Polly named Scialog Fellow


Polly Fordyce was recently named a 2017 Scialog Fellow for Molecules Come to Life. It is a two-year program jointly sponsored by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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Congratulations, Polly!

Kara earns a Centennial Teaching Award!

In recognition for her hard work and dedication to developing the new BIOE 301D hands-on microfluidics course described below, Kara just received a Centennial Teaching Award.  Many congratulations, Kara!!!

Alli Keys joins the lab!

Welcome to Alli Keys, who has joined the Fordyce Lab as a ChEM-H Undergraduate Scholar!

Alli Keys is a sophomore from Houston, Texas, majoring in Chemistry. She previously worked as a Research Assistant at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her hobbies include singing with the University Singers Choir, teaching Introductory Chemistry, and participating in the Stanford Axe Committee. 

Alex Sockell joins the lab!

We are very happy to announce that Alex Sockell has decided to join the lab!  Alex is a graduate student in Genetics and deep sequencing guru who previously worked as a researcher and lab manager in the Bustamante lab for 3 years.  Welcome, Alex!

Film crew visits the lab for our upcoming JoVE article!

Lights, camera, complex photolithography fabrication.  A film crew from JoVE came to the lab and clean room to capture Kara and Adam in action making multilayer molding masters and valved microfluidic devices for producing droplet emulsions.  Some outtakes below:

The Fordyce Lab is awarded 2 Bio-X Seed Grants!

The Fordyce Lab has been awarded seed funding from Bio-X to support two projects in the lab!  

The first grant, "High-throughput Quantitative Enzymology: Developing and Deploying a Novel Microfluidic Platform", funds a collaborative project with Dan Herschlag's lab in the Department of Biochemistry that is being driven by Craig Markin, a joint postdoc between our labs.  The goal of this project is to develop a new microfluidic technology for producing and measuring Michaelis-Menten kinetics for thousands of rationally chosen enzyme mutants in parallel.  By making these measurements, we hope to learn more about how enzymes position active site residues for catalysis and improve efforts to design new enzymes.

The second grant, "Deciphering the Language of Cellular Protein Interaction Networks Using Spectrally Encoded Peptide-Bead Libraries", funds a collaborative project with Martha Cyert's lab in the Department of Biology that is being led by Huy Nguyen.  For this project, we are developing a new bead-based technology for studying how calcineurin, a human phosphatase that is the target of several immunosuppressant drugs, finds and binds its protein substrates in the cell.  With these measurements, we hope to improve prediction of calcineurin substrates and deepen our knowledge of cell signaling networks in vivo.

For more information on these projects (and to see the awesome science of the other funded grants!), check out the Bio-X website.

Welcome Huy Quoc Nguyen and congratulations!

Postdoctoral scholar Huy Quoc Nguyen has joined the Fordyce Lab! Huy graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from UC Davis and a BS from University of Washington. 

Huy was just awarded a ChEM-H seed grant with Christian Lentz from Matt Bogyo's lab to develop a new assay for protease specificity on spectrally encoded beads. Congratulations!

Welcome Rebecca, Varun, and Alex!

We have three new students in the Fordyce Lab for the summer! Rebecca Bromley-Dulfano is an undergraduate from the Physics department.  Alex Sockell is a rotation student with the Genetics Department. Varun Venkatesh is a high school student joining us as an intern.



Craig is awarded a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship!


Craig Markin was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, which carries up to five years of full support! Read more about the fellowship here

Craig works jointly between our laboratory and the Herschlag laboratory to develop new microfluidic techniques for quantitatively measuring enzyme activity and catalysis across thousands of mutants in a single assay. 

Congratulations, Craig!