Current Group Members

Graduate Researchers:  Madelaine Denno, Michael Nguyen, Eve Privman, Scott Lee, Poojan Pyakurel, Cheng Yang, Ying Wang

Research Technicians:  Elefterios Trikantzopoulos, Chandni Challa

Postdoc: Malli Ganesana

Madelaine Denno
Fifth-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
Fifth-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
Third-Year Graduate Student in Neuroscience, Medical Scientist Training Program
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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
Third-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
Third-year Graduate Student in Chemistry Poojan

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Cheng Yang
Third-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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Ying Wang
Second-year Graduate Student in Chemistry
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Elefterios Trikantzopoulous           
Research Technician                                   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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Chandni Challa           
Research Technician             
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Malli Ganesana        
Postdoctoral Researcher             

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