Author Archives: Belinda

Highlighting an HBCU student leader participating in AIChE-MAC’s Leadership Development Initiative

At the 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, Dr Akpa had a chance to sit down with one of the student leaders from the Minority Affairs Committee Student Leadership Development Initiative.  In this interview, Jakari Jackson, a senior undergraduate at Prairie View A&M, shared his thoughts on leadership in his student chapter and his passion for chemical engineering as a tool for navigating the world. Jakari was one of several students who received a Minority Serving Institutions’ Student Travel Grant to attend the annual meeting. Our thanks to the AICHE Annual Fund and Doing a World of Good campaign for supporting this initiative!

Dr Akpa was 2017 Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) and remains engaged with mentoring and leadership development activities as 2018 Past Chair of MAC.

Welcoming the new year with a new publication in Biophysical Journal!

Ayee-biophysj2017Congrats to Manuela Ayee on her first author publication in Biophysical Journal! This collaborative effort with the Levitan group employs experimental biophysical and biochemical tools, along with molecular modeling, to explore the influence of oxidized lipid species on membrane structure and the apparent inverse relationship between the mechanics of the lipid bilayer and those of the endothelial cell.

Molecular-Scale Biophysical Modulation of an Endothelial Membrane by Oxidized Phospholipids

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Undergrad researcher Nicholas Biondo to present at NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

Saturday, Nov 5 will find Animal Science junior Nick Biondo presenting a poster on his molecular simulations at SNCURCS 2016. Nick’s poster, entitled ‘Is lipophilicity a valid predictor of drug sequestration? An investigation in support of lipid resuscitation‘ will be on display from 9:45 to 10:45AM.  Congrats from EMRLab to our first pre-VetMed lab member!

Flores Lab student Matthew McDaniel to present at AAPS

If you happen to be at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists meeting next month, stop by and see Matt McDaniel presenting his poster on Monday, Nov 14 at 3PM.  His work details our collaborative use of mathematical models to explore responses to lipid emulsion therapy following local anesthetic toxicity in a virtual population.

Parameter Estimation on a Physiologically Based PK/PD Model for Dose-Dependent Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Therapy in Rats

Matthew McDaniel, Kevin Flores, Belinda Akpa