Group News

May 2017 – The Heemstra group is awarded an NSF DMR grant to synthesize and study PNA amphiphiles

 April 2017 – Congrats to Evy Kimbrough and Ryan Johnson for winning undergraduate research awards

March 2017 – Welcome to graduate student Steve Knutson

January 2017 – Welcome to undergraduate students Erika Feten and Ryan Johnson

November 2016 - Welcome to graduate students Riley Giesler, Misael Romero, and Hershel Lackey

November 2016 - Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Satish Ellipilli

September 2016 – The Heemstra group and BellBrook Labs are awarded an NIH STTR grant to develop improved methods for selection of DNA biosensors

September 2016 – Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Miguel Pereira

August 2016 – The Heemstra Group is awarded an NIH R01 grant for covalent RNA labeling

August 2016 – Mike and Zhe’s paper on reversible oligonucleotide chain blocking is published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.

July 2016 – Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Brad Green

July 2016 – Erin, Derek, and the 2014 CHEM 5750 class publish on the effect of buffers on cyclooctyne-azide chemistry in J. Org. Chem.

 July 2016 – Zhe, Kirsten, and Alex’s paper on polymerase incorporation of modified tNTPs is published in Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett.

July 2016 – Jen is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

May 2016 – The Heemstra group and Sonata Biosciences are awarded an NIH R21 grant for methods to deplete serum proteins from plasma samples

May 2016 – The Heemstra group is awarded a new NSF CHE grant to continue our research on high-throughput enantiosensing

May 2016 – Zhesen and Trevor’s paper on temporal control of aptamer biosensors is published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.

April 2016 – Jen Heemstra receives the W.W. Epstein Outstanding Educator Award

March 2016 – Kirsten and Alex’s invited review on selection of modified aptamers is published in Methods

February 2016 - The Heemstra Group is awarded an Army Educational Outreach Program grant to support high school research interns

February 2016 – The Heemstra Group receives an NSF CAREER Award for water toxin detection and removal

December 2015 – Congrats to Dr. Amber Peterson for defending her Ph.D. thesis

December 2015 - Welcome to graduate student Tewoderos Ayele and Colin Swenson and undergradute students Katie Jones and Karl Grimm

October 2015 - Amber’s paper on the compatibility of aptamers with surfactants is published in Langmuir

September 2015 – Congrats to Dr. Trevor Feagin for defending his Ph.D. thesis

July 2015 - Amber, Zhesen, and Evy’s paper on CMC measurement is published in Anal. Methods

March 2015 - Jen Heemstra receives the Myriad Award of Research Excellence

 March 2015 - Trevor, David, and Zach’s paper on high-throughput enantiosensing is published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.

 February 2015 - Jen Heemstra receives a Cottrell Scholar Award

November 2014 - Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Petr Simon

October 2014 - Amber’s review on DNA-polymer conjugates is published in WIREs Nanomedicine & Nanobiotechnology

September 2014 - The Heemstra Group is part of a multi-PI team awarded a DARPA grant for evolution of non-natural polymers

August 2014 - Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Zhe Chen

August 2014 – Congrats to Dr. Tilani De Costa for defending her Ph.D. thesis

June 2014 - Ashwani, Josh, Alex, Kirsten, and April's paper on self-alkylating ribozymes is published in ACS Chem. Biol.

April 2014 - The Heemstra Group is awarded an Army Educational Outreach Program grant to support high school research interns

March 2014 - Jen Heemstra is awarded the 2014-2015 College of Science Professorship

March 2014 - Tilani's paper on PNA binding selectivity is accepted in Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett.

November 2013 - Welcome to graduate student Zhesen Tan

September 2013 - Alexandra and Nick's paper on split aptamer engineering is published in Anal. Chem.

September 2013 - Welcome to undergraduate students Evelyn Kimbrough and April Anamisis

May 2013 - The Heemstra Group is awarded an NSF CHE grant for the development of DNA-based high-throughput enantiopurity sensors

April 2013 - Annika graduates with an Honors Degree in Chemistry and undergraduate student Zach Headman joins the lab

February 2013 - Welcome to graduate student Alex Rangel

Feb 2012 Tilani's paper on electrostatic effects in charged PNA is published in PLOS ONE

Feb 2012 Nick's paper on split aptamer ligation using reductive amination is published in Artificial DNA: PNA & XNA.

June 2012 - Ashwani and Alexandra's paper on enzyme-linked assay using split aptamer ligation is published in Anal. Chem.

June 2012 - Trevor and Nirmal's paper on PNA monomer synthesis is accepted in J. Nucleic Acids

March 2012 - Nick Spiropulos is awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Oct 2011 - Welcome to graduate students Kirsten Khoe, David Olsen, and Nick Spiropulos and undergraduate student Alexandra Kent

July 2011 - Ashwani's paper on split aptamer ligation is published in J. Am. Chem. Soc.

July 2011 - Jen Heemstra and Julie Hollien are awarded a collaborative University of Utah Seed Grant

June 2011 - Jen Heemstra is awarded the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award

April 2011 - Welcome to undergraduate student Nick Farrall

January 2011 - Welcome to postdoctoral researcher Dr. Ashwani Sharma and graduate students Tilani DeCosta and Amberlyn Peterson

October 2010 - Welcome to graduate student Trevor Feagin and undergraduate student Annika Pecchia-Bekkum

Last Updated: 5/15/17