 28. [Epub ahead of print].
63. McCain ML, Agarwal A, Nesmith HW, Nesmith AP, Parker KK. Micromolded gelatin hydrogels for extended culture of engineered cardiac tissues Biomaterials. 2014 Apr 11. pii: S0142-9612(14)00312-3. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2014.03.052. [Epub ahead of print]
62. Sheehy SP, Pasqualini F, Grosberg A, Park SJ, Yvonne Aratyn-Schaus Y, Parker KK. Quality Metrics for Stem Cell-Derived Cardiac Myocytes. Stem Cell Reports. 2014 Mar;2(3):282-294.
61. Badrossamay MR, Balachandran K, Capulli AK, Golecki HM, Agarwal A, Goss JA, Kim H, Shin K, Parker KK. Engineering hybrid polymer-protein super-aligned nanofibers via rotary jet spinning. Biomaterials. 2014 Mar;35(10):3188-97.
60. Mosadegh B, Dabiri BE, Lockett MR, Derda R, Campbell P, Parker KK and Whitesides GM. Three-Dimensional Paper-Based Model for Cardiac Ischemia. Adv. Healthc. Mater. 2014; (3) 2
59. Deravi LF, Magyar AP, Sheehy SP, Bell GRR, Mäthger LM, Senfta SL, Wardill TJ, Lane WS, Kuzirian AM, Hanlon RT, Hu EL, and Parker KK. The structure–function relationships of a natural nanoscale photonic device in cuttlefish chromatophores. J. R. Soc. Interface 11: 20130942.
58. Ye GJC, Aratyn-Schaus Y, Nesmith AP, Pasqualini FS, Alford, PW, and Parker KK. The contractile strength of vascular smooth muscle myocytes is shape dependent. Integr. Biol., 2014; 6: 152-163