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to Detroit to
seminar at Wayne
Venton is appointed to
the Chemical &
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ACS and attends and
advisory board meeting.
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lab to postdoc
paper on PEI-CNT fibers
is accepted to Analytical
Ross' paper on sawhorse
adenosine detection is
published in Analytical
Venton travels to the International
Society for Electrochemistry meeting
in Lausanne, Switzerland to present
our carbon nanomaterial electrode
Ross' paper on adenosine modulation of
dopamine transients is accepted to
Journal of Neurochemistry.
paper on PEI-CNT fibers is accepted to Analytical
Ross' paper on sawhorse voltammetry for
adenosine detection is published in Analytical
Scott Lee, Madelaine Denno, and Poojan
Pyakurel travel to UCLA to present at the
Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience.
Poojan wins one of the best poster
defends her PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr.
Dr. Venton and
Michael Nguyen travel to Bonn, Germany to attend
Purines 2014. Dr. Venton gives a talk and
Michael presents a poster on our adenosine
Ning Xiao's paper on
pulsed optical stimulations in Drosophila is
accepted by ACS
Chemical Neuroscience. Congratulations!
paper on CNT yarns is accepted to Analytical
Chemistry. Chris departs the lab for a
postdoc at Oak Ridge National Lab.
and Cheng Yang travel to Oak Ridge National
lab to continue our ongoing user project on
growing carbon nanomaterial
Dr. Venton and
Cheng Yang travel to West Virginia University for the
the WVNano conference. Dr. Venton gives a talk
and Cheng gives a poster.
Three defenses in 3
days! Ashely Ross and Alex Zestos receive their
PhD's in Chemistry and Hillary Rees receives her MS in
Chemistry. Congratulations to Dr. Ross and Dr.
Zestos and Hillary!
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.
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
The Dreyfus foundation
awards Dr.Venton, along with co-investigators Michelle
Prysby and Jennifer Maeng and the student 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
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.
Chris Jacobs participates in
graduation and becomes the first PhD. student to
actually allow Dr. Venton to hood him.
The Venton lab had
two papers recently accepted. A paper on CE-EC for
rat brain slice neurotransmitter detection was published
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.
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
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!
Chris Jacobs successfully
defends his PhD thesis! Congratulations Dr.
Jacobs. He'll be sticking around the lab as a postdoc
for the next few year months.
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
Jill Venton travels to Janelia
farm to present an invited seminar and explore
collaborations measuring neurotransmitters in Drosophila.
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
Trisha Vickrey successfully
defends her PhD thesis. Congratulations Dr. Vickrey
and good luck at Harvard next year as you pursue a Masters
in Science Education Policy!
has her paper on aligned CNT electrodes accepted by
Analytical Chemistry. Congratulations Ning!
successfully defends her master's thesis.
Venton and Chris Jacobs travel to Oak Ridge National Lab
Center for Nanophase Materials to grow CNTs on wires and
carbon fibers. This is our first trip off our funded user
Venton travels to Fukuoka, Japan to give a talk at the
Purines 2012 meeting.
Venton travels to Seattle to give a seminar at University of
Ross has her paper on Nafion-CNT electrodes for adenosine
detection accepted to the Analyst. Congratulations
members of the Venton lab travel to Orlando for Pittcon 2012
and give posters and presentations. Ning, Michael,
Trisha, Maddie, Chris and Alex are pictured below with the
Venton travels to Shippensburg University to give a
Vickrey is awarded a Christine
Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship to
intern in public policy at the National Academy of
Science. This is an extremely competitive national
fellowship. Congratulations, Trisha!
Prior, first year chemistry grad student, officially joins
the Venton lab.
Ross, Ning Xiao, and Dr. Venton venture to Washington DC to
present posters at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting.
Venton gives a seminar to the chemistry department at
Vickrey's D2 autoreceptor paper is accepted to ACS Chemical
member of the Venton lab head over to Richmond for the
regional ACS meeting, SERMACS, presenting both posters and
Venton attends the Potter's Lodge Electrochemistry Meeting.
Venton is seeking to hire a postdoc to work on CE-LIF
projects. A complete job announcement can be found by
Venton attends S4: the Symposium on Small Scale Separations
in Saratoga Springs, NY.
by Jennifer Peairs and Ashley Ross comparing Nafion and
overoxidized polypyrrole for depositing carbon nanotubes
onto electrodes is accepted to Analytical Methods.
Venton is featured in a Nature Careers profile
article. Read the article here.
Venton is officially approved for tenure and promotion to
the rank of Associate Professor (effective Aug. 2011)!
Pajski successfully defends her PhD thesis, becoming the 1st
chemistry PhD from the Venton lab and the 2nd PhD
overall. The lab celebrates with a party at Jill's
is working on a set of lessons for explaining the importance
of analytical chemistry to society. A link to that web
page can be found here.
Vickrey is awarded an ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry
summer fellowship. This prestigious national
fellowship, sponsored by Eastman Kodak, was awarded to only
7 students. Trisha also was also awarded a University
of Virginia GSAS (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
dissertation year fellowship. Congratulations on both
contigent of Venton lab folks traveled to Pittcon in
Atlanta. Megan, Chris J., Trisha, and Huaifang
presented talks and Ning and Ashley had posters. Jill
Venton received her 2011 SEAC Young Investigator
Jacob's paper on carbon nanotube modified electrodes is
accepted by the
Fang's paper on capillary electrophoresis with
electrochemical detection is accepted by Analytical
Vickrey is awarded a SEAC travel award to Pittcon.
students join the Venton lab: Madelaine Denno, Michael
Nguyen, and Phuong Vo. Welcome!
Curious visits the Venton lab. She's a bear designed
to teach fifth graders about science. Read about her
adventures with Trisha Vickrey at this blog.
Venton attends the FACSS meeting in Raleigh and the Dreyfus
Foundation meeting of Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars.
Pajski's paper on adenosine release in slices was accepted
to ACS Chemical Neuroscience.
Our paper on A1 receptor modulation of adenosine
releae was accepted to Neuroscience. This paper was
first authored by Sylvia Cechova. Congratulations!
Yida Xu's study on adenosine deaminase kinetics
using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry is accepted to the
Chemical Physics. Check out the cover photo,
drawn by Jenn:
The Venton lab holds a picnic to honor graduating
undergraduate researcher Asim Shabbir and celebrate the end
of the semester. A frinedly, but competitive game of
bocce ball was played.
Thitaphat "Non" Ngernsutivorakul wins Bass scholarship to do
undergraduate research this summer. Congratulations!
Dr. Venton is awarded the
for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) Young
Investigator Award. The award will be presented at
Pittcon in Atlanta in March, 2011.
Dr. Venton is named a 2010
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar by the Dreyfus
Several graduate students
excel at the Huskey Graduate Research symposium.
Jenn Peairs wins second place in the posters for Physical
Sciences while Trisha Vickrey wins third place in the oral
presentations for Physical Sciences. Collaborator
Kasia Glanowska win second place for a poster in
Biological Sciences and also later takes first prize at
the Graduate Biosciences Symposium poster session.
Trisha Vickrey, Chris Jacobs,
Jennifer Peairs and Jill Venton travel to Orlando for
Pittcon. Trisha, Chris, and Jill give talks while
Jenn gives a poster.
Trisha Vickrey is
selected by the university to present her research at the
Virginia Council of Graduate Schools Forum for the state legislature in
Dr. Venton presents an
invited talk at the Gordon Conference on Electrochemistry
in Ventura, CA.
The Venton group started the
new year with 3 papers accepted for publication: Xenia
Borue's study on mechanisms that control serotonin release
in Journal of Neurochemistry,
Yida Xu's study on the electrochemistry of adenosine and
ATP in Electroanalysis,
and Chris Jacobs and Jennifer Peairs' review on carbon
nanotube modified electrodes in Analytica Chimica Acta.
Four new graduate students
join the lab: Taylor Phelps, Ashley Ross, Kellie Silcio,
and Ning Wang. Welcome!
Megan Huffman travels to
Chicago to present a poster on her adenosine work at the
Society for Neuroscience meeting.
paper on measuring dopamine release in Drosophila is
accepted to Analytical Chemistry.
to New York to attend the Cold Spring Harbor Drosophila
Neurobiology conference. She presents a poster of dopamine
detection in Drosophila.
Venton group receives an NIH R01 grant from the National
Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
entitled "Rapid detection of neurotransmitter changes in Drosophila melanogaster."
Congratulations to Dr. Xenia
Borue on successfully defending her dissertation, becoming
the Venton lab's first doctoral graduate. She is now
headed back to medical school to finish her training in
the M.D./Ph.D. program.
Trisha Vickrey wins first
prize for physical sciences for her talk at the Huskey
Graduate Research Symposium. Congratulations!
Megan Huffman, Chris Jacobs
and Trisha Vickrey attend Pittcon in Chicago. Megan
and Chris have posters while Trisha presents a talk.
Borue's paper on detection of serotonin in Drosophila is
accepted to Journal of Neuroscience
An article on
octopamine/tyramine electrochemistry is accepted to the
journal Analytical and
Undergraduate researcher Stephanie Cooper and Dr. Venton
contributed to the article.
year grad student Jennifer Peairs joins the lab.
Venton, Xenia Borue, and Sylvia Cechova attend the Society
for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington D.C. Xenia
and Sylvia present posters on their research.
article by Megan Huffman on the properties of carbon-fiber
microelectrodes is published in Electroanalysis.
Jill Venton and Xenia Borue
attend the Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience Conference
in Vancouver, Canada. Congratulations to Xenia who
wins one of the best poster awards! Dr. Venton gives
an invited talk on our efforts to fabricate more sensitive
A review article written by
Megan Huffman on in
vivo applications of carbon-fiber microelectrodes
is accepted to the
review article on neurochemistry written by graduate
students Chris Jacobs and Trisha Vickrey is accepted for
publication in the Wiley "Encyclopedia of Chemical
Jill Venton and Sylvia
Cechova travel to Copenhagen Denmark to attend the Purines
2008 meeting. Dr. Venton gives an invited talk on
our electrochemical sensors for adenosine measurements and
Sylvia gives a poster on adenosine-dopamine
The Venton lab has an end of
the year picnic and bocce ball game to celebrate our
graduating members. Congratulations to Stephanie
Cooper, who will be attending University of Virginia
Medical School next year and Neil Hershey who is off to
chemistry graduate school at the University of
Jill Venton travels to
Indianapolis to visit Eli Lilly and accept the Eli Lilly
Young Analytical Investigator Award. Megan Huffman
goes along and tours Eli Lilly as well.
Our flame etched electrode
paper is accepted to Analytical
Chemistry. This paper was former undergraduate
research Andrew Strand's Distinguished Major Project last
Megan Huffman and Dr. Venton
attend Pittcon in New Orleans. Megan gives a
contributed talk and Dr. Venton gives an invited talk.
The Venton lab
publishes a paper on in
vivo dynamics of adenosine release in Journal
Neurochemistry. Sylvia Cechova is the first
Dr. Venton is named
an ACS PROGRESS/Dreyfus Foundation lecturer.
Dr. Venton, Sylvia
Cechova, and Stephanie Cooper attend the Society for
Neuroscience convention in San Diego, CA and present
posters on their work.
Dr. Venton gives
invited talks at FACSS in Memphis, TN and at SERMACS
in Greenville, SC.
Dr. Venton is
awarded the Eli Lilly Young Analytical Investigator
NIH grant is funded by NIBIB. This R21
award is to develop an electrochemical adenosine
Venton lab's second paper is published in the
Analyst. This paper is then featured in the
Venton lab is awarded a Beginning grant-in-aid from the
American Heart Association to study adenosine release during
Strand completes the Distinguished
Program in Chemistry and Vivek Ayer wins Best
Presentation at the AVS Mid-Atlantic
Chapter Poster Session.
Dr. Venton gives an
invited lecture in the Investigating
Chemistry Symposia at Pittcon.
The Venton lab's first
paper is published in the Jan. 15th edition of
Dr. Venton receives an NSF
CAREER award for young faculty. Read the abstract.
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