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David Odde Laboratory

Benjamin Bangasser defended his thesis "Optimality in the nanomechanics of cell migration and adhesion" in September 2014, and is currently working in Minneapolis at Valspar as an Engineer III. Great job, Dr. Ben!

Brian Castle defends his thesis

Brian Castle defended his thesis “Multiscale modeling and analysis of microtubule self-assembly dynamics” in July (2014). Brian continues to work in the Odde lab as a post-doc. Well done, Dr. Castle!

Louis Prahl awarded NSF Fellowship

whGraduate student Louis Prahl received the NSF Graduate Fellowship in the spring of 2014. Keep up the good work, Louis!

Updated Tip Tracker Code Available

An updated version of our microtubule tracking algorithm (TipTracker_v3) is now available for download here . The download package comes as a zip file that contains the tracking algorithm (two Matlab files) and a PDF support manual. This code update follows our recent chapter Quantitative analysis of microtubule self-assembly kinetics and tip structure in Methods in Enzymology, which contains additional information on code performance under various imaging conditions, and optimization procedures for potential user applications.

David Odde receives National Cancer Institute R01 Grant

David Odde, Ph.D., IEM Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Theme Co-Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, was recently awarded a new R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop an integrated modeling and microsystems approach to glioma invasion.

The $2.3M grant will involve researchers from Neurosurgery, the Masonic Cancer Center, the College of Science & Engineering and a collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic (Prof. Steve Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D.). A major goal will be to develop a "flight simulator" to simulate the mechanics of brain cancer cell migration in the brain, and use the simulator to identify possible therapeutic targets.

In this study, Prof. Odde and colleagues will be using a combination of advanced genetics, mouse models, and confocal light microscopy imaging to quantitatively measure glioma cell migration and force generation dynamics in live mouse brain slices. In parallel, they are developing advanced in vitro systems with controlled chemical and mechanical properties that more closely mimic normal and diseased brain tissue. Finally, these advanced experimental systems will be used to develop the "flight simulator" for the migrating cancer cells. This computer model will then be used to screen in silico for the most vulnerable nodes, and node combinations, in the mechanochemical network. Ultimately, they hope to find drug target combinations that strongly and selectively disable glioma cell migration, leading to new and more effective therapies.

Brian Castle publishes in Biophysical Journal

bodys Brian Castle's paper Brownian Dynamics of Subunit Addition-Loss Kinetics and Thermodynamics in Linear Polymer Assembly has been published in the current Biophysical Journal. In addition, Brian's image (shown at the left) was featured as the cover image of the current issue! Read more about the cover art here . Congratulations, Brian!

Ben Bangasser publishes in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering

On the heels of his last publication, hot off the press is Ben's most recent paper Master Equation-Based Analysis of a Motor-Clutch Model for Cell Traction Force in CMBE. Way to go, Ben!

Becky Klank wins outstanding poster at the UMN Institute for Engineering in Medicine Coference

Becky Klank was awarded outstanding poster in the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Theme for her poster Biphasic Cell Migration and Progression of Malignant Gliomas. Well done, Becky!

Ben Bangasser publishes in Biophysical Journal

Ben's paper Determinants of maximal force transmission in a motor-clutch model of cell traction in a compliant microenvironment was published in the Biophysical Journal in August 2013. Congratulations, Ben!

Joseph Powers defends MS thesis

Former student Joseph Powers defended his Master's thesis entitled The Predicted Role of Stereospecificity in Crowding-Mediated Effects on Reversible Association in the summer of 2013. Joe then packed up his guitar and moved West to pursue a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Washington. Lucky for the Huskies!

Feed my Starving Children

bodys The Odde lab participated in Feed my Starving Children's food-packing event, which provides meals to malnourished children in over 70 countries around the world.

Farewell to Alistair and Ben

Former undergraduate researchers Alistair McIntyre and Ben Fuller graduated in the spring of 2013. Alistair is currently pursuing a MS in Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego, and Ben is attending medical school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Thanks for your hard work and good luck in your endeavors!

Becky Klank awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-2014

The University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship will fund Becky's final year of graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. She will be completing her work on novel imaging and modeling approaches for understanding glioma tumor progression. Congratulations, Becky!

Odde Lab Retreat 2013

bodys The Odde lab held its first annual Odde Lab Retreat at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum June 27, 2013. The lab used this time to discuss all current projects and brainstorm new ideas with collaborators from the University of Minnesota and the Cleveland Clinic.

If truth is beauty, can art be science?

bodys Dave presented "If truth is beauty, can art be science?" with collaborator Carl Flink, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance at the TEDMED2013 Event at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2013.

Bodystorming: Dance Grooves Show How Molecules Move

bodys Dave and UMN Department of Theatre Arts and Dance Professor Carl Flink's collaboration is making news in the scientific community. On the heels of their recent publication Science+Dance=Bodystorming (Trends in Cell Biology, 2012), Bodystorming: Dance Grooves Show How Molecules Move, published in Science NOW in November, describes the background and progression of the collaboration, as well as reactions from other scientists invited to join the pair to use bodystorming to test their own scientific hypotheses. Photo: William Cameron

Dominique Seetapun publishes article on GTP cap size

bodysFormer graduate student Dominique Seetapun's paper Estimating the GTP cap size in vivo was published in Current Biology in September, 2012.

Lucas Kramer advances to Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

bodysHigh school research participant Lucas Kramer participated in the Central Minnesota Science Fair where he presented his poster "The Effects of Microtubule Dynamics on Glioma Cell Motility: Does the Cell Length Dependent Model for Microtubule Activity in Neurons Apply to Human Glioma cells?" from work completed in the Odde lab under the mentorship of Brian Castle during the summer of 2012. He was selected to advance to the Intel International Science Fair in Phoenix in May.

Emily Tubman presents poster at IRB Barcelona meeting

Emily presented her poster "Kinesin-5 promotes disassembly of long kinetochore microtubules" at the Microtubule Cytoskeleton in Development and Disease meeting March 18-20, 2013 .

Becky Klank presents poster at PhysCell meeting

Becky presented her poster entitled "CD44-Mediated Motility in the Progression of Malignant Gliomas" at the PhysCell 2012 Meeting "Pierre-Gille de Gennes days on Physics of cells: from soft to living matter" in Hyeres, France held September 2-8, 2012.

Odde lab at Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

whDave returned to MBL as a Physiology Course Faculty member and brought Odde lab graduate students as his teaching assistants. In the two-week rotation, course students developed mathematical models of their home research topics and tested these models on Minneapolis-based dance company Black Label Movement.

Benjamin Bangasser gives talk at Gordon Research Seminar

In July, 2012, Ben gave a talk entitled "Optimality in a motor-clutch cell traction model" at the Signaling by Adhesion Receptors Gordon Research Seminar at Colby College in Waterville, ME. Well done, Ben!

Becky Klank awarded NIH Neuroimaging Training Fellowship

whWith support from the NIH Neuorimaging Training Fellowhip, Becky will be using optical coherence tomography and two-photon imaging to study brain cancer motility. Congratulations, Becky!

Emily Tubman awarded Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship

With support from the UMN Graduate School IDF, Emily will collaborate with dancers, using "body-storming," to develop error correction models in mitosis during the 2012/2013 academic year. Congratulations, Emily!

Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference

The SPRBM and BMES are hosting the second inaugural Conference on Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Jan. 3-7, 2012, at the Hilton Caribe Hotel and Resort in Puerto Rico.

Dave Odde named an Associate Editor of Biophysical Journal

Effective July 1, 2011, Dave joined the editorial board of the Biophysical Journal, the official journal of the Biophysical Society.

Dominique Seetapun defends her thesis

Dominique Seetapun, a recent graduate of the Odde lab, defended her thesis “Multiscale Microtubule Plus-End Dynamics in Neurons and Epithelial Cells” last May, 2011. Dominique is now a Senior R&D Scientist at Miromatrix Medical.. Congratulations, Dr. Seetapun!

Ben Bangasser awarded NSF Fellowship

whGraduate student Ben Bangasser received the NSF Graduate Fellowship in the spring of 2011. Congratulations, Ben!