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  • SELECTBIO – Space Summit 2023
    The Space Summit 2023, also known as “Chips in Space,” is an event organized by SelectBIO and scheduled to be held on July 26-27, 2023, in Orlando, Florida, cochaired by Jana Stoudemire from Axiom Space and Marc Giulianotti from Sierra Space. The summit focuses on the deployment of life sciences technologies in space, particularly on […]
    Posted on August 3, 2023
  • The CAPS Research Summer Program
    The CAPS Research Scholars Program is an intensive program, an initiative designed for upper-division STEM students who are actively pursuing careers in academia. The program aims to equip scholars with a comprehensive academic background, making them highly competitive candidates for graduate studies and ensuring their success in earning Doctoral degrees in 8 weeks.  Not only […]
    Posted on July 31, 2023
  • Cultivated Meat: A Glimpse into the Future of Sustainable Dining
    July 18th 2023, an article on cultivated meat technology with our JBN materials was published.  UConn is developing cultivated meat technology. So when can you serve beef that harmed no cow? Cultivated meat has only been in existence for about a decade, and researchers expect further breakthroughs to overcome current limitations. There are two main […]
    Posted on July 20, 2023
  • Article from UConn Today
    Title: NASA Astronauts Contribute to Life-Saving Nanomaterial Experiments for UConn’s Biomedical Engineering Researchers In a groundbreaking collaboration between NASA and our group, the University of Connecticut (UConn), astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have recently conducted a series of experiments with nanomaterials that hold immense potential for biomedical applications. These experiments, carried out in […]
    Posted on June 27, 2023
  • Graduation!!!
    Congratulations to all our students who graduated this Spring!! We have Leah Faber, Olivia Rice and Ryan Demarco in the Master’s program, and Laura, Paige and Trystin in the Bachelor’s program! Congratulation to Trystin! AND warm welcome to being our 1st year PHD student starting Summer 2023!!!!   Congratulations to Ryan, Olivia and Leah!!!! Best […]
    Posted on May 28, 2023
  • AX-2 mission
    As you all know, our science (JBN materials) is heading to space in the AX-2 mission. How exciting is that? AX-2 is coming up real soon and we are looking forward to it. AX-1 was Axiom Space’s first human spaceflight mission in the first-ever all-private astronaut mission (PAM), with over 200 lessons learned. On the […]
    Posted on April 10, 2023
  • UConn, are you ready to FLY TO SPACE?
    Great news to share! Dr. Yupeng Chen and his research lab was featured on UConn Today on the 18th November 2022! The article can be found here! In the past year or so, Dr. Yupeng Chen submitted a proposal to NASA Research Announcement on In-Space (In-Spa) Production applications for low-Earth orbit (LEO). He successfully acquired […]
    Posted on November 18, 2022
  • News and New Publication!
    Good day everyone!   As you may know (or may not!) from our previous update, Maxwell Landolina (our undergraduate student) and Delaram Ghanbariamin (our Masters’ student) accepted the offer to be a full time Doctoral Student working under Dr. Yupeng Chen (Delaram will also be working with Dr. Ali Tamayol, dual advisors!!). Congratulations to them! […]
    Posted on July 11, 2022