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B. Jill Venton
Dept. of Chemistry                                 phone: (434) 243-2132
P.O. Box 400319                                    fax: (434) 924-3710
Charlottesville, VA 22904                       email: bjv2n at virginia.edu
Office: Room 108 PLSB



Positions and Employment

Associate Professor (tenured), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA     Aug. 2011-present

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA                  July 2005-July 2011
Department of Chemistry and Neuroscience Graduate Program

            Research interests:
 ·         Detection of dopamine, adenosine, and serotonin using electrochemical sensors
 ·         Development of new carbon nanotube-based biosensors
 ·         Rapid-sampling microdialysis with capillary electrophoresis detection for monitoring                      neurotransmitter changes

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI                           2003-2005
           Advisors: Robert Kennedy (Chemistry) and Terry Robinson (Psychology)
           Research topic: Capillary electrophoresis analysis of microdialysis samples for                            the detection of rapid amino acid changes in the brain

Education

Ph.D., Chemistry (Analytical), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC                2003
            Advisor: Mark Wightman
            Dissertation: Electrochemical detection of chemical dynamics in the rat brain

B.S., Chemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, DE                                                     1998
            Honors degree, summa cum laude
            Research Advisor: Murray Johnston
            Undergraduate thesis: Secondary structure of oligonucleotides probed by MALDI
 
Current Grants
and Funding
National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 4/2014-4/2016, $416,167
1R21DA037584-01 “Carbon nanotube fiber and yarn microelectrodes for high temporal resolution measurements of dopamine”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, 5/2012- 4/2017, $1,675,000

1R01NS076875: “Mechanism and function of transient adenosine signaling in the brain” 

 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Naoscale Materials User Facility

“Carbon Nanomaterial Microelectrodes for Neurotransmitter Sensing”

While there is no money associated with this proposal, we receive 20 days of access to their nanoscale materials user facility and 5 days of access to their Shared Microscopy facilities. 


Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, Dreyfus Foundation, 5/2010-4/2015, $75,000
“Tiny sensors for tiny organisms: measuring neurotransmitter dynamics in the fruit fly brain”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 7/15/09-5/31/15, $1,818,346
1R01MH085159: “Real-time measurements of neurotransmission in Drosophila melanogaster


Completed Funding

National Science Foundation, Feb. 2007-Jan. 2012 (in no cost extension until 2013), $550,000
“CAREER: Carbon nanotube modified microelectrodes for insect neurotransmitter detection”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, Aug. 2007-July 2009, $275,000
R21: “An electrochemical adenosine sensor for in vivo applications”

Eli Lilly Young Investigator Award, Sept. 2007-Sept. 2009, $100,000

American Heart Association
, July 2007- June 2009, $132,000
“Mechanisms of adenosine formation during ischemia”
 
Distinguished Young Investigator Award, Fund for Excellence in Science and Technology, University of Virginia, July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007, $50,000
“Monitoring fast neurochemical changes using capillary electrophoresis with electrochemical detection”

Jeffress Memorial Trust,  Jan. 1-Dec.31, 2006, $25,000
“Development of an electrochemical adenosine sensor”.

Awards and Fellowships
Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC) Young Investigator Award                2011
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar                                                                                2010
American Chemical Society PROGRESS/Dreyfus Foundation Lectureship              2008
Eli Lilly Young Analytical Investigator Award                                                                 2007
Meade Endowment Honored Faculty                                                                   2007-2008
National Science Foundation CAREER award                                                    2007-2012
NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship                                                                                2003-2005
•    NIDA Institutional Training Grant   
Charles N. Reilley Award                                                                                                2002
•    Presented by Pharmacia to the most outstanding analytical graduate student   
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship                              1998-2001

Professional Service

Journal Advisory Board, The Analyst                                                                     2008-2013
NSF Review Panel                                                                                                    2008
NIH Chartered Member, EBIT Study Section                                                         2011-2017

Refereed Publications
 
From work done at Virginia: 

30.) A.E. Ross, M.D. Nguyen, E. Privman,  B.J. Venton. Mechanical stimulation evokes rapid increases in adenosine concentration in the prefrontal cortex, Journal of Neurochemistry. in press. 
 
29.) M. Ngyuen, S.L. Lee, A.E. Ross, M. Ryals, V.I. Choudhry, B.J. Venton.  Characterization of spontaneous, transient adenosine release in the caudate-putamen and prefrontal cortex. PLOS One. 2014. 9(1): e87165.
 
28.) T.L. Vickrey, N. Xiao, B.J. Venton.  Kinetics of the dopamine transporter in Drosophila larva.  ACS Chemical Neuroscience. 2013, 4, 832-837.  PMC3656763
 
27.) H. Fang, M.L. Pajski, A.E. Ross, B.J. Venton.  Quantitation of dopamine, serotonin and adenosine content in a tissue punch from a brain slice using capillary electrophoresis with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry detection.  Analytical Methods, 2013, 5, 2704-2711. PMC3686531. 

26.) A.G. Zestos, M.D. Nguyen, B.L. Poe, C.B. Jacobs, and B.J. Venton.  Epoxy insulated carbon fiber and carbon nanotube fiber microelectrodes.  Sensors and Actuators B, 2013, 182, 652–658.
 
25.) M.L. Pajski and B.J. Venton.  The Mechanism of Electrically Stimulated Adenosine Release Varies by Brain Region. Purinergic Signaling, 2013 9(2), 167-174. PMC3646118.
 
24.) K.M. Glanowska, B.J. Venton, S.M. Moenter.  Fast scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) as a novel method for detection of real time gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) release in mouse brain slices. Journal of Neuroscience, 2012. 32 (42), 14664-14669.  PMC3492948
 
23.) N. Xiao and B.J. Venton.  Rapid, sensitive detection of neurotransmitters at microelectrodes modified with self-assembled SWCNT forests.  Analytical Chemistry, 2012, 84, 7816-7822 . PMC: 22823497.
  

22.) A.E. Ross and B.J. Venton.  Nafion-CNT coated carbon-fiber microelectrodes for enhanced detection of adenosine.  Analyst, 2012, 137 (13), 3045 – 3051.  PMC:PMC3392196.

 

21.) T.L. Vickrey and B.J. Venton.  Drosophila have functioning D2 autoreceptors.  ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 2011, 2, 723-729.  PMC: 330532.

 

20.) M.J. Peairs, A.E. Ross, and B.J. Venton.  Comparison of Nafion- and overoxidizedpolypyrrole-carbon nanotube electrodes for neurotransmitter detection.  Analytical Methods, 2011, 3, 2379 - 2386.

19.) C.B. Jacobs, T.L. Vickrey, B.J. Venton. Functional groups modulate the sensitivity and electron transfer kinetics of neurochemicals at carbon nanotube modified microelectrodes. Analyst. 2011, 136, 3557 - 3565. 

18.) H. Fang, T.L. Vickrey, and B.J. Venton.  Analysis of biogenic amines in a single Drosophila larva brain by capillary electrophoresis with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry detection.  Analytical Chemistry. 2011, 83, 2258–2264. PMC3058613.

17.) M.L. Pajski, B.J. Venton. Adenosine release evoked by short electrical stimulations in striatal brain slices is primarily activity dependent.  ACS Chemical Neuroscience. 2010, 1, 775-787. PMC3016054

16.) S. Cechova, A.M. Elsobky, B.J. Venton.  Adenosine A1 receptors self-regulate adenosine release in the striatum: evidence of autoreceptor characteristics.  Neuroscience.  2010, 171, 1006-1015. PMC2991493

15.) Y. Xu and B.J. Venton.  Rapid determination of adenosine deaminase kinetics using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry.  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2010, 12, 10027-10032.

14.) C.B. Jacobs, M.J. Peairs, and B.J. Venton.  Carbon nanotube based electrochemical sensors for biomolecules.  Analytica Chimica Acta. 2010, 662, 105-127.
 
13.) X. Borue, B. Condron, B.J. Venton.  Both synthesis and reuptake are critical for replenishing the releasable serotonin pool in Drosophila.  Journal of Neurochemistry.  2010, 113, 188-199.  
 
12.) Y. Xu and B.J. Venton.  Microelectrode Sensing of Adenosine/Adenosine-5’-triphosphate with Fast-Scan Cyclic Voltammetry.  Electroanalysis. in press.   

11.) T. L. Vickrey, B. Condron, B.J. Venton.  Detection of endogenous dopamine changes in Drosophila using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry.  Analytical Chemistry.  2009, 81, 9306–9313.

10.) G. Shambat, A. Deberardinis, P. Reinke, B.J. Venton, L. Pu, J. Bean, B. Chen, J. Tour.  Addition Reaction and Characterization of Chlorotris(triphenylphosphine)iridium(I) on Silicon(111) Surfaces.  Applied Surface Science.  2009,
255, 8533-8538.
 
9.) S.E. Cooper and B.J. Venton. Fast-scan cyclic voltammetry for the detection of tyramine and octopamine.  Analytical Bioanalytical Chemistry 2009, 394, 329-336. 
 
8.)X. Borue, S.E. Cooper, J. Hirsh, B. Condron, B.J. Venton.  Quantitative evaluation of serotonin release and reuptake in Drosophila.  Journal Neuroscience Methods. 2009, 179, 300-308.  NIHMSID # 112632
 
7.) M.L. Huffman and B.J. Venton.  Carbon fiber microelectrodes for in vivo applications.  Analyst, 2009, 134, 18-24. NIHMS#110526    Pubmed i.d.# 19082168
 
6.) M.L. Huffman and B.J. Venton.  Electrochemical properties of different carbon-fiber microelectrodes using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry.  Electroanalysis. 2008, 20, 2422-2428.
 
5.) C. B. Jacobs, T.L. Vickrey, and B.J. Venton.  Measuring chemical events in neurotransmission.  Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology, 2009, 3, 319-330. 
 
4.) A.M. Strand and B.J. Venton.  Flame etching enhances the sensitivity of carbon-fiber microelectrodes.  Analytical Chemistry, 2008, 80, 3708–3715.
 
3.) S. Cechova and B.J. Venton. Transient adenosine efflux in the rat caudate-putamen.  Journal of Neurochemistry, 2008, 105, 1253-1263.
 
2.) B.E. Kumara Swamy and B.J. Venton.  Carbon nanotube-modified microelectrodes for simultaneous detection of dopamine and serotonin in vivo.  Analyst, 2007, 132, 876-894.
* This article was highlighted in Chemical Technology, 2007, 4, T66. 
 
1.) B.E. Kumara Swamy and B.J. Venton.  Subsecond detection of physiological adenosine concentrations using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry.  Analytical Chemistry, 2007, 79, 744-750.

 
Work Previous to Virginia: (Note: published under both Venton and Trafton.)
16.) B.M. Kile, T.S. Guillot, B.J. Venton, W.C. Wetsel, G.J. Augustine, R.M. Wightman.  Synapsins Differentially Control Dopamine and Serotonin Release. Journal of Neuroscience, 2010, 30, 9762-9770. PMCID: PMC2923550

15.) B.J. Venton and R.M. Wightman. 
Pharmacologically induced, subsecond dopamine transients in the caudate-putamen of the anesthetized rat.  Synapse, 2007, 61, 37-39.
 
14.) B.J. Venton, R.T. Kennedy, T.E. Robinson, S. Maren.  Dynamic increases in glutamate and GABA in the basolateral amygdala during acquisition and expression of conditioned fear.  European Journal of Neuroscience, 2006, 12, 3391-3398.
 
13.) B.J. Venton, P.E.M. Phillips, W.C. Wetsel, D. Gitler, G. Augustine, P. Greengard, R.M. Wightman.  Cocaine increases dopamine release by mobilization of a synapsin-dependent reserve pool.  Journal of Neuroscience, 2006, 26, 3206-3209. 
 
12.) D. Gitler, J. Feng, Y. Takagishi, V.M. Pogorelov, R.M. Rodriguiz; B.J. Venton, P.E.M. Phillips, Y. Ren, H.-T. Kao, R.M. Wightman, P. Greengard, P, W.C. Wetsel, G.J. Augustine.   Synaptic vesicle trafficking and drug addiction in synapsin triple knockout mice.  Cell Biology of Addiction, 2006, 341-359.
 
11.) C.J. Watson, B.J. Venton, R.T. Kennedy.  In vivo measurements of neurotransmitters by microdialysis sampling.  Analytical Chemistry, 2006, 78, 1391-1399.
 
10.) B.J. Venton, T.E. Robinson, R.T. Kennedy.  Transient changes in nucleus accumbens amino acid concentrations correlate with individual responsivity to the predator fox odor 2,5-dihydro-2,4,5-trimethylthiazoline.  Journal of Neurochemistry  2006, 96, 236-246.
 
9.) B.J. Venton, H. Zhang, P.A. Garris, D. Sulzer, P.E.M. Phillips, R.M. Wightman.  Real-time decoding of dopamine neurotransmission in the caudate-putamen during tonic and phasic firing.  Journal of Neurochemistry, 2003, 87, 1284-1295. 
 
8.) B.J. Venton and R.M. Wightman.  Psychoanalytical electrochemistry: dopamine and behavior.  Analytical Chemistry, 2003, 75, 414A-421A.
 
7.) D.L. Robinson, B.J. Venton, M.L. Heien, R.M. Wightman.  Detecting subsecond dopamine release with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry in vivo.  Clinical Chemistry, 2003, 49, 1763-1773.
 
6.) P.A. Garris, E.A. Budygin, P.E.M. Phillips, B.J. Venton, D.L. Robinson, B.P. Bergstrom, G.V. Rebec, R.M. Wightman.  A role for presynaptic mechanisms in the actions of nomifensine and haloperidol.  Neuroscience, 2003, 118, 819-829.
 
5.) B.J. Venton, D.J. Michael, R.M. Wightman.  Correlation of local changes in extracellular oxygen and pH that accompany dopaminergic terminal activity in the rat caudate-putamen.  Journal of Neurochemistry, 2003, 84, 373-381.
 
4.) K.P. Troyer, M.L. Heien, B.J. Venton, R.M. Wightman.  Neurochemistry and electroanalytical probes.  Current Opinion in Chemical Biology, 2002, 6, 696-703.
 
3.) B.J. Venton, K.P. Troyer, R.M. Wightman.  Response times of carbon fiber microelectrodes to dynamic changes in catecholamine concentration.  Analytical Chemistry, 2002, 74, 539-546.
 
2.) D.L. Robinson, P.E.M. Phillips, E.A. Boudygin, B.J. Trafton, P.A. Garris, R.M. Wightman.  Sub-second changes in accumbal dopamine during sexual behavior in male rats.  NeuroReport, 2001, 12, 2549-2552.
 
1.) B.D. Bath, D.J. Michael, B.J. Trafton, J.D. Joseph, P.L. Runnels, R.M. Wightman.  Subsecond adsorption of dopamine at carbon-fiber microelectrodes.  Analytical Chemistry, 2000, 72, 5994-6002.
 
  

Book Chapters
 
M.G. Roper, C. Guillo, and B.J. Venton.  High speed electrophoretic separations.  In “Handbook of Capillary and Microchip Electrophoresis and Associated Microtechniques” CRC Press: New York. J.P. Landers, editor, 2008. 
 
  See full pdf version for a list of all invited seminars and student theses.  

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