What's New in the Z-Lab






July 2019:

-Zasadzinski leads CSE soft matter research groups in a successful Infrastructure Proposal to purchase a new freeze-fracture replication device for microscopy of liposomes, gels, and other soft matter.

-The Zasadzinski group collaborates with the Stottrup group from Augsburg University to publish the first comparison of methods to measure line tension in monolayers in a special issue of Langmuir devoted to Jacob Israelachvili.

-Jeong Eun Shin publishes her latest work “Perfluoroheptane Loaded Hollow Gold Nanoshells Reduce Nanobubble Threshold Fluence” in Small

June 2019:

- The group presented nine talks in ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium in Georgia Tech, Atlanta.

- Our work on lung surfactant aims to cure respiratory distress syndromes, which affect premature babies and adults with injured lungs. Two university-wide communications have interviewed Clara to feature stories on our life-saving jobs: and

- Steven Iasella, a PhD graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, has recently joined our group as a postdoc. Welcome, Steven! 

May 2019:

Our group welcomes three new undergraduate researchers: Khanh Kieu, Tung Le, and Salokya Sarira. Welcome!

August 2018: Better genome editing

UCSB researchers, in collaboration with Joseph Zasadzinski's research group at the University of Minnesota, develop a method of genome editing that not only gives the user complete spatiotemporal control but also treads lightly on DNA. 

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Summer 2018:  Summer interns Konstantin Mamedov, Mitchell Kohler, and Arundahti Bhidi join the group.  Konstantin is working on new ways to precipitate plasmon resonant gold clusters on liposomes.  Mitch is working on new methods of imaging monolayers with soluble dyes, and Arundahti is writing code and trouble-shooting the microtensiometer.  Welcome!

July 2018: Congratulation to Jeong Eun Kim, who co-authored “ Light-Triggered Genome Editing: Cre Recombinase Mediated Gene Editing with Near-Infrared Light,” in Small.

July 2018: Kyu Han Kim accepts position as Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Seoul National University of Science and Technology.  Congratulations to Kyu Han!

June 2018:  Group attends 2018 Colloid and Surface Science Meeting in Pittsburgh giving  2 oral presentations and 2 posters.

May 2018: Cain Valtierrez-Gaytan passes his Ph. D. candidacy exam. Congratulations Cain!

April 2018:  Institute for Engineering in Medicine proposal “Nanoparticle-mediated base editing for T-cell immunotherapy,” is awarded thanks to Jeong Eun Shin’s thesis work.

March 2018: Collaboration with UCSB leads to publication of “Non-linear Chiral Rheology of a Phospholipid Monolayer,” in Soft Matter, with Kyu Han Kim, Siyoung Choi and Todd Squires.

February 2018: Joe Z. presents invited lecture:  “Sensing Curvature: Lipid Phase Coexistence at Planar and Curved Monolayers,”  at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, San Francisco. Group members present 4 posters!

February 2018:  Jeong Eun Shin successfully defends her Ph. D. thesis.  Congratulations Dr. Shin!

January 2018: Olu Ogunyankin and Jeong Eun Shin publish “Optimizing the NIR Fluence Threshold for Nanobubble Generation by Controlled Synthesis of 10 – 40 nm Hollow Gold Nanoshells,” in Advanced Functional Materials.

January 2018:  “Interfacial Curvature Effects on Monolayer Morphology and Dynamics of a Clinical Lung Surfactant,” appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, co-authored by Amit Sachan and Joe Zasadzinski.

December 2017: Group welcomes Materials Science student Clara Ciutara for her Ph. D.

October 2017:  Joe Z. travels to Sourav Barman’s alma mater, Texas Tech,  to present a department seminar: “Two-Dimensional Flows: Relating Monolayer Viscoelasticity to Morphology.”

July 2017:  Joe Z and Ben Stottrup receive NSF grant to study “Effects of Interfacial Curvature on Monolayer Morphology and Dynamics.”