Recent News & Student Success
Congratulations to Luis Perez-Almodovar for being awarded for the second straight year with the College of Arts and Sciences prestigious Harry L. Frisch Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry!
Congratulation to Sonivette Colón-Rodríguez for receiving the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientist Carol De Forest Student Research Grant. This award provides funding to forensic science students with financial assistance to conduct research. The grant will support her research in the identification of complex biological stains using Raman spectroscopy and her attendance at the NEAFS 2023 conference.
Congrats to Alexis Weber for presenting a winning pitch presentation for a $25k Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) Catalyst Investment for SupreMEtric!
Congratulations to Alexis Weber for receiving the ACS Bridge Travel & Professional Development Award to attend the ACS Fall 2022 Meeting in Chicago, IL.
Congratulations to Lamyaa M. Almehmadi for being a recipient of the RNA Institute Travel Award and for giving an oral presentation at the International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy 2022!
Congratulations to Lamyaa M. Almehmadi for receiving the Research and Professional Development Graduate Student Grant from the University at Albany.
Congratulation to Sonivette Colón-Rodríguez for receiving the Ford Foundation Initiative for Women in Science Fellowship to attend and present her research at the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) SciX 2022 conference in Covington, Kentucky, this October.
Congratulations to Lamyaa M. Almehmadi for receiving The Ford Foundation IFW Women in Science Fellowships to attend and present her research at the International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy 2022 (ICORS) this year!
Congratulations Bailey Hoplight for receiving the Derk V. Tieszen Award. This award is given to a graduating senior on the basis of demonstrated achievement in chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Congratulations to Alexis Weber for being an awardee of the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Younger Chemists Conference Travel Grant in support of her presentation at SciX. This travel award is made possible in part by an ACS Innovative Program Grant intended to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion by supporting Underrepresented Minorities, First-Generation Younger Professionals, or other diverse scientists!
Congratulations, Bailey Hoplight, for being awarded the President’s Award for Leadership-Athletics and Recreation. This award is given to students who have made significant contributions to the UAlbany community and have achieved.
Congratulations to Alexis for being a recipient of the President's Award for Leadership – Academic Leadership Award. This award recognizes the significant contributions to the quality of student life on campus.
Congratulations to Alexis for being one of the winners of the 2022 Excellence at the Intersection of Science and Life WISH Award with her essay “A Year in the Life of a Science Nerd”! The Women in Science and Health (WISH) established an award to recognize students and postdoctoral fellows who are pursuing degrees/careers in STEM fields, achieving excellence in their field while also being exemplars in excelling in life and finding balance.
Congratulations to Luis Perez-Almodovar for being selected as an SMDP Scholar for this year, 2022. Pharmaceutical Companies sponsor this award, offering a one-year career mentoring program that pairs ethnically diverse students and early career researchers with industry mentors who work at medical technology, biotechnology, and consumer healthcare companies.
Samuel Sears, Lamyaa Almehmadi, Luis Perez, and Alexis Weber all presented at the University at Albany “Life Sciences Research Symposium XIII”. Samuel, Lamyaa, and Luis presented a flash talk, while Alexis did a speed talk. Congratulations to Alexis for receiving two awards: The Scientista Speed Talk Award and the Best Speed Talk Award! www.albany.edu/lifesciences/lsrs.shtml
Congratulations to Dr. Igor Lednev!!. Last month Dr. Lednev was promoted to Distinguished Professor, the highest academic rank in the State University of New York, conferred solely by the SUNY Board of Trustees. The title is conferred upon SUNY faculty who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within their chosen field.
The Lednev Lab family had fun on our Berry Picking Summer Activity 2021 in the Indian Ladder Farm!
Dr. Igor Lednev, the co-founder of a startup company SupreMEtric LLC, received an NSF STTR grant to commercialize a patented universal method for the identification of body fluid stains for forensic purposes.
Congratulations to Dr. Ewelina Mistek-Morabito for winning the President's Award for Leadership 2021. This award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students that have made significant contributions to enhance the quality of life at the University at Albany.
Congratulations to Shelby Khandasammy! Her review article entitled "Bloodstains, paintings, and drugs: Raman Spectroscopy Applications in Forensic Science" is the most cited article in the Forensic Chemistry Journal.
Congratulations to Dr. Ewelina M. Mistek-Morabito on successfully defending your Ph.D. Thesis on “Identification and Analysis of Body Fluid Traces for Forensic Purposes Using Vibrational Spectroscopy and Chemometrics”
Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Ralbovsky on successfully defending your Ph.D. Thesis on “Utilizing Raman Spectroscopy and Chemometrics for Novel Medical Diagnostic Purposes” and receiving a job in Merck & Co.!
Congratulations to Ewelina Mistek-Morabito for winning the Barbara Stull Graduate Student Award 2020 from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) and William G. Fateley Student Award from the Coblentz Society! These awards recognize graduate students for outstanding research in spectroscopy.
Congratulations to Luis Perez-Almodovar for receiving the National Institute of Health Training Fellowship through the RNA Institute for the 2020-2021 academic year!
Congratulations to Nicole Ralbovsky for winning the 2020 NY/NJ Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) Graduate Student Award! She gave a 40 min virtual talk during the society's May meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 11:00am – 12:00pm.
This past May (2020) we said "See You Later" to our visiting international student Averil Prima Rashid from Sweden! Although circumstances prevented us from saying good-bye in person, we still made sure he had something to remember us by! We wish him the best of luck with his studies!
Congratulations to our own Heli Patel for winning the Chancellor's Award! The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence honors State University of New York students who have best demonstrated their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts.
The Lednev lab took Chicago, Illinois by storm at Pittcon 2020! The wonderful ladies Nicole, Ewelina, Samantha, Ashley, Anna, and Jalissa presented their research throughout the conference. With a combination of seven presentations, one oral and six poster presentations, these ladies showed the versatility of vibrational spectroscopy for both medical diagnostics and forensic analysis! Dr. Lednev also gave a interview to SelectScience!
Ewelina and Anna proudly represented the Lednev lab at the 72nd American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, California. Ewelina presented both an oral presentation and a poster presentation on body fluid analysis utilizing vibrational spectroscopy.
Ewelina Mistek continues to capture international attention! Robert Gordon University in Scotland, Ewelina's alma mater, has remained interested in her successes after her graduation.
Check out the link below to read their 'Alumni in Focus' article featuring Ewelina!
This December we said goodbye to Sohee Park, a Ph.D. student from Professor Dong Soo Hwang's Laboratory at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea. We wish her good luck with her studies!
Ewelina, Nicole, and Shelby all went to the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) SciX 2019 Conference in Palm Springs, California! All three presented both a poster and did an oral presentation. Additionally, Ewelina won the 2019 FACSS Student Award! Nicole won the 2019 Coblentz Student Award! And Shelby won the 2019 Best Forensic Oral Presentation Award! Congratulations to our wonderful scientists!
Jalissa Thomas, Niara Nichols, and Jo Mead all presented at the University at Albany “Chemistry Undergraduate Research Symposium”. Jo presented a poster, while Jalissa and Niara both did oral presentations. Congratulations to Jalissa for receiving two awards: The Shelton Banks Award for Excellence and the Best Oral Presentation Award!
Congratulations to both Ewelina and Nicole for being awarded The Ford Foundation Initiatives for Women in Science Fellowship! This fellowship is awarded to women pursuing careers in the physical sciences
Congratulations to Nicole Ralbovsky for receiving the 2019 National Coblentz Student Award from the Coblentz Society! She received the award personally at SciX in Palm Springs, CA in October 2019.
Congratulations to Nicole Ralbovsky for receiving the National Institute of Health Training Fellowship through the RNA Institute for the 2019-2020 academic year!
Dr. Igor Lednev has started a new company called "SupreMEtric"! In collaboration with the New York State Police, Dr. Lednev is working to create novel technologies for law enforcement agencies to analyze forensic samples. Their first piece of technology is the creation of "The Forensic Science Incubator," a patented handheld scanner.
Ewelina Mistek has been received the position of Student Representative of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy! She is also working on forming the New York Region Student Chapter of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy!
Congratulations to Shelby Khandasammy for receiving funding from the National Institute of Justice for her research: Virbrational Spectroscopy for the Analysis of Organic Gunshot Residue: Detection, Identification and Characterization! As well for winning the Best Oral Presentation Award at SciX 2019!
Congratulations to Ewelina Mistek for receiving her third year of funding from the National Institute of Justice!
The Lednev Lab goes international! Ewelina Mistek presented poster at The International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) in August 2018. She also presented a poster at The International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy (ICAVS) in July 2019, where she won an award for Best Student Poster. Ewelina's poster was titled "Sex and race determination based on attenuated total reflection Fourier transform-infrared (ATR FT-IR) spectroscopy of a bloodstain."
This is why the Lednev Lab attends Pittcon! Congrats to lab member Shelby for being featured in Pittcon's promotional video! Facebook Link
Congratulations to lab members Nicole and Ewelina for going to far in the Three Minute Thesis competition! Both of them got into the top 9, while Ewelina went on to get second place!
Our paper, "Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy: A review of recent applications in forensic science" is the most downloaded from Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy!
The Lednev Lab was featured on the pilot episode of WMHT's new series Innovation Hall!
We discuss our method of using Raman spectroscopy to identify body fluids.
Lab Members Ewelina Mistek, Shelby Khandasammy and Marisia Fikiet were all able to attend SciX 2018 in Atlanta GA this year. All three were able to give oral presentations, while Ewelina and Marisia also gave poster presentations. Marisia was awarded two awards for her poster; The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Gold Poster Award and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy Poster Award for Outstanding Spectroscopic Research by a Student Member. Marisia's awards were highlighted on the University at Albany website.
Congratulations to Lamyaa Almehmadi for winning Best Poster Presentation at the 2018 Life Sciences Research Symposium for her poster entitled " Using SERS for protein-small molecule detection on a single molecule level"
Congratulations to undergraduate Rober Rosenblatt for winning Best Poster Presentation at the Chemistry Departments Undergraduate Symposium. His poster was entitled "Differentiation of Human Blood from Potential False Positive Substances Using Raman Spectroscopy and Chemometrics".
This September we said goodbye to visiting scholar Ayari Nishiguchi from Japan. We wish her good luck in her studies and hope to have her back again soon.
Dr. Lednev and Marisia Fikiet gave an interview with the Times Union about identification of body fluids with Raman spectroscopy. Check it out here!
Congratulation to Kyle on being featured in Chemical and Engineering News for his paper on determining donor age from blood stains! His paper titled "Differentiating Donor Age Groups Based on Raman Spectroscopy of Bloodstains for Forensic Purposes" was originally published in ACS Central Science.
The Lednev Lab and friends had fun on our white water rafting trip down the Sacandaga River!
Congratulations to Dr. Kyle Doty on receiving is Ph.D degree and a prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Award!
Congratulations to Ewelina and Robert for being recognized as Outstanding student scholars as a ceremony on May 1, 2018.
We're on TV! Dr. Lednev and Marisia Fikiet were interviewed on New Channel 10 WTEN Albany for a forensic perspective on the Golden state killer case. Check out the entire story here.
Congratulations to all the Lednev lab undergraduates who participated in the SUNY undergraduate research conference April 20, 2018 at SUNY Oneonta. Samantha Giuliano, Jalissa Thomas, and Ashley Hull gave poster presentations titled "Determining Donor's Age through Blood Analysis using ATR FTIR Spectroscopy", "Designing a Methodology for Forensic Body Fluid Identification with a Portable Raman Spectrometer" and "Rama Spectroscopic Analysis of Organic Gunshot Residue Spanning a Range of Excitation Wavelengths" respectively. Robert Rosenblatt gave an oral presentation titled "Differentiation of Human Blood from Potential False Positive Substances Using Raman Spectroscopy and Chemometrics".
Congratulations to Ewelina Mistek on presenting at Spring SciX 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom from April 17-20, 2018. She gave a presentation titled "Forensic Application of Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform-Infrared (ATR FT-IR) Spectroscopy for Bloodstain Analysis".
The Lednev Lab had a great time at our Ice Skating Social this Friday.
The lab had a great showing at Pittcon this year in Orlando FL, with three invited talks, two by Dr. Lednev and one by Tatiana Quiñones-Ruiz and seven posters! We were lucky enough to participate in the first ever National Institute of Justice Forensic Science Symposium poster session at Pittcon. For more information on our presentations and posters click here.
The lab had a great time in Seattle, WA for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2018 meeting. Lab members Marisia Fikiet and Ewelina Mistek each had an oral presentation, while Dr. Lednev gave had two oral presentations. Ewelina additionally had a poster presentation.
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Prof. Lednev gave a one-hour promotion webinar for Pittcon 2018. 323 people registered, including 151 from the US with the rest being from 52 other countries. Click here to download the webinar video
Check out this news story featuring a recently published paper by lab member Kyle Doty on the Elsevier website. Read it here.
Congratulations to Dr. Lednev on receiving a Guest Professor Fellowship from the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP), Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany.
Read more about it here!
Congratulation to undergraduate lab member Robert Rosenblatt for being awarded the I.M. Kolthoff award from The Education Committee of the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry. The award will allow Robert to attend Pittcon in Orlando FL this February where he will present a poster entitled "Differentiation of Human Blood from Potential False Positive Substances Using Raman Spectroscopy and Chemometrics"
We were sad to say goodbye to Sohee Park, a PhD student from Professor Dong Soo Hwang's Laboratory at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea. She visited us to conduct a collaborative study of cation-pi interaction in mussel adhesion.
Congratulations to Ewelina for being featured on the University at Albany website. The article highlighted her work using both ATR FR-IR and Raman spectroscopy to solve forensically relevant problems. Read more about it here.
Check out our article in Police Chief Magazine entitled "Portable Lasers Could Be the Future of Forensic Investigations".
Congratulations to Nicole Ralbovsky for being awarded the College of Arts and Sciences prestigious Harry L. Frisch Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry!
Congratulations to lab members Marisia Fikiet and Ewelina Mistek for each giving both a poster and an invited talk at SciX 2017 in Reno, NV October 8th through the 13th. Additionally Ewelina was awarded the Coblentz Society Student Award. Ewelina's poster was titled " Race Differentiation by Raman Spectroscopy of a Bloodstain for Forensic Purposes" and her invited talk was "Analysis of Blood Traces by Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) Fourier Transform-Infrared (FT-IR) Spectroscopy for Forensic Purposes". Marisia's poster was titled " Methods for Approaching Substrate Interference in Raman Spectroscopy for Forensic Purposes" and her invited talk was "Universal Detection of Body Fluid Traces in Situ with Raman Hyperspectroscopy for Forensic Purposes".
Professor Lednev's recent interview with Spectroscopy about his work with forensics and Raman spectroscopy. Check it out here!
Check out the layman's summary of Claire Muro's recently published paper "Identification of individual red blood cells by Raman microspectroscopy for forensic purposes: in search of a limit of detection" on the Atlas of Science!
Congratulations to Valentina D'Elia for receiving honorable mention on her poster titled "Detection of Cocaine in Oral Fluid by Ultraviolet Resonance Raman Spectroscopy"! She reported her findings at the 9th International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy, Victoria, Canada, 11-16 June 2017. Prof. Lednev also gave an invited talk on Raman Microspectroscopy for Forensic Purposes at this conference. Valentina is a PhD student from the University Institute of Research in Police Sciences (IUICP), Madrid, Spain who spent five months in Lednev laboratory as a research intern last year.
Congratulations to Mathew Boll on graduating and receiving a job as a criminalist in the New York Police Department Crime Lab!
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Congratulations Mathew Boll for winning the 2017 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence!
Congrats to Marisia and Kyle for giving poster presentations at Pittcon this March 5th through 9th in Chicago IL. Kyle's poster was titled "Human and Animal Blood Differentiation using Raman Spectroscopy and Chemometrics". Marisia's poster was titled "Universal Detection of Body Fluid Traces In Situ with Raman Hyperspectroscopy for Forensic Purposes".
Congrats to Claire and Kyle for giving oral presentations at this years American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting February 13th to 18th in New Orleans, LA. Kyle's oral presentation was "Accurately estimating the time since deposition of bloodstains aged for more than two years". Claire's oral presentation was "Forensic body fluid identification and differentiation by Raman spectroscopy".
Congratulations to Claire and Kyle for giving poster presentations at the Eastern Analytical Symposium, November 13th to 16th, 2017 in Somerset NJ. Claire's poster was entitled " Forensic Body Fluid Identification and Differentiation by Raman Spectroscopy and Chemometrics" and Kyle's was entitled "Discrimination of Human and Animal Blood Traces Via Raman Spectroscopy".
The Lednev lab had a great showing at the 8th Annual Life Science Research Symposium on November 4th. We had Three Oral presentations and one poster. Claire Muro gave an oral presentation titled "Forensic Body Fluid Individualization and Differentiation by Raman Spectroscopy: Chemometric Model Training and Testing", and won best oral presentation for her section. Marisia Fikiet gave an oral presentation titled " Universal Detection of Body Fluid Traces In Situ with Raman Hyperspectroscopy for Forensic Purposes". Ewelina Mistek gave an oral presentation titled "Identification of species’ blood by attenuated total reflection (ATR) Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy". Nicole Ralbovsky presented a poster titled "Polarized Raman Spectroscopy for Determining the Orientation of D-Diphenylalanine Molecules in a Nanotube". Congratulations to everyone who participated!
Congratulations to our undergraduate researcher Mathew Boll for presenting his poster at the University at Albany’s 2nd Annual Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium. His poster titled, “Differentiation of Dyed and Undyed Hair Using ATR-FT-IR Spectroscopy” was awarded the best research poster presentation of the day.
Congratulations to all our lab members that gave presentations and posters at SciX 2016 in Minneapolis, MN from September 18-23! Claire Muro gave an invited oral presentation titled "Automatic Body Fluid Differentiation by Raman Spectroscopy and Chemometrics" as well as a poster "Identification of individual red blood cells by Raman Microspectroscopy for Forensic Purposes". She was awarded third place for student posters by a panel of judges. Kyle Doty also gave an invited oral presentation titled " A Raman 'Spectroscopic Clock' for Bloodstain Age Determination" as well as a poster titled "Human and Animal Blood Differentiation using Raman Spectroscopy and Chemometrics". Kyle's poster won one of four awards for best overall poster on Sunday. Additionally Kyle was awarded the Tomas A. Hirshfeld Scholar Award.
Dr. Lednev gave three invited talks titled, " DUV Raman Spectroscopy is a Versitile Tool for Probing Protein Aggregation", " Multivaritate Analysis of Raman Spectral Data for the Identification of Body Fluid Traces" and " Two Mechanisms of Tip Enhancement of Raman Scattering by Protein Aggregates".
Both Kyle Doty and Dr. Lednev attended the XXV International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS 2016) in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil this summer from August 14 - 19th. Kyle gave an oral presentation titled "A Raman 'Spectroscopic Clock' for Bloodstain Age Determination: The First Week After Deposition". Professor Lednev gave an invited plenary talk titled " Raman Hyperspectroscopy for Forensic Purposes and Medical Diagnostics". Congratulations to them both!
Congratulations to Marisia Fikiet for her fellowship from the U.S. Army Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC)! Marisia's fellowship included funding for two new Raman spectrometers, including a portable hand-held instrument, which the DFSC purchased and Marisia will transfer the lab's method to. She will then travel to the DFSC in Georgia to train scientists there on the intruments. Click here for more information
Congratulations to Kyle Doty on winning the 2016 Graduate Student Award from the new York Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy! Kyle is now eligible for the National Society of Applied Spectroscopy Graduate Student Award!
Mathew Boll recently presented his poster at the 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Eastern New York Chapter of the American Chemical Society, hosted at Siena College on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (5:30 pm - 9:00 pm)
Congratulations to Kyle Doty and Dr. Lednev on giving oral presentations at the annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences conference in Las Vegas NV from February 22-27 2016! Kyle gave a presentation titled "A Raman "Spectroscopic Clock" for Bloodstain Age Determination: The First Week after deposition". Dr. Lednev gave a presentation entitled "Determining Donor Gender Based on Blood Stains Using Raman Spectroscopy".
Congratulations to Kyle Doty, Claire Muro, Justin Bueno, and Lenka Halamkova for having their review article entitled "What can Raman spectroscopy do for criminalistics?"
published in volume 47 of the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy!
Congratulations Kyle Doty and Claire Muro on receiving NIJ Graduate Research Fellowships!
Click here for an interview with Claire and Kyle about their research
Kyle Doty and Dr. Lenka Halamkova each gave a talk, and Maruda Shanmugasundaram presented a poster, at the 7th annual Life Science Research Symposium in Albany, NY. Congratulations to Kyle and Maruda who won best overall oral presentation and poster, respectively!
Dr. Lendev and lab members Maruda Shanmugasundaram, Kyle Doty and Dr. Lenka Halamkova attended SciX in Providence RI from Septemper 27 to October 2, 2015. SciX is an annual conference hosted by the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS). Maruda, Kyle and Dr. Halamkova were all invited speakers.
Congratulations to Lenka Halamkova for her presentation at the 8th International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy in Vienna Austria from July 12-17 2015! Her oral presentation was entitled Raman Spectroscopy of Blood Serum for Differential Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.
Valentin Sereda's article was published in the August 2015 edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. It is titled, Structural Organization of Insulin Fibrils Based on Polarized Raman Spectroscopy: Evaluation of Existing Models.
Dr. Igor Lednev and Dr. Earl Zimmerman had their research on a novel Alzheimer's disease diagnosing tool highlighted in the Friday August 14, 2015 issue of the Albany Times Union. The article was titled "Albany Researchs' Laser Test Holds Promise for Earlier Alzheimer's Diagnosis.". Click here to view an online version of the article
Valentin Sereda gave an invited talk at Pittcon 2015 March 8-12 2016 In New Orleans LA. entitled Tip-Enhanced Raman spectroscopic Imaging of Amyloid Fibrils.
Tatiana Quinones-Ruiz, Jeremy Manheim and Igor Lednev presented for the SUNY Research Foundation Board of Directors on February 26, 2015. Click here to view the webcast
At the beginning of 2015 our forensic group published a critical review in Analytical Chemistry titled Vibrational Spectroscopy: Recent Developments to Revolutionize Forensic Science, and was chosen as the cover article for the issue.
Biophysical Journal article about AFM and TERS chosen to be featured on the cover of the January 2014 issue
Undergraduate lab member Jeremy Manheim gave a talk at the 2015 Eastern Analytical Symposium & Exposition in Somerset, NJ entitled Differentiation of Human, Animal, and Synthetic Hair by ATR FTIR Spectroscopy.
The Journal of Biophotonics chose a recent article about differentiating human blood to be featured on the cover of the January 2014 issue.
Congratulations to Drs. Justin Bueno, Aliaksandra Sikirzhytskaya, and Greg McLaughlin, who defended their theses in Fall 2013!