Welcome to the Ardoña Research Group!
The Ardoña Research Group at UC Irvine aims to pioneer next-generation responsive and adaptive 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 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!
JAIDE VENTOCILLA AWARDED AS UROP FELLOW
Congratulations to Jaide for receiving a UROP Fellowship for academic year 2021-2022! Jaide will be developing peptide-polymer composite hydrogels as electroactive scaffolds for stem cells.
SUE AND YUYAO ARE WINNERS OF THE 2021 CBE VIRTUAL POSTER SESSION
Congratulations to Sue and Yuyao for receiving first place during the 2021 CBE virtual poster session! This session was part of the grad program visitation week. Their poster was about our group's current and future research work related to biomimetic and adaptive materials.
PAULINE TRAN AWARDED AS UROP FELLOW
Congratulations to Pauline for receiving a UROP Fellowship for academic year 2020-2021! She will be working on responsive peptide hydrogels.