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