Fellowships and Publications

Fellowships and Awards

Selected fellowships and awards granted to CBTE graduates and current trainees:

  • Rachel Chapla, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017
  • Chris Jackman, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013-2016
  • Katherine Marusak, JUAMI 2016: Materials for Sustainable Energy Fellowship, 2016
  • Lauren Polstein (Toth), Excellence in Research Award, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, May 2015
  • Daniel French, Pratt Gardner Fellowship, 2014-15
  • Kasie Collins, Nanoscience Graduate Fellowship, 2014
  • Timothy Mwangi, NIH F31 Fellowship, 2012


  • Average publications per students graduated: 4.8

Highlighted Publications

Fellow: Tyler Klann

CRISPR-Cas9 epigenome editing enables high-throughput screening for functional regulatory elements in the human genome. Klann, T. S., Black, J. B., Chellappan, M., Safi, A., Song, L., Hilton, I. B., ... & Gersbach, C. A. (2017) Nature biotechnology. PMID: 28369033

Fellow: Nicholas Tang

Combinatorial codon scrambling enables scalable gene synthesis and amplification of repetitive proteins. N. C. Tang & A. Chilkoti (2016). Nature Materials, 15(4), 419–424. PMCID: PMC4809025.

Fellow: Aline Umuhire Juru

Template-guided selection of RNA ligands using imine-based dynamic combinatorial chemistry. Umuhire Juru, A.; Cai, Z.; Jan, A.; Hargrove, A. E., Chem. Commun. 2020, 56 (24), 3555-3558.

Fellow: Lauren Polstein

A light-inducible CRISPR-Cas9 system for control of endogenous gene activation. Polstein LR, Gersbach CA. Nat Chem Biol. 2015 Mar;11(3):198-200.

Light-inducible spatiotemporal control of gene activation by customizable zinc finger transcription factors. Polstein LR, Gersbach CA. J Am Chem Soc. 2012 Oct 10;134(40):16480-3. 

Fellow: Andrew Adler

Nonviral direct conversion of primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts to neuronal cells. Adler AF, Grigsby CL, Kulangara K, Wang H, Yasuda R, Leong KW. Mol Ther Nucleic Acids. 2012 Jul 10;1:e32.

Fellow: Nima Badie

Novel micropatterned cardiac cell cultures with realistic ventricular microstructure. Badie N, Bursac N. Biophys J. 2009 May 6;96(9):3873-85.

Fellow: Jonathan McDaniel

Noncanonical self-assembly of highly asymmetric genetically encoded polypeptide amphiphiles into cylindrical micelles. McDaniel JR, Weitzhandler I, Prevost S, Vargo KB, Appavou MS, Hammer DA, Gradzielski M,Chilkoti A. Nano Lett. 2014 Nov 12;14(11):6590-8.

Self-assembly of thermally responsive nanoparticles of a genetically encoded peptide polymer by drug conjugation. McDaniel JR, Bhattacharyya J, Vargo KB, Hassouneh W, Hammer DA, Chilkoti A. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2013 Feb 4;52(6):1683-7.

Fellow: Bradley Estes

Monolayer cell expansion conditions affect the chondrogenic potential of adipose-derived stem cells. Estes BT, Diekman BO, Guilak F. Biotechnol Bioeng. 2008 Mar 1;99(4):986-95.

Fellow: Matthew Dreher

Temperature triggered self-assembly of polypeptides into multivalent spherical micelles. Dreher MR, Simnick AJ, Fischer K, Smith RJ, Patel A, Schmidt M, Chilkoti A. J Am Chem Soc. 2008 Jan 16;130(2):687-94.

Fellow: Chris Grigsby

Understanding nonviral nucleic acid delivery with quantum dot-FRET nanosensors. Grigsby CL, Ho YP, Leong KW. Nanomedicine (Lond). 2012 Apr;7(4):565-77.

Fellow: Alexandria Marchi

Toward larger DNA origami. Marchi AN, Saaem I, Vogen BN, Brown S, LaBean TH. Nano Lett. 2014 Oct 8;14(10):5740-7.

Fellow: Holly Leddy

Site-specific effects of compression on macromolecular diffusion in articular cartilage. Leddy HA, Guilak F. Biophys J. 2008 Nov 15;95(10):4890-5. 


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