Lab News and other stuff

October 2017

Congratulations to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson on being awarded the 2017 Chemistry Nobel Prize! It's about time, and it is a great day for everyone in the EM community. La viva cryo. :)
(I have my own fond memories of studying Henderson's papers in upper undergrad and grad school, and doing cryoEM on an old JEOL 1200 at McMaster in late 90s. On diacetylenic lipids of all things...)
Link to the announcement.

September 2017

Thanks to all the participants and the sponsors for the excellent Bloodsurf2017 meeting in Clemson, SC!

Links: conference website and group photos.

August 2017

Thanks to all the participants and the sponsors for the excellent 2017 FEBS Biological Surfaces and Interfaces workshop in interface dynamics that took place (as usual) in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain, in July.

Links: conference website, conference photos, plans for the 2019 meeting.

December 16, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Alessia Donati on obtaining her Dr. rer. nat. with the predicat magna cum laude!

December 11, 2016

Tomorrow, 12.12.2016, Alessia Donati will defend her Doctoral Thesis A multilevel study of platelet activation at biomaterial surface: from evaluating to controlling hemocompatibility.
Good luck!

December 1, 2016

Hot off the press, our J. Chem. Phys paper Lipid Phase Behavior Studied with a Quartz Crystal Microbalance: A Technique for Biophysical Studies with Applications in Screening.
J. Chem. Phys. 145, 204904 (2016).

August 12, 2016

Alessia Donati is going to present a poster on her work at the Platelets 2016 International Symposium in Wellesley, MA, USA in September 2016.

July 23, 2016

Our reivew, Stirred, shaken, or stagnant: What goes on at the blood–biomaterial interface, appears in Blood Reviews.

July 20, 2016

Congratulations to Eva Uhl on the publication in Langmuir of the paper Platelet immobilization on supported phospholipid bilayers for single platelet studies that was based on her M.Sc. thesis work!

June 22, 2016

Congratulations to Alessia Donati on the publication of her first paper! Observation of subpopulations in purified platelets adsorbed on glass, published in Biointerphases in June 2016.

May 3, 2016

Congratulations to Eva Uhl on completing her Master with an excellent mark! We are sad to see you go, but wish you luck in your future pursuits!

February 16, 2016

The paper Hearing What You Cannot See and Visualizing What You Hear: Interpreting Quartz Crystal Microbalance Data from Solvated Interfaces by Reviakine, Johannsmann, Richter "...received enough citations to place it in the top 1% of its academic field based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year (as of September/October 2015)." Data from Essential Science Indicators.

November 29, 2015

Alessia Donati is awarded the second prize for her presentation Towards Studying Platelet Activation at the Single Cell Level at the 34th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Clinical Microcirculation and Hemorheology, Regensburg, November 2015.  Congratulations!

October 17, 2015

Alessia Donati gives an invited talk at the Technology meets Biology meeting of the Nordic Network for Biomembrane Dynamics in Tallinn, Estonia.

October 1, 2015

We welcome back Concepcion Molina, who chose to come back to our group for a longer stay to investigate the mysteries of platelet life at surfaces.

August 1, 2015

We welcome Eva Uhl, who will perform her Master thesis work with us.

July 1, 2015

We welcome Gennaro Ruggiero, the recipient of the KHYS Aspirant Grant, who will stay with us for one month to study the effect of various lipids on platelet activation.

June 10, 2015

An Octopus in the Microscope!

A platelet adhering on a substrate in this image looks like a mythical sea creature... Image size: 16x16 um2

June 2, 2015

We welcome a new PhD student, Tanu Srivastava!

June 1, 2015

We welcome Concepcion Molina, the recipient of the KHYS Aspirant Grant. Concepcion will work with us on platelet-biomaterial interactions.

February 25, 2015

The groups of Dr. Ilya Reviakine (IFG/KIT) and Prof. Friedrich Jung (Institut für Biomaterialforschung, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Teltow, Berlin) are awarded a Twinning project by the Biointerfaces Program of the Helmholtz Association. The project will combine biological expertise and the surface science capabilities of the two groups to investigate platelet interactions with biomaterials.

January 15, 2015

Dr. Claudia Spierling, from the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, visits our group and gives a seminar Hemocompatibility of Functionalized Surfaces.

January 12, 2015

Alessia Donati and Ilya Reviakine give a seminar on their work on blood biocompatibility of materials at the Biointerfaces (BIF) Graduate School seminar series at KIT. First seminar of 2015, welcome back everyone and happy new year!

December 2014

Alessia Donati wins a KHYS (Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists) travel scholarship to spend three month at Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden, in spring of 2015, where she will perform single platelet experiments.

November 2014

We welcome Tamara Spies, joining our lab as an undergraduate research assistant, to preform neutron reflectometry experients on asymmetric membrane mimmetic supported lipid bilayers.

September 30, 2014

Meeting of the journal club, where Alessia Donati will talk about a COST Training School Soft Interactions in biological and biomimetic self assemblies and and Özguel Bulut will takl about SIMS-Europe 2014 that they attended during the summer will take palce on 30.09.2014.

September 15, 2014

We welcome a new Master's student, RAMA KRISHNA Bontu, who joins us from the University of Siegen (Germany) to study blood plasma proteins adsorbed on biomaterial surfaces.

May 19, 2014

Ilya Reviakine recieves support from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a study of aminophospholipid asymmetry in solid-supported bilayers by neutron reflectometry.

May 19, 2014

Journal club meeting where Özguel Demir presents a paper by Keselowsky et a.Surface chemistry modulates fibronectin conformation and directs integrin binding and specificity to control cell adhesion. J. Biomed. Mater. Res. 66A: 247–259, (2003).

May 14, 2014

Publications:Feature Article Hearing what you can’t see and visualizing what you hear: interpreting quartz crystal microbalance data from solvated interfaces by Reviakine, Johannsmann, and Richter, becomes the most cited article published by the faculty of CIC biomaGUNE (San Sebastian, Spain) since the inception of the Institute in the fall of 2006 - including reviews published by other faculty. Click on the image to download a pdf with a magnified view.

April 22, 2014

Journal club meeting where Christine Dietrich presents a paper Revealing geometry dependence in collective cell behavior by Rolli et al., Biomaterials 33, 2409 (2012).

April 15, 2014

Ilya Reviakine is invited to become a member of Subcommittee 8 'Biology' at the Institute Laue Langevin (ILL), Grenoble.

March 25, 2014

Ilya Reviakine is invited to join the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, the Nature Publishing Group open access journal.

March 21, 2014

Congratulations to Swati Gupta on becoming a Doctor!
Swati defended her Ph.D. thesis Selective Activation of Platelets by Surfaces and Soluble Agonists on March 21, 2014, with distinction Cum Laude.

February 13, 2014

First meeting of the Journal club: on March, 3, Alessia Donati will present a paper In vitro hemocompatibility and vascular endothelial cell functionality on titania nanostructures under static and dynamic conditions for improved coronary stenting applications by Mohan, Chennazhi and Menon, Acta Biomaterialia 9 (2013) 9568–9577.

February 2014

Swati Gupta will defend her PhD thesis Selective Activation of Platelets by Surfaces and Soluble Agonists on March 21, 2014, at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the University of the Basque Country.

December 31, 2013

The branches of this X-mas tree, and the decorations, are made of flow cytometry data. Courtesy of Elodie Trouche.

December, 2013

Article in Press: Zhu et al. Langmuir 29, 15283, 2013.

In this work, we were able to capture a pathway for lipids leaving the surface during the formation of a supported lipid bilayer (SLB). SLBs form from layers of adsorbed vesicles (SVLs, left image and diagram above). During the formation of SLBs on TiO2, extended flower-like structures were observed (right image). Interestingly, if the fluorescence of the SVL was bleached before SLB formation began, the structures were not fluorescent, either, while the co-existing bilayer was (middle and right images). In other words, the structures originated from the surface-adsorbed lipids. Lipid exces sand its removal during SLB formation has been postulated on theoretical grounds and inferred from spectroscopic measurements, but this process had not been captured  "in the act" - till now.

November 25, 2013

Heinrich Rohrer died on May 16th of this year. Today I came accross his obituary in Physics Today, written by Paul Hansma.

Heinrich Rohrer shared a Nobel Prize in 1986 for the invention of the scanning tunneling microscope.
He did and he was much more than that single event of course. I bring this up because, as a teenager, in 1985 or 1986, I read in the Russian eddition of Scientific American an article entitled "Scanning Tunneling Microscope" by Binnig and Rohrer, and thought to myself, wouldn't it be cool to work with it. In 1996, I started a PhD working with an AFM.

You can read the obituary yourself, but I would like to quote one sentence from it - because I think it is important: "The rapid and friendly spread of the technology [scanning probe microscopy] is due in large part to the spirit of the field established by [Heinrich Rohrer]: collaboration, cooperation, and mutual respect."

Some people are simply special.

October 15, 2013

First measurement in a new place - SIMS! (Thanks to Alexander Welle, actually he did the measurement, I was just sitting next to the instrument since I still need to learn to "drive" it). But it's a start!
Almost all the equipment is here, a few more items, and my new lab will be outfitted.

September 20 - 21, 2013

Physics Meets Biology at the Cell Membrane meeting took place at CIC biomaGUNE (San Sebastian, Spain). It was organized by Marisela Velez (CSIC, Madrid, Spain) and Ilya Reviakine (KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany). Meeting web-page: The Iberian Membrane Biophysics Colloquium


CIC biomaGUNE, S. Sebastian, Spain (09.2006 - 08.2013):

July 2013

Article in press: Leitão et al. Colloids and Surfaces B 2013.
This work by Alexandre Leitão and Swati Gupta resulted from a collaboration between our group and the group of Miguel Gama in Braga, Portugal and was partially funded by the COST Action BioInspired Nanotechnology (TD1003).

June 2013

Ling Zhu defends her Ph.D. Congratulations, Doctor.

April 2013

Swati Gupta  receives a grant to attend the ESF-FEBS Conference on Biological Surfaces and Interfaces, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain, 30 June - 5 July 2013. Congratulations!

February 2013

The article by Ricardo Tejero appears on the cover of Langmuir! Link

October 2012

Dr. Ilya Reviakine is elected a member of the American Vacuum Society Biointerphases division Executive Committee.

October 2012

Dr. Ilya Reviakine receives a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt renewed research stay fellowship to spend one month at TU Clausthal, in Germany.

March 2012

Our recent article Adsorbed liposome deformation studied with quartz crystal microbalance has been selected for the March 1, 2012 issue of Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research. This Virtual Journal is an edited compilation of links to articles from participating publishers, covering a focused area of frontier research.

January 1, 2012

Dr. Ilya Reviakine is on leave, staying with the group of Prof. J. E. Davies at the University of Toronto.

December 24, 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Belén Sánchez on receiving First Prize in the area of Sciences Student Awards for work  that presents the best image of the University of the Basque Country.

November 13, 2011

We welcome Alexandre Felipe Leitão, a PhD student from the Centre for Biological Engineering at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal, who will spend two weeks in our group studying blood compatibility of bacterial cellulose membranes in collaboration with Swati Gupta. His visit is paid for by the Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) of the COST Bioinspired Nanotechnologies Action TD1003.

October 5, 2011

Ling Zhu will give a talk at the Neutrons in Biology meeting held at ILL, in Grenoble, France, October 19-20 2011. Congratulations!

August 3, 2011

Dr. I. Reviakine receives a travel grant from the Basque Government for visiting the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland to perform a series of experiments on the platelet-surface interactions.

August 1, 2011

Prof. Svetla Stoylova-McPhie (University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA) is visiting our group. Together with the doctoral student Ling Zhu, she will perform AFM experiments aimed at elucidating the organization of coagulation factor VIII at the membrane. Happy imaging!

July 27, 2011

Congratulations to Elodie Trouche on the birth of her son - and to her son on being born, of course!

May 6, 2011

Congratulations to Nicole Hain on receiving her Diploma ( = M.Sc.) in Chemistry from the Clausthal Institute of Technology!

March 17, 2011

Ricardo Tejero, Swati Gupta and Elodie Trouche had their posters accepted at the ESF-EMBO Conference on Biological Surfaces And Interfaces. (Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain, 26 June - 1 July 2011).

March 7, 2011

We welcome Dr.Belén Sanchez, who will work with us on titanium implants activated with platelet-rich plasma (a collaborative project with BTI, S.L).

February 28, 2011

Nicole Hain (TU-Clausthal and CIC biomaGUNE) handed in her Diploma Thesis The effect of liposome dimers on supported lipid bilayer formation

December 17, 2010

Season's greetings everyone! Happy holidays! Looking forward to another great year!

September 28, 2010

Sandra Camarero defended her M.Sc. thesis at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Bilbao

August 14, 2010

Pilar Martinez joins us for several month while Marta is taking care of her new-born baby.

August 7, 2010

Marta Gallego has a son! We welcome the new generation of scientists into the world!

June 1, 2010

Nicole Hain (TU Clausthal, Germany) is back with us for her M.Sc. project!