SEPTEMBER 2018: Asher Preska Steinberg was chosen as the first Caldwell CEMI Graduate Fellow, which is awarded to graduate students doing exciting interdisciplinary research that has the potential to benefit society.

SEPTEMBER 2018: Graduate students Tahmineh Khazaei and Asher Preska Steinberg were each awarded CEMI grants for their proposed research projects.

AUGUST 2018: Our proposal on IBD research won the Kenneth Rainin Innovator Award.

MAY 2018: Ismagilov Lab has been awarded a grant by CARB-X (Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria), a consortium organized by Boston University that includes federal sponsors (BARDA, NIH and the Wellcome Trust). Under CARB-X funding, Ismagilov Lab aims to develop a rapid, phenotypic antibiotic susceptibility test (AST) for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is high on the WHO’s Priority Bacterial Pathogens list. This CARB-X project will build upon the digital AST (dAST) that was invented in Ismagilov Lab (see Schoepp et al. 2017 and Schoepp et al. 2016). The dAST uses ultrasensitive detection of changes in nucleic acids to determine whether a pathogen is susceptible to a particular antibiotic. Current lab members who have contributed to this work or will be contributing to this work include (in alphabetical order): Jacob Barlow, Matthew Curtis, Erik Jue, Tahmineh Khazaei, Eugenia Khorosheva, Eric Liaw, Emily Savela, and Nathan Schoepp. JOIN US! We are seeking additional talented students and postdocs to join this project. ┬áPlease see our POSITIONS page.

NOVEMBER 2017: Grad student Nathan Schoepp and recent graduate Travis Schlappi won the Silver at the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

OCTOBER 2017: Postdoc Daan Witters and grad student Erik Jue won the Hochuen Portable Microfluidic Award at microTAS 2017.

AUGUST 2017: Grad student Travis Schlappi successfully defended his PhD thesis and accepted a position as an assistant professor in the School of Applied Life Sciences at Keck Graduate Institute.

MAY 2017: Post-doc Octavio Mondragon-Palomino was awarded a Burroughs Wellcome Fund CASI (Career Awards at the Science Interface).

MARCH 2017: Grad students Mary Arrastia and Lealia Xiong received NSF fellowships.

FEBRUARY 2017: Grad student Travis Schlappi won the Diagnostics World Early Innovator award for his presentation on the digital antibiotic-susceptibility test (dAST) being developed in the lab.

FEBRUARY 2017: Post-doc Sujit Datta accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Princeton University.


Below are news articles, features, and highlights that explain our results to the broader scientific community and the general public.

" 'Digital' Nucleic Acid Amplification Shows Promise for Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing" html
360Dx, Oct. 13, 2017

"Caltech Researchers Create Test That Reveals Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in 30 Minutes" html
Caltech Daily News, Oct. 4, 2017

"Mining the microbial dark matter:
Microbiologists are finding new ways to explore the vast universe of unknown microbes in the hunt for antibiotics"

Nature, June 18, 2015 html, pdf

"Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut" html
Caltech Daily News, April 9, 2015
Elaine Hsiao, Liang Ma

"Immunology: Starve a fever, feed the microbiota" html
News and Views, Nature, Oct. 1, 2014 pdf (991 KB).
Said Bogatyrev

"Busted: Most-Wanted Microbe Captured by Microfluidic Cultivation" html
Science Life, University of Chicago, June 27, 2014
Liang Ma, Mikhail A. Karymov, Jungwoo Kim

"Growing Unknown Microbes One by One" html
Caltech Daily News, June 23, 2014**
Liang Ma, Mikhail A. Karymov, Jungwoo Kim

"Long-Term Sample Preservation On-Chip" html
Research Highlights, Lab on a Chip, Dec. 17, 2013
Stefano Begolo and Feng Shen

"Using $15M DARPA Award, Caltech Team Shows Robust Digital Isothermal PCR on 'SlipChip' Device" html
PCR Insider, Dec. 5, 2013
David A. Selck, Mikhail A. Karymov, Bing Sun

"SlipChip Counts Molecules with Chemistry and a Cell Phone" html
Caltech News, November 15, 2013
David A. Selck, Mikhail A. Karymov, Bing Sun

"Medical Engineering: A Moral Obligation" pdf, html
ENGenious, October 2013
David A. Selck, Mikhail A. Karymov, Bing Sun

"Rustem Ismagilov PhD '98: Chemist Thinking Really Small"
pdf (392 KB), html
University of Wisconsin Alumni Association - Forward under 40
March 2, 2012

"New Professor Uses Chemistry and Chemical Engineering to Make a Difference" pdf (521 KB), html
Caltech Today, December 8, 2011

"Three Caltech Profs Get More Than $5 Million in Grants from the NSF" pdf (457 KB), html
Caltech Today, November 16, 2011

"With a Twist, Chip Measures Viral Loads" pdf (500 KB)
Chemical & Engineering News, October 18, 2011
Feng Shen, Bing Sun, Jason E. Kreutz, Toan Huynh, Wenbin Du

"Monitoring HIV on a Cheap Chip" pdf (361 KB), html
Technology Review, October 18, 2011
Feng Shen, Bing Sun, Jason E. Kreutz, Toan Huynh, Wenbin Du

News archive prior to September 2011


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Caltech ranked world's top university
Times Higher Education, October 2013