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This is why the Lednev Lab attends Pittcon! Congrats to lab member Shelby for being featured in Pittcon's promotional video!

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!

Dr. Lednev was interviewed about our research  by WAMC for their show "The Academic Minute". Check our the interview here! Dr. Lednev's interview was part of a 5 part series called " University at Albany Week" on the show. To check out the other researchers from the University click here.

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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 Rosen
blatt 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!

Dr Lednev and Ewelina Mistek gave interviews for Channel 6 and Channel 13 local Albany News about using blood for phenotype profiling  Check it out here and here.

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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! 


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)
Great Job!

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!

 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!

Times Union article "UAlbany Researcher on Cutting Edge"
Times Union article reports on collaboration with Albany Medical Center on Raman spectroscopic diagnostics of Alzheimer's disease
Dr. Dmitry Kurouski has received the Distinguished Dissertation award for the 2012-2013 academic year. He begins his postdoctoral work in Van Duyne laboratory at Northwestern University in May 2013. Professor Richard Van Duyne is a member of National Academy and the discoverer of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Congratulations, Dmitry!
We are analytical chemistry research lab at the University at Albany, located in Albany, NY. We specialize in Raman spectroscopy and advanced chemometrics and use our approach to solve current problems in biochemistry, medicine, and forensics.

To learn more about our current work visit the Research Projects page. Our previously published work can be found on the Publications page.

Dr. Igor K Lednev, Professor

     Department of Chemistry
     LS 1107
     University at Albany
     1400 Washington Ave
     Albany, NY 12222
     Phone: 518-591-8863
     Fax: 518-442-3462


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