November 2018

Hannah and Lin were featured for their work in the lab in an Iowa Now article 'Undergrads learn resilience by conducting research'.

August 2018

Congratulations to Michael Schrodt, who successfully completed his PhD qualifying exam!

Congrats to Jesse Liszewski! He has been awarded an Academic Year ICRU fellowship to continue his work in the lab over the next 9 months. 

The Ankrum Lab has received a grant renewal from the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation to continue our efforts to enhance diabetic wound healing for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

July 2018

Advice on mentoring undergraduates in the lab to become fruitful undergraduate researchers was published in Nature! 
From Lectures to Lab: Three steps to becoming an undergraduate researcher

June 2018

Tony Burand has been awarded a spot on a T32 grant “Interdisciplinary Training in Pain Research” to support his work identifying new strategies to promote healing of diabetic wounds. 

May 2018

Congrats to Hannah Dobroski! She has received an ICRU Summer Fellowship to identify optimal culture conditions for umbilical cord-derived MSCs. 

April 2018

The Ankrum Lab has been awarded a generous gift from the Straub Foundation to continue our work identifying optimal strategies to promote the immunomodulatory potency of MSCs.

January 2018



Congrats to Lauren Boland, PhD candidate, whose poster won 1st Place at the 2018 American Physician Scientist Midwest Regional Meeting!

October 2017


Prof. Ankrum was named a Scholar of the National Blood Foundation at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

September 2017

Congrats to Tony, Lauren, and Alex on their recent publications. Our book chapter, “Engineering Organoid Systems to Model Health and Disease” and research article “A Low-Cost Technique for Intraoperative Imaging of Cell Delivery and Retention in a Model of Delayed Wound Healing” were published in Cell Therapy and Advances in Wound Care, respectively this month. Great work team!

September 2017

Congratulations to Lauren Boland, who successfully completed her PhD qualifying exam!

February 2017

Prof. Ankrum awarded an Old Gold Faculty Development Fellowship from the College of Engineering

November 2016

Lauren Boland won 3rd Place at the American Physician Scientist Regional Meeting!

Nov. 1, 2016

Ankrum & Potthoff labs awarded $100,000 seed grant
The Ankrum and Potthoff Labs have been awarded a Pappajohn Biomedical Institute Convergence Seed Grant to
Generate a Novel Pharmacological Approach to Increase Adipose Tissue Thermogenesis.

August 2016

Congrats to Lauren and Alex on winning a prize for their "sidewalk chalk talk" in the UI Health Care Summer Olympics. 

June 16, 2016: The Daily Iowan

Research takes aim at strokes using cells
The research of James Ankrum, University of Iowa assistant professor of biomedical engineering, focuses on generating improved cell-based therapies, a type of treatment in which instead of using drugs, donor cells are administered to a patient.His research could present a solution to what some consider a prevalent medical emergency.

May 2016

Aaron Buelow is awarded Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates fellowship for Summer 2016 and Academic Year 2016-2017

December 2015

Lauren Boland featured in College of Medicine publication, Medicine Iowa. 

November 18, 2015
Ankrum Lab awarded UI Commercialization GAP award to advance single-cell barcode technology toward commercialization. 

November 9, 2015
Ankrum Lab awarded pilot grant from DiaComp to develop an off-the-shelf MSC based therapy for diabetic wound healing. 

October 20, 2015

Congratulations to Tony Burand, who successfully completed his PhD qualifying exam!

September 9, 2015
Tony Burand presented a poster from the lab toward development of MSC microcarriers at the 2015 TERMIS World Congress in Boston.
http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/ten.tea.2015.5000.abstracts 

July 31, 2015
Ankrum Lab awarded National Blood Foundation Scientific Research Grant to uncover the role of FOXO3 as a mediator of MSC’s anti-inflammatory phenotype.

April 2015

Alex Brown presented medical device innovations to Iowa Lt. Govenor Kim Reynolds on her visit to the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

March 16, 2015
Dr.Ankrum named a phase I finalist and prize winner of the NIH Single Cell Analysis Program’s ‘Follow that cell challenge’

Dec. 5, 2014
Dr. Ankrum discussed the lab’s work fighting diabetes and diabetic complications on Iowa Public Radio’s ‘River to River’  

Fall 2014
Dr. Ankrum interviewed in Honors at Iowa Fall 2014 newsletter