NSF recognition of recent viral infection research

The National Science Foundation recently recognized some of our research that was done in collaboration with Brian Geiss and David Dandy in the Microbiology and Chemical & Biological Engineering departments at CSU. Together they developed a new technology that uses a a capacitive microwire sensor to detect small amounts of antibodies in a person’s blood. See below for links to the NSF article and the journal article.

CSU researchers discover new technique to test for viral infections

An ultra-sensitive capacitive microwire sensor for pathogen-specific serum antibody responses

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Pittcon 2019

We just returned from a great week at Pittcon 2019, held in Philadelphia, PA. It was a great opportunity to learn about the newest in analytical chemistry and make connections in the field. A few students gave talks and Chuck received the Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Award from the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry. Congrats to all!

Chuck – Electrochemical Paper-Based Analytical Devices for Infectious Disease Detection
Ruth – Pesticide detection Using a Self-pumping Microfluidic Herringbone Mixer
Kaylee – Polycaprolactone Thermoplastic Electrodes for Patternable Carbon Enzyme Sensors
Cynthia – Tubular Band Thermoplastic Electrode Arrays for Small-Volume Immunoassays
Sid – Paper-based Nuclease Protection Assays for Pathogen Detection
Cody – Electrochemical Resazurin Assay for Bacteria Detection in Milk
Chuck – The Rise of Microfluidic Paper-Based Analytical Devices

Awards: Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Award, from the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry

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Welcome new students!

As the fall semester comes to a close, our group has grown by three! In November, Lauro Pradela joined us as a visiting scholar from Brazil. Two first year graduate students have also joined the lab: Kate McMahon and Jeremy Link. We are looking forward to working with them over the next few years.

This week we had our annual holiday celebration: lots of good food and a fun white elephant gift exchange!

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Detecting fake antibiotics

Dr. Kat Boehle, who recently graduated from our group, did a lot of work regarding the detection of falsified antibiotics. Click here for a news release about her work, or see below for a video made by a team at CSU about her work.


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Casey’s Defense

Back in July, Casey Quinn successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on air sampling devices. He will be continuing his work with Dr. John Volckens at CSU on air sampler development.

Congratulations Dr. Quinn!

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Summer Wrap up

As we wrap up the summer and get ready for the semester to start again, we sadly said good-bye to a few of our group members. We went from a group of 21 down to 13. We wish them luck in their future endeavors!

Rob Channon, Post-doc – Post-doc under Professor Sylvain Ladame, Imperial College London (UK)
Zarina Munshi, M.S.
Casey Quinn, Ph.D. – Air sampler development work with John Volckens, CSU
Kevin Klunder, Ph.D.
Mike Nguyen, Ph.D. – Post-doc under Professor Richard Crooks, University of Texas at Austin
Chase Gerold, Ph.D. – Adjunct Professor, CSU
Kat Boehle, Ph.D.
Jaruwan Mettakoonpitak, Ph.D. – Professor, Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University, Thailand
Katrina Puck, M.S. – CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab


The new group, as of August 2018

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Congratulations Kevin

Last week Kevin successfully defended his thesis on “expanding phthalocyanines and carbon composites for use in sensing, microfluidics and dye sensitized solar cells”. That is now five Henry group Dr’s graduated in the last 6 weeks!

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Congratulations to Chase and Mike!

Congratulations to Dr. Chase Gerold, who successfully defended his thesis last week on “Microfluidics for Environmental Analysis.” The next day, Dr. Mike Nguyen defended his thesis on “Developing High-Performance Microfluidic Paper-Based Analytical Devices.” We will miss both of them in the lab.

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Kat’s defense

Last week Kat successfully defended her Thesis on advancing point-of-need bacteria detection using microfluidic paper-based analytical devices. To celebrate the new Dr’s (Kat and Jaruwan) and say goodbye to Katrina, the group went out for dinner with families and previous group members. It was a lovely chance to catch up with old friends and a rare opportunity to have 6 Henry group Dr’s around one table!

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Kate – Chateaubriand STEM fellow

We are pleased to announce that Kate has been awarded a Chateaubriand STEM Fellowship, to work on electrochemical sensors with Professor Philippe Hapiot this fall in Rennes, France. Phillipe is the CNRS Director of Research in the Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, at the Université de Rennes.

Chateaubriand fellowships are for doctoral students and aim to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in partnership with American universities and French research organizations such as Inserm and Inria. It is a partner of the NSF’s GROW program.

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