Ardoña Research Group
Laboratory of Biomimetic and Adaptive Materials
Welcome to the Ardoña Research Group!
The Ardoña Research Group at UC Irvine develops responsive and adaptive bio-inspired materials, which can be used as tools for unraveling biological mechanisms that involve action potential propagation and cellular mechanotransduction in contractile tissues, and pharmaco-/toxicokinetics across biological barrier tissues. We will capitalize on the biocompatibility and synthetic versatility offered by biomacromolecules to impart sensing or stimuli-responsive function on these materials.
FEATURED NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
KRYSTAL AND LANIE RECOGNIZED AS 2023 DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH FELLOWS
Congratulations to Krystal and Lanie for being selected for the UROP 2023 Distinguished Research Fellowship! They will be working on their individual research projects with their graduate student mentor, Emil Lundqvist.
UCI TOM ANGELL FELLOWSHIP AWARDED TO ZEFAN!
Congratulations to Zefan for being selected as the Postdoctoral Scholar Awardee for the 2023 Tom Angell Fellowship! The Tom Angell Fellowship is awarded by the UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence to members of the UCI community who "demonstrate outstanding mentorship by going above and beyond their normal duties to create new opportunities to mentor UCI students." Zefan has been a beloved and outstanding mentor in the group, and we are estatic to see his efforts be recognized and rewarded.
WELCOME NATALIE AND RUSWEL!
We are excited to welcome Natalie and Ruswel to the group! Natalie Celt is a first-year PhD student in the BME department. Ruswel Domingo is a second-year undergraduate student.
Congratulations to Zefan on his paper, "Carbodiimide-fueled assembly of π-conjugated peptides regulated by electrostatic interactions," which was published in ChemSystemsChem! This paper was selected as a cover article and as part of the journal's special collection Systems Chemistry in the USA that "showcases some of the most exciting work done in systems chemistry, in all its diversity, by researchers based in the USA."
Zefan's invited review article, co-authored by Emil and Yuyao, was also accepted to Advance Science earlier this year. Congratulations to the team!
WELCOME KRYSTAL AND LANIE!
We are happy to welcome two new undergraduate students to our group – Krystal and Lanie! Krystal is a second-year CBE student and Lanie is a second-year BME student. Both of them will be working with Emil Lundqvist!
2023 NSF CAREER AWARD FOR THE GROUP!
The Ardoña Research Group has been awarded the 2023 NSF CAREER grant, to support our efforts in developing adaptive biomaterials for in situ visualization of biological forces, as well as towards helping strengthen an equitable training pipeline for researchers in biomaterials! We are very excited on the research and educational activities that will be supported by this NSF CAREER award! https://tinyurl.com/hardona-CAREER
CONGRATS CAT ON RECEIVING THE UROP FELLOWSHIP!
Congratulations to Catherine (Cat) Ngo for being selected as an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) fellow at UCI! She will continue to work on developing responsive biomaterials with graduate student mentor, Yuyao Kuang.
SCTEC OPEN HOUSE!
Congratulations to the group along with the Adams, Smith, and Watanabe groups for a successful first Stem Cell & Tissue Engineering Core (SCTEC) Open House! The four groups showcased their ongoing research projects and had some live demonstrations for the public.
Welcome to our newest graduate student Kathryn! She most recently completed her Master's degree at Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo and worked in Manufacturing and Design at Apple in fulfillment of her degree. She will be focusing on spatially engineering bioscaffolds through photo-induced reactions. She joins UCI as a part of the Competitive Edge Program.
Welcome to our summer intern - Christian! He is a rising senior undergraduate student in Albany State University. He is joining the group as part of the Access to Careers in Engineering and Sciences (ACES) program hosted by the UCI Beckman Laser Institute.
Congratulations to Emil for being selected as a recipient of the Cardiovascular Applied Research and Entrepreneurship (CARE) Fellowship through the UCI CIRC's NIH/NHLBI T32 Training Grant! Emil will be part of the CARE Program, which aims to cross-train students in the synergistic disciplines of engineering, cardiovascular science, and entrepreneurship. Congrats, Emil!
JOIN OUR RESEARCH GROUP!
Please contact Professor Herdeline Ardoña if you are interested to join our group. More details about our research group can be found on this page.