Research in our group is mainly conducted by talented research assistants and undergraduate students with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. These students challenge themselves intellectually and are interested in problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. They are passionate about research that has implications and applications in human health, energy and the environment.  

 

Grant W. Marquart

Bachelors of Science Portland State University with Honors

Research Assistant II

 

 

The overall goal to design and synthesize nanomaterials designed to label cells for optical imaging and therapy.  More specifically, I am tuning the surface architecture of hybrid lipid-coated gold nanorods to enhance their uptake in retinal pigment cells as a method to label cells for optical coherence tomography imaging.

 

Thomas Miesen

Bachelors in Science Mechanical Engineering

Research Assistant II

 

My research involves tuning the plasmonic properties of hybrid membrane-coated silver prismatic nanoparticles for near-infrared optical imaging.

Karen Kinnison

Major: Biochemistry

Research Assistant I

Ronald McNair Scholar

My project is centered on designing robust hybrid lipid-coated nanomaterials for drug delivery applications. I am currently tuning the optical and electronic structure of gold nanoparticles as well as the surface architecture for utilization as theranostic agents for cancer therapy.  In addition, I am also studying key nanoparticle-biological interactions to understand the role they play in endocytosis and exocytosis.

 

 

Eleanor Adams

Major: Biochemistry

Research Assistant I

NIH BUILD EXITO Scholar

 

My research involves understanding the role of metal ions on beta amyloid stability and activation of redox active stress.  I utilize fluorescence-based and atomic force microscopy methods to study complex interactions between molecules that have the ability to reverse the detrimental effects of metallated-beta amyloids species.  I am currently working on developing a high throughput assay for Alzheimer’s disease drug discovery

 

Julie Reed

Major: Chemistry

Research Assistant I

 

My project is centered around developing strategies for controlling silver ion release. The main objective behind this project is to: 1) control silver ion release for use as anti-microbial agents, and 2) study the nanotoxicological effects of AgNPs and their impacts on human health and the environment.