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Student Researcher of the Quarter

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The now Dr. Alex Lebrun from the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Alexander M. LeBrun

What department are you in, who do you work with, and what year are you?

I am a 4th year graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering Department
working in Dr. Liang Zhu’s lab.  I just defended my PhD defense last
Friday.

What does your dissertation research focus on?

My dissertation research focuses on development of an image-assisted
theoretical approach for designing effective and safe treatment protocol
using magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia. This project will allow for
individual heating protocol design in magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia
for cancer patients.

What attracted you to the program at UMBC?

The graduate program at UMBC attracted me by the ability to work in
interdisciplinary teams, bringing together theories and principles typically
used in mechanical engineering into the field of biology and medicine.  At
UMBC, I receive valuable support from the faculty members to make pioneering research
possible.

 

Previous Winners

Pietro Strobbia from the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

Pietro Strobbia from the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

Pietro Strobbia

What department are you in, who do you work with, and what year are you?

I am a 4th year graduate student in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department working in Dr. Cullum’s lab. 

What does your thesis research focus on?

My thesis research focuses on understanding the mechanism of signal enhancement obtained in multi-layered substrates for surface enhance Raman spectroscopy. This project will allow for the design and fabrication of reproducible SERS sensors with enhanced sensitivities with applications that includes early diagnosis and sensing biowarfare agents.

What attracted you to the program at UMBC? 

The graduate program at UMBC attracted me with the challenging, but friendly environment I had observed when I came visiting the first time from Italy. I was also struck by the variety of research that the Chemistry program at UMBC offered.

 

 

 

Evgenia Barrannikova Chemistry and Biochemistry

Evgenia Barannikova
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Evgenia Barannikova

What department are you in, who do you work with, and what year are you?

I am a 3rd year graduate student in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department working in Dr. Allen’s lab.

What does your thesis research focus on?

My thesis research is focused on developing a peptide-templated approach for synthesis and assembly of nanostructured materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion devises, such as Li-ion batteries.

What attracted you to the program at UMBC? 

The graduate program at UMBC attracted me by a number of research groups working on topics of my interest under the supervision of outstanding faculty members. At UMBC, I receive valuable support from colleges and faculty members, as well as an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at the chemistry-biology interface.