Researchers report first-ever protein hydrogels made in living cells
Congratulations to Ali Sobhi Afshar, an ECE PhD graduate who worked with Dr. John Goutsias at the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute, on their collaborative research with Dr. Takanari Inoue’s group at Center for Cell Dynamics at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences. This collaborative work by Dr. Afshar, Dr. Goutsias and Dr. Inoue’s group aimed at characterizing and synthetically constructing hydrogels and RNA granules in living cells in an inducible manner, which had not been achieved before. Artificial formation of these difficult-to-study cell structures could advance the understanding of how they contribute to diseases such as ALS. The findings from this challenging research work were published in the journal Nature Materials this week. The paper can be viewed here.