Khaled A. Aamer

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Raman microspectroscopy can provide the chemical contrast needed to characterize the complex intracellular environment and macromolecular organization in cells without exogenous labels. It has shown a remarkable ability to detect chemical changes underlying cell differentiation and pathology-related chemical changes in tissues but has not been widely(More)
Imaging of polymer implants during surgical implantations is challenging in that most materials lack sufficient X-ray contrast. Synthetic derivatization with iodine serves to increase the scattering contrast but results in distinct physicochemical properties in the material which influence subsequent protein adsorption and cell morphology behavior. Herein(More)
Neutrophil recruitment to inflammation sites purportedly depends on sequential waves of chemoattractants. Current models propose that leukotriene B(4) (LTB(4)), a secondary chemoattractant secreted by neutrophils in response to primary chemoattractants such as formyl peptides, is important in initiating the inflammation process. In this study we demonstrate(More)
We use broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (BCARS) microscopy to characterize lineage commitment of individual human mesenchymal stem cells cultured in adipogenic, osteogenic, and basal culture media. We treat hyperspectral images obtained by BCARS in two independent ways, obtaining robust metrics for differentiation. In one approach, pixel(More)
We report detailed rheological data on aqueous gels formed from triblock copolymers of L-lactide and ethylene oxide including the dependence of the viscoelastic moduli on frequency and applied stress of these systems for the first time. We are able to create strong gels with elastic moduli greater than 10,000 Pa, which is an order of magnitude higher than(More)
New and interesting properties can be obtained from macromolecular architectures functionalized with supramolecular moieties, particularly metal-ligand complexes. Self-assembly, based on the selective control of noncovalent interactions, guides the creation of hierarchically ordered materials providing access to novel structures and new properties. This(More)
BACKGROUND Adverse drug reaction (ADR) is considered to be the sixth leading cause of death. The incidence rate estimates approximately 2% of hospital admissions are due to ADRs. OBJECTIVE To monitor ADRs in Pulmonology department of a tertiary care hospital patient with pulmonary diseases in an inpatient department of pulmonology. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
A new colorimetric mercury sensor is reported based on binding to terpyridine derivatives. It is able to selectively detect Hg II ions over a number of environmentally relevant ions including Ca II, Pb II, Zn II, Cd II, Ni II, Cu II, and others. The response time upon exposure to Hg II is instantaneous. By the "naked eye," the detection limit of Hg II is 2(More)
The integrity, function, and performance of biomedical devices having thin polymeric coatings are critically dependent on the mechanical properties of the film, including the elastic modulus. In this report, the elastic moduli of several tyrosine-derived polycarbonate thin films, specifically desaminotyrosyl ethyl tyrosine polycarbonates p(DTE carbonate),(More)
Parallel fibers can be rapidly created by manually brushing solvated polymer solutions over arrays of microfabricated pillars. Recently, this technique has been utilized to produce suspended arrays of micron and sub-micron scale fibers consisting of a new triblock copolymer composed of a hydrophilic mid-block of polyethylene oxide (PEO) surrounded by two(More)