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About the Lab

Our research group at Iona College, composed solely of undergraduate student researchers, focuses on the interfacial chemistry of aqueous microdroplets mediated by self-assembled structures at the liquid-liquid interface. Aqueous microdroplets of having diameter ~1-100 micrometer have been shown to have vast promise in chemistry and biochemistry, especially in microdroplet microfluidics, which has enabled new high throughput systems for biomedical imaging, drug discovery, biomolecule synthesis, and diagnostics; providing cell-size models for bounded biological systems; and generation of soft microparticles (e.g., vesicles, liposomes, emulsion) for applications in drug delivery and materials synthesis.

 

News & Noteworthy

* We are looking for a postdoctoral teaching scholar to join our group. Please contact Dr. Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in this position.

Project Symphony Team of Thirteen Made Six Presentations at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on August 20‐25, 2016
Project Symphony Team of Thirteen Made Six Presentations at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on August 20‐25, 2016

Project Symphony Team of Thirteen Made Six Presentations at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on August 20‐25, 2016 The Project Symphony team presented six posters summarizing their research results, (1) Determining the thickness of droplet interface bilayers from capacitance measure [ ... ]

Congratulations to Michelle Muzzio ('15): Awardee of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
Congratulations to Michelle Muzzio ('15): Awardee of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Congratulations to Michelle Muzzio ('15): Awardee of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Michelle Muzzio ('15), our former Project Symphony member and Class of 2015 Valedictorian, who is currently in the Chemistry PhD program at Brown University, has been selected to receive an NSF Graduate Researc [ ... ]

Dr. Lee Awarded NSF Grant of $324,999 for Soft Materials Chemistry

Dr. Lee Awarded NSF Grant of $324,999 for Soft Materials Chemistry The funded project, "RUI: Structural Determinants of Permeation and Nucleation at a Self-Assembled Interface," will support the investigations of Dr. Sunghee Lee, Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair of Chemistry, and her a [ ... ]

Two Iona Science Students from Dr. Sunghee Lee's Research Group to Perform Summer Research at the University of Tokyo, an NSF-Sponsored International Collaboration
Two Iona Science Students from Dr. Sunghee Lee's Research Group to Perform Summer Research at the University of Tokyo, an NSF-Sponsored International Collaboration

Two Iona Science Students from Dr. Sunghee Lee's Research Group to Perform Summer Research at the University of Tokyo, an NSF-Sponsored International Collaboration The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded funding to Dr. Sunghee Lee in the Chemistry Department to promote an international  [ ... ]

PJ Milianta (Biochemistry, Class of 2016) to Present Research on Capitol Hill
PJ Milianta (Biochemistry, Class of 2016) to Present Research on Capitol Hill

PJ Milianta (Biochemistry, Class of 2016) to Present Research on Capitol Hill PJ has been accepted for participation in the 20th Annual Posters on the Hill in Washington DC, which will take place on April 19-20, 2016, as sponsored by the national Council on Undergraduate Research. His research un [ ... ]

Peter J. Milianta reflects on his recent experience working at the University of Tokyo, Japan
Peter J. Milianta reflects on his recent experience working at the University of Tokyo, Japan

Peter J. Milianta reflects on his recent experience working at the University of Tokyo, Japan Peter J. Milianta ('16 Biochemistry) has recently returned from a month-long research participation in the laboratory of Prof. Shoji Takeuchi at the University of Tokyo. He lived and worked as a member o [ ... ]

Our Recent Work on the interactions of self-assembled monolayers and crystals published in Langmuir, 2015, ACS Publications.
Our Recent Work on the interactions of self-assembled monolayers and crystals published in Langmuir, 2015, ACS Publications.

Our Recent Work on the interactions of self-assembled monolayers and crystals published in Langmuir, 2015, ACS Publications. Our group's recent paper, titled "Adaptability of monoglyceride-induced crystallization of K2SO4: Effect of various anions and lipid chain splay" appears in the journal "L [ ... ]

Big Splash of Project Symphony Team of Fourteen at the ACS National Meeting in Boston MA on August 15‐20, 2015
Big Splash of Project Symphony Team of Fourteen at the ACS National Meeting in Boston MA on August 15‐20, 2015

Big Splash of Project Symphony Team of Fourteen at the ACS National Meeting in Boston MA on August 15‐20, 2015 As a capstone experience for student researchers in the summer 2015, fourteen Iona undergraduate research students and their faculty mentor, Dr. Sunghee Lee, proudly joined the inte [ ... ]

Dr. Lee, Named as "Iona College Board of Trustees Endowed Professor"
Dr. Lee, Named as

Dr. Lee, Named as "Iona College Board of Trustees Endowed Professor" The Iona College Board of Trustees has created the first fully endowed professorship, part of the College’s strategic plan, Advancing Our Legacy and Defining Our Future, and its comprehensive fundraising campaign, Iona Forever [ ... ]

Our Group Member, Michelle Muzzio ('15) named as 2015 Iona Valedictorian
Our Group Member, Michelle Muzzio ('15) named as 2015 Iona Valedictorian

Our Group Member, Michelle Muzzio ('15) named as 2015 Iona Valedictorian Michelle Muzzio ('15, Chemistry and English) is named as 2015 valedictorian. Michelle's senior honors thesis, "Advances of the Droplet Interface Bilayer (DIB): Modeling the Biological Membrane and Beyond" (Dr. S. Lee, advis [ ... ]

Our Recent Work on the water permeability across symmetric and asymmetric droplet interface bilayers published in Langmuir, 2015, ACS Publications
Our Recent Work on the water permeability across symmetric and asymmetric droplet interface bilayers published in Langmuir, 2015, ACS Publications

Our Recent Work on the water permeability across symmetric and asymmetric droplet interface bilayers published in Langmuir, 2015, ACS Publications Our group's recent paper, titled "Water Permeability Across Symmetric and Asymmetric Droplet Interface Bilayers: Interaction of Cholesterol Sulfate w [ ... ]

Our Recent Work Establishes Effect of Cholesterol on Membrane Water Permeability using Droplet Bilayer (Published in Langmuir, ACS Publications)
Our Recent Work Establishes Effect of Cholesterol on Membrane Water Permeability using Droplet Bilayer (Published in Langmuir, ACS Publications)

Our Recent Work Establishes Effect of Cholesterol on Membrane Water Permeability using Droplet Bilayer (Published in Langmuir, ACS Publications) Dr. Lee's recent paper, titled "Effect of Monoglyceride Structure and Cholesterol Content on Water Permeability of the Droplet Bilayer" has been publis [ ... ]

Jaclyn Robustelli ('14) and Peter Vitale (’14) presented at the Honors Thesis Day, February 28, 2014
Jaclyn Robustelli ('14) and Peter Vitale (’14) presented at the Honors Thesis Day, February 28, 2014

Jaclyn Robustelli ('14) and Peter Vitale (’14) presented at the Honors Thesis Day, February 28, 2014 Jaclyn and Peter recently presented their senior honors theses. Jaclyn’s thesis is on “Development of a Hybrid Analytical Technique Using Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Thin Layer Chromatogr [ ... ]

Twelve Group Members Trek to Nation's Chemistry Hub, Present Their Research
Twelve Group Members Trek to Nation's Chemistry Hub, Present Their Research

Twelve Group Members Trek to Nation's Chemistry Hub, Present Their Research Twelve group members attended and presented their research at the 246th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Indianapolis, IN. The student attendees were Jaclyn Robustelli ('14, Biochemistry), Peter Vi [ ... ]