Researcher App is an academic newsfeed with 15,000 journals across 10 different research areas (1). With the app, people can subscribe to specific keywords or journals and follow the latest updates via push notifications or email. Available at the store of your preference, web browser or as a google chrome extension, the app allows to get recent paper information such as the abstract, keywords and DOI.
In the week between January 20th and 31st, researcher will host four webinars about bioconjugation. With this technique, a molecule is attached to another molecule to elicit a biological response (2). None, one, or both molecules may biomolecules, e.g., protein, polysaccharides, and nucleic acids (2). As applications to the technique, we can cite polymer brushes conjugated to hydrogels to increase cell viability and lubricity (3), bacterial nanocellulose fibers modified with collagen I and fibronectin to increase cell adhesion (4), and others. At the seminar, key-speakers from UCL, Abzena, ETH Zürich and the University of Cambridge will talk about specific applications of bioconjugation. The seminar is free of charge and registration can be made in the following link.
(1) Researcher app. Available at: <https://www.researcher-app.com> 29. Nov. 2021.
(2) HERMANSON, Greg. T. Bioconjugate Techniques – Chapter 1. Available at: <https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-382239-0.00001-7> Access 29 Nov. 2021
(3) DIVANDARI, M. et al. Surface-grafted assemblies of cyclic polymers: shifting between high friction and extreme lubricity. Available at: <https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2018.11.039>. Access 29 Nov. 2021.
(4) KUZMENKO, V. et al. Universal method for protein bioconjugation with nanocellulose scaffolds for increased cell adhesion. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2013.07.031> Access 29 Nov. 2021.
This article was written by André Plath as part of an ongoing series of scientific communications written and curated by BioTrib’s Early Stage Researchers.
André is researching Boundary Lubrication of Fibrous Scaffolds at ETH Zürich, Switzerland.