Sweet bitter feeling of Convocation: Deniz Meneksedag-Erol

Nov/2017. What a sweet feeling it is to complete a task in time and with great skills. What a bitter feeling it is to delve into an unknown. After being a member of our lab for 5 years, it is time to say goodbye to our molecular dynamics expert, Deniz. Your path will guide others […]

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Successful Passing of Candidacy Exam for Yousef Nademi

Nov/2017. Congrats to Yousef for successfully overcoming the ‘irritating’ hurdle of PhD Candidacy Exam. Yousef handled the PhD exam exceptionally well, with the right answers to the questions to instil confidence in the examination committee that he could get the job done. Well done, Yousef. Now we look forward to your original contributions in the […]

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Halloween at Uludag Lab

Nov/2017. It is Halloween time and all sort of goblins are out there ! We got our share of goblins stop by when they heard about the potluck dinner in the lab. It was a memorable sight – check out the pictures under the ‘picture gallery’ tab.

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Goodies from Hamid

Nov/2017. We received a shipment of Iranian goodies from sunny California, thanks to our past labmate Hamid Montezari, who is enjoying lovely Irvine at Chapman University. They were delicious and did not last for more than a few hours. Thank you Hamid.

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Congrats to Aysha and Yousef

Oct/2017. We are delighted that two of our lab mates, Aysha Ansari and Yousef Nademi, have been granted a Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) Studentships. Well done ! These are prestigious scholarships in the engineering and sciences disciplines, and we are delighted to be working with such gifted, budding researchers. Sky is the limit !

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Successful Passing of Candidacy Exam for Aysha Ansari

September/2017. Well done Aysha for passing her PhD Candidacy Examination in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering. With this hurdle (and the associated anxieties) out of the way, Aysha can now focus on her real goal and solve the problem of leukemia with a new generation of therapeutic agents. We are here to support […]

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Welcome to Teo Atz Dick

September/2017. Teo Atz Dick joined us from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) after completing his B.Sc and M.Sc. degrees in materials science and engineering. Teo spent a year at the University of Montpellier II, France, with scholarship from CAPES/BRAFITEC. Teo’s PhD studies will be fully funded by the Government of Brazil […]

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Congratulations to Bindu Thapa for AIHS Studentship

August/2017. We are delighted to learn that Bindu has been recognised with the prestigious AIHS Studentship. This is an exceptionally competitive award from Alberta Innovates Health Sciences (230 Applicants, 17 awardees in 2017 competition). The award recognizes Bindu’s academic (great GPA) and scholarly (great research) achievements. Bindu has sustained a robust publication record in her […]

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Congratulations to Aysha Ansari for QEII Scholarship

August/2017. We are delighted to learn that Aysha has been recognised with the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship. This is a prestigious award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. The offer recognizes Aysha’s academic (great GPA) and scholarly (great research) achievement. Aysha has been designing functional particles to deliver specific siRNAs to treat cancers, […]

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Flow Cytometry Installed

July/2017. Here is the latest tool in our lab, thanks to a charitable contribution from the Edmonton Civic Employees (ECE). With so many researcher already queuing up to use it, we promise to put it to full use!

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Summer Barbecue

July/2017. We had a very good reason for a summer barbecue this year: to celebrate unofficial completion of Deniz’s PhD thesis. The weather cooperated and we had a great time at Emily Murphy Park. It was a vegetarian event led by Deniz’s choice of spicy (and I mean spicy) vegan sausages. See the pictures (http://uludaglab.com/?page_id=172) […]

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It is official: Dr. Juliana Valencia Serna

After a long, sustained scholarly activity, Juliana is Dr. Juliana Valencia-Serna – congratulations. Juliana convocated on June 9, 2017 with a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering. She made immense contributions to our leukemia research, exploring new therapies for this deadly disease. We wish her best of luck in her future endeavors.

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Congratulations to Eleni and Anyeld for Best Poster Award

May/2017. We are delighted to learn that the poster presented by Anyeld Ubeda and summarised the work of Eleni Tsekoura, Harman Kaur, Cezary Kucharski and Remant K.C. was given the ‘Best Poster Award’ at the Craniofacial Research Symposium, organised to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Department of Dentistry of the U. of Alberta. The work describes […]

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Congratulations to Aysha Ansari

May/2017. Aysha recently won the ‘Best Poster’ Award at the 2017 Canadian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS) Meeting at Montreal, PQ. Congratulations. This competitive Award recognizes excellence in submitted abstracts in the poster category and we are proud of Aysha for representing our lab at this national stage. Well done !

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Welcome to summer students, Timothy, Janine and Amin

May/2017. We welcome three summer students this year: Timothy Fu (Science), Janine Schmitke (Chemical Engineering) and Amin Samadi (Science). Timothy is our returning student who already spend some time in the Uludag Lab during his high school studies, while this studentship is Janine’s and Amin’s first time foray into research. Timothy has been provided with […]

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Successful Passing of Candidacy Exam for Eleni Tsekoura

March/2017 – Congratulations to Eleni Tsekoura. Eleni successfully passed her Ph.D. Candidacy Exam at the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering. Eleni is conducting a series of studies on gene delivery to mesenchymal stem cells in order to enhance their osteogenic features. She is developing a unique insight into gene-based therapies for bone diseases and, […]

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Congratulations for PhD Defense

April/2017. Congratulations to Juliana Valencia-Serna for successfully defending her PhD thesis. Juliana has completed her PhD program after taking a series of interdisciplinary courses, conducting an integrated set of research studies on chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and completing a professional development program. During her studies, Juliana was awarded several scholarships, including the prestigious/competitive Alberta Innovates […]

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Project Funded

April/2017. We are delighted to learn that Hair Masssacure Foundation, via the Pediatrics Department of U. of Alberta, will be supporting our leukemia research. A project grant ($50,000 for 1 year) was provided to our collaborator Dr. Joseph Brandwein in order to investigate the role of STAT5 in B-cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemias (ALL).  Along with Dr. […]

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Project Funded

May/2017. We are delighted to learn that Edmonton Civic Employees (ECE) has decided to provide a charitable donation to the Uludag Lab to acquire a new flow cytometer. The funding will be provided by the ECE’s Charitable Assistance Fund, which derives its funding directly from the contributions of civic employees of Edmonton.  We are appreciative […]

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Congrats to Manoj Parmar for Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize

April/2017. We are delighted to learn that Manoj has been recognised with the Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize. This is a prestigious award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. The offer recognizes Monoj’s academic and scholarly achievement. It is a considerable accomplishment to have qualified for this award. Manoj has been designing functional […]

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Congratulations to Bindu for Passing PhD Candidacy Exam

December/2016 – Congratulations to Bindu Thapa. Bindu successfully passed her Ph.D. Candidacy Exam at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Bindu is conducting studies on siRNA and DNA delivery to breast cancer cells in order to curb the un-controlled growth of these cells in this deadly disease. She is developing a unique insight into […]

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Congrats to Deniz for DB Robinson Graduate Scholarship

Dec/2016. We are delighted to learn that Deniz has been recognised by the DB Robinson Graduate Scholarship. This is a prestigious award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (UofA) and it recognised significant academic and scholarly achievements of the awardee. Deniz has been making unique contributions to the field of gene medicine and nanotechnology […]

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Welcome to Xin Liu

Nov/2016. We welcome a new researcher to our lab, Dr. Xin Liu, who joined us from the Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, Chine. Xin is funded by the China Science Foundation to spend 1 year in our lab to learn about nanomedicines. Xin has specialized skills in understanding inflammatory and immune responses to nanoparticles and we […]

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Goodbye to our short term visitor Alex Lausch

Dec/2016. We were delighted to host a short (2-month) visitor to our lab, Alex Lausch. Alex comes to us from the University of Toronto (Materials Engineering), affiliated with the laboratory of Eli Sone. Alex has specialised skills in preparing engineering scaffolds for tissue regeneration and he tested his scaffolds in an animal model of bone […]

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Congratulations to Yousef

Dec/2016. We are delighted to learn about a recent scholarship provided to Yousef by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (UofA): Captain Thomas Farrell Greenhalgh Memorial Graduate Scholarship. The award recognizes his academic and scholarly achievements to-date and provides an excellent basis for his continued scholarship at the UofA. Our expectations from Yousef is […]

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Welcome to Yousef

Sept/2016. We are delighted to welcome Yousef Nademi to the Uludag Lab to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Yousef will be based at the Chemical & Materials Engineering Department and will be co-supervised by Dr. Tian Tang from the Mechanical Engineering Department. He will carry out a combination of experimental and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate […]

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Welcome to Anyeld

Sept/2016. We are delighted to welcome our gifted student Anyeld Ubeda to the Uludag Lab to pursue a M.Sc. degree. Anyeld will carry out an interdisciplinary project out of Departments of Chemistry (Gibbs-Davis Lab) and Biomedical Engineering (Uludag Lab). Anyeld is a returning student (B.Sc. from the Department of Immunology and Medical Microbiology, U. of […]

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Congratulations to Harman Kaur for defending her PhD thesis research

Sept/2016. We are delighted to see Harman defend her PhD research work at the Department of Dentistry, U. of Alberta. Harman has conducted wide ranging studies on regeneration of dental tissues using several approaches, including gene therapy, functional appliances and ultrasound. She successfully managed to bring together a number of different expertise and make the […]

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Welcome and goodbye to our short term visitors

Aug/2016. We were fortunate to work with several young minds during the course of summer/2016. Rebecca Zabludowski joined us from McGill U. (Chemical Engineering major) on an NSERC USRA scholarship. She conducted gene delivery studies to primary cells from rat skull defects, and helped us to elucidate the efficiency of our biomaterials on this important […]

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Scholarships for Aysha

June/2016. We are delighted to learn about the two scholarships recently provided to Aysha Ansari. In March, Aysha was recognized with a Captain Thomas Farrell Greenhalgh Memorial Graduate Scholarship. In June, Aysha earned a prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship towards her M.Sc. studies. We thank the generosity of various donors who made these awards possible. We are […]

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Congratulations to Juliana and Manoj

Apr/2016. We are delighted to learn that Juliana Valencia-Serna and Manoj Parmar secured a Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Travel Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research for travel to 2016 World Biomaterials Congress (www.wbc2016.org) at Montreal, Canada. This is the premiere meeting of the 10 international societies of biomaterials across the World. Make the […]

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Congratulations to Timothy

Apr/2016. Timothy has been working on a research project (siRNA delivery for cancer treatment) as part of the Sanofi Biogenius Canada Competition among High School students. Timothy’s research has been recognized with a poster award at the 2016 Sanofi Meeting, which is held on April 2 at the U. of Alberta campus. The PhD student Manoj […]

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Welcome to Aysha Ansari

Jan/2016. We welcome Aysha to University of Alberta to pursue a MSc degree in Chemical & Materials Engineering. Aysha obtained a MEng degree from the University of British Columbia with practical training in a biotech company (Precision Nanosystems Inc., Vancouver, BC). She is joining the NSERC CREATE program on ‘Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine’ and will […]

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Welcome and goodbye to Barbara Arteaga

June – Sept/2015 – We were delighted to host the MITACS student Ms. Barbara Arteaga for a short time in our lab. Barbara joined us from Mexico (B.Sc in biotechnology) for a 3-month duration, working with graduate student Manoj Parmer. She helped us explore siRNA therapy in breast cancer cells and follow the consequences of […]

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Congratulations to Bindu and Manoj

Sept/2015 – We are delighted to learn that the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (U. of Alberta) has granted a Shoppers Drug Mart Graduate Scholarship in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to Bindu Thapa (PhD Student) and Dr. Leonard Wiebe Graduate Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences to Manoj Parmer (PhD Student), because of their superb academic achievements in their […]

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Project Funded

July/2015 – Project Funded. We are delighted to secure operating funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR; $120,000/year x 5 years) to pursue a novel therapy for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). We are working with Dr. Joseph Brandwein (Section Head, Hematology, U. of Alberta Hospital) and Dr. Xiaoyan Jiang (Principal Scientist, Terry Fox […]

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Project Funded

June/2015 – Project Funded. We are delighted to secure operating funding from the Women & Children Health Research Institute (WCHRI; $25,000/year x 2 years) to pursue a novel therapy for high risk B-cell acute lymphocytic leukaemia (ALL). Dr. Joseph Brandwein (Section Head, Hematology, U. of Alberta Hospital) is the Principal Investigator for this project and […]

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Congratulations to Suraj for a WCHRI/AIHS summer studentship

Congratulations to Suraj Sharma for securing a summer studentship from WCHRI (Women & Children’s Health Research Institute) and AIHS (Alberta Innovated Health Solutions). Unfortunately Suraj can only accept one of these studentships but, nevertheless, it is nice to have choices! We look forward to host Suraj for a productive summer.

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Graduate Teaching Award

Congratulations to Deniz Meneksedag-Erol who was awarded the very prestigious 2015 Graduate Teaching Award by the University of Alberta. Deniz was nominated by the Faculty of Engineering for this award based on her excellence in teaching. We are well aware of Deniz’s dedication to graduate studies and her excellent communication skills, so that such a […]

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NSERC CREATE studentships

Congratulations to two members of the Uludag Lab, Bindu Thapa (PhD student, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Eleni Tsekoura (PhD student, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering), who secured studentships from NSERC CREATE program on Regenerative Medicine. The program is run from University of Laval (PI: Gaetan Laroche) and is intended to mentor […]

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Welcome to Binthi Samuel

September/2014 – Binthi joined our lab as a volunteer researcher (from Grant McEwan University) to expand her biomedical research experience. She will be working on siRNA therapy of leukemia during her stay in the lab. We look forward to establishing a collaborative project on the long run and training joint students.

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Best of Luck to Hamid M. Aliabadi and Parvin Mahdipoor

August/2014 – Best of Luck to Hamid M. Aliabadi and Parvin Mahdipoor. We recently lost our husband-and-wife team to Chapman University (Anaheim, CA), after Hamid joined the Chapman U. as a faculty member in the School of Pharmacy. Both Hamid and Parvin have made great contributions to our research program and helped to mentor several students […]

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Congratulations to Juliana Valencia-Serna and Manoj Parmar

July/2014 – Congratulations to Juliana Valencia-Serna and Manoj Parmar. Juliana and Manoj secured a prestigious (highly competitive) Alberta Innovates Health Science (AIHS) Studentships for the duration of their PhD programs. Both Juliana and Manoj have been making excellent progress in their program and this award will allow them to gain momentum and explore innovative aspects […]

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Welcome to Bradley Rutherford (Biology) and Priya Samuel (Chemistry)

May/2014 – Welcome to Bradley Rutherford (Biology) and Priya Samuel (Chemistry). Bradley and Priya joined us to pursue short term (summer) research on gene-based therapies. We expect both of them to work closely with nano-sized particles and conduct in-depth characterization for the purposes of our research. We wish them a productive summer term.

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Project Funded

April/2014 – Project Funded.  We are delighted to secure operating funding from the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC; $29,000/year x 5 years) to pursue polymeric materials for gene delivery. Dr. Uludag is the Principal Investigator for this project. We highly value this investment from a federal agency and will use the funds […]

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Congratulations to Deniz Meneksedag-Erol

April/2014 – Congratulations to Deniz Meneksedag-Erol. Deniz successfully passed her Ph.D. Candidacy Exam at the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Deniz is conducting a series of theoretical (molecular dynamics) and experimental studies towards her degree. She is developing a unique insight into gene-based therapies for cancer. Her work is jointly supervised by Dr. Uludag and Dr. […]

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Congratulations to Manoj Parmar

April/2014 – Congratulations to Manoj Parmar, who secured a studentship from the Women & Children Health Research Institute (WCHRI) of U. of Alberta. Manoj is pursuing siRNA based therapy of breast cancer centered on cell cycle proteins. The studentship provides 50% support towards Manoj’s salary for 2 years.

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Welcome to Anthuwan Rajesh

January/2014 – Welcome to Anthuwan Rajesh. Rajesh  joined us to pursue his postdoctoral work on gene-based therapies for bone regeneration and repair. Rajesh was an exchange student in our lab in 2006 and subsequently completed his PhD degree at the Department of Pediatrics at U. of Alberta. We look forward to applying his specialized cellular […]

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Congratulations to Laura Rose

November/2013 – Laura successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis at the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Laura conducted a series of integrated studies to look at plasmid DNA delivery in culture and in animal models. She developed a unique insight into gene-based therapeutic approaches for tissue induction. Along the way, she established a high bar for the […]

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Welcome to Remant K.C

October/2013 – Remant joined us for a second ‘tour-of-duty’ to conduct research into lipid-substituted and hydrophobized polymers that could be used for plasmid DNA and siRNA delivery. We are lucky to have Remant’s insight into our materials development efforts, since, after all, it is the nature and quality of materials we prepare that will decide […]

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Congratulations to Juliana Valencia-Serna

September/2013 – Juliana successfully passed her Candidacy Examination at the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Juliana is pursuing siRNA-based approaches for control of leukemia. She is supported by an NSERC CREATE (PI: Gaetan Laroche, Laval U.) and her work is co-supervised by Dr. Xiaoyan Jiang (UBC).  In a short time, Juliana became an expert in delivering […]

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Welcome to Nicole Chan

September/2013 – Nicole  joined us for a short period (4-months) for a biomedical work experience. She will be helping with various projects in the lab, getting exposed to different aspects of biomedical research. We hope that her enthuusiasm will be far reaching.

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Goodbye to Adam Manfrin

August/2013 – Adam (3rd Year Undergraduate) successfully completed his co-op placement term in the Uludag Lab.  In a very short time, we all came to depend on Adam’s natural ability to ‘get the job done’ in all facets of lab life, not only his own responsibilities but also of others’. Adam prepared numerous polymers that […]

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Congratulations to Rahul Agarwal

August/2013 – Rahul successfully completed and defended his M.Sc. degree at the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Rahul’s thesis work involved the use of nanostructured materials for bone cell attachment and differentiation. Rahul conducted his work under joint supervision by Dr. Uludag and Dr. Hicham Fenniri (at National Institute for Nanotechnology, NINT). We wish him all […]

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Project Funded

July/2013 – We are delighted to secure operating funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation/NorthWestern Territories (CBCF/NWT; $125,000/year x 3 years) to continue working on novel approaches to breast cancer therapy. Dr. Uludag and Dr. Hamid M. Aliabadi are co-investigators for this project, with Dr. Judith Hugh and Dr. Edan Foley acting as collaborators. We […]

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Congratulations to Basak Sahin

July/2013 – Basak successfully completed and defended her M.Sc. degree at the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Basak was able to find a way to effectively deliver siRNA reagents to an in vitro model of T-cell lymphoma by using our polymeric carriers. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

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Welcome to Manoj Parmar

May/2013 – Manoj joined us to pursue a PhD degree in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Manoj completed his M.Sc. degree from University of Skovde (Sweden), with his research project completed at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS). Manoj will investigate molecular changes in breast cancer cells as a result of siRNA mediated silencing of […]

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Project Funded

April/2013 – We are delighted to secure equipment funding from the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC; $80,000/year) to purchase a digital PCR instrument. Dr. Uludag along with Dr. Larry Unsworth, Dr. Tian Tang, Dr. Afsaneh Lavasanifar, and Dr. Hicham Fenniri are co-investigators for this project. We highly value this investment from a […]

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Congratulations to Chongbo Sun

January/2013 – Chongbo successfully defended his PhD. degree at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Chongbo was able to develop a unique methodology (molecular dynamics based) in order to investigate the nature of nucleic acid polyplexes. He was able to make several observations that were not possible with conventional experimental tools. We hope to see Chongbo’s […]

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Welcome to Deniz Meneksedag and Ahmad Hussein

November/2012 – Ahmad is visiting us from Universty of Kyoto (Japan) for a short-term research placement, where he will be conducting studies on bone regeneration in rats. Deniz will be enrolling in a PhD program in Biomedical Engineering (January/2013) with a focus on molecular dynamics simulations of siRNA polyplexes. Deniz will be co-supervised by Dr. […]

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Congradulations to Basak Sahin and Juliana Valencia

November/2012 – We congradulate Basak for securing a 75th Year Annivarsitay Studentship from the Faculty of Medicine (U. of Alberta; $7,000/year). We also congradulate Juliana for succesfully applying and securing a studentship from the CREATE Training Program on Regenerative Medicine (Laval University; PI: G. Laroche).

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Project Funded

October/2012 – We are delighted to secure  one-time funding from Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF; $72,000) to continue working on novel transfection reagents. Dr. Uludag, Dr. Yaman Boluk (now with U. of Alberta), and Dr. Robert Jost (AITF) have developed a unique class of transfection reagents (USPTO submission underway) that are currently employed for […]

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Project Funded

July/2012 – We are delighted to secure bridge funding from Alberta Cancer Foundation, in response to an operating grant submitted to CIHR ($100,000 for 1 year). Dr. Uludag and Dr. Aliabadi are the project co-leaders for this grant. The project, entitled A Systematic Approach to Breaking Drug Resistance in Cancer Therapy, will allow us to […]

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Charlie Y.M. Hsu for successfully completing his PhD degree

June/2012 – After being a stable member of the lab since 2006, we are delighted to see Charlie compete his studies after a successful PhD defense. Charlie has contributed to development of non-viral gene delivery approaches in our lab, pursuing in-depth studies on DNA complexes and their intracellular fate. His molecular biology skills served him […]

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Congratulations to Basak Sahin

May/2012 – We are delighted to learn that Basak secured a partial ($10,000) scholarship from Women’s and Children Health Research Institute (WCHRI) of U. of Alberta. Basak will pursue a project focused on childhood leukemias and lymphomas, attempting to develop a new therapeutic modality for their treatment. This is a great start for Basak and […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Uludag for Mentoring Award (2012)

May/2012 – Dr. Uludag was recognized with a mentorship award from Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (BioAlberta) for his contributions to mentoring and supervision of high school students in their research projects. This is a recognition for Uludag lab members as a whole (in particular Hamid, Laura, Breanne and several past-graduate students) who often spend considerable […]

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Project Funded

April/2012 – We are delighted to have our CIHR Operating Grant renewed for another 4 years (~$130,000 per annum). The project, entitled Designing Amphiphilic Polymeric Carriers of DNA for Gene Therapy, will allow us to pursue in situ gene expression for bone formation. We are going to develod novel biomaterials and package expression vectors (plasmid […]

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Welcome to Dr. Hilal Gul-Uludag

April/2012 – We are delighted to welcome a new research associate to our lab, Dr. Hilal Gul-Uludag. Hilal is a cellular and molecular biologist with specialization in normal hematopoiesis, hematological malignancies and novel therapies. Hilal obtained her PhD from J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) and conducted research at the Canadian Blood Services and U. of […]

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Project Funded

April/2012 – Congradulations to our collaborator Dr. Larry Unsworth (Chemical & Materials Engineering, U. of Alberta) for securing an equipment grant from NSERC ($86,288). The equipment to be acquired will enable us to perform fluorescence lifetime imaging and fluorescence polarization for elucidation of molecular level events. We look forward to working with Dr. Unsworth to […]

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Congratulations to Quynh Thai

December/2011 – Congratulations to Quynh Thai for Captain Thomas Farrell Greenhalgh Memorial Graduate Scholarship.  The Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research (FGSR) at U. of Alberta has recognized the potential of our newly arrived lab member, Quynh, by awarding her one of the University’s prestigious scholarships.  Congratulations for this recognition !

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Welcome to Dr. Yufu Wang and Anand Dube

November/2011 – We are delighted to host two new visitors in Uludag Lab for research internships. Yufu is an orthopeadic surgeon at the Harbin Medical University (China) who is devoting his time to expand his research experience. He will be with us for a period of ~12 months, focusing on genetic modification of human bone […]

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Congratulations to Ross Fitzsimmons

October/2011 – Congratulations to Ross Fitzsimmons for successfully completing his MSc degree.  After a 2 year study, we are sorry to see Ross leave for greener pastures. Ross completed a thesis work focused on non-viral delivery of plasmid DNA, exploring factors sustaining  gene expression in vitro. Ross helped with other students’ thesis work, designing novel […]

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Welcome to Basak Sahin, Juliana Valencia Serna and Quynh Thai

September/2011 – Welcome to our new graduate students, Basak Sahin, Juliana Valencia Serna and Quynh Thai.  Basak, Juliana and Quynh were recruited for MSc studies in the Uludag Lab in September/2011. They posses a wide ranging backgrounds. Basak is a graduate of Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) with a degree on  ‘Molecular Biology and […]

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Welcome to Yufu Wang

September/2011 – Welcome to Yufu Wang, visiting graduate student from Harbin Medical University (China).  Yufu will spend ~1 year at the Uludag Lab, learning about non-viral gene tarnsfer to bone marrow stromal cells. Yufu will explore the feasibility of transfecting human bone marrow stromal cells with BMP expression vectors and look at the effects of […]

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Congratulation Laura Rose and Nesrine Mostafa

July/2011. We ‘again’ congratulate our gifted students Laura Rose and Nesrine Mostafa for securing new Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) studentships. Laura and Nesrine secured the prestigious CIHR Doctoral Award – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships. Nesrine’s project was titled “Growth Factor and Gene Delivery for Bone Regeneration in Cleft Palates”, […]

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We welcome short-term visitors Dr. Selçuk Özcan

July/2011 – We welcome short-term visitors Dr. Selçuk Özcan (Assistant Professor, Bilecik University, Turkey) and Burçin Akgün (M.Sc. Student, Bogazici University, Turkey) to our lab. Selcuk and Burcin will get further research training in Canada, exposing themselves to drug delivery and tissue engineering research. Both will work on biomineralization of scaffolds, developing novel and mineralized […]

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Anuja Samuel and Michael Leung

May/2011 – Other short-term students spending the summer with us are Anuja Samuel and Michael Leung, both from the Chemical & Materials Engineering Department, U. of Alberta. Anuja is exploring siRNA delivery to leukemic cells, working along with Breanne Landry. Michael is exploring the physicochemical properties of polymer/DNA complexes, working along Laura Rose. Both Michael […]

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Project Funded

June/2011 – We recently secured Alberta Cancer Foundation funding ($150,000 per annum for 2 years) to pursue a High Risk-High Reward Project. The project is intended to develop siRNA therapeutics for treatment of leukemic cancers. We plan to develop non-viral formulations of siRNA in order to curb uncontrolled growth of leukemic cells in circulation. This […]

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Project Funded

June/2011 – Congratulations to our colleague Dr. Gaetan Laroche  (Laval University, Quebec) who successfully secured funding from NSERC for a CREATE Program on Regenerative Medicine. The program funding is $1,650,000 over 5 years. Dr. Laroche organized a highly skilled team of biomaterials scientists and engineers in order to pursue a focused educational program on regenerative […]

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New Equipment

June/2011 – We recently acquired a Carestream Animal Imager (FX Pro) to investigate biological events in situ, thanks to funding support from NSERC. This is a powerful system capable of conducting x-ray, bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging in animals. The imager will enable to (i) to visualize bone regeneration, (ii) conduct pharmacokinetics and efficacy studies in […]

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