Group News

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1/2019  We are excited to welcome Mackenzie Scully and N’Dea Irvin-Choy as the newest members of the Day Lab!

10/2018  Dr. Day has been named the Rita Schaffer Young Investigator by the Biomedical Engineering Society and the Mangone Young Scholar by the Francis Alison Society! Read about the awards in this article!

10/2018  Dr. Day has been named a 2018 Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering by the CMBE Journal! Learn more here.

8/2018    Congratulations to Dr. Jilian Melamed on completing her Ph.D.! Next stop for Dr. Melamed is a postdoctoral fellowship with Kathryn Whitehead at Carnegie Mellon!

7/2018   Dr. Day has received a 2018 Young Innovator Award in Nanobiotechnology from Nano Research journal! View the full list of recipients at this link.

6/2018    Dr. Rachel Riley becomes the first Ph.D. student to graduate from the Day Lab! We will miss Rachel as she moves on to a postdoctoral fellowship with Michael Mitchell at UPenn!

5/2018    Dr. Day has received an NSF CAREER Award! Read about it here!

1/2018    Welcome Chintan Kapadia as out newest postdoc!

6/2017    We are excited to welcome Jianxin (Jason) Wang to our lab as a postdoctoral fellow!

5/2017    Undergraduate BME student Margaret Billingsley has published a first-author paper in PLOS ONE! The work was also featured by an article in UDaily!

5/2017    Rachel Riley has published a research paper in Small that describes using antibody-nanoparticle conjugates to suppress cancer cell signaling! Read the full article here or view a UDaily article about the work!

4/2017    Rachel Riley has been named an American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellow! Congratulations, Rachel, on receiving this prestigious award!

3/2017    The book Dr. Day and Dr. Sarah Hurst Petrosko have been editing, titled Biomedical Nanotechnology: Methods and Protocols, is now published online.

3/2017     We are delighted to welcome Ritu Goyal as a postdoctoral fellow in our group. Ritu is joining us to work on our NIH R35 project developing miRNA nanocarriers! You can learn about Ritu’s prior work here.

2/2017      We are ecstatic to share the news that we recently won a University of Delaware Research Foundation Strategic Initiatives grant! In this project we will collaborate with Dr. Joel Rosenthal to develop nanoparticle-photosensitizer conjugates for multimodal cancer treatment! Read about the award here!

1/2017      Dr. Day and Dr. E. Terry Papoutsakis have received a Delaware Bioscience Center for Advanced Technology (Bioscience CAT) Entrepreneurial Proof-of-Concept (EPOC) grant as co-PIs! Through this work we will develop a new hybrid bio-nanotechnology to target stem cells for drug delivery.

09/2016    UDaily published a story about our recently funded NIH R35. Read it here!

08/2016     The Day Lab now has a Twitter page! Follow us at!

08/2016     We are pleased to announce that we have received a 5-year R35 grant from the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences! We are extremely thankful for this support!

06/2016     The Day Lab is accepting applications for two postdoctoral positions! See the advertisement for more information. (Updated Feb 2017–these positions are now filled.)

04/2016      UDaily published an article highlighting our work recently funded by the American Cancer Society through the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Check it out!

04/2016      Danielle Valcourt has been selected as the 2016 George W. Laid Merit Fellow! Read more about this prestigious fellowship here, and see the article written about Danielle’s story here. Congratulations to Danielle on this huge honor!

03/2016     Rachel (Edelstein) Riley has been selected as a University Graduate Fellow award recipient! Congratulations to Rachel on this accomplishment!

10/2015     Brittany Fay and Jilian Melamed’s paper “Nanoshell-mediated photothermal therapy can enhance chemotherapy in inflammatory breast cancer cells” has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Nanomedicine! Congrats Brittany and Jilian!

09/2015     The Day Lab has received a pilot grant from the American Cancer Society through the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.  This grant will enable us to develop new nanoparticle treatments for metastatic breast cancer. We thank the American Cancer Society for their support!

07/2015     The Day Lab is part of a team of UD researchers awarded a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. This grant will enable the team to develop upconversion nanostructures for applications in solar energy harvesting and medicine. Learn more about the award in this article on UDaily or here on the W.M. Keck Foundation Website.

04/2015     Jilian Melamed has been selected to receive a 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship! Congratulations to Jilian! Read about it here.

04/2015     Some of Dr. Day’s research was featured on the cover of Genes & Development. You can read the article here.

GD cover

04/2015     Rachel Edelstein received Honorable Mention in the 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition. Congratulations, Rachel, on this achievement!

03/2015     The University of Delaware has been ranked in the Top 100 universities for engineering in the world by the Times Higher Education!

03/2015     Dr. Day’s latest manuscript has been accepted for publication in Genes & Development!

02/2015     Rachel’s abstract “Frizzled7-Targeted Nanoparticles for Treatment of Triple Negative Breast Cancer” was accepted as an oral presentation at the upcoming ASME NEMB conference in Minneapolis in April. Congrats Rachel on giving the first lab talk!

01/2015     Our publication in ACS Nano is now available online!

11/2014     The Review has published an article profiling Dr. Day.

11/2014     Rachel Edelstein, a 2nd year PhD student in the Day lab, talks about what motivated her to get involved in biomedical research in this video by LabTV!

11/2014     Day Lab research was highlighted by Delaware in the article “13
innovative technologies being developed in Delaware.” Read the article here!

10/2014     Yianni Gagianas, a junior biomedical engineering student who works in the Day
Group, was featured in a video by LabTV. Check it out!

08/2014     Day Lab among recipients of the 2014 University of Delaware Research Foundation
(UDRF) Awards. Read about this year’s award winners here.

04/2014     We are completely moved in to our new lab at Delaware Technology Park!

01/2014     Rachel Edelstein and Jilian Melamed become the first members of the Day Lab!

10/2013     Science Translational Medicine featured Dr. Day’s newest manuscript on the cover!

09/2013     Dr. Day’s image is featured by the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer as the
September 2013 visual for the Nanotechnology Image Library Calendar!


The use of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) to treat brain cancer highlighted across the web:
UDaily: “Brain cancer breakthrough.”
Yahoo News: “Can Nano Technology Stop Aggressive Tumors?”
Fox News: “Study finds potential treatment for deadly brain cancer that killed Ted Kennedy.”
Nature Medicine: “Bundled RNA balls silence brain cancer gene expression.”
Chicago Sun Times: “Northwestern researchers find way to turn off deadly brain cancer gene in mice.

Articles about the use of microRNA-based SNAs in treating glioblastoma:
Fox News: “Scientists find potential therapy to suppress deadly brain cancer genes.”
Science Daily: “Cancer genes turned off in deadly brain cancer.
RedOrbit: “RNA molecule curbs brain cancer-causing genes.”

Articles about photothermal therapy:
Early tests find nanoshells effective against brain cancer
Advanced Science News: “Gold Nanoparticle-Mediated Photothermal Therapy: Applications and Opportunities for Multimodal Cancer Treatment.

Learn more about nanoshell-mediated photothermal therapy by watching this video, which was filmed for a Rice University class offered to high school teachers interested in learning more about nanotechnology.