Lab News

July 7, 2021

Congratulations to Narayan for his successful PhD 


Congratulations to now Dr. Narayan Dahal for his successful defense! Narayan is the first Ph.D. student to graduate from
our lab. He developed new methods to study the mechanical response of proteins at single molecule level and successfully studied the binding of bacterial proteins to their ligands, how proteins operate during cellular mechano-transduction and
how muscle proteins respond to forces. We wish him all the
best in his future endeavors!

June 4, 2021

Good students get awards

Congratulations to our graduate students, Narayan Dahal for getting the Lichtman Award, which is given yearly to the best experimentalist student in the Physics Department, and to Sabita Sharma for receiving the Graduate Student Excellence Fellowship Award from the Graduate School. Also congrats to our undergraduate student, Naomi Raicu, for being offered an Quantum Undergraduate Internship by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory over the summer!

March 15, 2021

Our paper was featured on the front cover of The FEBS Journal

Our review article on the roles of mechanical protein unfolding invo, entitled Does protein unfolding play a functional role in vivo?, was  featured on the cover of the March 15, 2021 issue of The FEBS Journal.




May 11, 2020

Our Science Advances article was featured by

Our Science Advances article showing the first demonstration of cation-induced actuation in protein-hydrogels was featured by





May 11, 2020

Marina Slawinski wins the second place in 2020 Student Research Poster Competition

Congratulations Marina for winning second place in the 2020 Student Research Poster Competition, organized the UWM College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her presentation movie about our Shape Morphing project can be found at this link.

April 23, 2020

Our paper was featured on the front cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry B

Our article on protein L-antibody binding, entitled Binding-Induced Stabilization Measured on the Same Molecular Protein Substrate Using Single-Molecule Magnetic Tweezers and Heterocovalent Attachments – featured on the cover of the April 23, 2020 issue of Journal of Physical Chemistry B.




February 21, 2020

An article was published about our lab in the 2020 edition of UWM Research magazine 

This article from the 2020 edition of UWM Research magazine talks about    our work on protein unfolding and its implications on better understanding how the human body works. This work is currently funded through NSF  Career Award.


November 30, 2019

Our Nature Communications article featured by

This article was featured by and reports on a new type of shape-memory biomaterials which use the chemical (un)folding of protein domains inside hydrogels to trigger reversible shape change.


May 21, 2019

Our Nature Methods article featured by

The research published together with Raicu group (lead, from UWM) and Milligan lab (from University of Glasgow), was highlighted by, for its potential to search for membrane receptor oligomerization, with larger implications in speeding drug development.


May 13, 2019

Article about our lab in GMF magazine

Our lab was featured on the Greater Milwaukee Foundation magazine Spring 2019 issue. The Foundation administers our Shaw Award, which helps us further our research program.


April 16, 2018

Kirill selected for a national conference in Washington D.C

Kirill was recently featured on UWM Report for being selected as one of two representatives for the state of Wisconsin for the Poster on the Hill event hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Congrats Kirill!  


March 3, 2018

Our paper was featured on the front cover of Macromolecules

Study of Biomechanical Properties of Protein-Based Hydrogels Using Force-Clamp Rheometry was chosen for the front page of February 27th, 2018 issue of Macromolecules!




October 19, 2017

Article about our lab in UWM Report.

Our laboratory was recently featured in an article by UWM Report.


May 16, 2017

Article about our lab in BizTimes Milwaukee.

Our laboratory was recently featured in an article in BizTimes Milwaukee.