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.
Front Row (left to right):
Jill Venton, Poojan Pyakurel, Vishesh Choudhry
Second Row: Hillary Rees, Scott Lee
Third Row: Ying Wang,
Fourth Row: Ashley Ross, Eve Privman, Ning Xiao
Fifth Row: Chris Jacobs, Michael Nguyen
Top Row: Alex Zestos, Cheng Yang
(picture taken Feb 2014)
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.
Venton travels to Virginia Tech to do
another gas chromatography workshop with
Harold McNair, sponsored by
Ross' paper on mechanically-stimulated adenosine
release is accepted to Journal
of Neurochemistry. Michael Nguyen
and Eve Privman are co-authors.
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
visits Biogen in Boston to discuss our Drosophila
Michael Nguyen's paper, Characterization of
Spontaneous, Transient Adenosine Release in the
Caudate-Putamen and Prefrontal Cortex, was
accepted to PLOS
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
Eve Privman attends
the Neurobiology of Drosophila Conference
at Cold Spring Harbor and presents a poster on her
Dr. Venton visits
Salisbury University to give a talk.
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.
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
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.
receives a GSAS travel award and Chris Jacobs
receives a SEAC travel award to attend
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
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
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.
Go to the News Archive
to read all the past Venton lab news.