The Putnam Lab is thrilled to welcome a new postdoc into the group, Dr. Nisha Kannan! Dr. Kannan has been a long-time “unofficial” member of Club Putnam, having collaborated extensively with Dr. Curley on past projects. She received her PhD in Molecular Medicine from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology in 2018 and is an expert in immunology and vaccine development. Welcome Dr. Kannan, we are so happy to have you!
Dr. Curley has accepted a position as the Mary H. and Richard K. Templeton Assistant Professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering Department at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She will begin teaching in the fall and will establish her own lab to train undergraduates in vaccine development and bioconjugate chemistry. Congratulations Dr. Curley! We will miss you!
Cara and Mariela attended the Controlled Release Society Annual Meeting in Montreal July 11th-15th. For her research poster, Cara was awarded a 2022 Merck GRAD Award, given “in recognition of excellent contributions to the field of controlled release.” Congratulations Cara!
Dr. Curley’s review article, “Biological Nanoparticles in Vaccine Development,” was published in Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology in the March 2022 issue. Congratulations Dr. Curley!
In February 2022, Ruben presented a poster at the Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL. He joined the Bonassar crew for a fun and productive conference!
On December 8th, 2021, Cara passed her A Exam, joining the rest of the Putnam Lab as a PhD candidate! Mariela even made a cake in the shape of Montana. Congratulations Cara!
On November 19th, 2021, Ruben successfully passed his A Exam and became a PhD candidate! Congratulations Ruben!
In October of 2021, Dr. Putnam was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, honoring excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Congratulations Dr. Putnam!
The Putnam Lab attended the 2021 BMES Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, where Ruben presented a poster and Cara presented a podium talk. We even found time to visit Epcot for a day. Our first in-person meeting in over a year!
As of February 15th, 2021, Dr. Putnam has been named the inaugural Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the College of Engineering. In this three-year position, he will oversee all activities in the college related to entrepreneurship and technology transfer and implement the college’s mission to elevate its national stature as a center for innovation and commercialization. Congratulations Dr. Putnam!