working in the direction of one shot to rule all of them

Stephanie Curley, Postdoc

Putnam Lab Postdoc Dr. Stephanie Curley
Putnam Lab Postdoc Dr. Stephanie Curley.

Hometown: Millbrook, NY
place: postdoc
Lab Affiliation: Putnam Lab
Coaching: BS, Ph.D. in Organic Engineering at Cornell SUNY Albany. in Nanoscale Engineering

Why did you select Cornell to pursue your postdoctoral coaching?
I studied at Cornell for my undergraduate diploma, and I’ve all the time needed to work with Dave (Putnam). He and I share many analysis pursuits, together with engaged on this glorious interface between biology and chemistry/supplies. They did not settle for my software to work of their lab as a graduate pupil, however I acquired a second likelihood as a postdoc!

What’s your analysis space?
Creating new vaccines. Poonam Lab has primarily labored on making influenza vaccines, however throughout the pandemic SARS-Cov-2 has been pivoted. We’re additionally engaged on growing multivalent (ie two-disease) vaccines. Consider it like having your COVID vaccine and the influenza vaccine collectively in a single shot.

Why is that this work vital?
I believe the (nonetheless persevering with) COVID-19 pandemic speaks for itself!

What impressed you to decide on this area of research?
I’ve all the time needed to work on the interface of biology and nanotechnology, and as a excessive schooler I used to be actually fascinated with ‘nanorobots’ that might restore folks from the within. I believe natural nanoparticles are the closest to me! My Ph.D. Work targeted on utilizing a virus (what I contemplate to be a ‘organic nanoparticle’) to ship an MRI distinction agent to the mind. After my PhD, I needed to proceed to do extra with these organic nanoparticles. The Putnam lab makes use of outer membrane vesicles (OMVs, one other kind of organic nanoparticle) to make vaccines, so it appeared like a logical step into a brand new and thrilling space of ‚Äč‚Äčanalysis.

Poonam Labs enjoying the slopes during the Utah Drug Delivery Conference (Feb 2020).
Membership Putnam having fun with the slopes throughout the Utah Drug Supply Convention (February 2020).

How has your background influenced your scholarship and/or your pondering as a researcher or scholar?
I’ve all the time loved educating. I taught from ninth grade by way of graduate faculty. I’ve discovered how finest to assist somebody discover one thing a enjoyable problem to be in. As a scientist, we work on writing grants to get funding for our tasks, for which taxpayers pay. If we won’t make our analysis accessible and comprehensible to the general public, how can we belief them, and fund, science? I attempt to make my analysis as comprehensible as attainable, and I’m going into each presentation and dialog with that form of mindset. Not solely me, everybody wants to know this.

Putnam Lab at Epcot before BMES (2021)
Members of Membership Putnam (Curly far proper) at Epcot earlier than the BMES Convention (2021).

Any recommendation for present graduate college students?
I do know it may be actually intimidating to return to review at a prime tier college like Cornell. Simply know that everybody is discovering their approach. Everybody has their very own tasks that progress otherwise. And nobody is aware of what they’re doing, not even me! That is why science is so attention-grabbing: individuals are attempting to do issues that nobody has completed earlier than. And generally, you need assistance. As Dumbledore says, “Assistance will all the time be given to those that ask for assist at Hogwarts.” I’ve all the time discovered that asking for assist at Cornell has been quite a bit like that. Everybody needs you to achieve success, so do not hesitate to ask for assist or steerage while you want it.

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When you concentrate on your time at Cornell, what’s most particular to you?
Membership Putnam, in fact! The Poonam Lab has made my postdoctoral expertise superb, and I’m delighted to have labored along with her through the years.

What’s subsequent for you?
I attended Union Faculty (Schenectady, NY) beginning September (2022) with Mary H. ’80s and Richard Okay. Templeton ’80 has accepted a place as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. I’ll proceed my work with natural nanoparticles, primarily OMVs, however from a distinct perspective. Union is a predominantly graduate establishment with quite a lot of deal with educating, and I am actually excited to be becoming a member of them!

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