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    Our research program is focused on the development of sensing and sampling techniques for the detection of new molecules in the brain.  We aim to study the real-time release of many different neurotransmitters simultaneously and apply these techniques to in vivo measurements in model neural systems.
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(L-R)Qun Cao, Pumidech Puthongkham, Cheng Yang, Jason Borgus, Poojan Pyakurel, Mimi Shin, Scott Lee, Ying Wang, Malli Ganesana, Jill Venton 
(picture taken Feb2016)

Recent News

1/2017
Cheng Yang and Elefterios Trikantzopoulos' paper comparing electrochemical and surface properties of different carbon nanotube yarns and fibers is accepted as a cover article to Analytica Chimica Acta

12/2016
The Venton lab will have 2 adenosine papers in the forthcoming special issue of ACS Chemical Neuroscience devoted to the Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience meeting.  One is Ryan Borman's paper on an automated algorithm for adenosine detection. The other is Michael Nguyen's last paper on adenosine modulation by glutamate and GABA receptors. 

11/2016
The Venton lab, with main authors Malli Ganesana, Scott Lee, and Ying Wang, publish a major review article for Analytical Chemistry entitled
"Analytical techniques in neuroscience: Recent advances in imaging, separation, and electrochemical methods".
11/2016
Qun Cao joins the lab as a first year graduate student, working on carbon nanomaterial projects!

 11/2016
Cheng Yang wins an outstanding graduate student award at the Eastern Analytical Symposium. He and Dr. Venton traveled to the conference where he gave a poster.
11/2016
Cheng Yang successfully defends his PhD thesis.  Congratulations Dr. Yang!

10/2016
Dr. Venton attends the NSF workshop on Brain Chemistry. 

9/2016
Dr. Venton presents at our applied fruit fly work Sci-X in Minneapolis.

6/2016
Postdoc positions are available.  We are especially looking for someone with a fruit fly background and experience in genetics.  Check out the full job ad at Jobs@UVA.  You must apply online but also feel free to email Dr. Venton your CV. 

6/2016
Ryan Borman successfully defends his MS thesis on automated detection of adenosine transients. 
6/2016
Poojan's paper on octopamine detection in Drosophila larva is officially accepted to ACS Chemical Neuroscience.     
6/2016
Ying's paper on correlations of oxygen and adenosine transients is officially accepted to Journal of Neurochemistry.   
 6/2016
Dr. Venton is officially promoted to full professor! 

6/2016
Angelo Khan joins the group for the summer through the FYRE program.  He is from Brooklyn College.    

  5/2016
Eve Privman Champaloux officially defends her PhD dissertation on dopamine kinetics in Drosophila models of Parkinson disease.  Next, she's back to med school to complete her MD portion of the MD/PhD.  Congratulations Eve!
5/2016
Dr. Venton, Malli Ganesana, and Cheng Yang travel to Gothenburg, Sweden to attend the Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience Conference.  Malli and Cheng also attended Biosensors 2016.    
  
5/2016
The Venton lab officially receives word that our renewal of our NIH grant on measuring neurotransmitters in Drosophila is funded.   
3/2016
Dr. Venton, Malli Ganesana, Scott Lee, Poojan Pyakurel, Ying Wang, and Cheng Yang travel to Pittcon in Atlanta, GA to present talks on their research. 
3/2016
Cheng Yang's paper on laser treated carbon nanotube yarn microelectrodes is accepted to ACS Sensors!     

 2/2016
Cheng Yang wins the inaugural Adam Ritchie award for the most outstanding graduate student in the chemistry department. Congratulations!   

 2/2016
Yash Maniar, undergraduate researcher majoring in Neuroscience, is awarded a Harrison Undergraduate research award for his research in the Venton lab.   

1/2016
Malli Ganesana travels to Vancouver and gives a talk at the Keystone Conference on Purines about his work on adenosine and stroke.   

12/2015
Madelaine Denno's paper on histamine and carcinine in fruit flies is accepted to ACS Chemical Neuroscience.  Congratulations! 

11/2015
Cheng Yang's paper on carbon nanotubes grown on metal wires is published in Analytical Chemistry.  This is part of our project with Oak Ridge National Lab.  Congratulations!

11/2015
New graduate students Jason Borgus and Pumidech Puthongkham officially join the Venton lab. Welcome!  



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Last Updated: March 2017
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