Ross Lab has 5 posters at the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Festival on Friday, April 22. Amazing work on display from Hong Boem Lee (physics), Diego Luna (biotechnology), Nedine Abdelhamid (biotechnology) & Carina Boyce (biology), Nicolle Laines (physics) & India Aikens (physics), and Sophia Marin (biology) & Niaz Goodbee (biology). So proud of all the Ross Labbies! (April 2022). Read more about this event here.


Undergraduate researcher, Diego Luna is being recognized as a Research Achievement Award for an outstanding Biology, Biochemistry, or Biotechnology student.

(April 2022)

Ross Labbies presented at American Physical Society March Meeting in Chicago, IL in March 2022. Prashali Chuahan, Nimisha Krishnan, and Kevin Ching (physics graduate students), and Hong Boem Lee (Physics undergraduate), presented 10-minute talks on their new work! Great work!

(March 2022)


Ross Labbies presented at Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco, CA in February 2022. Prashali Chuahan (physics graduate student), Hong Boem Lee (Physics undergraduate), and Diego Luna (Biotechnology undergraduate) presented posters on their new work! Great work!

(February 2022)


Graduate student, Sumon Sahu, successfully defended his PhD on microtubule tactoids in December of 2021. He hung a plaque on Mrs. Jennings' Wooden Leg (see image). Congratulations, Dr. Sahu! (December 2021)

Graduate student, Mengqi Xu, successfully defended her PhD on single molecule imaging of enhanced diffusion of enzymes in September of 2021. She also hung her plaque on Mrs. Jennings' Wooden Leg (see image). Mengqi is now a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania.  Congratulations, Dr. Xu! (September 2021)


Undergraduate Hong Beom Lee has been granted a fall 2021 Renée Crown University Honors Program Award for his project “Effects of Ionic Strength in Microtubule Tactoid Formation.” Congratulations, Hong!

Congratulations to undergraduates Stephanie Bien-Aime and Nick Sawyer for being selected to receive research awards!

Stephanie will receive the Research Achievement Award which is given to graduating senior Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology majors who have demonstrated significant dedication to their involvement in undergraduate research.

Nick will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Biotechnology award for graduating senior Biotechnology major who has demonstrated excellence in academics, scholarship, and research. Well done!

(May 2021)

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Undergraduate researcher, Hong Beom Lee, has his research profiled in the Syracuse University News and makes the university's front page. Congratulations, Hong!

Post-baccalaureate researcher, Ashley Scott, accepted to graduate school at Syracuse University to pursue her PhD in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering in the Ross Lab! Excited to be part of your success story, Ashley!


Congratulations to Nick Sawyer on his recently awarded grant! The Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (SOURCE) grant promotes faculty-guided undergraduate research. Nick's research will explore regulation of UBQLN2 450C liquid-liquid phase separation through analysis of environmental biological and abiotic factors. In addition to the grant award, Nick will have the opportunity to present at the annual Honors Research Fair in October 2021. Nice work, Nick!

(November 2020)

Physics graduate student, Leila Farhadi, successfully defended her PhD dissertation on Wednesday, August 12!

Congratulations, Dr. Farhadi. Leila will be continuing her work in the Ross Lab as a postdoc until she can find her next big adventure!

(July 2020)


Physics graduate student, Jake Shechter, successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Thursday, July 30!

Congratulations, Dr. Shechter. Good luck on your next adventure teaching physics! 

(July 2020)

New paper published at Soft Matter

about the dynamics and mechanics of cross-linked composite actin-microtubule networks. Microtubule cross linkers cause actin and microtubules to co-localize, but do not affect mechanics!

Congratulations Leila Farhadi and our collaborators on the KECK Foundation collaboration! 

(March 2020)


New paper published at Langmuir where grad student, Jake Shechter directly observed a liquid crystal as it changes conformations inside a round droplet from radial to bipolar for the first time. Undergraduates, Ben Strain and Linda Oster provided took and analyzed data on liquid crystal conformations as a function of surfactant (soap) and droplet size. Modeling performed by Juan dePablo's theory group at the University of Chicago.


(February 2020)

New paper published at The Biophysicist

about creating an interdisciplinary optics class where students build their own microscopes!

Congratulations undergraduates long gone on the publication of this paper! Also, came out in the first issue of this new journal from the Biophysical Society.

(January 2020)


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