Haynes Lab Group Members

Group photo, July 2014

Haynes Group in July 2014

Principal Investigator: Dr. Christy L. Haynes

Dr. Christy L. Haynes

Christy completed her undergraduate work at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN (1998) with a major in Chemistry and minors in Mathematics and Spanish. Christy's doctoral work was done at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (2003) under the direction of Richard P. Van Duyne. Her doctoral thesis title is "Fundamentals and Applications of Nanoparticle Optics and Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering." Before arriving at the University of Minnesota, Christy performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of R. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2005). Her efforts in the Wightman lab focused on applying microelectrode amperometry to probe single cell exocytosis.

Dr. Haynes' curriculum vitae is available.

Graduate Student: Solaire Finkenstaedt-Quinn, Joined in Fall '10

Solaire Finkenstaedt-Quinn

Solaire is a fifth year graduate student. While in the Haynes lab, she is working to explore fundamentals of human platelet chemical messenger storage and secretion, with a focus on imaging techniques.

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Graduate Student: Katie Hurley (née Stevens), Joined in Fall '10

Katherine Stevens

Katie is a fifth year graduate student. While in the Haynes lab, she is working to build multifunctional drug delivery nanoparticles. Katie was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and is now supported by a UMN Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

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Katie's curriculum vitae is available.

Graduate Student: Antonio Campos, Joined in Fall '11

Antonia Campos

Tony is a sixth year graduate student. While in the Haynes lab, he is working to develop SERS sensors for detection of bloodborne protein species.

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Graduate Student: Ian Gunsolus, Joined in Fall '11

Ian Gunsolus

Ian is a fourth year graduate student; he was a trainee on the Biotechnology Training Grant and is also a recipient of the Torske Klubben Fellowship. While in the Haynes lab, he is exploring environmental nanotoxicity in a bacteria model.

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Graduate Student: Xiaojie Wu, Joined in Fall '11

Xiaojie Wu

Xiaojie is a fourth year graduate student. While in the Haynes lab, he is developing microfluidic platforms to study immune cell interactions in complex, dynamic environments.

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Graduate Student: Sarah Gruba, Joined in Fall '12

Sarah Gruba

Sarah is a third year graduate student currently supported as a trainee on the Biotechnology Training Grant. While in the Haynes lab, she is focussing on both single cell and mass spectrometric analysis of platelet secretion.

Graduate Student: Tian (Autumn) Qiu, Joined in Fall '12

Tian Qiu

Tian (Autumn) is a third year graduate student. While in the Haynes lab, she will be studying environmental nanotoxicity.

Graduate Student: Victoria Szlag, Joined in Fall '12

Victoria Szlag

Victoria is a third year student who is co-advised by Professor Theresa Reineke. While in the Haynes lab, she is studying the use of glycopolymers to stabilized mesoporous silica nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

Graduate Student: Joe Buchman, Joined in Fall '13

Joe Buchman

Joe is a second year student who first worked in the Haynes lab during summer 2013. Joe holds a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship and is also a trainee on the Biotechnology Training Grant. While in the Haynes lab, he will be studying environmental nanotoxicity as part of the "Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology".

Graduate Student: Sunipa Pramanik, Joined in Fall '13

Sunipa Pramanik

Sunipa is a second year student who completed her M.S. from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) before coming to UMN. While in the Haynes lab, she will be studying environmental nanotoxicity as part of the "Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology".

Graduate Student: Hyunho Kang, Joined in Fall '14

Hyunho Kang

Hyunho s a first year graduate student who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois (2014) with major in Chemistry. While in the Haynes lab, he will work on multifunctional mesoporous silica nanoparticle synthesis.

Graduate Student: Bo Zhi, Joined in Fall '14

Bo Zhi

Bo is a first year student who earned his M.S. from Jilin University before coming to UMN. While in the Haynes Group, he will study nanoparticle toxicity as part of both the MRSEC and the "Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology".

Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr. Hattie Ring

Hattie Ring

Hattie earned her undergraduate degrees at the Iowa State University (2007) with majors in Physics and Chemistry. She then completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley (2012), where she worked on NMR and MRI applications of xenon hyperpolarization and atomic magnetometry in Alex Pines' group. While in the Haynes lab, she is working on multifunctional drug delivery nanoparticles and the development of SERS sensors for the detection of analytes in the bloodstream. (photo credit: David Trease)

Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr. Zhe Gao

Zhe Gao

Zhe earned her PhD in Chemistry with Dr. Ilya Zharov at the University of Utah, where she worked on synthesis and characterization of novel boron and silica nanoparticles. While in the Haynes group, she will be working on SERS analysis of protein analytes in blood.

Zhe's curriculum vitae is available.

Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr. Kayeong Shin

Kayeong Shin

Kayeong earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry with Dr. Hoeil Chung at Hanyang University (2014), Korea, where she worked on detection of disease biomarkers based on SERS combined with FFF system. While in the Haynes group, her research interest is focused on live cell imaging using TIRF microscopy.

Visiting Faculty: Prof. Vivian Feng

Vivian Feng

Vivian is an Associate Professor at Augsburg College, who is spending her 2014-2015 academic year on sabbatical in the Haynes lab. She is working as part of the "Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology" on environmental nanotoxicity using a bacterial model.

Undergraduate Researcher: Kadir Hussein

Kadir Hussein

Kadir is a senior Chemistry major at the University of Minnesota who joined the Haynes lab in April 2013. While in the Haynes lab, he will work with mentors Ian Gunsolus and Ben Meyer to monitor bacteria respiration during nanoparticle exposure. Kadir's work is supported in part by the McNair Scholars Program.

Undergraduate Researcher: Matt Styles

Matt Styles

Matt is a senior Chemistry major at the University of Minnesota who joined the Haynes lab in May 2013. While in the Haynes lab, he will work with mentor Antonio Campos to fabricate substrates for surface-enhance Raman scattering and use them for protein sensing applications.

Undergraduate Researcher: Nathan Klein

Nathan Klein

Nathan is a junior Chemistry major at the University of Minnesota who joined the Haynes lab in May 2013. While in the Haynes lab, he will work with mentors Ashish Datt and Katie Hurley to fabricate mesoporous silica-based sensors.

Undergraduate Researcher: Molly Newbold

Molly Newbold

Molly is a senior majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Biology who joined the Haynes lab in September 2013. She is hoping to attend dental school after the completion of her undergraduate degree. Molly is working with Xiaojie to study the interaction in neutrophils and chemokines in microfluidic devices.

Undergraduate Researcher: Adam Juelfs

Adam Juelfs

Adam is a junior Chemical Engineering major who joined the Haynes lab in January 2014. While in the Haynes lab, he will work with mentor Sam Egger and Dr. Hattie Ring to synthesize mesoporous silica nanoparticles for drug delivery.

Undergraduate Researcher: Bruno Bohn

Bruno Bohn

Bruno is a sophomore majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Biochemistry who joined the Haynes lab in January 2014. He plans to attend medical school after the completion of his undergraduate research. Bruno is working with Sarah and Solaire.

Archive of Group Photos

Group photo, February 2014

Haynes Group in February 2014

Group photo, January 2013

Haynes Group in January 2013

Group photo, February 2012

Haynes Group in February 2012

Group photo, June 2011

Haynes Group in June 2011

Group photo, June 2010

Haynes Group in June 2010

Group photo, July 2009

Haynes Group in July 2009

Group photo, Oct 2008

Haynes Group in October 2008

Group photo, Oct 2007

October 2007

Group photo, Apr 2007

April 2007

Group photo, Aug 2006

August 2006

Group Alumni

Graduate Student: Dr. Bryce Marquis, Joined in Fall '05

Bryce Marquis

Bryce successfully defended his Ph.D thesis on August 6, 2010. Bryce was the first student to work on the Haynes group's nanotoxicity project. In addition, he mentored many undergraduate and junior graduate student researchers and performed significant department and community service. After defending his thesis, Bryce did postdoctoral reearch at NIST working on in vivo nanotoxicity studies with Bryant Nelson. Bryce began a tenure track faculty position at the University of Central Arkansas in Fall 2012.

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Graduate Student: Dr. Shencheng Ge, Joined in Fall '05

Shencheng Ge

Shencheng successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on April 26, 2011. Shencheng was the first student to exploit electrochemical techniques to study chemical messenger storage in and secretion from individual blood platelets. Shencheng was a recipient of the University of Minnesota's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and is currently performing postdoctoral research with Rustem Ismagilov at CalTech.

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Graduate Student: Dr. Kyle Bantz, Joined in Fall '06

Kyle Bantz

Kyle successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on November 4, 2011. While in the Haynes lab, she used surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to characterize complex mixtures of pollutant and lipid systems. After defending her thesis, Kyle performed postdoctoral research with Milan Mrksich at Northwestern University. In Fall 2014, Kyle began a tenure-track faculty position at the Virginia Military Institute.

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Graduate Student: Dr. Sara Love, Joined in Fall '06

Sara Love

Sara successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on November 1, 2011. While in the Haynes lab, she explored bioanaytical aspects of nanoparticle cytotoxicity in chromaffin cells and blood. Sara is currently a clinical chemistry fellow at Hennepin County Medical Center in the laboratory medicine & pathology department, working with Dr. Fred Apple.

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Graduate Student: Dr. Yu-Shen Lin, Joined in Fall '07

Yu-Shen Lin

Yu-Shen successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on April 12, 2012. While in the Haynes lab, he was a recipient of the Taiwan Merit Scholarship and a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. His research focused on synthesizing novel chemotherapeutic nanoparticles and assessing their cytotoxicity. Yu-Shen is currently doing postdoctoral research with Prof. Jeffrey Brinker at the University of New Mexico.

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Graduate Student: Dr. Melissa Maurer-Jones, Joined in Fall '07

Melissa Jones

Melissa successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on November 27, 2012. While in the Haynes lab, she was a recipient of the NSF Graduate Fellowship, an ACS DAC Fellowship, and a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Her research focused on the correlation between reactive oxygen species and chemical messenger secretion after cell exposure to nanoscale materials. Melissa also initiated the Haynes group's work considering bacterial nanoparticle toxicity. Melissa is currently doing postdoctoral research with Prof. Kris McNeill at the ETH in Zurich.

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Melissa Maurer-Jones' curriculum vitae is available.

Graduate Student: Dr. Secil Koseoglu, Joined in Summer '09

Secil Koseoglu

Secil successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on December 14, 2012. While in the Haynes lab, co-advised by Phil Buhlmann, Secil's work focused on characterizing the fundamental behavior of individual human platelets, with specific interest on membrane phenomena. Secil is currently doing postdoctoral research with Dr. Robert Flaumenhaft at Harvard Medical School.

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Graduate Student: Dr. Benjamin Manning, Joined in Fall '08

Benjamin Manning

Ben successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on July 16, 2013. While in the Haynes lab, Ben was a Chemical Biology Trainee (2010-2012) and a recipient of a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. His work focused on study of chemical messenger delivery in mast cells in various inflammatory states. Dr. Manning is currently attending medical school at the University of Minnesota.

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Graduate Student: Dr. Audrey Meyer, Joined in Fall '08

Audrey Guerard

Audrey successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on October 22, 2013. While in the Haynes lab, Audrey was a recipient of the NSF Graduate Fellowship and a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Her work focused on developing MS analysis methods for the mast cell and platlet secreteome/lipidome. In November 2013, Audrey began work as a senior scientist at Intel.

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Graduate Student: Dr. Donghyuk Kim, Joined in Fall '08

Donghyuk Kim

Donghyuk successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on October 23, 2013. His work focused on building a microfluidic model of the immune system and exploring how immune cells communicate with one another. Following his thesis defense, Donghyuk began postdoctoral research with Dino DiCarlo at UCLA.

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Graduate Student: Sam Egger, Group member from Fall '12 to Fall '14

Samuel Egger

While in the Haynes lab, Sam worked to synthesize mesoporous silica nanoparticles for both biomedical and sensing purposes.

Postdoc: Dr. Adam D. McFarland

Dr. Adam D. McFarland

Adam is now a research scientist at Eli Lilly. He joined the Haynes research group as an expert in Raman spectroscopy ready to explore the synthesis and transport of neurotransmitters inside cultured neuronal cells.

Adam earned his B.S. at the University of Dayton (1999) and his Ph.D. in the Van Duyne group at Northwestern University (2004). He performed one year of postdoctoral research in the Hersam group at Northwestern University (2005) before joining the Haynes lab.

Dr. McFarland's curriculum vitae is available.

Postdoc: Dr. Nathan Wittenberg

Dr. Nathan Wittenberg

Nate joined the Haynes Lab after a postdoctoral stint at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Nate did his undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota and completed his Ph.D. at Penn State University (2006) under the guidance of Prof. Andrew Ewing, where he used giant liposomes to mimic cellular processes.

While in the Haynes lab, Nate worked to perform spectroscopic and electrochemical identification of neurotransmitters in invertebrae and single blood platelets. Nate is currently performing postdoctoral work with Prof. Sang-Hyun Oh at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Wittenberg's curriculum vitae is available.

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Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr. Ashish Datt

Ashish Datt

Ashish earned his PhD with Dr. Sarah Larsen at the University of Iowa, where he studied adsorption properties of silica and zeolite particles. As a postdoctoral researcher in the Haynes lab, he synthesized novel multifunctional core-shell mesoporous nanomaterials for biomedical and sensing applications.

Research Fellow: Ozlem Ersin

Ozlem Ersin

Ozlem worked in the Haynes lab to add her expertise in immunology. She collaborated with Shencheng, Audrey, Donghyuk, and Ben to advance our immune system-on-a-chip work. Ozlem is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Manchester College.

Summer 2013 NNIN RET Researcher: Cassandra Knutson

Cassandra Knutson

Cassie is a chemistry teacher and technology integration specialist in White Bear Lake Area Schools. Cassie earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of North Dakota and obtained her Masters degree in science education from the University of Minnesota. During summer 2013, Cassie worked with Audrey Meyer to optimize the pedagogical focus of the Haynes group's outreach activities.

Summer 2013 LEF Researcher: Jolene Johnson Armstrong

Jolene Johnson Armstrong

Jolene is an assistant professor at St. Catherine University who joined the Haynes lab in June 2013 with two of her undergraduate researchers, Sara and Rachel. Jolene got her doctorate in the Mueller lab in the Physics department at the University of Minnesota before taking a position at St. Kate's in Fall 2012. Sara is a senior and Rachel a junior at St. Kate's, both are Chemistry majors. They worked with mentor Solaire Finkenstaedt-Quinn to perform TIRF imaging on platelets in a microfluidic device.

Summer 2012 RET Researcher: Sharon Haldeman

Sharon Haldeman

Sharon is a high school teacher at Southwest High School, teaching Chemistry, Biology, and Physical Science. She worked, during summer 2012, on outreach activities (with mentors Melissa Maurer-Jones and Audrey Meyer) as a participant of the NNIN RET program.

2014 Lando Summer Undergraduate Researcher: Danielle Francis

Danielle Francis

Danielle is a senior chemistry major at Mississippi State University who worked in the Haynes lab during the summer of 2014. Through the LANDO program, she worked with mentor Sarah Gruba to study opioid receptors on blood platelets using a variety of bioanalytical techniques.

2014 Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology Undergraduate Researcher: Ky Christenson

Ky Christenson

Ky is a sophomore chemical engineering major at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He worked with Autumn and other CSN collaborators on the topic of environmental nanotoxicity as part of the 2014 CSN REU program.

2014 Summer Undergraduate Researcher: Hilena Frew

Hilena Frew

Hilena is a Sophomore at Augsburg College, who is advised by Dr. Vivian Feng. She is double majoring in chemistry and mathematics. While in the Haynes lab during summer 2014, she was investigating environmental nanotoxicity on a bacteria model.

2014 Summer Undergraduate Researcher: Lyle Nyberg

Lyle Nyberg

Lyle is a sophomore chemistry and biology double major attending Augsburg College working under Dr. Vivian Feng. While in the Haynes lab during summer 2014, he analyzed how gold nanoparticles affect a gram-positive bacterial model as part of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.

Summer 2013 NNIN REU Researcher: Ashlyn Young

Ashlyn Young

Ashlyn is an undergraduate student at UNC, Chapel Hill who joined the Haynes lab for summer 2013. While in the Haynes lab, Ashlyn worked with mentor Xiaojie Wu to study neutrophil chemotaxis using microfluidic platforms.

Undergraduate Student: Dan Bakke

Dan Bakke

Dan is an undergraduate Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering double major at the University of Minnesota who worked in the Haynes lab from December 2012- December 2013. While in the Haynes lab, he worked with Katie Hurley to develop separation techniques for iron oxide nanoparticles to be incorporated into mesoporous silica shells.

Undergraduate Student: Yiwen Wang

Yiwen Wang

Yiwen was an undergraduate chemistry major at the University of Minnesota who worked in the Haynes lab from April 2012 until June 2013. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentors Audrey Meyer and Ben Manning to monitor cell-secreted species using HPLC with electrochemical detection.

Undergraduate Student: Heidi Nelson

Heidi Nelson

Heidi was an undergraduate Chemistry major at the University of Minnesota who worked in the Haynes lab from January 2011 until August 2012. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentors Kyle Bantz and Secil Koseoglu to exploit plasmonics for various sensing applications. Heidi's work was supported in part by a competitive Heisig-Gleysteen Award and UROP funding. Her research was included in her undergraduate honors thesis, a key component to her summa cum laude Latin honors.

Undergraduate Student: Alec Nicol

Alec Nicol

Alec is an undergraduate chemistry/biochemistry double major at the University of Minnesota. who worked in the Haynes lab from September 2011 until October 2012. While in the Haynes lab, he worked with mentor Katie Hurley to synthesize multifunctional mesoporous nanoparticles. Alec's work was supported in part by a competitive UROP award that he earned for 2011-2012. Alec spent summer 2012 in Japan as a researcher in the NanoJapan: IREU program.

Undergraduate Student: Cole Christenson

Cole is a chemistry major at Gustavus Adolphus who spent summer 2011 and 2012 working in the Haynes lab. While in the Haynes lab, he is worked with mentor Melissa Maurer-Jones to perform nanotoxicity experiments in bacteria.

Undergraduate Student: John Thompson

John Thompson

John was an undergraduate Chemistry/Physics/Philosophy triple major at the University of Minnesota who worked in the Haynes lab from September 2009 - May 2012. While in the Haynes lab, he worked with mentors Sara Love and Audrey Guerard to examine blood-nanoparticle interactions and the mast cell secretome. John's work was supported in part by a competitive UROP award that he earned for 2009-2010. John is currently enrolled in the UCLA MD/PhD program.

Undergraduate Student: Zhen (Nancy) Liu

Zhen (Nancy) Liu

Nancy is a senior undergraduate Chemistry/Chemical Engineering double major at the University of Minnesota who worked in the Haynes lab from June 2009 - May 2011. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentors Sara Love and Bryce Marquis to investigate nanoparticle shape effects on cellular toxicity. Nancy's work was supported in part by a competitive UROP award that she earned for 2009-2010.

Undergraduate Student: Gregory Gibson

Gregory Gibson

Gregory is a junior Chemical Engineering major at the University of Minnesota. While in the Haynes lab, he worked with mentor Melissa Maurer-Jones to develop a model for nanoecotox studies of metal oxide nanoparticles.

Undergraduate Student: Emily Woo

Emily Woo

Emily graduated with her Chemistry major from the University of Minnesota in May 2011. She began working in the Haynes lab in Summer 2008, and while in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Shencheng Ge to investigate the secretion of chemical messengers from individual blood platelets. Emily wrote and defended an honor's thesis based on her research. She is currently attending the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Undergraduate Student: Nardine Abadeer

Nardine Abadeer

Nardine graduated with her chemistry major from the University of Minnesota in May 2011. She began working in the Haynes lab in January 2010, and while in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Yu-Shen Lin to fabricate mesoporous nanoparticles and assess their toxicity and drug loading capacity. Nardine is now attending chemistry graduate school at the University of Illinois and working with Professor Cathy Murphy as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

Undergraduate Student: Gyung Ah (Tiya) Kim

Tiya graduated with her biochemistry major from the University of Minnesota in May 2011. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Ben Manning to perform HPLC analysis of mast cell-secreted species. Tiya wrote and defended an honor's thesis based on her research. She is currently attending medical school at Ewha Womans University in Korea.

Undergraduate Student: Benjamin Carlson

Ben was a chemistry/biochemistry double major at the University of Minnesota. While in the Haynes lab, he worked with mentor Secil Koseoglu to perform carbon-fiber microelectrode modification to minimize fouling.

Undergraduate Student: Marsha Sintara

Marsha graduated with her chemistry major from the University of Minnesota in May 2011. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Audrey Meyer to perform biomolecule extraction and purification from mast cell releasate. Marsha is attending chemistry graduate school at the University of Rhode Island.

Undergraduate Student: Joe Zibley

Joe Zibley

Joe is a chemistry major at the University of Minnesota. He worked in the Haynes lab during spring semester 2011, working with mentor Donghyuk Kim to build microfluidic devices for single cell manipulations.

Undergraduate Summer Researchers 2011: Cole Christenson, Sarah Gruba and Leah Laux

Cole is a junior chemistry major at the University of Minnesota who spent summer 2011 working in the Haynes lab. While in the Haynes lab, he worked with mentor Melissa Maurer-Jones to perform nanotoxicity experiments in bacteria.

Sarah Gruba

Sarah is a recent graduate of Creighton University who spent summer 2011 working in the Haynes lab as a Lando researcher. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Ben Manning to use HPLC to characterize mast cell secretion.

Leah Laux

Leah is a junior biomedical engineering major at Washington University who spent summer 2011 working in the Haynes lab as a NNIN researcher. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Donghyuk Kim to use microfluidic platforms to analyze neutrophil chemotaxis.

Undergraduate Summer Researchers 2010: Ozge Kurtulus and Yingxia Wang

Ozge Kurtulus

Ozge was a chemistry major at Middle East Technical University who spent summer 2010 working in the Haynes lab as a Lando researcher. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Kyle Bantz to perform SERS on lipid species. Ozge is currently in the Chemical Engineering graduate program at UC Davis.

Yingxia Wang

Yingxia was a chemical engineering major at MIT who spent summer 2010 working in the Haynes lab as a NNIN researcher. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Donghyuk Kim to create microfluidic devices for detection of cell secretion.

Undergraduate Student: Katherine L. Braun

Kathy Braun

Kathy graduated as a biomedical engineering major from the University of Minnesota in May 2010. While in the Haynes lab as a UROP researcher, she worked with mentor Bryce Marquis to prepare nanoparticle-exposed cell samples for TEM and performed microscopy analysis. She is a co-author on 3 publications in the Haynes lab and began graduate school in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in Fall 2010.

Undergraduate Student: Jenna Stevens

Jenna Stevens

Jenna graduated as a chemistry major from the University of Minnesota in May 2010. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Melissa Maurer-Jones to investigate the generation of reactive oxygen species in nanoparticle-exposed cells. She is making use of her keen analytical skills working in a Minnesota crime lab.

Undergraduate Student: Chelsea DeRuyter

Chelsea DeRuyter

Chelsea graduated as a Chemistry major at the University of Minnesota in December 2009. She worked in the Haynes lab throughout the 2009 calendar year. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Kyle Bantz to fabricate SERS-active polymer scaffold nanostructures. Chelsea is currently an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow at the Minnesota Alliance with Youth.

Undergraduate Summer Researchers 2009: Sarah Connolly and Ivan Lenov

Sarah and Ivan

Sarah was an undergraduate at the University of Florida who spent Summer 2009 in the Haynes lab as a NNIN REU researcher. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Melissa Maurer-Jones to investigate the role of reactive oxygen species in nanoparticle toxicity. Sarah is now a CDC fellow in Central Florida.

Ivan was an undergraduate Chemistry major at Truman State who who spent Summer 2009 working in the Haynes lab as a Lando researcher. While in the Haynes lab, he worked with mentors Kyle Bantz and Nate Wittenberg to investigate the effects of partition layer ordering on SERS sensor performance. Ivan is currenlty a graduate student at the University of Illinois working in Stephen G. Sligar's group.

Undergraduate Student: Courtney Jones

Courtney was an undergraduate Chemistry major at the University of Minnesota (graduated December 2008) who worked in the Haynes lab for one year. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Kyle Bantz to fabricate novel SERS substrates and characterize them using atomic force microscopy. Her research resulted in one manuscript and an honors thesis. Courtney is currently a technical services specialist at Kerry Ingredients in Dayton, OH

Undergraduate Student: Kyle Kulseth

Kyle was an undergraduate Chemistry major at the University of Minnesota who worked in the Haynes lab during the 2008 calendar year. While in the Haynes lab, Kyle worked with mentor Shencheng Ge to explore immune cell communication using microelectrochemistry techniques. Kyle is currently working at 3M in Maplewood in the Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division in Product Engineering.

Undergraduate Student: Michelle Malaska

Michelle graduated from the University of Minnesota undergraduate program in Spring 2008. While in the Haynes lab, she worked with mentor Sara Love to investigate the effects of nanoparticles on cellular behavior.

Undergraduate Summer Researcher 2008: Richard Kurker

Rick Kurker

Rick was an undergraduate at Providence College who spent Summer 2008 in the Haynes lab as a Lando NSF REU student. Rick worked with Nate Wittenberg to monitor real-time calcium concentration in leech neurons and won the Lando poster session at the end of the summer.

Undergraduate Student: Lindsay Werkmeister

Lindsay was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota who graduated in December 2007. While in the Haynes lab for two years, she focused on nanoparticle synthesis and TEM characterization.

Undergraduate Student: Han Na Park

Han Na was a senior undergraduate Chemistry major at the University of Minnesota. While in the Haynes lab, she developed retinal tissue protocols and performed electrochemical measurements in that tissue with Shencheng.

Undergraduate Summer Researchers 2006 : Virginia Senkomago and Eva Cornell

Virginia Senkomago and Eva Cornell

Virginia graduated from Berea College and spent Summer 2006 in the Haynes lab as a Lando NSF REU student. Virginia worked with Shencheng to culture retinal neurons.

Eva graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and spent Summer 2006 in the Haynes lab as an NNIN REU student. Eva worked with Bryce to prepare TEM samples for cytotoxicity studies.

High School Researcher: Brian Petkov

Brian Petkov

Brian worked in the Haynes lab when he was a senior at St. Paul Central High School and taking chemistry courses at the University of Minnesota. While in the Haynes lab, he worked with mentor Ben Manning on murine mast cell extraction and analysis.

High School Student: Anushua Bhattacharya

Anushua Bhattacharya

Anushua worked in the Haynes Lab during the summers of 2010 and 2011 while she was a high school student. She worked with mentors Sara Love and Melissa Maurer-Jones to explore metal nanoparticle cytotoxicity in both mammalian and bacterial cells.