Current Members

  • Courtney Vetter

    Courtney Vetter

    Undergraduate Researcher

    Courtney is an undergraduate student working towards a biochemistry degree. She is currently working on measuring the neurotransmitters octopamine and tyrosine in fruit flies using nanodiamond coated...

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  • Dana DiScenza

    Dana DiScenza

    Lab Manager

    Dana graduated with a PhD in Chemistry in 2018 and a Master’s in Business Administration in 2017 from the University of Rhode Island. Her research at the University of Rhode Island was focused on the...

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  • Eduard Dumitrescu

    Eduard Dumitrescu

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Eduard graduated with a Ph.D. from Clarkson University in May 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Silvana Andreescu. His work there was focused on the use of zebrafish embryos as a biological model...

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  • First-Year Graduate Student

    He (Oliver) Zhao

    First-year Graduate Student in Chemistry

    He Zhao graduated from American University in 2019 with a BS in Biochemistry. His research focused on synthesizing different shapes of AuNPs and their applications on improving the signals of CFMEs...

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  • Jason Borgus

    Jason Borgus

    Sixth-year Graduate Student in Chemistry

    Jason graduated with high honors and a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Guilford College in 2014.  While at Guilford, his research was mainly focused on gene therapy applications...

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  • Julia Lucktong

    Julia Lucktong

    Undergraduate Researcher

    Julia is an undergraduate student from Roanoke, VA. She is working towards a degree in chemistry with a minor in religious studies. Currently, Julia is working on methods for activating carbon...

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  • First-Year Graduate Student

    Kailash Shrestha

    First-year Graduate Student in Chemistry

    Kailash Shrestha received a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Kathmandu University, Nepal, in 2015. He graduated with a Master’s in 2020 from SIUE, Illinois, under Prof. Michael J. Shaw studying the synthesis...

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  • Kelly Dunham

    Kelly Dunham

    Third-year Graduate Student in Chemistry

    Kelly Dunham graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2018 with degrees in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Biochemistry.  As an undergraduate researcher, she studied the distribution and...

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  • Malli Ganesana

    Malli Ganesana

    Research Scientist

    Malli received his PhD from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY in 2012. While at Clarkson, his research focus was developing electrochemical biosensors for environmental and clinical applications...

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  • Mimi Shin

    Mimi Shin

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Mimi Shin received her PhD from the University of Kansas in 2016, working with Prof. Michael Johnson. While at KU, her research was focused on the detection of electrically evoked dopamine release in...

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  • Qun Cao

    Qun Cao

    Fifth-year Graduate Student in Chemistry

    Qun Cao graduated from University of Science and Technology of China in Chemical Physics in 2016. While there, he studied controlled-synthesis of nanomaterials and the applications of them. He joined...

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  • Yuanyu Chang

    Yuanyu Chang

    Fourth-year Graduate Student in Chemistry

    Yuanyu Chang graduated from Sichuan University in 2017 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry. He joined in Venton lab in September 2017. Currently, he works on the development of modified carbon microelectrodes...

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  • Zijun Shao

    Zijun Shao

    Third-year Graduate Student in Chemistry

    Zijun Shao graduated from Sichuan University, China in 2017. After that she spent one year working with Dr. Stuart Licht aiming at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with chemical cells...

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