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 12th, 2019
Zoey Meng

Zoey Meng gave a fantastic talk as part of the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research session at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

November 12th, 2019
2019 AIChE

Prof. Perry gave a plenary talk on Coacervation of Sequence Controlled Polypeptides: Understanding Biology and Designing Materials at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

November 11th, 2019
2019 AIChE

Congratulations to Josh McGee, Hansen Tjo, and Elizabeth Voke on having been awarded poster prizes in the undergraduate poster competition at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

November 7th, 2019
Okinawa Colloids

Prof. Perry gave a keynote lecture at the Okinawa Colloids Meeting.

November 3rd, 2019
Alistaire Rauch

Welcome to Alistaire Rauch, a freshman in Chemical Engineering who will be working on a collaborative project with Prof. Anne Gershenson to use microfluidics to study protein folding diseases.

October 25th, 2019
UMass Lowell

Prof. Perry will be visiting the Department of Chemistry at UMass Lowell to give a seminar on the topic of Molecular Engineering of Polyelectrolyte Complex Materials.

October 27th, 2019
Juanfeng Sun

Congratulations to Sun on the publication of his paper on the electrospinning of complex coacervates formed from chitosan and hyaluronic acid!

"Electrospinning Nanofibers from Chitosan/Hyaluronic Acid Complex Coacervates," J. Sun, S.L. Perry, J.D. Schiffman, Biomacromolecues, (2019), 20(11), 4191-4198. [PDF]

October 16th, 2019
Zoey Meng

Congratulations to Zoey Meng on the formal publication of her very first patent!

Polymer Nanofibers from Electrospinning of Complex Coacervates, and Compositions and Methods Thereof, US Patent Number 10,428,444 B2, October 1, 2019. [PDF]

October 11th, 2019
Yimin Sun

Welcome to Master's student Yimin Sun! She will be working on developing cryptic materials based on design rules that we have learned from complex coacervation.

October 9th, 2019
Nicholas Bryant

Welcome to Nicholas Bryant, a Master's student who will be working on a jointly advised project on complex coacervates for coatings and films with Prof. John Klier.

October 4th, 2019
Ali Ahmad Jallow

Welcome to Ali Ahmad Jallow, a sophomore who will be working with Zoey Meng to study the incorporation of cargo molecules into complex coacervates and polyelectrolyte complexes.

October 1st, 2019
Mingjun Zhou

Welcome to Dr. Mingjun Zhou who is joining the Perry and Santore labs to develop particle-polymer complex coacervates.

September 2nd, 2019
Matt Labbe

Congratulations to Matt Labbe, who had a tremendous summer internship at HP in Corvallis, OR and has accepted an offer of a full-time position as a process engineer on the R&D team working on the fluidic flow layers of silicon wafer chips for ink cartridges!

August 29th, 2019
Sarah Perry

Prof. Perry spoke on the topic of Using Sequence and Chemistry to Engineer Complex Coacervate Materials at a special symposium on Recent Developments in Biomaterials at the Fall ACS Meeting in San Diego, CA.

August 16th, 2019
2019_Antifouling

Congratulations to Li-Wei Chang on the publication of his new paper, done in collaboration with Prof. Charles Sing's lab!

"Sequence-Dependent Self-Coacervation in High Charge-Density Polyampholytes," J. Madinya, L.W. Chang, S.L. Perry, C.E. Sing, Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., (2019), (in press). [PDF]

August 13th, 2019
2019_Antifouling

Congratulations to Xi "Ryan" Hao and Shuo Sui on the publication of their collaborative paper with the Schiffman Lab looking at the antifouling properties of polyelectrolyte complex films!

"Bacteria-resistant, Transparent, Free-standing Films Prepared from Complex Coacervates," I.S. Kurtz, S. Sui, X. Hao, M. Huang, S.L. Perry, J.D. Schiffman, ACS Applied Bio Materials, (2019), 2, 3926-3933. [PDF]

July 30th, 2019
Sarah Perry

Prof. Perry was invited to join the Editorial Board of the journal Polymers.

July 23rd, 2019
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Prof. Perry gave an invited talk on Electrospinning Complex Coacervates at the ECI Conference on Colloidal, Macromolecular and Biological Gels II.

July 12th, 2019
Sarah Perry

Prof. Perry was invited to join the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Soft Matter.

June 20th, 2019
Bryanne Zonghi

Bryanne Zonghi will be joining Bristol Myers Squibb as an Associate Research Scientist!

June 11th, 2019
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Congratulations to Sarthak Saha on being awarded a Chemistry-Biology Interface UMass Trainee Fellowship!

May 28th, 2019
Elizabeth Voke

Congratulations to Elizabeth Voke on being awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Grant to support her thesis work!

May 28th, 2019
Abbie Cabral

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

May 28th, 2019
Josh McGee

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

May 28th, 2019
Hansen Tjo

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

May 28th, 2019
Shari Traiger

Congratulations to Shari Traiger on being awarded a Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship!

May 7th, 2019
Savannah Szemethy

Congratulations to Savannah Szemethy on having accepted a position as a research associate on the bioreactor team with Platelet Biogenesis!

May 7th, 2019
Caleb Boucher

After graduation, Caleb Boucher will be joining the Southwest Conservation Corps as a Trail Crew Member. Congrats!

May 4th, 2019
Josh McGee

Congratulations to Josh McGee on having been awarded a UMass Amherst Life Sciences Alumni Network Scholarship!

May 2nd, 2019
2019_MRS_Science_as_Art

Savannah Szemethy was highlighted for her work combining Art and Science in a recent UMass News story!

April 25th, 2019
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April 25th, 2019
Bryan Chua

Check out this news story highlighting Bryan Chua as one of two chemical engineers named as 21st Century Leaders!

April 24th, 2019
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Prof. Perry will be giving an invited talk on Sequence Control—From Biology to Coacervates in a symposium on Bioinspired Materials—From Basic Discovery to Biomimicry at the Spring MRS Meeting in Phoenix.

April 22nd, 2019
2019_MRS_Science_as_Art

Congratulations to Savannah Szemethy! She was selected to participate in the UMassAmherst Research Art Science Exhibition. Come check out the displays from 2-5pm on Thursday April 25th from 2-5pm at the Digital Media Lab

April 19th, 2019
2019_MRS_Science_as_Art

Congratulations to Savannah Szemethy! Her submission to the Science as Art competition at the Spring MRS Meeting was selected as a finalist!

April 18th, 2019
2019_MRS_Science_as_Art

Savannah Szemethy has put together this fantastic online gallery of her Microfluidic and SEM Art!

April 17th, 2019
Giuseppe Santaniello

Welcome to Giuseppe Santaniello, a rising sophomore in Biochemistry who will be working in collaboration with Prof. Anne Gershenson from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on a project to use microfluidics to study protein folding diseases.

April 11th, 2019
Elizabeth McDermott

Elizabeth McDermott will be working this summer as an intern at Abbvie!

April 10th, 2019
Svilen Kolev

Svilen Kolev will be joining the PhD program in Chemical Engineering at Northeasthern this fall!

April 5th, 2019
2019_Charge_Patterning

Li-Wei's latest collaborative paper looking at the effects of more complex charge patterning on coacervation was just published in ACS Central Science! This is such a great collaboration with Prof. Charles Sing's Lab!

"Designing Electrostatic Interactions via Polyelectrolyte Monomer Sequence," T.K. Lytle, L.W. Chang, N. Markiewicz, S.L. Perry, C.E. Sing, ACS Central Science, (2019), 5, 709-718. [PDF]

April 3rd, 2019
Zoey Meng

Congratulations to Zoey Meng for winning the Maden Travel Award for best poster at the Graduate Recruiting Weekend!

April 3rd, 2019
2019 Spring ACS

Prof. Perry also presented research and concepts related to Microfluidics and/or Microgravity for Protein Crystallization in a symposium on Emerging Frontiers in Biotechnology at the Spring ACS Meeting.

April 2nd, 2019
Whitney Blocher McTigue

Congratulations to Whitney Blocher McTigue! She will receive the Eldridge Award for having the highest ranked G.R.A.S.S. talk in her class.

April 2nd, 2019
2019 Spring ACS

Prof. Perry spoke on the topic of Sequence Controlled Polypeptides: Understanding Biology via Coacervation at a special symposium on Molecular Engineering of Peptide Assemblies at the Spring ACS Meeting.

March 30th, 2019
Josh McGee

Congratulations to Josh McGee and Jake Brandner for placing 2nd in the 2019 Northeast Regional AIChE Conference Poster Competition!

March 28th, 2019
Sun's MS Defense

Congratulations to Juanfeng Sun for an outstanding defense of his MS thesis on Electrospinning Nanofibers from Chitosan-Hyaluronic Acid Complex Coacervates! Sun is also the first student to graduate from the new Chemical Engineering MS Program!

March 27th, 2019
Bryan Chua

Congratulations to Bryan Chua on being named a UMass Amherst 21st Century Leader!

March 27th, 2019
Bryan Chua

Bryan Chua will be joining Bristol Myers Squibb as an Assistant Automation Engineer after graduation!

March 26th, 2019
Matt Labbe

Matt Labbe will be working this summer with the development team at HP on photolithography for inkjet technology in Corvallis, OR!

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
2019 Blocher Soft Matter

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), 15, 3089-3103. [PDF]

March 12th, 2018
Illinois Logo

Prof. Perry visited her alma mater to present seminar on Molecular Engineering of Polyelectrolyte Complex Materials.

March 8th, 2019
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, 2019
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]

January 1st, 2019
Sarah Perry

Prof. Perry was invited to join the Editorial Advisory Board for ACS Macro Letters.