Congrats to Anna, Noémie, Bom, and our collaborators, whose paper “Genetically Programmable Self-Regenerating Bacterial Hydrogels” is available online now at Advanced Materials! The paper describes a material made by, and composed of, bacteria and their secreted polymers. We show that it can regenerate itself inside the mammalian gut.
Congratulations to Dr. Praveschotinunt, who successfully defended his thesis, entitled “Engineered Curli-Expressing Probiotic Bacteria as a Platform for Therapeutics and Diagnostics” and received his Ph.D. hood at the SEAS graduation ceremony! Bom will be starting a position as a scientist at Ginko Bioworks in July.
Three members of the group – Anna Duraj-Thatte, M.B. Avinash, and Neel Joshi – submitted an entry for the NSF 2026 Big Ideas competition: “A competition sponsored by the National Science Foundation to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering.” Our entry was selected as a semi-finalist and describes a broad vision for Living Materials and how they can contribute to a more sustainable future for our built environment. Help us become finalists and shape the agenda for future NSF research by commenting on our video at the link!
Congrats to Anton, whose paper entitled “Congo Red fluorescence for rapid in situ characterization of synthetic curli systems” is available online now at Applied and Environmental Microbiology! The manuscript describes a new method to monitor the production of curli fibers directly from bacterial cultures.
Congrats to Anton, whose Prospective article entitled “Towards the directed evolution of protein materials” is now available at MRS Communications. The forward-looking literature review lays out a vision for a new approach to materials fabrication.
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