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.
                group 2014

Front Row (left to right): Jill Venton, Poojan Pyakurel, Vishesh Choudhry
Second Row: Hillary Rees,
Scott Lee
Third Row: Ying Wang, Maddie Denno
Fourth Row: Ashley Ross, Eve Privman, Ning Xiao
Fifth Row: Chris Jacobs, Michael Nguyen
Top Row: Alex Zestos, Cheng Yang
(picture taken Feb 2014)

Recent News

The Venton lab receives a new NIH grant entitled "Carbon nanotube yarn and fiber microelectrodes for high temporal resolution sensing of dopamine".  This is a 2 year R21 award funded by NIDA to look at high temporal measurements in the brain.

Dr. Venton travels to Virginia Tech to do another gas chromatography workshop with Harold McNair, sponsored by Shimadzu.    
Ashley Ross' paper on mechanically-stimulated adenosine release is accepted to Journal of Neurochemistry.  Michael Nguyen and Eve Privman are co-authors.  Congratulations.


Five members of the lab and Dr. Venton go to Pittcon in Chicago.   Ashley Ross, Michael Nguyen, Maddie Denno and Alex Zestos all gave oral presentations on their work.

Dr. Venton visits Biogen in Boston to discuss our Drosophila work. 


Michael Nguyen's paper, Characterization of Spontaneous, Transient Adenosine Release in the Caudate-Putamen and Prefrontal Cortex, was accepted to PLOS ONE.
The Dreyfus foundation awards Dr. Venton, along with co-investigators Michelle Prysby and Jennifer Maeng and the student outreach group LEAD, a special award in the chemical sciences.  This money will be used to fund teacher workshops for elementary school teachers on inquiry based learning in science.  
Dr. Venton visit University of Arkansas to give a seminar to the chemistry department.
Eve Privman attends the Neurobiology of Drosophila Conference at Cold Spring Harbor and presents a poster on her work.  

Dr. Venton visits Salisbury University to give a talk.  
Dr. Venton hosts Harold McNair for a gas chromatography workshop, sponsored by Shimadzu.    
Chris Jacobs participates in graduation and becomes the first PhD. student to actually allow Dr. Venton to hood him.  Check out this amusing picture. graduation hooding 
The Venton lab had two papers recently accepted.  A paper on CE-EC for rat brain slice neurotransmitter detection was published in Analytical Methods.  A paper on kinetics of the dopamine transporter in Drosophila larva was published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience in the Monitoring Molecules in vivo special issue.  Congratulations to former students Megan Pajski, Huaifang Fang, and Trisha Vickrey who were lead authors as well as current student who helped get these papers out.   
The Venton lab was well represented at the Huskey Graduate Research Symposium.  Eve Privman took a second place award for her poster and Ashley Ross and Alex Zestos received third place awards for oral presentations. 
Six members of the lab and Dr. Venton go to Pittcon in Philadelphia.   Ashley Ross, Chris Jacobs, Ning Xiao, Michael Nguyen, Maddie Denno and Alex Zestos all gave oral presentations on their work.  Dr. Venton talked about our adenosine sensing work as well as microfluidics experiments in the classroom.     
Ashley Ross receives a GSAS travel award and Chris Jacobs receives a SEAC travel award to attend Pittcon.    
The Venton lab started off March by helping host the Microscale Bioseparations (MSB 2013) conference on the campus here at UVA.  Many group members volunteered to help the conference go smoothly.  Maddie Denno, Chris Jacobs and Dr. Venton put on a workshop on "Electrochemical Detection for Capillary and Microchip Electrophoresis."   
Undergraduate researcher Kate Roche receives a Harrison Award for undergraduate research.  She'll be using that award to continue her research on the affect of adenosine receptors on dopamine release this summer.   
The Venton lab took lots of field trips trips this month!  Eve Privman went to Janelia Farm (HHMI) to start a collaboration on Drosophila neurochemistry, Chris and Alex went to Oak Ridge National Lab to grow carbon nanotubes for electrodes.  Dr. Venton went to University of Minnesota as the student invited analytical chemistry speaker.       

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Last Updated: April 2014
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