Dr. Erik Johnson accepts Data Scientist position at Epic Systems

Congratulations to Dr. Erik Johnson on his Data Scientist position at Epic Systems!



Dr. Joseph Dekker accepts Sr. Scientist position at Molecular Templates

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Dekker who has accepted a position as Sr. Scientist in Immunology at Molecular Templates in Austin, TX.

Alumnus Dr. Eva-Maria Strauch joins the Faculty at the University of Georgia

Congratulations to Dr. Eva-Maria Strauch who has joined the faculty of the University of Georgia, Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences!

Alumnus Dr. Jason Cantor Joins Morgridge Institute, UW-Madison

Jason Cantor joins Morgridge Institute, UW-Madison

Congratulations Dr. Cantor on your new position at the Morgridge Institute!

Undergraduate Researcher Justin Mirazee awarded ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship and URF Fellowship

Justin Mirazee, Undergraduate Researcher, was awarded the ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship to assist research in Dr. Sai Reddy’s lab at ETH-Zürich for Summer 2018. Justin will be learning how to use CRISPR-Cas9 to modify antibody expression in murine hybridoma cell lines and engineer other complex proteins such as chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) for immunotherapy.

In addition, Justin was awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) from UT Austin to support the T-cell Fc gamma receptor project with Wissam Charab.

Congratulations, Justin!

Dr. Everett Stone Named Emerging Inventor of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Everett Stone, Emerging Inventor of the Year!

On November 2, 2017, the UT Austin Office of Technology Commercialization hosted the 7th Annual Inventor Award Ceremony & Reception. The prestigious Inventor of the Year Award, honors a researcher whose discoveries have made a significant impact, and the Emerging Inventor of the Year Award, acknowledges a researcher who has made substantial contributions early in their career.



Undergraduate Researcher Justin Mirazee wins a Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium Best Presentation Award!

Congratulations to Undergraduate Researcher Justin Mirazee who recently won the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium Award for Best Presentation in his Session. Justin is working with Graduate Researcher Wissam Charab and Undergraduate Researcher Matthew Rosenbeger.

The Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium is a chance for students to present a highlight reel of their research at UT to underscore the importance of academic involvement for undergraduates.

Dr. Georgiou Delivers Prestigious Global Distinguished Lecture at KAIST

Dr. Georgiou was selected to deliver the Prestigious 2017 Global Distinguished Lecture in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at KAIST.

His lecture Discovery, Preclinical and Clinical Development of Therapeutic Treatment for Cancer Therapy focused on the pioneering methods he has developed to engineer therapeutic enzymes capable of degrading specific amino acids related to disease pathology, studies that have led to one protein therapeutic that is currently being evaluated in 3 Phase I clinical trials and two preclinical stage therapeutics that will enter human trials in 2018. In addition, he discussed his development of improved therapeutic antibodies that have been engineered for enhanced killing of target pathogenic cells and other properties that are critical for the pharmacology of antibody drugs.

His lecture What’s in your Blood? Molecular Analysis of the Serum Antibody Repertoire for Developing Better Vaccines and Therapeutics discussed the diverse ensemble of antibody proteins (immunoglobulins) that circulate in all physiological fluids and play a central role in protection against disease. His lab has developed an integrated technology workflow that combines high mass accuracy LC-MS/MS proteomics, with microfluidics and bioinformatics tools for the molecular-level deconvolution of the identities, relative amounts and functions of antibodies in human blood and also for the delineation of the relationships between antibody production and the relevant B cell immunological mechanisms.

About “The KAIST CBE Global Distinguished Lectureship”
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at KAIST proudly presents the 7th KAIST CBE Global Distinguished Lectureship series. The lectureship is an annual event in which an internationally leading researcher in chemical and biomolecular engineering at a foreign institution is selected and invited to give a series of lectures. The lectures are open to students and faculty as well as alumni and friends. The visiting lecturer, in addition to giving the seminars on recent trends and advances in his / her field is asked to participate in informal discussions with KAIST faculty and students.

Previous lecturers include Bill Koros (GT), Manfred Morari (ETH), Gregory Stephanopoulos (MIT), Rakesh Agrawal (Purdue), and Ignacio Grossmann (CMU).

While visiting Korea, Dr. Georgiou was delighted to reconnect with several Georgiou Lab Alumni.

Left to Right: Assoc. Prof. Ki Jun Jeong (KAIST), Assoc. Prof. Tae Hyeon Yoo (Ajou Univ.), Dr. George Georgiou, Asst. Prof. Xin Ge (UC Riverside), Assoc. Prof. Sang Taek Jung (Kookmin Univ.), Dr. Tae Hyun Kang (Sr. Researcher, CJ HealthCare), Dr. Daechan Park (Sr. Research Scientist, KIST).

Undergraduate Researcher Anirudh placed in the top 3 of his division in the SEC PEER Poster Exhibition

Anirudh is a third-year undergraduate working in Dr. John Blazeck’s team to engineer an enzyme for a cancer immunotherapy. He placed first among upperclassmen in the annual Student Engineering Council Poster Exhibition on Engineering Research. His poster, titled “Directed evolution of an enzyme to fight cancer immune suppression,” outlines the team’s protein engineering techniques to develop a protein to degrade kynurenine, an immunosuppressive molecule synthesized by 11+ types of cancer.

Congratulations, Anirudh!

Undergraduate Researcher Soumya Shekhar is awarded a 2017 Undergraduate Research Forum Award for Excellence in Cancer Research

Every Spring, the college celebrates its student-scientists at this one-day event. More than 200 students present posters describing their research. The best and most innovative posters and presentations are recognized with awards judged and sponsored by the university, faculty, alumni and industry.

Congratulations, Soumya!