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The Ardoña Research Group (Laboratory of Bioinspired and Adaptive Materials) at UC Irvine works on macromolecular and biomolecular systems designed as innovative biomaterials that can probe or transduce signals at the cell-material interface. We leverage these systems for creating tissue engineered-model platforms to study physiological/pathophysiological mechanisms that involve action potential propagation and cellular mechanotransduction in contractile tissues. 

FEATURED NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

KATIE AND NATALIE'S REVIEW PAPER IS PUBLISHED!
5/8/2024

Congratulations to Katie and Natalie for their review paper - Looking both ways: Electroactive biomaterials with bidirectional implications for dynamic cell-material crosstalk - now officially published in Biophysics Reviews as a Featured Article! It can be found here.

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WELCOME LEO!
4/19/2024

We would like to officially welcome Dr. Leonardo Maver to the group! Coming from Politecnico di Milano & Center for NanoScience and Technology at the Italian Institute of Technology (Milan), he is joining as a postdoc and will be working on studying the impacts of optoelectronically generated stimuli on cardiac maturation.

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ZEFAN SELECTED AS PART OF 2024 CAS FUTURE LEADERS TOP 100!
3/25/2024

Congratulations to Ze-Fan for being selected one of the Top 100 applicants to the 2024 CAS Future Leaders Program! This program by the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, supports the growth of science leadership among early-career scientists since 2010 through opportunities that can grow their leadership skills, engage in scientific discourse, and connect with peer scientists and innovators from around the world.

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BUBBLES RECEIVES NIH SUPPLEMENT GRANT!
3/8/2024

Congratulations to Bubbles for being awarded with an NIH supplement funding (3R01HL164348-01A1S1) to support her work with dielectrophoresis-based platforms for characterizing and generating enriched cardiomyocytes from peptide-photostimulated hiPSC-derived cell populations! The project is a continuation of the collaboration with Prof. Tayloria Adams (co-advisor). Bubbles will also be co-mentored by Prof. Abe Lee as part of this project.

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CONGRATULATIONS, ZEFAN!
2/21/2024

Congratulations to Ze-Fan on his paper, "Selective Induction of Molecular Assembly to Tissue-Level Anisotropy on Peptide-Based Optoelectronic Cardiac Biointerfaces," which was published in Advanced Materials! Yuyao, Emil, and Natalie were contributing authors from the group. We also acknowledge our collaborators Hao-Tian Wu, Dr. Xin Fu, Prof. Jian Pei, and Prof. Albert Yee. This paper was selected for the Advanced Materials "Rising Stars" special collection. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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WELCOME, SHENG WEI!
1/31/2024

We are excited to welcome Sheng Wei Tang to the group! She is a first-year ChAMP student and will be working on cell-interacting peptide assemblies capable of tunable energy transport in cellulo and as ex cellulo networks.

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CONGRATULATIONS, RUSWEL!
12/20/2023

Congratulations to Ruswel for being selected as an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) fellow at UCI for 2023-24! He will be exploring bioprinting of porphyrin-based peptide materials with his mentor, Harrison.

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WELCOME NEW UNDERGRADS!
10/2023

We have welcomed several undergraduate students this quarter! Maddie (left) is a second-year CBE student and will be working with Katie and Natalie. Catherine (middle) is a second-year BME student and will be working with Yuyao. Caleb is a third-year CBE and will be working with Sue.

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CONGRATULATIONS, SUE!
8/8/2023

Congratulations to Sue on her paper, "Thermochromic Behavior of Polydiacetylene Nanomaterials Driven by Charged Peptide Amphiphiles," which was published in Biomacromolecules! This paper is part of the virtual special issue in Peptide Materials.

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Yuyao Kuang was a contributing author in the group. We also acknowledge the other co-authors outside the group who helped with this work–– Dr. Dmitri Cordova, Alicia Robang, Kaleo Ogura, Dr. Anant Paravastu, and Dr. Maxx Arguilla. Congratulations to the team! 

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

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