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.
Standing (back row), Left to Right: Michael
Nguyen, Jill Venton, Alex Zestos, Merrick Kozak, Madelaine Denno,
Eve Privman, Ning Xiao, Lefty Trikantzopoulos, Chris Jacobs, Cheng Yang,
Matt Ryals, Ashley
Front Row, Left to Right:
Scott Lee, Philip V., Poojan Pyakurel, Hillary Rees,
Swapna Chitneni and Saanvi
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.
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.
Check out the new
lab picture from our annual Christmas party (which
also served as a graduation party for Dr. Jacobs
this year)! Also included: some lab children,
future scientists for sure.
Four new first year
chemistry graduate students join the Venton lab:
Scott Lee, Poojan Pyakurel, Hillary Rees and Cheng
Yang. Along with Eve Privman, a MSTP
Neuroscience student who joined this fall, that
means we have a full house!
successfully defends his PhD thesis!
Congratulations Dr. Jacobs. He'll be sticking
around the lab as a postdoc for the next few year
A paper by Dr. Megan
Pajski on stimulated adenosine release throughout
the brain is accepted to Purinergic
Dr. Venton travels to
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) to
give a departmental seminar.
Jill Venton travels to
Janelia farm to present an invited seminar and
explore collaborations measuring neurotransmitters
Michael Ngyuen and Jill
Venton travel to London, England for the Monitoring
Molecules in Neuroscience Conference.
The Venton lab has 2
new research technicians who are recent
graduates. Merrick Kozak is working on the fly
project and Matt Ryals is working on the
adenosine/in vivo project.
Collaborative work with
Kasia Glanowska and Sue Moenter on detecting
gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) with FSCV is
accepted to the Journal
Go to the News Archive
to read all the past Venton lab news.