College of Science & Engineering

Dr. Amanda Murphy

Murphy Group News

Fall 2019

10.2019 - Kian presented a poster at the Life Sciences Symposium on Oct 18th at WWU
Kian presenting a poster
10.2019 - Mikaela was awarded Western Plastics Pioneers Scholarship - congrats!
9.2019 - Check out our latest paper in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces! Great job Evan and Nick!

Summer 2019

8.2019 - Fun to catch up with Tyler and Emily at the ACS Meeting in San Diego! Kian also did a great job presenting a poster.
Murphy Group at ACS 2019
Kian Hausken at ACS
7.2019 - Congratulations to Ellie and Lauren on their publication on self-assembling peptides! 

Spring 2019

6.2019 - Congratulations to the 2019 graduates Racine Santen, Kelly Mossman and Evan Patamia! 
Murphy Group Graduates 2019
6.2019 - End of year BBQ - can't believe another year is gone!
Murphy group 2019
6.2019 - Finally convinced enough Murphy students to enter the Molympics... came in 2nd overall!
Chemistry Picnic - Molympics
5.2019 - Another impressive showing at the Scholar's Week Symposium!
Scholar's Week 2019
4.2019 - Jeremy Talusig rocked her first poster presentation at the Puget Sound ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium at University of Puget Sound! 

Jeremy Talusig

Fall 2018 

11.2018-  Our article in collaboration with the Kim group at UW made the cover of J. Mater. Chem. B!

Cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry B!divAbstract

11.2018-  The Murphy Group tries bowling... and decides to stick with Science!  :)

Murphy group

Summer 2018 

8.2018-  Press about our new grant from the Biomaterials program in the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation! This goal of this grant is to develop new bioconjugation strategies for silk, which will allow us to customize the interface between silk and biological systems. The resulting silk derivatives are anticipated to be useful for tissue engineering or drug delivery applications.


8.2018-  Check out our latest paper in collaboration with the Leger group! 

Spring 2018 

6.2018-  Our latest work in collaboration with the Kim Group at the University of Washington is now online:!divAbstract

6.2018-  Congratulations to the 2018 Murphy Group graduates: Ellie James (pictured), Stephanie Maxwell and Randy Grant. Best of luck to you all!

Ellie James

6.2018-  Enjoying some sun, food and good company at our annual end-of-the-year BBQ!

Murphy Group BBQ

6.2018-  Evan Patamia was awarded the Denise Hougen Summer Research Fellowship, and Ellie James was named the Outstanding Graduate in Chemistry for AY 2017-2018. Congrats to you both!

5.2018-  Celebrating the end of Scholar's Week and new grants at the Legendary Chucklenuts show at Boundary Bay!

5.2018-  Randy Grant, Racine Santen, Evan Patamia and Stephanie Maxwell (not pictured) presented posters at the annual Scholar's Week Symposium. Ellie James also gave an awesome presentation of her Honor's Thesis work to the department. Good job everyone!

4.2018-  Racine Santen and Evan Patamia presented posters at the ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium at Evergreen State College.

3.2018-  Ellie James and Lauren Jenkins gave awesome oral presentations at the New Orleans ACS Conference! Stephanie Maxwell also presented a poster and won a travel award from the ACS POLY Division! Great job ladies! 

3.2018-  Ellie shows off our new JEOL FE-STEM:

Fall 2017 

10.2017-  Our latest publication, "Mimicking muscle fiber structure and function through electromechanical actuation of electrospun silk fiber bundles," is now online in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B! Congrats to Sean Severt for his 6th (!) publication with our group, and to Stephanie Maxwell and Jon Bontrager for their first publication.!divAbstract

Summer 2017 

08.2017-  Lauren Jenkins (REU student from Eastern Kentucky University) and Ellie James presented posters at our end-of-summer REU symposium

Murphy group shenanigans!

Spring 2017 

06.2017-  Congratulations to our 2017 graduates: Nick Ostrovsky-Snider, Jonathan Bontrager and Tatum Fuller!

06.2017- Stephanie Maxwell and Ellie James were awarded scholarships from the Chemistry department, and Nick Ostrovsky-Snider was nominated to be the Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Student for 2017! Congratulations!

05.2017- Tatum Fuller was awarded one of the 'Best Poster Presentation' prizes at Scholar's Week (7th year in a row for a Murphy group win!), and Nick Ostrovsky-Snider also won an 'Outstanding Presentation' prize for the second year in a row for his poster at the WWU Graduate Student Conference .

05.2017- Our latest article in collaboration with the Kowalczyk Group is now online! Congrats to Tyler who first started this project, and Taylor, Melany, Ellie and Zoe who brought the work to fruition!!divAbstract

04.2017- Jonathan Bontrager and Randy Grant presented posters at the national American Chemical Society spring meeting in San Francisco, CA. I also got to catch up with former group members Tyler Albin and Emily Sanders at our WWU Chemistry alumni gathering in SF. 

03.2017- Our paper with the Leger Group on trilayer actuators is now online. Congrats to Carly, Nathan and Sean! 

Fall 2016

11.2016- Ellie James presents a poster at the Pauling Symposium honoring Prof. Tim Swager at Pacific Lutheran University

10.2016- Long time coming, but finally published! Congrats to Jesse, Carly, Nathan and Isabella!

Spring 2016

06.2016- Congratulations to the 2016 Graduates! Sean Severt earned his M.S. in Chemistry, Emily Sanders and Taylor Blatz earned a B.S. in Biochemistry, and Melany Fry earned a B.S. in Chemistry.  Not pictured: Jordan Donohue earned a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience.

05.2016- In keeping with the Murphy group tradition, Emily Sanders was awarded one of the 'Best Poster Presentation' prizes at Scholar's Week, and Nick Ostrovsky-Snider also won  an 'Outstanding Presentation' prize for his poster at the WWU Graduate Student Conference. (not pictured: Rebecca Szabo and Taylor Blatz also presented)

05.2016- Sean completed his M.S. thesis defense- time to celebrate! 

03.2016- Emily Sanders gave an oral presentation and Taylor Blatz presented a poster at the national ACS Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Fall 2015

11.2015- Our latest publication "Versatile Method for Producing 2D and 3D Conductive Biomaterial Composites Using Sequential Chemical and Electrochemical Polymerization" is now posted on the ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces website. Congrats to Sean and Nick!

11.2015- Emily Sanders presented a poster at the Murdock College Science Research Conference in Vancouver, WA.

Summer 2015

8.2015- Our latest publication in Synthetic Metals is now posted online:

7.2015- Dr. Murphy received a Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions award. This grant will allow us to bring a prominent scientist to campus to give a series of lectures, and will support summer research stipends for 2 undergraduate students.

Spring 2015

6.2015- Congrats to the Murphy group graduates of 2015: Nicholas Ostrovsky-Snider, Brad Farrell, Jesse Larson and Nathan Bradshaw (technically in Dr. Leger's group but spent enough time in our lab to be considered a member, and the only one to come to graduation!).

4.2015- Our joint work with the Antos Group on "Sustained Delivery of Chemokine CXCL12 from Chemically Modified Silk Hydrogels" is published in Biomacromolecules!

4.2015- Emily Sanders, Dylan Spence and Taylor Blatz present posters at the Puget Sound Section American Chemical Society Undergraduate Symposium held at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

3.2015- Brad Farrell and Jesse Larson presented posters, and Nick Ostrovsky-Snider gave an oral presentation at the American Chemical Society spring meeting in Denver, CO. Nick also received a Travel Award from the ACS POLY Division for his 'excellent oral presentation' - congrats!  

Fall 2014

12.2014- Paige Atterberry graduates! Good luck in your future endeavors! 

11.2014- Paige Atterberry and Taylor Blatz present posters at the Annual Murdock College Science Research Conference in Vancouver, WA.

Summer 2014

8.2014- Our most recent publication in J. Chem. Ed. titled "Synthesis, Characterization, and Secondary Structure Determination of a Silk-Inspired, Self-Assembling Peptide: A Laboratory Exercise for Organic and Biochemistry Courses" is now available online:

6.2014- Our group was awarded a large grant from Biomaterials program in the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation!! These funds will allow us to continue our collaborative project with Dr. Leger in Physics to develop biocompatible actuators based on silk-conducting polymer composites.

Spring 2014

6.2014- Sean Severt, Tyler Albin, Ben Rubin and Drew Goodman (skipped out on the photo!) graduate! Good luck to you all in your future careers in chemistry!


5.2014- Paige Atterberry, Nick Ostrovsky-Snider and Jesse Larson all receive Research & Creative Opportunities for Undergraduates awards from WWU's Research and Sponsored Programs. 

5.2014- Paige Atterberry receives a poster award at WWU's annual Scholar's Week university-wide poster session.


5.2014- Tyler Albin wins the 'Best Oral Presentation' award at the ACS Puget Sound Section Undergraduate Research Symposium.

4.2014- Dr. Murphy and Dr. Antos receive an AMSEC Seed Grant for summer 2014 for their collaborative project to develop multi-functional biomaterials aimed at enhancing nerve regeneration.  

4.2014- Tyler Albin, Drew Goodman, Sean Severt and Nathan Bradshaw each present posters on their research projects at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Fransico, CA. Tyler was a poster award nominee (up against graduate students and postdocs)!



3.2014- Nathan Bradshaw and Sandra Roberts (summer REU student) present a poster at the national American Chemical Society spring meeting in Dallas, TX.

Winter 2014

3.2014- Our Advanced Functional Materials manuscript titled "Biocompatible Electromechanical Actuators Composed of Silk-Conducting Polymer Composites" is posted online: 

2.2014- The Murphy Group receives a Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement! This award will fund our work to develop silk-based biomaterials for neural stimulation and repair. (