2020


Congratulations to Dr. Irina Rasid for successfully defending her thesis “Dynamics of Associative Polymer Networks” on Thursday, October 29th, with Professors Gareth McKinley, Krystyn J. Van Vliet, Niels Holten-Andersen, and Bradley D. Olsen!


Congratulations to Dr. Justin M. Paloni for his publication to ACS Applied Polymer Materials titled “Polymer Domains Control Diffusion in Protein–Polymer Conjugate Biosensors”!


Congratulations to Dr. Akash Arora, Tzyy-Shyang Lin, Haley K. Beech, and Hidenobu Mochigase for their new paper here titled “Fracture of Polymer Networks Containing Topological Defects” in collaboration with Prof. Rui Wang.


As polymer informatics continues to grow, check out this primer of the Olsen Lab’s newest creation: BigSMILES, a SMILES extension for encoding complex, stochastic polymer structures here!


Congratulations to Dr. Helen Yao for successfully defending her thesis “Driving Forces of Self-Assembly in Protein–Polymer Bioconjugates” on Friday, August 7th! We wish her the best in her career!


The Olsen Lab would like to welcome its newest postdoc Dylan Walsh, who completed his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois under Dr. Damien Guironnet. Welcome Dylan!


Congratulations to Dr. Sieun Kim, Hursh V. Sureka (@hursh_sureka), Dr. Basak Kayitmazer, and the Swan Lab (@Jim_Swan) on their new paper Effect of Protein Surface Charge Distribution on Protein-Polyelectrolyte Complexation. Check it out here!


Congrats to grad student Irina Rasid for her publication in Physical Review Materials titled “Understanding the molecular origin of shear thinning in associative polymers through quantification of bond dissociation under shear”. Check it out here!


Dr. Justin Paloni became our newest PhD graduate today! He successfully defended his thesis “Protein-Polymer Conjugate Arrays for Enhanced Biosensor Sensitivity and Selectivity” with Professors Bradley D. Olsen, Hadley D. Sikes and Michael S. Strano. Congratulations!


Check out grad student Helen Yao’s recent publication to Polymer Chemistry!


Congratulations to our very own Helen Yao for being chosen as a Frank J. Padden Jr. Award finalist for the APS March Meeting! Learn more about her work here.


Congratulations to recent graduate Brian Seifried for his publication in Bioconjugate Chemistry! Check it out!


Former Olsen Lab postdoc Danielle J. Mai is now an Assistant Professor in Stanford University’s Department of Chemical Engineering! We wish her the best of luck on her academic endeavors! For more information on her research, please visit her official research webpage.


We would like to extend a warm welcome to grad student Zi Wang and undergraduates Anna Go and Angelo Guo from the Stephen L. Craig lab. We look forward to their collaboration!


The Olsen Lab would like to welcome MIT undergraduate Zhining Shi to the lab, who will be working on BigSMILES and its applications.