January 2018 – Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Meredith Henry and undergraduate students Megan Korn, Netra Anand, and Michael Hwang
December 2017 – Welcome to graduate students Arventh Velusamy, Aimee Sanford, Rachel Bender, and Hector Argueta-Gonzalez
November 2017 – Congrats to Dr. Alex Rangel for defending her Ph.D. thesis
November 2017 – Welcome to postdoctoral researchers Dr. Shayla Shorter and Dr. Arunava Manna
May 2017 – The Heemstra group is awarded an NSF DMR grant to synthesize and study PNA amphiphiles
April 2017 – Congrats to Evy Kimbrough and Ryan Johnson for winning undergraduate research awards
March 2017 – Welcome to graduate student Steve Knutson
January 2017 – Welcome to undergraduate students Erika Feten and Ryan Johnson
November 2016 – Welcome to graduate students Riley Giesler, Misael Romero, and Hershel Lackey
November 2016 – Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Satish Ellipilli
September 2016 – The Heemstra group and BellBrook Labs are awarded an NIH STTR grant to develop improved methods for selection of DNA biosensors
September 2016 – Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Miguel Pereira
August 2016 – The Heemstra Group is awarded an NIH R01 grant for covalent RNA labeling
August 2016 – Mike and Zhe’s paper on reversible oligonucleotide chain blocking is published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.
July 2016 – Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Brad Green
July 2016 – Erin, Derek, and the 2014 CHEM 5750 class publish on the effect of buffers on cyclooctyne-azide chemistry in J. Org. Chem.
July 2016 – Zhe, Kirsten, and Alex’s paper on polymerase incorporation of modified tNTPs is published in Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett.
July 2016 – Jen is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
May 2016 – The Heemstra group and Sonata Biosciences are awarded an NIH R21 grant for methods to deplete serum proteins from plasma samples
May 2016 – The Heemstra group is awarded a new NSF CHE grant to continue our research on high-throughput enantiosensing
May 2016 – Zhesen and Trevor’s paper on temporal control of aptamer biosensors is published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.
April 2016 – Jen Heemstra receives the W.W. Epstein Outstanding Educator Award
March 2016 – Kirsten and Alex’s invited review on selection of modified aptamers is published in Methods
February 2016 – The Heemstra Group is awarded an Army Educational Outreach Program grant to support high school research interns
February 2016 – The Heemstra Group receives an NSF CAREER Award for water toxin detection and removal
December 2015 – Congrats to Dr. Amber Peterson for defending her Ph.D. thesis
December 2015 – Welcome to graduate student Tewoderos Ayele and Colin Swenson and undergradute students Katie Jones and Karl Grimm
October 2015 – Amber’s paper on the compatibility of aptamers with surfactants is published in Langmuir
September 2015 – Congrats to Dr. Trevor Feagin for defending his Ph.D. thesis
July 2015 – Amber, Zhesen, and Evy’s paper on CMC measurement is published in Anal. Methods
March 2015 – Jen Heemstra receives the Myriad Award of Research Excellence
March 2015 – Trevor, David, and Zach’s paper on high-throughput enantiosensing is published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.
February 2015 – Jen Heemstra receives a Cottrell Scholar Award
November 2014 – Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Petr Simon
October 2014 – Amber’s review on DNA-polymer conjugates is published in WIREs Nanomedicine & Nanobiotechnology
September 2014 – The Heemstra Group is part of a multi-PI team awarded a DARPA grant for evolution of non-natural polymers
August 2014 – Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Zhe Chen
August 2014 – Congrats to Dr. Tilani De Costa for defending her Ph.D. thesis
June 2014 – Ashwani, Josh, Alex, Kirsten, and April’s paper on self-alkylating ribozymes is published in ACS Chem. Biol.
April 2014 – The Heemstra Group is awarded an Army Educational Outreach Program grant to support high school research interns
March 2014 – Jen Heemstra is awarded the 2014-2015 College of Science Professorship
March 2014 – Tilani’s paper on PNA binding selectivity is accepted in Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett.
November 2013 – Welcome to graduate student Zhesen Tan
September 2013 – Alexandra and Nick’s paper on split aptamer engineering is published in Anal. Chem.
September 2013 – Welcome to undergraduate students Evelyn Kimbrough and April Anamisis
May 2013 – The Heemstra Group is awarded an NSF CHE grant for the development of DNA-based high-throughput enantiopurity sensors
April 2013 – Annika graduates with an Honors Degree in Chemistry and undergraduate student Zach Headman joins the lab
February 2013 – Welcome to graduate student Alex Rangel
Feb 2012 – Tilani’s paper on electrostatic effects in charged PNA is published in PLOS ONE
Feb 2012 – Nick’s paper on split aptamer ligation using reductive amination is published in Artificial DNA: PNA & XNA.
June 2012 – Ashwani and Alexandra’s paper on enzyme-linked assay using split aptamer ligation is published in Anal. Chem.
June 2012 – Trevor and Nirmal’s paper on PNA monomer synthesis is accepted in J. Nucleic Acids
March 2012 – Nick Spiropulos is awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Oct 2011 – Welcome to graduate students Kirsten Khoe, David Olsen, and Nick Spiropulos and undergraduate student Alexandra Kent
July 2011 – Ashwani’s paper on split aptamer ligation is published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.
July 2011 – Jen Heemstra and Julie Hollien are awarded a collaborative University of Utah Seed Grant
June 2011 – Jen Heemstra is awarded the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award
April 2011 – Welcome to undergraduate student Nick Farrall
January 2011 – Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Ashwani Sharma and graduate students Tilani DeCosta and Amberlyn Peterson
October 2010 – Welcome to graduate student Trevor Feagin and undergraduate student Annika Pecchia-Bekkum