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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Last week, Jaruwan, Mike, Chase and Katrina walked at the graduate school commencement ceremony. This was a wonderful opportunity for family members and lab friends to see our 5th years walk, and a great chance to catch Chuck in his formal robes.

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Jaruwan defends her Thesis

Congratulations to (Dr) Jaruwan Mettakoonpitak who successfully defended her Thesis on “Low-Cost Analysis Tools for Compositional Analysis of Particulate Matter”



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Congratulations, Mike

One of our senior grad students, Mike Nguyen, is the recipient of the Black/African American Cultural Center Special Friend Award, which is awarded every year. This award was created to recognize individuals who have been a true friend to the Black/African American Cultural Center by going over and beyond the call of duty to ensure the collective growth of cultural communities.

Congratulations, Mike!

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Congratulations, Senior Design Team

Congratulations to our biomedical engineering senior design team on tying for First Place at CSU’s E-Days on Thursday, April 12. 

Every year, CSU hosts E-Days, where senior undergraduate engineering students can showcase their senior design projects. This is the third year the Henry Group has hosted a senior design team from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, where students help further one of our many projects. This year’s group designed and fabricated a solar-powered device that fully automates all the steps of one of our complex biological assays for bacteria detection at the push of a button. Additionally, they programmed a Raspberry Pi to automatically calculate the bacteria concentration in the sample based on an image the Pi obtains and analyzes the image’s color intensity. 

Congratulations, team!

Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Team From Left: Taylor Langer, Sam Allsup, Mitch Cooper, Jase Wyeno

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Cody named VPR Fellow

Cody recently took part in a CSU challenge to present his research in a flash 3 minute presentation, to a panel of judges and using only 1 slide. Happily, he nailed it and has been awarded a Vice President for Research (VRP) Fellowship for his performance, which includes a scholarship and travel support to attend conferences.

You can check out his talk on “Delivering Bacterial Detection to the Point of Need” below, or read the full article full article on the College of Natural Sciences website.

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Henry Group at Pittcon!

Henry Group having dinner at Taverna Opa.

Nine members of the Henry Group plus Dr. Chuck Henry gave presentations at Pittcon 2018 in Orlando, Florida, from February 26 – March 1.

Five group members gave oral presentations:

Kat Boehle, Cody Carrell, Cynthia McCord, Eka Noviana, and Rob Channon

Four group members presented posters:

Mike Nguyen (also selected for a 4 minute flash presentation), Chase Gerald, Alyssa Kava, and Kate Berg

Dr. Chuck Henry presented at the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) meeting on thermoplastic electrodes. He also organized a symposium on point-of-care diagnostics for infectious diseases where he presented on paper-based devices for bacteria and virus detection. 

Mike Nguyen giving a 4 minute flash presentation on fast-flow devices.


Chase Gerald presenting a poster on potassium detection.


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Spares for Point-of-Care

With Kentaro sadly leaving us next week, the Henry and Kean research Groups went bowling after work to commemorate his time in the Group. Kentaro captained a seniors team (Kentaro, Rob, Mike and Kat) and was very pleased to score 160 and get a team victory over the youngsters (Melissa, Alyssa, Zach and Cody).

Back row left to right: Melissa, Alyssa, Zach, Kat and Cody.
Front row left to right: Mike, Rob and Ken.
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Scientists on Ice

To keep in spirit with the Winter Olympics, Henry Group members past and present have been taking part in a recreational curling league in Fort Collins. The team is skippered by Cody, and the league has even made local news.

From left to right: Rob Channon (current Postdoc), Rachel Feeny and John Wydallis (former Graduate students), and Cody Carrell (current Graduate student)
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