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

November 8th, 2018
Sarthak Saha
November 7th, 2018
Whitney Blocher McTigue

Congratulations to Whitney Blocher McTigue on passing her prospectus!

October 29th, 2018
2018_RainbowFibers

Congratulations to Zoey Meng on the publication of her new paper!

"Electrospinning Cargo-Containing Polyelectrolyte Complex Fibers: Correlating Molecular Interactions to Complex Coacervate Phase Behavior and Fiber Formation," X. Meng, J.D. Schiffman, S.L. Perry, Macromolecules, (2018), 51, 8821-8832. [PDF]

October 23rd, 2018
Zoey Meng

Zoey Meng's G.R.A.S.S. Seminar today on Shifting the Paradigm of Electrospinning: Forming Fibers from Complex Coacervates will be an awesome way to celebrate Mole Day!

October 13th, 2018
Jonathan Selway

Welcome to Jonathan Selway, a sophomore in Biochemistry who will be helping to solve protein crystal structures!

October 4th, 2018
Zoey Meng

Congratulations to Zoey Meng on passing her prospectus today and officially becoming both a Lab Ninja and a PhD Candidate!

October 3nd, 2018
Whitney Blocher

Whitney Blocher McTigue gave a fantastic G.R.A.S.S. Seminar today on Encapsulation and Thermal Stability of Biomacromolecules using Complex Coacervation.

October 1st, 2018
Dr. Vanda Liadinskaia

Welcome to Dr. Vanda Liadinskaia, the Perry Lab's first Postdoc! Vanda will be working on a joint project with the Schiffman Lab on trying to use coacervates to make fungicide treatments safer and more robust.

September 15th, 2018
NSF Logo

Prof. Maria Santore and Prof. Perry were just awarded an NSF Grant to create a Rational Framework for Particle-Containing Coacervates!

September 18th, 2018
Greg Donovan

Welcome to Greg Donovan, a junior in Chemical Engineering who will be working on electrospinning complex coacervates.

September 14th, 2018
Whitney Blocher

Whitney Blocher will be giving a talk on Encapsulation and Thermal Stability of Biomacromolecules Using Complex Coacervation at the Biophysics Lunch today in Hasbrouck 409.

September 8th, 2018
Elizabeth McDermott

Welcome to Elizabeth McDermott, a junior in Chemical Engineering who will be exploring the interactions between proteins and polymer zwitterions.

August 29th, 2018
Whitney Blocher

Congratulations to Whitney Blocher on having been awarded a James Douglas Graduate Fellowship to support the development of improved Matlab training for students in ENGIN 110 and the department!

August 28th, 2018
Sarah Perry

Prof. Perry gave a plenary talk on Molecular Design of Polyelectrolyte Complex Materials at the International Symposium on Polyelectrolytes in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

August 8th, 2018
Shuo Sui

Congratulations to Shuo Sui on being awarded an IUCr Travel Grant to attend the 2018 ICCBM Conference in Shanghai China!

July 19th, 2018
Brandon Johnston

Congratulations to Brandon Johnston on the publication of his paper on the synthesis and characterization of zwitterionic analogs of pluronics!

"Synthesis of Zwitterionic Pluronic Mimics," M. Skinner, B.M. Johnston, Y. Liu, R. Selhorst, I. Xenidou, S.L. Perry, T. Emrick, Biomacromolecules, (2018), 19(8), 3377-3389. [PDF]

May 25th, 2018
Svilen Kolev

Congratulations to Svilen Kolev on being awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Honors Research Grant to support his thesis research!

May 25th, 2018
Matt Labbe

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

May 25th, 2018
Devin Rafferty

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

May 25th, 2018
Hansen Tjo

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

May 25th, 2018
Elizabeth Voke

Congratulations to Elizabeth Voke on being awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship!

May 11th, 2018
2018 Seniors

Congratulations to our 2018 graduating seniors Kush Basu, Tyler Carpenter, Xi (Ryan) Hao, Rebecca Hershman, and Brandon Johnston!

May 9th, 2018
Telvin Abariga

Welcome to Telvin Abariga, a rising junior in Chemical Engineering who will be exploring the potential for using polyelectrolyte complexes as selectively permeable membranes.

May 9th, 2018
Bryan Chua

Congratulations to Bryan Chua on being named a Grinspoon Entrepreneurial Spirit Awardee for his work related to using drone technology for air quality testing!

May 1st, 2018
Bryan Chua

This summer Bryan Chua will be involved in a summer internship at Aclarity LLC, a UMass startup company that uses low doses of electricity to rapidly oxidize and reduce water to purify it.

April 27th, 2018
MA UG Conference Logo

Today Kush Basu, Brandon Johnston, Tyler Carpenter, Bryan Chua, and Hansen Tjo presented at the 24th Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference.

April 27th, 2018
Bryan Chua

Check out this WGBY Connection Point news story highlighting Bryan Chua's efforts to bring clean water to Puerto Rico!

April 26th, 2018
Josh McGee

Welcome to Josh McGee, a rising sophomore in Chemical Engineering who will be working with Shuo Sui on the design and fabrication of X-ray compatible microfluidic devices for protein crystallography.

April 26th, 2018
Shari Traiger

Welcome to Shari Traiger, a rising sophomore in Biomedical Engineering who will be looking into the encapsulation of proteins into complex coacervates.

April 26th, 2018
Abbie Cabral

Welcome to Abbie Cabral, a rising sophomore in Biomedical Engineering who will be looking into the encapsulation of proteins into complex coacervates.

April 26th, 2018
Robin Zollner

Congratulations to Robin Zollner on his upcoming summer internship at Metallized Carbon Corporation!

April 24th, 2018
Li-Wei Chang

Li-Wei Chang gave a fantastic G.R.A.S.S. Seminar today on Sequence Control of Complex Coacervation.

April 22nd, 2018
Savannah Szemethy

Congratulations to Savannah Szemethy on her upcoming summer internship at Nyacol Nano Technologies!

April 19th, 2018
Sarah Perry

Prof. Perry presented a seminar on Microfluidics for Room Temperature Crystallography seminar today at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.

April 17th, 2018
Xi Hao

Congratulations to Xi (Ryan) Hao!!! Ryan will be joining the Macromolecular Science and Engineering PhD program at Virginia Tech this fall!

April 11th, 2018
2017_Charge_Patterning

My last paper from my postdoc work was just published and highlighted on the journal cover!

"Partitioning and Enhanced Self-Assembly of Actin in Polypeptide Coacervates," P.M. McCall, S. Srivastava, S.L. Perry, D.R. Kovar, M.L. Gardel, M.V. Tirrell, Biophysical Journal, (2018), 114(7), 1636-1645. [PDF]

April 9th, 2018
Brandon Johnston

Congratulations to Brandon Johnston!!! Brandon will be joining the Polymers PhD program at MIT this fall!

March 24th, 2018
2018_Bry_Liz_CUBoulder

Congratulations to Bryanne Zonghi and Elizabeth Voke, both of whom were accepted into the Young Scholars Summer Research Program in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder!

March 20th, 2018
Rebecca Hershman

Congratulations to Rebecca Hershman!!! She will be starting in the PhD program in Chemical Engineering at Tufts University this fall!

February 26th, 2018
Tyler Carpenter

Congratulations to Tyler Carpenter!!! He has accepted a position with the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co.!

February 14th, 2018
Rachel Brody

Best wishes to Rachel Brody as she moves on in her academic career! Rachel will be joining the Markstein Lab in Biology to get a jump start on her graduate research.

February 14th, 2018
2018 BioXFEL

Prof. Perry presented on Graphene Microfluidics for Room Temperature Crystallography at the 2018 BioXFEL Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

February 1st, 2018
2018_Shuo_Crystals

Congratulations to Shuo Sui on the publication of his new paper, which describes the use of graphene-based electrodes to enable electric field-enhanced protein crystallization and in situ X-ray crystallography!

"A Graphene-based Microfluidic Platform for Electro-crystallization and In Situ X-ray Diffraction," S. Sui, Y. Wang, C. Dimitrakopoulos, S.L. Perry, Crystals, 8(2), (2018). [PDF]

January 27th, 2018
Devin Rafferty

Welcome to Devin Rafferty, a sophomore in Chemical Engineering who will be working with Brandon Johnston on the synthesis and study of architectural effects of complex coacervates.

January 27th, 2018
Hansen Tjo

Welcome to Hansen Tjo, a freshman in Chemical Engineering who will be studying complex coacervation in ternary mixtures of macro-ions.

January 18th, 2018
Li-Wei Chang

Congratulations to Li-Wei Chang on an excellent job during his prospectus this afternoon!

January 3rd, 2018
Whitney Blocher

Congratulations to Whitney Blocher on having been awarded a portion of this year's Eldridge Teaching Assistant Award for her work in ENGIN 110!

December 14th, 2017
Savannah Szemethy

Congratulations to Savannah Szemethy on having been awarded a Research Assistant Fellowship from the Commonwealth Honors College!

December 13th, 2017
Bryan Chua

Congratulations to Bryan Chua on having been awarded both a Research Assistant Fellowship, and an Honors Research Grant from the Commonwealth Honors College!

December 12th, 2017
Shuo Sui

Shuo Sui gave a fantastic G.R.A.S.S. Seminar today on Graphene-Integrated Microfluidics for Advanced Crystallography.

December 8th, 2017
Brandon Johnston

Check out the UMass news article highlighting Brandon Johnston as one of six 2017-2018 UMass Amherst Rising Researchers!

December 14th, 2017
Sarah Perry

Prof. Perry will be giving seminar today in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

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