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 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!
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.