Two students from The University of New Mexico Nanomedicine Lab recently received awards at the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Caleb Dang, a junior in chemical and biological engineering, and Chuzube Edeh, a junior majoring in biochemistry, both received presentation awards.

Dang won second place in the poster presentation at the food, pharmaceutics and biotechnology division for his poster titled "Engineered Nanoparticles As Carriers for Dual Therapy for Ovarian Cancer." Dang was relieved and overjoyed to earn an award. 

"It was reassuring to not only have all the work I did get recognized, but also the contributions from fellow researchers, my PI, and lab members," Dang said. "In addition to teaching me basic research skills, the Nanomedicine Lab has deepened my passion to continue to do research. I have learned how a research lab functions and what it takes to research."

Edeh won second place in the poster presentation at the materials engineering and sciences division for his poster titled, "Nanoparticle Topography Dictates Biological Behaviors." The recognition has encouraged Edeh of his ability to create positive impact by working hard. His time in the UNM Nanomedicine Lab has helped prepare him for his future career.

"My time in the Nanomedicine Lab has been instrumental in shaping my approach to learning and work ethic. Despite my aspirations to become a medical doctor, the lab has taught me invaluable skills, such as the ability to learn under pressure and the importance of hard work," Edeh said. "Witnessing firsthand that dreams can materialize with dedication and effort has been a transformative lesson from my experiences in the lab."