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

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

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

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

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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