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November 2019: Master’s student Amber Boutiette successfully defended her industrial master’s thesis! Congrats, Amber!

November 2019: Dr. Howell prevented an invited talk at the AIChE meeting in Orlando, FL.

October 2019: Congrats to Dan Regan for winning the first place poster award for the Biomaterial Interfaces Division at the 66th Annual AVS Symposium in Columbus, OH!

October 2019: Dr. Howell presented the group’s work to the Biomaterial Interfaces Division at the 66th Annual AVS Symposium.

April 2019: Congrats PhD student Dan Regan for winning a NASA summer research fellowship award!

March 2019: Undergrads Ben Chasse, Emily LeClair, and Chris Toothaker presented their work at the 45th Annual Northeast Biomedical Engineering Conference at Rutgers in NJ. Way to go, team!

September 2017: We’re starting another academic year! Welcome new PhD rotation students Dan and Sahar.

September 2017: Undergrad Honors student Austin is recognized as being one of three students university-wide to be accepted to Tufts University School of Medicine. Nice work, Austin!

August 2017: Congrats to Chloe on having her work on paper-based diagnostics spotlighted on the UMaine College of Engineering Website and Facebook page!

June 2017: Our publication on zero-energy recovery in protein-fouled liquid-gated membranes was just published in the Journal of Membrane Science.

June 2017: Congrats Jonathan and Abby on acceptance of our paper in the Journal of Membrane Science!

May 2017: Congrats Chloe on the receipt of UMaine CUGR Summer Research Fellowship, and Austin on the receipt of a Maine Space Grant Consortium Summer Research Fellowship!

May 2017: Dr. Howell presented at the 100th Annual Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Toronto.

May 2017: Congrats Jonathan Overton on completing your MS degree! Best of luck at Purdue next fall!

April 2017: Dr. Howell and Kayla will be presenting at the AVS 64th International Symposium and Exhibition October 29th-November 3rd.

April 2017: Dr. Howell will be presenting at the 100th Annual Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition on May 29th and the 44th Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS) on April 29th.

April 2017: The UMaine Breathing Simulator Capstone Team has been featured on WABI Channel 5 and WLBZ Channel 2/WCSH Channel 6. Nice job, team!

April 2017: Congrats lab members Kayla, Chloe, and Abby for presenting beautiful posters at the UMaine Research Symposium at the Cross Insurance Center on April 24th!

March 2017: Undergraduate lab member Kayla has won a UMS RRF Graduate Fellowship to fund her master’s degree working in our lab.

January 2017: Congrats former lab member Nidhi Juthani for winning the Sunnybrook Research Prize!

January 2017: Welcome new undergraduate lab members Jordan, Caryl, Michael, and Anna!

December 2016: Congrats former lab members Eugene, Irini, Gareth, and current member Jonathan on the acceptance of our paper Bacterial Interactions with Immobilized Liquid Layers  in Advanced Healthcare Materials. See our publications page for more info.

December 2016: Check out our new paper with Jiaxuan Chen, Elliot Chaikof, and Joanna Aizenberg: An Immobilized Liquid Interface Prevents Device Associated Bacterial Infection In Vivo in Biomaterials.

November 2016: Dr. Howell presented “Bacterial Adhesion to Immobilized Liquid Layers under Dynamic Conditions” at the 63rd AVS International Symposium & Exhibition in Nashville, TN on Monday, November 7th, 2016 and “Tunability of Infused Polymers as Immobilized Liquid Layer Substrates” at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, MA on Monday, November 28th.

September 2016: Welcome new lab members Chloe, Edwin, Kayla, Jennie, and Austin. They will be working on blood, protein, and bacterial interactions with infused polymers.

September 2016: Dr. Howell will be presenting on the “Tunability of Infused Polymers as Immobilized Liquid Layer Substrates” at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, MA on Monday, November 28th.

August 2016: Check out our new paper with Steffi Sunny and Joanna Aizenberg on Transparent antifouling material for improved operative field visibility in endoscopy.

July 2016: Congrats Jonathan on the acceptance of your abstract “Characterization and Anti-Fouling Behavior of Bio-Inspired Liquid-Gated Membranes” as an oral presentation at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on Nov. 16th.

June 2016: Dr. Howell will be presenting on the “Bacterial Adhesion to Immobilized Liquid Layers under Dynamic Conditions” at the 63rd AVS International Symposium & Exhibition in Nashville, TN on Monday, November 7th, 2016.

May 2016: We are honored to have received a University of Maine System 2016 Research Reinvestment Fund Grant to work on the development of liquid-infused paper substrates for new biomedical applications in collaboration with SLIPS Tech, Inc, and excited to begin working on this project!

April 2016: Congrats Irini and former lab members Nidhi, Haylea, Susan, Eugene, Amanda, Thy and Jenny on the acceptance of our paper “Infused Polymers for Cell Sheet Release” in Nature Scientific Reports.

April 2016: Welcome undergraduate research assistant Abby to the group.

March 2016: Congrats Irini and Jonathan on acceptance of our mini-review to Experimental Biology and Medicine. See our publications page for more info.