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 to better understand the normal and diseased functioning of the brain.
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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
Dr. Venton travels to Pennsylvania to give a seminar at Lebanon Valley College.   
Dr. Venton travels to National Harbor, MD to the Electrochemical Society Meeting and gives 2 talks, one on new ways to make microelectrodes and the other on tuning carbon nanomaterials for different analytes. The symposia honored her mentor Prof. Mark Wightman and Prof. Christian Amatore.
The Venton lab welcomes Yuanyu Chang, an M.A. student, to the lab.   
The Venton lab welcomes Dr. Jeff Copeland from Eastern Mennonite University as a visiting scholar for the year.  He is an expert in fruit fly aging.

Dr. Venton travels to Providence, RI to deliver an invited lecture on our carbon nanomaterial work to the International Society for Electrochemistry meeting.     
Poojan Pyukarel defends her PhD thesis.  Congratulations Dr. Pyakurel!
The Venton lab welcomes Adetunji Adeniran-Adetoye from Morgan State University to the lab for the summer as part of the FYRE program.   


Dr. Venton and Cheng Yang travel to the Mayo Clinic for the MeMeA Conference.  Our paper wins the award for best paper for the conference. Dr. Kendall Lee also hosts us for a lab tour and Dr. Venton even gets to shadow him while he does deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson's patients.    
Dr. Venton gives a seminar to the North Dakota State University Physic Department.     

Ying Wang, Mimi Shin, Scott Lee, Malli Ganesana,
Cheng Yang, and Jill Venton travel to Pittcon in Chicago and give talks.   
Cheng Yang's paper on oxygen plasma etching and antistatic gun treatments is published in Analytical Chemistry. 
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

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. 

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".
Qun Cao joins the lab as a first year graduate student, working on carbon nanomaterial projects!

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.
Cheng Yang successfully defends his PhD thesis.  Congratulations Dr. Yang!

Dr. Venton attends the NSF workshop on Brain Chemistry. 

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

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. 

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

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