News

Fall 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to Claire on receiving GAANN fellowship for 2017-2018 academic years! 

CONGRATULATIONS to Hadrian Kinnear, MD/PhD student who joined the Shikanov lab. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Ravi Raghani who joined as a PhD student. 

Summer 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to Claire Tomaszewski on receiving the Rackham summer fellowship. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Yi Li, he joined our lab as a postdoctoral fellow. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Jennifer Park, a medical student from the University of Connecticut completed her 8-week long research.

Nikola Milasinovic visits us again to do research on polymers.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Shikanov Lab for obtaining funding from the California National Primate Research Center Pilot Program to start our first study in non-human primates! 

CONGRATULATIONS to Drs. Moravek and Shikanov on obtaining an American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) research grant to investigate the Reproductive Consequences of Testosterone Administration for the Female-to-Male Gender Transition.

Fall 2016

Dr. Sudipta Dutta joins Shikanov Lab as a postdoctoral fellow. WELCOME!

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Anu David and his co-authors James Day, Alexa Cichon, Adam Lefferts and Marilia Cascalho on acceptance of their manuscript to the Annals of Biomedical Engineering: “Restoring Ovarian Endocrine Function with Encapsulated Ovarian Allograft in Immune Competent Mice” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28028710 

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Anu David, who was awarded the first place in the Student and Young Investigator Section for the poster entitled “Immunoisolation of the implanted ovarian tissue using synthetic poly (ethylene glycol)-vinyl sulfone (PEG-VS) and TheraCyte” presented at the TERMIS-AM 2016 Annual Conference, San Diego.

CONGRATULATIONS  to James Day! James passed the PhD qualifying exam and was advanced to PhD candidacy. Great job!

Dr. Shikanov presented a seminar “Synthetic matrix to engineer ovarian follicle environment” at the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium: https://www.uclouvain.be/676096.html

Dr. Shikanov was invited to speak at the CELLMATRIX meeting in Berlin, Germany about synthetic hydrogels for directing the development of ovarian  follicles:  https://www.nanoge.org/CellMatrix/abstracts_part.php

AnneMarie Opipari, a UofM medical student who performed research in Shikanov lab over the summer, presented her research at the symposium in Medical School. Congrats! annemarie

Claire Tomaszewski is joining the Shikanov Lab as a graduate PhD student! WELCOME!

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Green who attended the ASRM meeting in Boston and delivered a podium talk on improving the outcomes of in vitro culture of small primary ovarian follicles.

Summer 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Green on delivering an outstanding presentation at the 18th International Congress of Animal Reproduction in Le Vinci in Tours, France.  

Congratulations to Dr. Jiwon Kim on defending his thesis: “Functional and Tunable Synthetic Hydrogel for Reproductive Tissue Engineering”.

Congratulations to Dr. Jiwon Kim and the co-authors, Amanda, Jake, Anu and Hong, on acceptance of their manuscript “Synthetic hydrogel supports the function and regeneration of artificial ovarian tissue” in npj Regenerative Medicine. http://www.nature.com/articles/npjregenmed201610

Congratulations to Dr. Anu David and James Day on acceptance of their review: “Immunoisolation to prevent tissue graft rejection: current knowledge and future use” in Experimental Biology and Medicine!

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Green on acceptance of her review: “In vitro culture methods of prenatal follicles” in Theriogenology!

Congratulations to Prof. Shikanov on receiving the Michigan-Israel award for excellence in stem cell biology in collaboration with Prof. Hanna from Weizmann Institute.

Congratulations to Prof. Shikanov on acceptance of oral and poster presentations at the WBC2016 in Montreal, Canada. www.wbc2016.org

Winter 2016

Congratulations to Prof. Shikanov for receiving the NSF CAREER award. 

http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward AWD_ID=1552580&HistoricalAwards=false

 

Fall 2015

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Jiwon gave a talk on “Engineering artificial ovary using PEG” and Uziel had a poster titled “Design of Polyethylene Glycol Hydrogel to Support Angiogenesis and Folliculogenesis in vitro” at the TERMIS World Congress in Boston 2016.

We had a full house at our session “Reproductive Tissue Engineering ” and had a great opportunity to meet with our colleagues from NU, Wake Forest, Belgium, and Israel.


Summer 2015

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Hong was awarded second place for her oral presentation at MARTS (Michigan Alliance for Reproductive Technologies and Science Conference). Congratulations!


Winter 2015

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Congratulations to James Day for being awarded a National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship!

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Jiwon’s paper entitled “Characterizing natural hydrogel for reconstruction of three-dimensional lymphoid stromal network to model T-cell interactions” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research-Part A.  Congratulations!

 

 


Winter 2014

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Congratulations to Dr. Shikanov, who received a 2013 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award, which offers support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. The name of the awarded project is: Engineering a Construct to Recover Endocrine Function in Children with Ovarian Failure. 

Congratulations to Dr. Shikanov for being named an Outstanding Research Mentor for 2013-2014. Dr. Shikanov was nominated by Malika Malik: “My freshman year I had a hard time adjusting to college and was not able to find a community to encourage my academic success. She has made sure I was able to balance my workload, when I was having difficulty in classes I was able to go to her for explanations of concepts. Every week Ariella takes time out of her busy schedule to arrange an individual meeting to discuss not only research but my personal and academic goals. Talking to her brings clarity to the overall purpose of my academics and gives me strength to make the best out of every situation.”


 

Fall 2013

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Graduate students Hong Zhou and Jiwon Kim present their research at the annul BMES meeting in Seattle, Washington.

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Research Assistant Malika Malik presents at the ABRCMS 2013 conference at Nashville, TN with her research project, Optimization of 3D Hydrogel for Ovarian Follicle Culture.


 

Summer 2013

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Summer UROP students Angelica Okorom and Malika Malik present at the 2013 summer UROP symposium with their research projects titled Design and Optimization of 3D Hydrogel System for Ovarian Follicle Culture.


 

Winter 2013

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MECHENG 450 senior design project, 3D Bio-printer for hydrogels. Team 13: Mark Trost, Abby Grajek, James Doetsch, and Gregory McEwan. These senior Mechanical Engineering students presented at the 2013 Design Expo.

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UROP students Kavinmozhi Caldwell and Steven Niedzielski present at the 2013 UROP symposium with their research project titled Synthetic Hydrogel Design.