We are excited to welcome Kate Herrema and Matt Simkulet to the lab as BME PhD graduate students. Kate is being co-supervised with Anna Devor working on using biomaterial approaches to direct the differentiation of transplanted cortical organoids. Matt is being co-supervised with David Boas and will be investigating the use of novel intravital imaging methods to evaluate glia responses in CNS injury and to foreign bodies. It is great to have you both on board Kate and Matt.
Congratulations to Jacob Labovitz who was awarded a prestigious Distinguished Summer Research Fellowship (DSRF). We are excited to see what exciting research you do this summer with this fellowship working under the mentorship of Tim and Eric.
Congratulations to Emily McCarthy who was awarded a UROP fellowship to conduct summer research in the lab. We are excited to see what exciting research you do this summer with this fellowship working under the mentorship of Tim and Honour.
Congratulations to Riya Sen and Payton O’Connor who were awarded second prize in the BME Senior Design competition. Well done Riya and Payton.
We are excited to be awarded a Dean’s Catalyst Award from the BU College of Engineering and a NPC CAN DO Award from the BU Neurophotonics Center. These awards will support a collaborative project with Mike Economo’s lab to develop new smart biomaterial coatings to regulate glial border formation at neural devices. You can read about this project here.
Congrats to Riya, Gabby and Payton who all have received admission to BME PhD programs for matriculation in the Fall. We are very proud of your achievements to date and excited to see what you will accomplish in graduate school.
The lab’s research and Tim’s passion for developing new SCI therapies was highlighted by the BU College of Engineering communications team. You can read the article here.
Congratulations to Honour Adewumi on a successful PhD Prospectus Defense. Honour gave an awesome talk on her PhD Thesis work entitled “Engineering immature astrocyte grafts for neural regeneration“. Well done Honour!
Congratulations to Eric DuBois on a successful PhD Prospectus Defense. Eric gave a stellar talk on his PhD Thesis work entitled “Regulation of Glial Interfaces in the Mouse Central Nervous System Leveraging Bioactive, Glycosylated Materials“. Well done Eric!
We are excited to be awarded a PVA Research Foundation Grant. This funding allows us to continue our research on directing adaptive glia repair in adult spinal cord injury using injectable biomaterials. SCI advocate, Ben Harvey, will be helping us on this project! Thank you PVA.
The Glia Engineering lab traveled to BMES 2022 in San Antonio. Congrats to Honour and Gabby for their stellar posters and to Eric for his awesome talk!
The lab had some summer fun learning to paint at Muse Paintbar in Assembly Row.
Congrats to Paige Woods on passing your PhD qualification exam. We are excited to see you continue your research efforts in a new area for the lab, glia cell targeted drug delivery.
The lab and friends participated in the annual Wings for Life World Run to raise funds for spinal cord injury research. We had a fun, albeit chilly, morning at Castle Island for the run.
The lab has been awarded a grant from the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation to support our work on chronic spinal cord injury (SCI).
With this generous support we are developing approaches to improve glia repair in chronic injuries using bioengineered enzymatic debridement and cell grafting. We greatly appreciate the support provided by Wings for Life.
Gabby and Riya did a great job presenting their summer projects at the 24th Annual BU Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congrats Gabby and Riya.
The lab has been awarded two grants to support our work on spinal cord injury (SCI).
With generous support from Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation we are studying how to activate endogenous glia repair mechanisms using injectable biomaterials. Starting in July, with generous support from Craig H Neilsen Foundation, we will be testing biomaterial based strategies to improve astroglial maturation of transplanted neural progenitor cells in SCI. We greatly appreciate the support provided by these wonderful SCI foundations to our young but enthusiastic lab.
Congratulations to Honour, Eric and Isabella on passing their PhD qualification exams. We are excited to have you continue your research efforts in the lab this summer.
Riya Sen has joined the lab as a Kenneth R. Lutchen Fellow. We are excited to have her join the team and look forward to working with her over the summer and beyond. Welcome Riya.
We are excited to welcome Honour Adewumi and Isabella Darke to the lab as BME PhD graduate students.
Over the past year the O’Shea Lab has taken shape. Despite pandemic challenges we have set up our chemistry, molecular biology, cell culture, and neurosurgery spaces. We are currently working hard to develop new bioengineering tools to test in our CNS injury models.
In March, we welcomed Eric Dubois as the first PhD graduate student to join the lab.
Gabriela Berniac also joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher and was awarded a UROP fellowship to support her research over the summer. Congratulations!
The O’Shea Lab website is live! Follow us here and on our social media platforms for research updates. The lab opens up in Boston in the Fall. We are looking forward to getting to work.