Current Group Members

Graduate Researchers:  Ashley Ross, Ning Xiao, Alex Zestos, Madelaine Denno, Michael Nguyen, Eve Privman, Scott Lee, Poojan Pyakurel, Hillary Rees, Cheng Yang, Ying Wang

Undergraduate Researchers:  Katherine Roche, Elefterios Trikantzopoulos, Max Wheeler

Postdoc: Chris Jacobs

Chris JChris Jacobs
Postdoctoral fellow in Chemistry

Chris received his B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry in 2004 from Binghamton University, Binghamton NY.  From 2004 to 2006 Chris studied magnetic characteristics of vanadium oxide nanotubes at Binghamton University before beginning research with Dr. Venton.  His current project is the development of electrode materials and coatings incorporating carbon nanotubes.  In his spare time Chris can often be found hiking, exercising his dog, or brewing beer.

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Ashley Ross
Fifth-Year Graduate Student in Chemistry

Ashley Ross received her B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Christopher Newport University in 2009. As an undergrad, she did research at NASA Langley Research Center for Dr.'s Margaret Pippin and Gao Chen in the Atmospheric Science Department. Ashley is working on the adenosine project in the Venton lab.  Outside of the lab, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband as well as singing in the church choir and participating in musicals.

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Ning XiaoNing
Fifth-Year Graduate Student in Chemistry

Ning Xiao received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 2009. As an undergraduate student, Ning did research in biochemistry focusing on the binding properties and inhibition effects of copper ions on the RecA intein from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Her current projects in Venton lab involve developing carbon nanotube modified microelectrodes and measuring neurotransmitters in Drosophila (the fruit fly). In her spare time, she likes running, working out and traveling with her husband.

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Alex Zestos
Fifth-Year Graduate Student in Chemistry

Alex Zestos received a B.S. with Honors and M.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. His undergraduate advisor was Prof. William H. Starnes, Jr., and his research involved synthesizing transition metal complex additives that were used to promote the smoke suppression and fire retardance of poly(vinyl chloride). His current project involves the construction and testing of polymer and epoxy coated carbon-fiber microelectrodes. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and playing basketball.  

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Madelaine Denno
Fourth-Year Graduate Student in Chemistry
Madelaine graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Biochemistry and a minor in German in 2010. While at Mount Holyoke, she studied flow characterization of commercially available microfluidic devices and assisted in the translation of an address to the German Chemical Society by Heinrich Caro. Madelaine is currently working on optimizing separation conditions for neurotransmitters using capillary electrophoresis with fast scan cyclic voltammetric detection. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog, Bailey, working out, and relaxing with some fellow chemists.

MichaelMichael Nguyen
Fourth-Year Graduate Student in Chemistry
Michael Nguyen graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics.  From 2008 to 2010 he worked for Aerotek Scientific in the Analytical Development Lab for Novartis in Lincoln.  Currently he is studying adenosine and dopamine in the rat brain in vivo.  In his free time he enjoys playing sports, doing anything outside, and reading.

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Eve Privman
Second-Year Graduate Student in Neuroscience, Medical Scientist Training Program
  Eve Pic

Eve received her BS in Chemistry and BS in Neuroscience with a minor in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2009. She has previously researched depression and astrocyte survival during ischemia. Currently, she is working on methods to characterize neurotransmitter release in the Drosophila brain. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, singing, and doing improv comedy.

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Scott Lee
Second-year Graduate Student in Chemistry Scott Lee

Scott graduated from Boise State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Chemistry with a Forensics emphasis and a minor in Biology. While there, he did computational biochemistry research under Dr. Henry Charlier Jr. on the inhibition of human carbonyl reductase with diaryl ethers. His research in the Venton lab is on understanding transient adenosine release in the brains of rodents. Outside of chemistry, Scott classifies himself as an actor, a pianist, a golfer, and a tabletop gamer.

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Poojan Pyakurel
Second-year Graduate Student in Chemistry Poojan

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Hillary Rees
Second-year Graduate Student in ChemistryHillary

Hillary received her B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Bridgewater College in 2012. While at Bridgewater, her research involved investigating soil buffering mechanisms under Dr. Ken Overway. Her current project involves characterizing Carbon Nanopipettes with FSCV. In her spare time, she enjoys playing or watching sports, playing with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

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Cheng Yang
Second-year Graduate Student in ChemistryCheng

Cheng received his B.S. in Chemistry from East Tennessee State University in 2012. While at ETSU, his research involved investigating the electrochemical properties of gold nanoparticles coated on nanometer-sized platinum electrode. His current project in the Venton lab is development of electrode materials and coatings incorporating carbon nanotubes. In his spare time, he likes hiking, traveling and singing along guitar. 

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Elefterios Trikantzopoulous           
Undergraduate Researcher                                   Lefty

Elefterios Trikantzopoulos is a third year undergraduate student at University of Virginia and a declared Biochemistry major. He joined the lab in May 2012. He currently works with Alex Zestos on the development and purification of carbon nanotube spun fibers. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and traveling.

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Katherine Roche
Undergraduate Researcher

Kate Roche is a third year undergraduate student in neuroscience at University of Virginia. She studies stimulated dopamine release in brain slices and how adenosine modulates release.  

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