Developing a rapid at-home COVID-19 test

Some exciting work is being done in our lab in collaboration with the Hardy and Andrew Research Group! Here, we’re developing a “smart swab” at-home test kit. Due to the current pandemic, the most important aspect to slowing down the spread is through testing. Our design is similar to a pregnancy test, where one can take a swab of either their nose or throat and observe a color change due to the presence of a protein found from the virus.

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Kingshuk won the PMSE Best Poster Award at 2017 ACS Washington DC National Meeting

Kingshuk won the PMSE Best Poster Award at 2017 ACS Washington DC National Meeting. Congratulations to him!

Kingshuk won the poster prize in CBI/BMB/BMP Joint Retreat – 2017

Kingshuk was awarded the poster prize on the protein delivery work in CBI/BMB/BMP Joint Retreat – 2017 held at UMass Medical School. Congratulations!

Bailey to be honored as 21st Century Leaders at Commencement

Bailey will be honored as 21st Century Leaders at Undergraduate Commencement. Congratulations to her!

Group Retreat 2016

Our first group retreat was successfully held in Cape Cod. Check out the photos from our album:

The interview from LabTV

Check out the interview from LabTV for our group members – Celia, Molly, and Kishore:

We are now on social media!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

On Target

Our nanogel work is highlighted by UMass in their Research Next.  Click here to read more …

Diego Awarded Best Poster Presentation

Diego Amado Torres (Thayumanavan group) was awarded one of the top 5 best poster presentations (from over 170) in the Colloids and Surface Chemistry division in the ACS meeting held in New Orleans on April 7-11.

Polymer Photovoltaics Featured on JACS editorial

The work by Sankaran Thayumanavan and colleagues at UMass Amherst, with others at the University of California-Riverside, is highlighted in the current issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) for the clever way it mimics Nature’s way of harnessing solar energy.

Label-free Ligand Screening Featured in C&E News

Researchers have designed a new small molecule probe that binds to a protein and emits a fluorescent signal only when a drug molecule displaces it (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja301204z). The chemists hope that the probe will provide a simple, rapid method to screen drug candidates.