Dr. Billanna Hwang (Billie) is a Research Scientist heading toward the faculty track under the mentorship of Dr. Michael S. Mulligan in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the role of exosomes in immune modulation, and as biomarkers and a potential immunotherapeutic for a variety of inflammatory processes, including lung ischemia reperfusion injury. We sat down with Dr. Hwang to discuss how she stumbled into the world of exosome research...
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Historically, biomaterials heal poorly. This includes those used in solid hip replacements, contact lenses, dental materials, etc. All of them, regardless of whether they’re made from soft tissue or solid material, never really recapitulate what they’re replacing. They have limitations in terms of life span as well. If you get a hip replacement at forty, you’re going to need to get another one when you’re about seventy. There are also limitations in terms of disease and type of injury that biomaterials can replace. Devices can’t treat Parkinson’s disease...
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Chris Large is a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Maitreya Dunham in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. Chris collaborates with Postdoc Brewing, a local brewery created by former UW Biochemistry alumnus Dr. Tom Schmidlin, to study the evolution of brewing yeast strains. We sat down with Chris to discuss his love of science and beer...
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Dr. Lai Hong Wong is a senior research fellow working in the laboratory of Prof. Douglas Fowler and Prof. Maitreya Dunham in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Wong is interested in leveraging yeast genetics to explore the genetic determinants of drug metabolism that are implicated in adverse drug reactions in humans. We sat down…
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