News

September 2019

Congratulations to Maria and Brian for having their paper “Subcellular Control Over Focal Adhesion Anisotropy, Independent of Cell Morphology, Dictates Stem Cell Fate” accepted in ACS Nano!

Congratulations to Elamar and Eric for having their paper “Label-Free Assay of Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Activity in Single Cells” accepted in Analytical Chemistry!

Congratulations to Jennifer and Nihan for having their paper “Plasmonic Microneedle Arrays for in situ Sensing with Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)” accepted in Nano Letters!

Congratulations to Jeffrey for having his paper “Profiling Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Specificity with SAMDI Mass Spectrometry and Peptide Arrays” accepted in ACS Combinatorial Science!

July 2019

Congratulations to Milan on his appointment to as the Scientific Director for the Searle Scholars Program. For the past 40 years, the program has indentified and provided support to the most innovative chemists and biomedical scientists as they begin their independent careers, and Milan looks forward to promoting the careers of exceptional young scientists. Read more his appointment here.

Congratulations to Greg Hudalla, former postdoc, who has received tenure in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Florida!

June 2019

Congratulations to Lindsey, Patrick and Jennifer- our new Chemistry PhDs!

Dr. Mrksich’s work developing a new method for engineering metabolic pathways that combines cell-free protein synthesis and self-assembled monolayer desorption ionization (SAMDI) mass spectrometry was recently profiled in Northwestern Engineering News. This work was published with Patrick O’Kane and our collaborators in the Jewett lab in Science Advances.

Congratulations to Raymond and Alexei for having their paper “Profiling Protease Activity in Laundry Detergents with Peptide Arrays and SAMDI Mass Spectrometry” accepted in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research!

May 2019

Congratulations to Lindsey Szymczak on successfully defending her thesis!

Congratulations to Sarah Wood on successfully defending her thesis!

Congratulations to Patrick O’Kane on successfully defending his thesis!

April 2019 

Congratulations to José-Marc Techner on successfully defending his thesis!

March 2019

Congratulations to Pradeep for having his paper “Sequential Photo-Activation of Self-Assembled Monolayers to Direct Cell Adhesion and Migration” accepted in Langmuir!

February 2019

Congratulations to Lindsey for having her paper “Using Peptide Arrays to Discover the Sequence-Specific Acetylation of the Histidine-Tyrosine” accepted in Biochemistry!

January 2019

Congratulations to Jennifer, Patrick and Blaise for having their paper “Using Microfluidics and Imaging SAMDI-MS to Characterize Reaction Kinetics” accepted in ACS Central Science!

Congratulations to Eric and his collaborators for having their paper “Exploration of the nanomedicine-design space with high-throughput screening and machine learning” accepted in Nature Biomedical Engineering!

November 2018 

Congratulations to Kevin and Justin, and their collaborators in the Goodson and Schatz groups, for having their paper, “Long-Range Energy Transfer in Protein Megamolecules” accepted in JACS!

October 2018 

Congratulations to Shengwang, Kevin, Pradeep and Jennifer for having their paper, “A Photoactivatable Reaction for Covalent Nanoscale Patterning of Multiple Proteins” accepted in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!

September 2018 

Congratulations to Jennifer for having her paper, “High Throughput Enzyme Kinetics with 3D Microfluidics and Imaging SAMDI Mass Spectrometry” accepted in Analytical Chemistry!

Congratulations to Pradeep for having his review, “Dynamic Substrates for Cell Biology” accepted in Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science!

Congratulations to Sarah A, for publishing an essay on technology in research, in this week’s Science!

June 2018 

Congratulations to Elamar, Sarah and Adam for successfully completing their qualification exams to enter Ph.D. candidacy

Congratulations to Kazi, Azmain and Eric for having their paper, ” Traceless Immobilization of Analytes for High-Throughput Experiments with SAMDI Mass Spectrometry ” accepted in JACS!

Congratulations to Jennifer, Justin, Juliet and Paul for having their paper, “An Immobilized Enzyme Reactor for Spatiotemporal Control over Reaction Products” accepted in Small!

May 2018 

Congratulations to Shuheng for the acceptance of her paper, “An Unusual Salt Effect in an Interfacial Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction” in Langmuir!

Congratulations to Maria Cabezas on successfully defending her thesis!

Congratulations to Sherry, Hsin-Yu and our collaborators in the Ameer group for acceptance of their paper “A Potent Laminin-Inspired Antioxidant Regenerative Dressing Accelerates Wound Healing in Diabetes in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.!

Congratulations to Justin and Yao, for having their paper “Synthesis of Cyclic Megamolecules” accepted in JACS!

April 2018

Congratulations to Kevin Metcalf for being awarded an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship!

March 2018

Congratulations to Blaise Kimmel for being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Congratulations to Liang Lin and our collaborators in the Jewett lab for the acceptance of our paper “Design of glycosylation sites by rapid synthesis and analysis of glycosyltransferases” in Nature Chemical Biology!.

October 2017

Congratulations to Lindsey and Hsin-Yu, for having their review “Peptide Arrays: Development and Application” accepted in Analytical Chemistry.

September 2017

Congratulations to Sarah, Jeffrey and our collaborators in the Liedberg group, for having their paper “A Bottom-Up Proteomic Approach to Identify Substrate Specificity of Outer Membrane Protease OmpT” accepted in Angew Chem.

Congratulations to Caleb and Mike and our collaborators in the Fierke group, for having their paper “Active Site Metal Identity Alters HDAC8 Substrate Selectivity: A Potential Novel Regulatory Mechanism” accepted in Biochemistry.

July 2017

Congratulations to Patrick, for having his paper “An Assay Based on SAMDI Mass Spectrometry for Profiling Protein Interaction Domains” accepted in JACS.

Congratulations to Lindsey and our collaborators Albert and Neda Bagheri, for having their paper “Machine Learning on SAMDI Mass Spectrometry Signal to Noise Ratio Improves Peptide Array Designs” accepted in Analytical Chemistry.

May 2017

Megan Burton, undergrad in the Mrksich group, was awarded the Fulbright scholarship or the 2017-2018 year. She will be working with Dr. Raphaeil Margueron at the Curie Institute in Paris, comparing the genetic modifications of different cancerous tumors.

January 2017

Congratulations to Maria for having her paper “Nanopatterned Extracellular Matrices Enable Cell-Based Assays with a Mass Spectrometric Readout” accepted in NanoLetters.

September 2016

Congratulations to Pradeep and our collaborators in the Van Duyne and Schatz Groups, for having their paper “Bisboronic Acids for Selective, Physiologically Relevant Direct Glucose Sensing with Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy” accepted in JACS.

Milan discusses the emerging field of Synthetic Biology and its rapidly developing impact on cancer research. Link to article here.

July 2016

Congratulations to Eric, Pradeep and our collaborators, Professor Al George and Lyndsey Anderson, for having their paper “Measuring Drug Metabolism Kinetics and Drug-Drug Interactions with SAMDI Mass Spectrometry” accepted in Analytical Chemistry.

May 2016

Congratulations to Justin and our collaborators in the Hupp and Farha groups for having their paper “Toward Design Rules for Enzyme Immobilization in Hierarchical Mesoporous Metal-Organic Frameworks” accepted in CHEM.

Congratulations to Eric and Maria for their paper “Cellular Assays with a Molecular Endpoint Measured by SAMDI Mass Spectrometry” accepted for publication in Small.

Milan was interviewed for a story on the role of big data in biology. You can find the article here.

March 2014

Professor Mrksich was featured in Northwestern’s magazine news article “Synthetic Biologists Break New Ground in Medicine, Energy: Northwestern scientists engineer living systems to tackle global problems.” The article is also featured on Northwestern’s website here.

February 2014

Sean McCleary visited our lab for the day to shadow Professor Mrksich and learn about what we do in lab.

January 2014

We celebrated our annual Holiday Party at Oceanique.

December 2013

Congratulations Kyle for accepting a faculty position at the Virginia Military Institute. Kyle starts her new position in the Fall of 2014.

Happy Holidays from the Mrksich Group!