Perry Research Group

Welcome to the Perry Lab

Perry Research Group

Research in the Perry laboratory utilizes self-assembly, molecular design, and microfluidic technologies to generate biomimetic microenvironments to study and enable the implementation of biomolecules to address real-world challenges. Individually, microfluidics represents an enabling technology for high throughput analyses such as the time-resolved structural analysis of enzyme dynamics, while control over molecular interactions in self-assembling polyelectrolyte systems can be used to examine the interplay between biomolecules and the environment. Together, these capabilities can be coupled to generate artificial organelles for use in applications ranging from biochemistry to bioenergetics, biocatalysis, and biomedicine. Furthermore, this work has tremendous pedagogical potential to inspire students to work at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and engineering.

News and Announcements

March 19th, 2019
Hansen Tjo

Congratulations to Hansen Tjo, who was accepted into the Materials Research REU Program at Columbia University!

March 18th, 2019
Elizabeth Voke

Congratulations to Elizabeth Voke, who was accepted into the Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program at UC Berkeley!

March 15th, 2019
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Whitney's first experimental paper was just accepted for publication in Soft Matter!

"Design Rules for Encapsulating Proteins into Complex Coacervates," W.C. Blocher McTigue, S.L. Perry, Soft Matter, (2019), (accepted). [PDF]

March 12th, 2018
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Prof. Perry visited her alma mater to present seminar on Molecular Engineering of Polyelectrolyte Complex Materials.

March 8th, 2017
Sarah Perry

Prof. Perry spoke as part of an invited focus session on Using Polymer Sequence to Control Material Properties at the APS March Meeting.

March 4th, 2017
Yalin Liu

Yalin Liu gave a fantastic talk at the APS March Meeting on Polymer Chemistry and the Effect on the Linear Viscoelasticity on Polyelectrolyte Complexes.

February 14th, 2019
Shuo Sui

Congratulations to Shuo Sui on winning a poster prize at the 2019 BioXFEL Conference in San Diego, CA!

February 6th, 2019
Robin Zollner

Congratulations to Robin Zollner! Robin will be joining Boeing in Charleston, SC as a Materials, Process, and Physics Engineer. Good luck in your future endeavors!

January 25rd, 2019
Whitney Blocher McTigue

Looking forward to Whitney Blocher McTigue's upcoming seminar on Complex Coacervation as a Novel Method for Thermal Stabilization of Biomacromolecules in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at UMass, Wednesday 1/30 at 4pm in 221 ISB!

January 25th, 2019
Charles Sing

Fantastic visit and seminar today by our collaborator Prof. Charles Sing!

January 25th, 2019
Kush Basu

Congratulations to Kush Basu! After working in the Perry lab for nearly four years, Kush will be joining Saint-Gobain as a Research Associate. Good luck in your future endeavors!

January 23rd, 2019
Prof. Perry

A review article by Prof. Perry was just published online!

S.L. Perry, "Phase Separation: Bridging Polymer Physics and Biology," Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science, (2019), 39, 86-97. [PDF]

January 8th, 2019
ONS

Very excited about our new grant with Prof. Rachel Walker from the Oncology Nursing Society to create a point-of-care device for the detection of chemotherapeutics!

January 2nd, 2019
Sarthak Saha

Congratulations to Sarthak Saha on the recent publication of his review article on Keratin from his time as a Master's student!

S. Saha, M. Arshad, M. Zubair, A. Ullah, "Keratin as a Biopolymer," in S. Sharma, A. Kumar (eds.) Springer Series on Polymer and Composite Materials, (2019). [PDF]

December 11th, 2018
Josh McGee and Devin Rafferty

Josh McGee and Devin Rafferty will be participating in internships with Covestro this summer!

December 8th, 2018
Abbie Cabral

Congratulations to Abbie Cabral on being awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship!

December 8th, 2018
Josh McGee

Congratulations to Josh McGee on being awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship!

December 8th, 2018
Hansen Tjo

Congratulations to Hansen Tjo on being awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship!

December 8th, 2018
Matt Labbe

Congratulations to Matt Labbe on being awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship!

December 8th, 2018
Devin Rafferty

Congratulations to Devin Rafferty on being awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship!

December 8th, 2018
Bryan Chua

Congratulations to Bryan Chua on being awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Honors Research Grant in support of his thesis research!

December 7th, 2018
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Prof. Perry visited our collaborator, Prof. Caryn Heldt at Michigan Tech, gave a guest lecture, and presented a seminar on Molecular Engineering of Polyelectrolyte Complex Materials as part of the Chemical Engineering Grain Processing Seminar Series.

December 3rd, 2018
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Prof. Perry visited Prof. Vinh Nguyen, as well as Perry lab alumnus Xi "Ryan" Hao at Virginia Tech, and gave a seminar as part of their Soft Matter and Biological Physics Seminar Series.

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