Congratulations to Dr. Shashank Shukla for successfully defending his dissertation! The first PhD graduate from the Shukla Lab! Using various synthesis methods we can create configurations of polymers, proteins, and peptides to develop therapeutics and their delivery systems. Congratulations to Dr. Bethany Almeida for successfully defending her dissertation! Characterizing the properties of cells and their microenvironment aids our development of diagnostics. We investigate interactions at synthetic and biological interfaces for the purpose of controlling cellular response.