Lab News

Justin Yoo receives 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

posted Apr 13, 2014, 8:17 PM by Wayne Curtis

Congratulations to Justin for being the latest lab undergraduate to receive and NSF GRFP Award!  

Congratulations Trevor on 1st Place Presentation Award

posted Apr 1, 2014, 11:35 AM by Wayne Curtis

Trevor takes First Place in oral presentation (Session II) at the 17th annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium ECMSS 2014

Mustafa's Rhodobacter Aquaporin Paper Publishes!

posted Feb 5, 2014, 6:48 AM by Wayne Curtis

Congratulations on your PLoS1 paper entitled "" where you measure the single channel water permeation rates using Fluorescence Correlations Spectroscopy (FCS).   More than 1010 water molecules can traverse a single channel each second !  A great collaboration with professors Manish Kumar and Peter Butler.  

Silver Anniversary of Wayne's World - 25 Years

posted Dec 20, 2013, 11:50 AM by Wayne Curtis

Today is the completion of 25 years as a professor at Penn State ... literally to the day, I arrived driving through the night with plant cell cultures in tow ... to a lab that I had started up with two graduate students as I was finishing up the writing of my own thesis at Purdue:  Curtis, W. R. 1988. Kinetics of phosphate limited growth of poppy plant suspension cultures. Ph.D. thesis, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN.  

Here is an image of the original Wayne's World Logo ... (one of the first laboratory web pages at Penn State) 
In looking for this ... i found many pictures that date back over the years ... (though the earliest are still 33mm slides ... someday I will have time to reminisce ... but things are too crazy busy at the moment.  

Thanks to all ... for the exceptional highs and dismal lows ...  as the one cant appreciate one without the other.  

Myers et al. Optical Density Paper goes 'highly accessed'

posted Dec 1, 2013, 6:27 PM by Wayne Curtis

The aggregate work "Improving accuracy of cell and chromophore concentration measurements using optical density" by John Myers, Brandon Curtis (and a lot of help from many others) attained an online status of 'Highly accessed' in the Journal BMC Biophysics.  

Dr Curtis gives Oct / Nov Seminars at NorthEastern / Ohio State

posted Nov 25, 2013, 3:02 PM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated Nov 25, 2013, 3:05 PM ]

Oct. 9th seminar at NorthEastern (joint with ChE and Chemistry) hosted by Carolyn Lee-Parsons included a trip to the Deer-Island waste water treatment plant, then to UMass General and UMass Amherst to check up on other collaborations; included a hammock overnight near North-South lake Catskills to catch the changing leaf colors ... up close.  

Nov 21-22nd seminar trip to Ohio State, hosted by John Finer included touring the Wooster 'Ag campus' (2hrs North of Columbus) including the 'natural rubber' pilot plant which has been set up under the direction of Katrina Cornish to harvest natural rubber from dandelions!  

Curtis Lab goes to 2013 AICHE San Francisco in a Big Way

posted Nov 19, 2013, 8:31 AM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated Nov 19, 2013, 10:21 AM ]

Curtis Lab has 9 Presentations at the  2013 AIChE Meeting in SanFrancisco  (and includes hikes to Alamere Falls and Arch Rock va Woodward Valley trail in Pt. Reyes National SeaShore).   For more details on talks, follow THIS LINK.   
The student chapter was dragged along for the 5am hike to the falls ....
Another hike circled into the mountain above Berkeley, LBL .... and ended with icecream cookies and cheeseboard pizza.

Talks include (actual final titles listed here):   
  • Mustafa Manuel et al.  - Use of Fluorescent Protein Fusions to Optimize Membrane Protein Expression in Anaerobic Photoheterotrophic Rhodobacter;  
  • Alex / Kabhi et al  - Comparative Biochemical Analysis of Biological Pretreatment of Wood Biomass with White Rot Fungi Using Sum Frequency Generation (SFG) Spectroscopy and Scanning Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS)  
  • Justin et al.  The use of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and axenic culturing techniques to improve B. braunii as a biofuels production platform 
  • Mustafa et al Evaluating a Novel Aquaporin From R. Sphaeroides for Biomimetic Membrane Applications 
  • Jun / Ryan et al. -pH control model towards ultra high density algae biofuel production
  • Brandon / Curtis:  - Biomolecular Engineering - Case Studies and Web-Access Exams 
  • Sergio / Matt et al.  Genetic and Environmental Manipulation of Somatic Embryo Formation for Plant Improvement.
  • Nymul et al  - Progress and economic considerations for the biological production of triterpene biofuels from gases 
  • Trevor et al  - Oxygen transport mediated symbiosis of Clostridium phytofermentans and yeast for ethanol production from cellulose: a new paradigm?  

Trevor et al. - 2nd place in 2013 NEWbio Research Symposium

posted Sep 5, 2013, 8:57 AM by Wayne Curtis

Congratulations Matt - Dual Honors Degrees/Theses

posted Aug 16, 2013, 10:49 AM by Wayne Curtis

Matt Curtis graduated last weekend with highest distinction and honors degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.  Matt will be attending Cal Tech fall 2013 to pursue his PhD in Chemical Engineering.  

Dr Curtis has Pulmonary Embolism 'Wakeup Call'

posted Aug 4, 2013, 9:24 PM by Wayne Curtis   [ updated Aug 5, 2013, 5:55 PM by Brandon Curtis ]

Upon arriving at the DOE-EERE Biomass 2013 conference in DC,  Dr. Curtis suffered a blood clot in the lung that was taken care of by the excellent efforts of Dr. Georgina Ferzli and the 'Blue Team' at George Washington University Hospital.  Embolisms are scary (deadly) stuff ... so good thing this one went to the lungs where Dr. Curtis has excess 'windbag capacity'.  The summer of sedentary writing took too much of a toll ... and I need to return to spending more time actually doing lab work !!  

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