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Summer 2015 Research

This summer, as in all previous summers, the department hums with activities in the faculty research laboratories.  This summer, more than twenty students work in the faculty research labs.  Several are supported by DeNardo Scholarships.  Unique this summer is the Bastiani Award which sponsors the participation of Kyle Bandaccari in a cooperative research effort by McNelis' and Barber's Labs and Lauren Schmidt in Wheeler's lab.

Chemistry and Biochemistry majors also participate in research at other universities and institutions.


Sarah Anderson '16 currently participates in the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry undergraduate summer research program. She attended a week of training at the University of Oregon before spending the remainder of the summer researching structural evolution/interdiffusion and other forms of solution characterization under PI Mark Asta at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Steven Suljak is working with students to identify aptamers that can signal the presence of glycoprotein biomarkers for endometrioid ovarian cancer. These single-stranded DNA molecules have the potential to serve as tools for diagnosing early-stage cancers.

Photo: (L to R): Steven Suljak, Erik Berggren (Chemistry '16), and Mari Ueno (Bioengineering '16)

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On August 26,  Dr. Grace Stokes and Dr. Paul Abbyad, hosted an open house during which eight students, ranging from sophormores to seniors, showcased their summer research in the Daly Science labs. Students in Dr. Stokes' lab use an ultrafast laser to study how pharmaceutical drugs bind to surfaces that mimicked cell membranes. The work in Dr. Abbyad's lab is in microfluidics. Small devices are used to study enzymatic reactions and cellular processes. All students gained valuable professional experience.

Photo: Rising senior David Pluhar, a Chemistry major, shares his work in the fabrication lab with Lisa Millora, Senior Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives

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