Current Members

  • Tiba

    Tiba Alshammari

    Third-Year Undergraduate Student

    Tiba Alshammari is a third-year undergraduate student studying Cognitive Science with a focus on Neuroscience with a Computer Science minor. She hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in...

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  • Yuanyu Chang

    Yuanyu Chang

    Fifth-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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  • 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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  • Kelly Dunham

    Kelly Dunham

    Fourth-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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  • Sam

    Sam Hanser

    Third-Year Undergraduate Student

    Sam Hanser is a third-year undergraduate student studying Chemistry. He is interested in drug development and research, but ultimately hopes to attend medical school, maybe with a career in psychiatry...

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  • Greatness

    Greatness Olaitan

    First-Year Graduate Student in Chemistry

    Greatness Olaitan graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 2018. After graduation, he worked with Professor Wesley Okiei on designing electrochemical sensors for in vitro measurement of...

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  • Zijun Shao

    Zijun Shao

    Fourth-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. In...

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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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  • First-Year Graduate Student

    Kailash Shrestha

    Second-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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  • Leah

    Leah Weizman

    Second-Year Undergraduate Student

    Leah Weizman is a second-year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. She plans on studying biochemistry and is very interested in neuroscience. In the future, she hopes to go into...

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  • Joy

    Zhixi (Joy) Xu

    First-Year Graduate Student in Chemistry

    Zhixi Xu graduated from Xiamen University, China, in 2021 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry. She joined the Venton lab in September 2021 and mainly works on carbon nanomaterials. In her spare time, she enjoys...

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  • First-Year Graduate Student

    He (Oliver) Zhao

    Second-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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