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    • December 14 -- Aimal Khankhel joins the Valentine Lab as a Winter Quarter Rotation Student from the UCSB Biomolecular Science and Engineering Graduate Program. He will focus on mechanical testing of biomimetic materials. Welcome, Aimal!

    • December 10 -- MTV presents a seminar entitled Learning from nature: how mussels stick to rocks using strong, tough and porous materials at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal in Bordeaux, France

    • December 4 -- Ben Lopez and MTV's paper on EB1-Microtubule interactions and dynamics is accepted for publication in Cytoskeleton. Congratulations, Ben!

    • November 20 -- Jamie Wilcox advances to Ph.D. candidacy in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Congratulations, Jamie!

    • November 13 -- MTV presents a seminar on the Mechanical and Ultrastructural Properties of Mussel-derived Adhesives to the Physique et Mecanique des Milieux Heterogenes (PMMH) group at ESPCI-ParisTech

    • October 29 -- Emma Filippidi, Danny DeMartini, Paula Malo de Molina, Eric Danner, Juntae Kim, Matt Helgeson, Herb Waite and MTV's paper on Mussel Plaque Architecture is accepted for publication in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Congratulations, Emma and all!

    • October 9 -- MTV presents a seminar on Microscale Rigid Rod Polymer Network Mechanics to the Laboratoire de Science et Ingenierie de la Matiere Molle (SIMM) at ESPCI-ParisTech

    • September 30 -- Dezhi Yu, Stu Feinstein, and MTV's paper on the Effects of Tau Mutants on Microtubule Organization and Intracellular Trafficking in COS7 cells is accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics. Congratulations, Dezhi!

    • September 18 -- MTV visits ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain and presents a seminar on the Dynamic and Self-healing Properties of Microtubule Networks.

    • September 1 -- Menaka Wilhlem, new graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, and Lotta Lorenz, new graduate student in Physics, join the Valentine Lab. Welcome Menaka and Lotta!

    • September 1 -- MTV begins a Fall sabbatical at ESPCI-ParisTech under the support of a Fulbright Scholar Award.

    • August 9 -- Jamie Wilcox presents a talk on her high-force optical trapping methods at the SPIE Optical Trapping and Optical Manipulation Meeting in San Diego, CA.

    • August 1 -- MTV is selcted to be an Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

    • July 26 -- Emma Filippidi presents a talk on "Mussels: An Inspiration for Underwater Glue, the Microscopic Structure of Adhesive Plaque" at the Science of Adhesion Gordon Research Seminar held at Mount Holyoke College in Hadley, MA.

    • July 19 -- Ken Desmond, Nick Zacchia, Herb Waite and MTV's paper on Mussel Plaque Detachment is accepted for publication in Soft Matter. Congrulations Ken and Nick!

    • July 14 -- Ben Lopez and MTV's paper on Molecular Control of Stress Transmission in the Microtubule Cytoskeleton is accepted for publication in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Molecular Cell Research.

    • June 29 -- MTV is an invited lecturer at the 2015 Soft Matter Summer School at the Korea Institute of Advanced Study in Seoul.

    • May 12 -- Nick Zacchia and MTV's paper on Design Optimization of Magnetic Tweezers Devices is accepted for publication in the Review of Scientific Instruments. Congratulations, Nick!

    • May 7 -- Emma Filippidi is invited to participate in the Gordon Research Seminar on the Science of Adhesion, to be held in Mount Holyoke, MA in late July, as a discussion leader. Congratulations, Emma!

    • April 18 -- Chris Vaca, Roie Shlomovitz, Yali Yang, MTV's and Alex Levine is accepted for publication in Soft Matter. Congratulations all!

    • March 21 -- Kuang Wei presents a poster about his work on the effects of tau proteins on microtubule mechanics and function at the UC Leads annual symposium at UC Merced, and won a poster award in physical sciences & mathematics. Congratulations, Kuang!

    • March 12-15 -- MTV attends the Molecules Come to Life Symposium at Biosphere 2 in Tucson as a Scialog Fellow.

    • March 2-6 -- Emma Filippidi and MTV attend the American Physical Society Meeting in San Antonio, TX. Emma presented her work on Mussel Plaque Architecture and MTV organized a Focus Session on the Physics of Protein Interactions. MTV also participated in the "Lunch with Experts", and Emma was selected to present her mussel adhesion work at a press conference on Biology-inspired Technology. Congratulations, Emma!

      You can learn more about the lab's work on mussel-inspired adhesion at these press sites:

      BBC's Science in Action (Hint:Skip ahead to ~ minute 20 to hear about our work!)

    • February 19 -- MTV gives the Condensed Matter Physics Seminar at UC Davis on "New insight into biomaterials design through molecular and geometric control of protein-based structures".

    • February 7-11 -- Ben Lopez and MTV attend the Biophysical Society's Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Ben presents a platform talk on his work on EB1 and MTV presents a poster on the effects of wild-type and disease-linked tau mutants on cargo transport in cells. MTV also organized the annual Postdoctoral Breakfast, sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and focused on publishing this year.

    • January 9 -- MTV is awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to Paris, France to study Adhesion Mechanics with Costantino Creton at ESPCI ParisTech in Fall 2015. You can read more about it: here, here, here, or here.

    • December 15 -- Dezhi Yu successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis, "The Effects of Tau Proteins on Microtubule Mechanics and Molecular Motor Transport". Congratulations, Dr. Yu!

    • December 12 -- MTV is elected 'Member-at-large' of the Executive Committee of the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society. Her three-year term of service will begin at the 2015 APS March Meeting, which will be held in San Antonio next year.

    • November 1 -- MTV is selected to become a co-leader of IRG1: Bio-inspired Wet Adhesion, within the Materials Research Laboratory, an NSF-funded MRSEC site.

    • October 26-29 -- MTV attends the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Program held at the Beckman Center in Irvine CA. The goal of the FOEE program is to bring together faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches from a variety of engineering disciplines. Learn more about the FOEE program here.

    • October 16-18 -- Adrian Marquez and Kuang Wei represent UCSB and the Valentine Lab at the Annual SACNAS National Conference in LA where they present posters on their research. Adrian won an award for outstanding poster presentation. Congratulations to both!

      Adrian receives his outstanding poster presentation award at the National SACNAS meeting in Los Angeles. He presented the cell adhesion work he did over the summer as an INSET/VIBRANT intern.

    • October 10/17 -- MTV visits and gives seminars at Technical University (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilian-University (LMU) in Munich, Germany.

    • September 13 -- Nicholas Zacchia and Vasisht Shastry submit their M.S. theses and each graduates with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Congratulations, Nick and Vasisht!

    • September 12 -- Adrian Marquez is selected to represent the INSET program and UCSB at the 2014 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium, sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research, which will be held in Arlington VA in late October. Congratulations, Adrian!

    • September 10-13 -- MTV attends the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Program held at the Beckman Center in Irvine CA. The goal of the FOE program is to bring together a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. Learn more about this exciting program here.

    • August 19 -- Ben Lopez and MTV's paper on the Mechanical effects of EB1 on Microtubules is accepted for publication in Cytoskeleton. Congratulations, Ben!

    • July 23 -- Dr. Alfredo Quinto Hernandez, from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Instituto Tecnologico de Zacatepec, Morelos, Mexico arrives. Alfredo will study the Mechanical Properties of Lignocellulosic Biomass. His work is sponsored by the Mexican Academy of Sciences and The United States-Mexico Foundation for Science. Welcome, Alfredo!

    • July 15 -- MTV is awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to Design and Study Tough Resilient Gels Using Adhesive Rigid-Rod Polymers. Read more here: Link.

    • July 9 -- The Valentine Lab research on the understanding the effects of force-based injuries in neurons is highlighted in the UCSB Convergence Magazine. Read all about it: Link.

    • July 6-11 -- MTV attends the World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston, and presents 2 invited podium talks, one on the effects of EB1 on microtubule mechanics and one on the Mechanics of Mussel Adhesion.

    • July 1 -- MTV is promoted to tenure! Great work and a big thanks to everyone who contributed to the lab's success over the past 6 years!

      Valentine Lab selfie @ lunch to celebrate tenure! (with Adrian, Ben, MTV, Dezhi, Donna, Jamie, Emma, and Kuang)

    • July 1 -- MTV joins the Biophysical Society's Early Careers Committee for a 3-year term. This committee is responsible for increasing the involvement of early career (graduate student, postdoctoral, or newly independent scientist) members in Society affairs and recognizing the challenges unique to early career scientists.

    • June 23 -- Kuang Wei, an undergrad Physics major from UCSB continues his work in the lab through the UC Leads scholar program, and Adrian Marquez, a Chemical Engineering major at Santa Barbara City College joins the lab through the INSET and VIBRANT summer programs. Welcome Adrian, and welcome back Kuang!

    • June 18-20 -- Ben Lopez is selected to present a talk on the regulation of microtubule mechanics and function by EB1 at the 15th annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium in Irvine CA. Congratulations, Ben!

    • May 15-19 -- MTV is invited to speak at The 1st International Workshop on Multiscale Mechanobiology (IWMM 2014) in Hong Kong, where she presents on the Molecular Design of Adpative and Stimuli-Responsive Materials.

    • May 1 -- Emmanouela Filippidi joins the Valentine Research Group as a postdoctoral fellow to work on mussel-inspired adhesion -- Welcome Emma!

    • April 17 -- MTV presents on "New insight into biomaterials design through molecular and geometric control of protein-based structure" at a Biophysics Mini-Symposium at Lehigh University.

    • April 4 -- MTV presents a guest lecture in the Introduction to Engineering Class at Santa Barbara City College on Opportunities in Bioengineering.

    • March 3-7 -- Ben Lopez, Ken Desmond, and MTV present talks at the American Physical Society's March Meeting, in Denver CO on EB1 diffusion, Mussel Adhesion, and the Impact of Bond Lability on Network Mechanics, respectively. MTV organized a DPOLY focus session on Biological and Bio-inspired Adhesive Polymers.

    • Feb. 17 -- MTV is a featured speaker at the Future of Biophysics Symposium at the Biophysical Society's Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA (more here).

    • Feb. 15-19 -- Ben Lopez, Nick Zacchia, and MTV present posters at the Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco on their work on the effects of EB1 on microtububle mechanics, design optimization for magnetic tweezers, and microscope measurements of microtubule network mechanics, respectively.

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