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Biomaterials & Nanomaterials Laboratory

Lab Director: David W. Britt

List of Publications (>70 peer reviewed publications): Biomedical Engineering Adjunct Faculty Appointment, University of Utah

Biological Engineering Students:

Graduate Researchers

  • Anthony Cartwright
  • Kaitlyn Anderson
  • Matthew Potter
  • Ian Wadsworth
  • Aaron Dryden
  • David Hoyt

2019 Capstone Design Teams

  • Antimicrobial hemodialysis membranes: Cassia Holzer, Alice Pack, Kaitlyn Elles, Jace Parkinson

Undergraduate Researchers

  • Devan Kunzler
  • Christina Morgan
  • Hayden Ewer
  • Kolton Hauck
  • Kyle Jones
  • Andrew Kjar
  • Mitch Heap

  • Advanced peritoneal dialysis: Mitch Heap, Jake Accordino, Banner Wald, Morgan Bishop
self-assembled organo-silane nanobeads

Research Areas & Open Lab Meetings:

  1. Nanoparticle - microbe - plant interactions for agricultural applications (Wed 2:30-4:30 ENGR 402C)
  2. Nanocarriers and natural antiviral therapies for cytomegalovirus (CMV) (Th 10:00-11:00 ENGR 406)
  3. Bacterial outer membrane vesicle (OMV) release, isolation, characterization, & application

Congratulations to Mitch Heap on his funded undergraduate research for 2019-2020!

High School Outreach Summer 2019
Congratulations to our CIB Summer Academy Students, Dylan and Aubrey for their excellent research on Beneficial Bacterial Biofilms and receiving 1st Place among the 2019 Academy participants! (And thanks to Anthony and Kyle for their help!)

High School Outreach - Fishing for Beneficial Soil Bacteria with Gary Zhan

Gary Zhan Science Fair Winner

First Place in Microbiology - Heading to the International Fair in May--Well Done, Gary!

Recent Research:

One-step hydrophobic silica nanoparticle synthesis at the air/water interface

Abul Bashar Giasuddin, Anthony Cartwright, Kyle Jackson, and David W. Britt

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., Just Accepted Manuscript

DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b06359

Publication Date (Web): February 13, 2019

Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society

Lab News: Where are they now?

Dr. Abul Bashar Giasuddin (PhD 2018) is a Research Scientist with Evonik, Allentown, PA
Michelle Bonebrake (MS 2019) Quality Control Specialist, GE Healthcare, Logan, Utah

Summer Outreach and Community Engagement:

Summer 2019 USU Biotechnology Summer Academy - Plant beneficial biofilm research with Kyle and Aubrey

Summer 2018 Bio-Nano Engineering Outreach -- USU Biotechnology Summer Academy

CIB Summer Biotechnology Academy in BENG

Matt Potter (left) and Cassie Behe (right) welcome high school students from California, Idaho, and Utah in our lab to research plant microbiomes and biofilm formation

NEWs: USU Awarded $1M for MESAS Program to Continue Summer Outreach (NASMP) Efforts.

Congratulations to Al Savitzky and colleagues for their summer outreach and mentoring efforts!

— Biomaterials USU (@BiomaterialsU) June 21, 2018

STEM Outreach with Support from NSF-CBET Award #1335550:

Outreach activities to engage and inspire students from all backgrounds to succeed in STEM disciplines. The Britt Lab hosts high school students each summer through the USU Biotechnology Academy. The lab also is active in the USU Native American Summer Mentorship Program (NASMP), and has hosted Native American students from the USU Regional Campus in Blanding, Utah every summer since inception of the program in 2012. In 2017, Dr. Britt and Dr. Anne Anderson from the USU Department of Biology developed an 8-week summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) program titled, Plant-STEM. This program served underrepresented students from 2-year colleges, allowing them to explore novel methodologies used to stimulate plant growth under abiotic stress. An interdisciplinary approach introduced the participants to nanotechnology, plant-microbiome functioning, and soilless growth platforms--the program culminated in student-designed and conducted projects.

Local news coverage of student presentations can be seen here: Plant-STEM NASMP video coverage, HJ News Article.

Summer 2017 8-week Plant-STEM REU

Harvesting plants to assess effects of micronutrients on growth

Dr. Bruce Bugbee sets the stage

Dr. Bruce Bugbee discusses the challenges and opportunities in sustainable food production

Excursion in Logan Canyon

Learning outside the lab: Excursion in Logan Canyon

Plant-STEM Research Summary Poster

Past Advisors:

  • Stefan Hell (as Post Doctoral Fellow)
  • Dietmar Möbius (as Post Doctoral Fellow)
  • Vladimir Hlady (as Graduate Student - Ph.D.)