Chen , A Ph.D. student in our lab, has recently won the prestige Irwin and Joan Jacobs Fellowship. Chen’s Ph.D. research is focusing on single-molecule mapping of DNA epigenetic cancer biomarkers using LNA probes selection and solid-state nanopores. Way to go Chen! Mazal tov! :)
Arik Girsault, a Ph.D. student in our group, won the first prize for the best poster at the faculty research day. His poster "Towards Super-Resolution STED imaging of Live Cells’ Dynamics" presents his work on parallel STED for super-resolution of live cells. Way to go Arik!
On December 2, 2018, our lab conducted a tour for undergrad students from the biomedical faculty. The students were introduced to the lab fields of research, super-resolution microscopy, and single molecule biosensing. The tour helped to connect the theoretical studies of the students to the challenges and interest of real lab experiments.
Maisa and Eran are new MSc students in our lab. Maisa has recently completed a joint BSc degree in Physics and Biomedical Engineering, and Eran completed his degree in Biomedical Engineering. Maisa and Eran will be joining our Nanopore team.
On October 26, 2018, Prof. Meller delivered the Joan van der Waals colloquium in the Department of Physics, Leiden University, the Netherlands. The broadly accessed colloquium was entitled “Nanopore bio-sensing: past, present and future” and covered over 20 years of nanopore research towards DNA sequencing as well as recent developments leading to
In a recent publication (ACS Nano, November 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b07055) we showed that thin titanium dioxide membranes produce negligible photoluminescence background as compared to silicon nitride membranes of same thickness. This discovery permits electrooptical sensing in nanopores with much improved signal-to-background ratio, allowing us to use it for sensing and discrimination among labelled DNA strands as well as polypeptides for the first time.