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Victoria Morgan

PhD student, ABE Graduate Fellow, ABEGSO acting President
Victoria's interests are in creating a safer and more sustainable environment for people and the planet through development of nanosensors coupled with risk models. Her primary focus is on sensing and modeling of mercury (Hg) from to Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) for vulnerable communities in Colombia. By combining data from her sensors to create heat maps with socio-economic factors, she wants to create a risk assessment model determining how knowledge on the issue can affect human behavior and the best remediation steps to mitigate the problem for the communities and government.
Education and Training

BS Millsaps College

Biology Department

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Nicholas Cavallaro
PhD student, ABEGSO Past President
Nicholas’s interests lie in creating devices to benefit human health through improving food safety.  His primary focus is on creating impedemetric biosensors for the detection of the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.  He is working on engineering disposable pathogen detection test strips using laser scribed graphene (LSG).  His work also includes characterization of flexible LSG circuits to determine ideal conditions for biosensing purposes.  Conventional methods of bacterial detection, such as polymerase chain reaction, colony counting, and immunological methods take hours to days to complete. He is working to develop a sensor that is comparable to the current performance of conventional methods with the aim of improving rapid pathogen detection by reducing the time for detection from hours to minutes.

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Education and Training

BS University of Florida

Department of Chemical Engineering

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Dong Xiang 
MS student
Dong is working on wireless electrodes for monitoring soil chemistry. 
Education and Training

Google scholar

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BS Lanzhou University (China)

Biotechnology

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Yifan Tang 
MS student
Yifan is working on entropic patterning of electrodes and application for measuring neonicitinoids in water, honey, and wax samples. 
Education and Training

Google scholar

Research gate

BS Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (China)

Agriculture

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Research assistants

Visiting scientists

Rebecca J Austin-Datta

Rebecca is a MPH student and is interested in low cost devices for environmental and public health. 

Undergraduate researchers

Zoe Wexelman

Zoe is a junior in chemical engineering and is working on analysis of laser scribed graphene electrodes for food safety biosensors. Zoe is also co-developing a vacuum system with integrated sensors.

Zoe's CV

Ayla Sage

Ayla is a sophomore in biological engineering and is working on low cost sensors for analysis of metals and bacteria in water. Ayla is also interested in digital twins and 3d printing.

Julianna Crews

Julianna  is a sophomore in biological engineering and is working on electrochemical sensors based on flexible carbon circuits.

Jordan Milano

Jordan is a freshman in biology and is working on analysis of bacteria detection using portable carbon circuits functionalized with aptamers.

Enoch Kuo

Enoch is a junior in biological engineering and is working on analysis of an origami multiplexing electrode system for rapid analysis of water quality. Enoch is interested in point of care medicine and vulnerable communities.

Kristin Thorne

Kristin is a freshman in biomedical engineering and is interested in sensors for analysis of heavy metals in drinking water. 

Kristin's CV

Kelli McCourt

Kelli is a senior in biological engineering and is working on analysis of laser scribed graphene electrodes, and smart systems for plant growth in challenging environments.

Zöe Davis

Zoe is a McNair scholar working on pathogen biosensors for water quality.

Previous members

Visiting scientists

Lynda Harris

Lynda is a 3rd grade teacher at JJ Finley Elementary School (Gainesville, FL). Lynda is interested in the STEM process and how to create STEM activities for K-6 students. Lynda was a NSF MRET scholar in summer 2018

Yuehong Pang

Yuehong is an Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology at Jiangnan University (China). Yuehong worked with us in 2014 to study biosensors for biogenic amines.

Meagan Vaughn

Meagan is a 2nd grade teacher at JJ Finley Elementary School (Gainesville, FL) interested in the process of instilling a spirit of engineering in the students and ultimately inspire them to make the world a better place. Meagan was a NSF MRET scholar in summer 2018

Graduate students

Undergraduate students

Yue Rong 

Yue graduated with a PhD in 2017 and is now a Post Doc at UCF (Orlando, FL)

email: yuerong@ufl.edu

Stephanie L. Burrs

Stephanie graduated with a PhD in 2015 and is now an assistant professor at Texas A&M Prairie View University

(Prairie View, Texas)

email: slburrs@pvamu.edu

Masashige Taguchi

Masashige graduated in 2015 with a PhD and is now a reserach scientist at Clara-Schumann Strasse 
(Berlin, Germany)
email: mtaguchi@whitney.ufl.edu

Diana Vanegas 

Diana graduated with a MS in 2012, and a PhD in 2014. Diana is now an assistant professor at Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia) ​

email: vanegas.d.c@gmail.com

Jeff Suen 

Jeff graduated in 2014 with an MS and is now a PhD student at Cornell University​ (Ithaca, NY)

email: jeffsuen@ufl.edu

 

Hetal Maharaja

Hetal graduated with an MS in 2014 and is now a PhD student at Clemson University (Clemson, SC)

email: maharajahu@gmail.com

 

Prachee Chaturvedi

Prachee graduated with a PhD in 2014 and is now lead a project leader at Monsanto Co. (St. Louis, MO)

email: prachee.chaturvedi@monsanto.com

Abhishek Deshkmuth

Abhishek was a Khorana scholar for Fall 2018 and worked on surface plasmon resonance sensors for metal detection. He is now working on a BS at University of Pune, India.

Yang (Alessia) Shen

Yang was an SSTP student in 2018 and is now in her senior year of high school in NY. 

Kyle Hagerty

Kyle graduated in biochemistry (2018) and is now in medical school at UF. 

Hannah Schmidt  

Hannah graduated in biological engineering (2018) and is now a research fellow at NIH.

Robert Hjort 

Robert graduated in biological engineering (2018) and is now a PhD student at Iowa State (Gomes lab).

Ishika Khondaker

Ishika graduated in chemical engineering (2018) and is now a research fellow at NIH.

John Hursh

John graduated in chemical engineering (2018) and is now a research scientist at NRL.

Samantha Winter 

Sam was a SURF student in 2017 and is currently a senior at Marquette.

Andrea Padron

Andrea graduated in biological engineering in 2017 and is now a PhD student at Rice University 

Brandon Meyer

Brandon graduated from chemical engineering in 2017 and is now an engineer at Packaging Corp. of America

Carlos Ramirez

Carlos graduated from chemical engineering in 2017 and is now a research scientist at the University of Miami.

John Kiernan Lewis

John graduated in 2016 and is now a research scientist at Design Thinking.

Neil Schwalb

Neil graduated in 2014 and works at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on research related to Planetary Protection. 

Katelyn Ward  

Katelyn graduated in 2014 and is a medical school student at Northwestern University.

Grace Justinvil 

Grace graduated in 2014 and is a PhD student at the University of Michigan. Google Scholar P

Mathew Shupler

Matt graduated in 2014 and is now a PhD student at George Washington University.

Samuel Frey

Sam was an NSF REU student in 2012 and is now an engineer for Water ReSource.

Andrew Neal

Andrew was an NSF REU student in 2012 and is now a graduate student at Penn State.

Madeline Porterfield

Madeline was an NSF REU student in 2011 and is now a student at Parson's School of Design.

Nanobiosensors for Planetary Health

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