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Jason Miech’18 – Construction and Destruction

Jason Miech’18 – Construction and Destruction

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Posts, Student News

Jason Miech’18 has developed a new procedure for deconstructing microfluidic flow cells. This can allow for further analysis of the mineral via FT-IR microscopy, SEM, and AFM. These techniques will be able to more accurately access the width, height, and morphology of the formed mineral.

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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 – Summer Research Begins!

Krista Meserve ’18 – Summer Research Begins!

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Student News

As spring semester came to a close and we had to say good-bye to our seniors, we got to look forward to summer research! We kicked off our first day of research with the annual first lunch at Tasty Burger. This summer we have five students conducting very important experiments in the lab: seniors Jason, Krista, and Bobby and juniors Jake and Emma! Here’s...

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Senior Katerina Luarasi – all smiles!

Senior Katerina Luarasi – all smiles!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Student News

Senior Katerina Luarasi is all smiles remembering all the wonderful memories she’s made doing research the past three years at Emmanuel. Huge thank you to everybody on the team but especially to Dr. Gerdon himself for getting her interested in doing research – it’s been her favorite experience at EC! ~Katerina

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