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  • Jun 14, 2018

    Nature Communications Paper

    Heavily and fully modified CRISPR guides: Our collaborative work with the Sontheimer and Khvorova labs is now online at Nature Communications.

  • Jun 13, 2018

    Sharma Paper Accepted

    Vivek Sharma’s paper on new GalNAc monomer and cluster reagents has been accepted by Bioconjugate Chemistry. Congratulations, Vivek!

  • May 8, 2018

    Pesenting at TIDES

    Vivek Sharma and Alexandre Debacker are presenting posters at the TIDES conference in Boston, and Jon is giving a talk on our CRISPR work.

  • Apr 9, 2018

    Dr Moazami!

    Mike successfully defends his PhD. Congratulations, Dr. Moazami!

  • Apr 2, 2018

    New Group Member

    Minwook Shin, PhD joins our group as a postdoc. Welcome, Minwook!

  • Dec 13, 2017

    FARA Support

    We have been awarded a grant by the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance.

  • Oct 16, 2017

    Dr Debacker!

    Alexandre Debacker successfully defends his PhD. Congratulations, Dr. Debacker!

  • Aug 23, 2017

    Moazami Image "Best of 2017"

    Graduate student Michael Moazami's image of an antisense oligonucleotide was featured in the the RNA Therapeutics Cell Picture Show and selected for Cell's "Best of 2017 Images." The image will be included in another Cell Picture Show and in the 2018 Cell Press Calendar!

  • Aug 21, 2017

    Breakthrough Science Initiative Award

    The Ono Pharma Foundation selects Jonathan K Watts, PhD for a Breakthrough Science Initiative Award with >$1M in research support.

  • May 9, 2017

    Worcester Foundation Grant

    Our work on metabolic labeling of DNA has been supported by a Worcester Foundation grant from UMass Medical School and the Hudson Hoagland Society.

  • Feb 26, 2017

    Review Online at Nat Biotech

    Our new review on the chemical evolution of therapeutic oligonucleotides is now live on the Nature Biotechnology website. It will be part of a special issue on oligonucleotide therapeutics.

  • May 1, 2016

    Hot Paper!

    Hannah Pendergraff's paper on single-stranded siRNAs in Nucleic Acid Therapeutics is highlighted as a Hot Paper by the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society.

    H.M. Pendergraff, A.J. Debacker, J.K.Watts*, “Single-Stranded Silencing siRNAs: Hit Rate and Chemical Modification,” Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, 4: 216-222, 2016.

  • Jan 17, 2016

    New Equipment Installed

    Our DNA and PNA synthesizers are installed. What a wonderfully satisfying thing it is to be making oligos again!

  • Jan 10, 2016

    Getting the Group Back Together

    With Hassan Gneid's arrival in Worcester, the whole lab has made the move from the UK and is together again. Phew!

  • Oct 14, 2015

    Poster Award

    Alexandre Debacker wins a poster award at the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society 11th Annual Meeting in Leiden, The Netherlands. Congratulations, Alex!

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