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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