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 detection of toxicants in various biological samples and environmental matrices using fluorescence-based sensors. After graduate school, Dana worked as a project manager for the Chemical & Engineering News BrandLab in Washington, DC. In July 2019, Dana relocated to Charlottesville, VA with her husband, and is currently the Laboratory Manager for the Venton Lab. Outside of chemistry, Dana loves to read, cook, and explore the Charlottesville area. She also owns a science birthday party company called The Party Elements!
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 (1) for toxicological assessment of nanomaterials and chemical additives employed in industrial and consumer applications, and (2) for in vivo electrochemical monitoring of biomarkers related to oxidative stress and neurotransmission. Following, Eduard joined Dr. Venton’s lab where he currently works on sensors development and electrochemical detection of neurotransmitters in fruit flies. Outside of the lab, he enjoys cooking and exploring different cuisines, watching movies and TV series, and playing fantasy football.
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 eradication of an invasive algal species in Tennessee rivers and molecular genetics topics related to methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus in commercial pork products and the symbiotic and antagonistic microbiome interactions of Tennessee bats susceptible to White Nose Syndrome. In the Venton lab, Kelly is currently working on serotonin detection and measurement in drosophila and hopes to apply her work to pharmacology. When she has time, she loves to read, knit, cook, and spend time with her big family.
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 fiber microelectrodes. Outside of academic life, she loves hiking, painting, and trying new restaurants.
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 Venton group, she is now working on carbon nanomaterials. She enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time.
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 electrodes. She enjoys writing poetry and painting in her free time.