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Jake Shlaferman ’19 – the G-quadruplex

Jake Shlaferman ’19 – the G-quadruplex

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Posts, Student News

During his summer research, Jake is studying how a G-quadruplex in DNA affects calcium phosphate mineralization. These mineralization experiments (like the one shown above), are prepared in 96-well plates and put in a plate reader to measure absorbance over time. He hypothesizes that the presence of a G-quadruplex should promote mineralization. However, he...

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Bobby Tzepos ’18 – nanoparticle synthesis

Bobby Tzepos ’18 – nanoparticle synthesis

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Posts, Student News

Rising senior Bobby Tzepos finally starts to finish up the optimization for the electrochemical technique to detect Co(III)-protoporphyrin IX in our early-detection malaria scheme!  Next, he’s on to nanoparticle synthesis of CoPPIX, which is then going to be used to conjugate an antibody specific to the malaria protein to determine the amount of the...

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Jason Miech ’18 – A tradition of laminar flow

Jason Miech ’18 – A tradition of laminar flow

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Posts, Student News

The first week of summer research for rising senior Jason Miech has gone well. Here he uses the protonation of quinine by sulfuric acid to produce a fluorescent product. This allows for visualization of mixing and measurement of laminar flow in microfluidic cell designs. This design is called the “trident”!

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Krista Meserve ’18 – Chicago Field Museum of Natural History

Krista Meserve ’18 – Chicago Field Museum of Natural History

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Posts, Student News

Members of Chemistry Club traveled to Chicago during spring break to visit two museums: the Field Museum of Natural History and The Museum of Science and Industry. The Field museum had a state of the art DNA research lab within the museum that walked visitors through the process of sequencing DNA. I found it very interesting because the exhibit explained...

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