Former Members

Title
Current Position
History
jen rabbitM.S. and Ph.D. Student

Jennifer Y. Gerasimov

Postdoc at Linkoping University

Jennifer received her Ph.D. degree from the Lai Lab in May 2013. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Linkoping University in Sweden.

Ph. D Thesis:Design, characterization, and interrogation of surface-based electrochemical biosensors” (Spring 2013)

M. S. Thesis: “Development of an electrochemical insulin sensor based on a high affinity DNA sequence found in the Insulin-linked polymorphic region” (Summer 2010)

socratesPh.D. Student

Socrates J. P. Cañete

Quality Assurance Manager at The Standard Group

Socrates received his Ph.D. degree from the Lai Lab in May 2013. He is currently the Quality Assurance Manager at The Standard Group in Louisville, KY.

Ph. D. Thesis: “Self-assembled monolayer tuning in electrochemical DNA sensor fabricated by “click” chemistry” (Spring 2013)

anita_zaitounaPh.D. Student

Anita J. Zaitouna

Postdoc at University of Michigan Medical School

Anita received her Ph.D. degree from the Lai Lab in May 2015. She is now a postdoctoral researcher in Malini Raghavan’s group at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Ph. D. Thesis: “Surface-based whole protein detection via electrochemical peptide-based sensors” (Spring 2015)

Anita is featured in the Department of Chemistry recruiting video and the UNL media video. She is also featured on the Department of Chemistry website.

thomas_smithPh.D. Student

Thomas G. Smith

UNL Dept. of Chemistry UIC Assistant Director

Thomas received his Ph.D. degree from the Lai Lab in Dec 2016. He is now the Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Instrumentation Center (UIC).

Ph. D. Thesis: “Electrochemical analysis of porphyrin paddlewheel frameworks, manganese oxide inverse-opal nanosheets, and tungsten trioxide electrodeposited onto graphene electrodes” (Fall 2016)

YaoWuPh.D. Student

Yao Wu

Postdoc at University of Cincinnati

Yao received her Ph.D. degree from the Lai Lab in May 2017. She is now a postdoctoral researcher in Ryan White’s group at the University of Cincinati.

Ph. D. Thesis: “Electrochemical methods for the analysis of DNA, metal ions and anti-cancer drugs” (Spring 2017)

arin-sutliefPh.D. Student

Arin L. Sutlief

Postdoc at Doane University

Arin received her Ph.D. degree from the Lai Lab in Dec 2017. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Andrea Holmes’ group at Doane University.

Ph. D. Thesis: “Electrochemical peptide-based biosensor for the detection of HIV p24″  (Fall 2017)

hamid-lotfiPh.D. Student

Hamid R. Lofti Zadeh Zhad

R&D chemist at Global Laboratory Services

Hamid received his Ph.D. degree from the Lai Lab in May 2018. He has accepted an R&D analytical chemist position at Global Laboratory Services in Wilson, NC.

Ph.D. Thesis: “The role of metals in electrochemical sensors” (Spring 2018)

cody_schaefer_cropM.S. Student

Cody S. Schaefer

Research scientist at Agrium, Inc.

After receiving his MS degree from the Lai Lab in 2011, Cody is now working at Agrium, Inc. in Fairbury, NE.

M. S. Thesis: “Design and characterization of a “click” chemistry-based electrochemical aptasensor for detection of vascular endothelial growth factor” (Spring 2011)

DSC_0076_Miles2M.S. Student

Miles D. Mayer

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Doane University

Miles received his MS degree in Summer 2016. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Doane University.

M. S. Thesis: “Effect of the redox label location on the performance of an electrochemical aptamer-based tumor necrosis factor alpha sensor” (Summer 2016)

joshua_bloodREU Student

Joshua Blood

Pharmacist at Vital Care Pharmacy of Norfolk

After graduating from Hastings College in 2011, Josh attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. He graduated in 2015 and is currently a pharmacist at Vital Care Pharmacy of Norfolk in Norfolk, NE.
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 Yamil M. Rodriguez

Student at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

After working in the Lai Lab as an NSF REU student in 2015, Yamil returned to the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez to continue his studies in Industrial Biotechnology. He graduated in Spring 2018 and will attend UPR Pharmacy School in Fall 2018.
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 Carlo Castillo

Researcher at NIH NIAID

After working in the Lai Lab as an NSF REU student in 2016, Carlo graduated with his B.S. degree from The Ohio State University in 2017, and he is currently a researcher at NIH NIAID.
REU Student

Luisa A. Mayorga

Student at St. Edward’s University

After working in the Lai Lab as an NSF REU student in 2017, Luisa returned to St. Edward’s University to continue her studies in Chemistry. She graduated in Spring 2018 and will be at the University of Notre Dame (ESTEEM MS Program) in Fall 2018.
MElpers_PictureREU Student

Margaret A. Elpers

Student at Clemson University

After working in the Lai Lab as an NSF REU student in 2018, Maggie returned to Clemson University to continue her studies in Bioengineering.
facultyopeningsREU Student

Stephen Lee

Graduate student at Stony Brook University

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University in May 2012, Stephen is currently a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering Program at Stony Brook University. He received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014.
adam_mcquistanUG Student

Adam McQuistan

Research scientist at GeneSeek/Neogen Corporation.

Since receiving his bachelor’s degree from UNL in Decemeber 2012, Adam has been working at GeneSeek/Neogen Corporation in Lincoln, NE.
bryce_walkerUG Student

Bryce Walker

Pharmacist at Kholl’s Pharmacy

After receiving his BA degree in Chemistry from UNL in May 2013, Bryce attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy in May 2017 and is currently a pharmacist at Kholl’s Pharmacy in Lincoln.
Alexis Kelly Pic_ssUG Student

Alexis Kelly

UNL undergraduate student

Alexis worked in the Lai Lab for 1.5 years as a UNL UCARE student. Her research project was on the analysis of late 1800s medicine bottles excavated near UNL city campus.
Lee_Bio_pic-1UG Student

Lee E. Korshoj

Graduate student at University of Colorado-Boulder

Lee received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from UNL in Dec 2014. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado-Boulder Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2017.
Version 3HS Teacher

 Emily Schaefer

Lincoln East High School Teacher

Emily worked in the Lai Lab as a MRSEC RET summer researcher in 2018. She is currently a science instructor at Lincoln East High School teaching differentiated chemistry and geoscience.
SarahHS Student

 Sarah Melton

Lincoln East High School Student

After working in the Lai Lab as a NE NCMN summer research student in 2018, Sarah is now focusing on graduating from high school in 2019.
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Savannah L. Baker

High school student

After working in the Lai Lab as a NE EPSCoR summer research student in 2016, Savannah is now focusing on graduating from high school in 2017.
ywwPostdoc

Weiwei Yang

Associate Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, China

After working in the Lai Lab for 3+ years, Weiwei is now an Associate Professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China.
ehsanPostdoc

Sean Ehsan Salamifar

Research scientist at Streck, Inc.

After working in the Lai Lab for 3+ years as a postdoctoral researcher, Ehsan will start his career as an R&D analytical chemist at Streck, Inc. in La Vista, NE.
Picture1CSC Visiting Scholar

Lan Xu

Associate Professor at Southwest University, China

After working in the Lai Lab for 1 year as a China Scholarship Council awardee, Lan is now back to her own university – Southwest University, China.
zhi-gang_yuCSC Visiting Scholar

Zhi-gang “Andy” Yu

Associate Professor at Yangtze Normal University, China

After working in the Lai Lab from 2012 – 2013 and from 2015 – 2016 as a China Scholarship Council awardee, Andy is now back to his own university – Yangtze Normal University in Chongqing, China.