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
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!
Welcome to our new graduate student - Emil Lundqvist, and two undergraduates - Catherine Ngo and Thomas Wakuta! Emil joins our group from the UCI BME department after completing his first-year rotations. He will be focusing on biomaterials platforms for cardiovascular tissue engineering and maturation of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes. Catherine is a second-year and Thomas is a fourth-year student; both are majoring in CBE.
WELCOME EMIL, CATHERINE, AND THOMAS!
Welcome to our first postdoctoral scholar, Ze-Fan Yao! Ze-Fan joins our group and the UCI CBE department after completing his Ph.D. at Peking University. He will be working on peptide-based materials and related electronic applications.
REVIEW PAPER IN FRONTIERS IN CHEMISTRY
Our first review paper is out! Congratulations to Sue for leading this effort, as well as to Yuyao! This review paper summarizes key technological advancements in the area of supramolecular biosensors and describes emerging approaches in this field. We are honored to have this paper as our contribution to the journal's special issue for International Women of Supramolecular Chemistry.
Welcome to our new graduate student, Harrison Jeong! Harrison joins our group and the UCI CBE department after working in Process Development at Amgen. He is currently a part of the UCI Competitive Edge Program.
WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS TO KIARA LACY—
PATHWAY TO THE PHD FELLOW
Welcome to Kiara Lacy, an alumna of the UCI CBE undergrad program, who will be officially joining the CBE MS program in Fall 2021! Kiara will be working in the Adams and Ardoña Groups and will be developing a new platform for using dielectrophoresis on human mesenchymal stem cells. She was recently awarded the 2021-2022 Samueli School of Engineering Pathway to the PhD Fellow. Congratulations, Kiara!