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.  

 

Megan Feely

Major: Biochemistry with honors

Biochemistry major, pre-medical

NIH Build Exito Scholar

Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity (Financial committee co-chair)

 

 

The overall goal to study the kinetics of beta amyloid aggregation to isolate a kinetically stable species to evaluate its role in neurotoxicity. I use fluorescence spectroscopy to evaluate the kinetics of aggregation over time and under a variety of conditions, while atomic force microscopy is used to characterize the structures isolated.

 

Hamzah Sawab

Bachelors in Science in Biochemistry

Research Assistant

 

My research involves tuning the plasmonic properties of hybrid membrane-coated nanorods for cellular labeling and enhancing the optical resolution of optical coherence tomography (OCT). These optical agents will allow us to label regenerative stem cells so we can track their migration and survival in the eye using OCT for future stem cell-based therapies for macular degeneration.

Javier Mendoza

Major: Mechanical Engineering

NIH BUILD EXITO Scholar

My project is centered on designing robust hybrid lipid-coated nickel nanomaterials as nanoprobes for X-ray fluorescence imaging.  These nanoprobes will be used to image where subcellular organelles are and will be used to correlate subcellular localization of metal ion pools in a biological environment. One of my primary goals is to design the surface architecture of the nanoprobes so that they are targeted to specific organelles such as the Golgi, endoplasmic reticulum, and mitochondria.

 

 

Eleanor Adams

Major: Biochemistry

Research Assistant

Honors College 

Build Exito Scholar

OHSU/PSU School of Public Health

Phi Delta Epsilon (International Medical Organization)

Phi Sigma Iota (International Foreign Language Honors Society)

President of Spanish Club

United Indigenous Students in Higher Education member (UISH)

Member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

 

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

 

Henry Wu

Major: Chemistry

NIH BUILD EXITO Scholar

Research Assistant

 

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. IN addition to this work, I am also collaborating with Ken Stedman (Virologist, Biology department) and his student Diana Demchenko to evaluate the silver nanoparticles as anti-viral agents.