Scientific Methods

I’ve found the publications of Professor Tung-Tien Sun of New York University, in the field of research methods, very useful during recent years and I would recommend every researcher to have a look at his website and especially his short Nature paper about experimental design:

http://sun-lab.med.nyu.edu/Scientific+Methods

http://sun-lab.med.nyu.edu/files_private/sun-lab/attachments/2004.NatureRev_0.pdf

MRS Fall 2014

I’ll have an oral presentation of my latest research in Materials Research Society (MRS) conference, Fall 2014 session, on December 3rd, in the Medical Applications of Noble Metal Nanoparticles (NMNPs) symposium.
I’ll be also serving as one of the conference assistants on Dec. 1st and 2nd in the 3D Mesoscale Architectures–Synthesis, Assembly, Properties and Applications symposium.

Panel for new graduate students

I was one of the five invited panelists (as the most successful department graduate students) to attend the CH 801 class for first-year graduate students yesterday. This was arranged by Prof. Linda Doerrer so that we advise the new students, based on our experiences, about the methods of dealing with stress and succeeding in projects during their graduate studies. It was quite a warm and useful discussion, and my most important point for them was to keep themselves motivated in next years by reminding themselves how important PhD programs and science in general are, and what a great privilege it is to be here.

Paper accepted

My paper titled “Quantifying Lipid Contents in Enveloped Virus Particles with Plasmonic Nanoparticles” is now accepted to be published in Small journal. This is the first time that we are introducing this new viral-surface characterization method in a peer-reviewed journal. This project is now being followed by me and my undergraduate students in more details. More results regarding the GM3 content of HIV-1 and Ebola virus-like particles and its effect in virus-cell interaction will be published soon.

A new semester and my 4th year of PhD has started and I have two new undergraduate students, Camille Silva and Crystal Wong, to mentor and use their cooperation in pushing the projects forward. In addition, my last paper is getting published in Small soon, and I’ll have a talk in MRS Fall session in the first week of December.

NP Workshop

It was an honor to be the organizer and one of the trainers of half of a workshop named “Nanoparticles Synthesis and Characterization” held by Boston University Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology (CNN), and performed by Bjoern Reinhard and Mark Grinstaff groups of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering departments. The participants of the workshop were mostly grad. students and post-docs from BU, Northeastern University, MIT, Harvard University and Mass. General Hospital (MGH) this year.

It was a great opportunity for all of us to share skills and knowledge in the field of Nano/Biotechnology and discuss the ideas. I believe such forms of knowledge transfer are the best ways of accelerating the propagation of science, and also paying back what you owe to the community.

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Gordon Research Conference 2014

The GRC 2014 finished with some posters being selected to be presented again on the last day including mine. The following is a group photo of the attendees:

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GRS group photo

GRS on “Noble Metal Nanoparticles” finished on Sunday, June 15th, 2014. Here is a group photo of the attendees:

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Gordon Research Conference (GRC)

GRC 2014 has begun since last evening with the great talks of Federico Capasso on advances in metamaterials and Sharon Goltzer on entropic assemblies. It was continued today with a Plasmonics session which included talks of Alexander Govorov, Stephan Link and Jill Millstone. Also, I’ll present my poster today on characterization of viral surfaces using plasmon coupling microscopy.

Gordon Research Seminars (GRS)

The last two days have been scientifically very fruitful days for me in Gordon Research Seminars (GRS), the “Noble Metal Nanoparticles” session in Mount Holyoke, MA. I’ve had the opportunity to listen to the student talks and see posters of the best researchers of the field from all over the globe. Also, we had the opportunity to have Prof. Catherine Murphy around as the vice chair of the session, and use her vast knowledge of nanotechnology and academic careers in general. Most importantly, I presented the latest findings of my research in the field of sub-diffraction-limit characterization of viral surfaces through nanoplasmonics, in a poster. This will be followed by Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on the same topic during the following week with various professors of the field giving talks, to which I’m excitedly looking forward.

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Stanford and Dionne’s Lab

It was a great pleasure to visit the beautiful campus of Stanford University on June 12th, and meet Prof. Jennifer Dionne’s group. I have to acknowledge the hospitality of Sassan Sheikholeslami and Andrea Baldi who showed me the labs and facilities that their group utilizes throughout the researches.

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CLEO 2014

I presented a part of my research this morning, June 9th, in “Advances in Molecular Imaging” session of CLEO 2014. The details of the talk will be added to the “Publications” page of this website.

In addition, I enjoyed attending the short course of “Plasmonics” taught by Prof. Mark Brongersma of Stanford University. It was a very well-organized and useful course.

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CLEO 2014

I checked in the CLEO 2014 today and found the opportunity to attend the Howard Schlossberg’s retirement symposium and listen to the fantastic talks of a few outstanding scientists who had relied on his funding from DOD for many years. Interestingly, his supports have resulted in the invention of many useful biomedical supplies based on Optics and Lasers, which has resulted in treatment of thousands of patients worldwide.

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NSF-funded REU students

I will be mentoring Beatrix Setyono during this summer through a project related to my PhD thesis. She is among a small number of students selected to be admitted to Boston University for an NSF-funded REU program to obtain experimental skills required for their graduate studies.

My last year’s REU student, Ethan Edmans, is now graduating from his college and has got his name as a co-author in my latest publication due to his significant contributions. He will be starting his Master studies since September 2014 in the Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Conferences

My abstracts have been accepted to CLEO 2014, San Jose, CA for the Advanced Molecular Imaging session and Gordon Research Conferences and Seminars, South Hadley, MA for the Noble Nanoparticles session, both to be held in June, 2014.

Travel Awards

I’ve been awarded the three following travel grants recently to attend two conferences during the Summer of 2014:
1-Feldman Travel Award of Boston University Chemistry Department

2-Travel Grant of Boston University Photonics Center

3-Travel Grant of Boston University Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology