Our research program is
focused on the development of sensing and sampling
techniques for the detection of new molecules in the
brain. We aim to study the real-time release of many
different neurotransmitters simultaneously and apply
these techniques to in
vivo measurements in model neural systems.
Standing (back row), Left to Right: Michael
Nguyen, Jill Venton, Alex Zestos, Merrick Kozak, Madelaine Denno,
Eve Privman, Ning Xiao, Lefty Trikantzopoulos, Chris Jacobs, Cheng Yang,
Matt Ryals, Ashley
Front Row, Left to Right:
Scott Lee, Philip V., Poojan Pyakurel, Hillary Rees,
Swapna Chitneni and Saanvi
Jacobs participates in graduation and becomes the
first PhD. student to actually allow Dr. Venton to
hood him. Check out this amusing picture.
The Venton lab had two
papers recently accepted. A paper on CE-EC for
rat brain slice neurotransmitter detection was
published in Analytical
Methods. A paper on kinetics of the
dopamine transporter in Drosophila larva was published
Chemical Neuroscience in the Monitoring
Molecules in vivo special issue. Congratulations
to former students Megan Pajski, Huaifang Fang, and
Trisha Vickrey who were lead authors as well as
current student who helped get these papers
The Venton lab was well
represented at the Huskey Graduate Research
Symposium. Eve Privman took a second place award
for her poster and Ashley Ross and Alex Zestos
received third place awards for oral
Six members of the lab
and Dr. Venton go to Pittcon in Philadelphia.
Ashley Ross, Chris Jacobs, Ning Xiao, Michael Nguyen,
Maddie Denno and Alex Zestos all gave oral
presentations on their work. Dr. Venton talked
about our adenosine sensing work as well as
microfluidics experiments in the classroom.
Ashley Ross receives a
GSAS travel award and Chris Jacobs receives a SEAC
travel award to attend Pittcon.
The Venton lab started
off March by helping host the Microscale
Bioseparations (MSB 2013) conference on the campus
here at UVA. Many group members volunteered to
help the conference go smoothly. Maddie Denno,
Chris Jacobs and Dr. Venton put on a workshop on
"Electrochemical Detection for Capillary and Microchip
Undergraduate researcher Kate Roche receives
a Harrison Award for undergraduate research.
She'll be using that award to continue her research on
the affect of adenosine receptors on dopamine release
The Venton lab took lots
of field trips trips this month! Eve Privman
went to Janelia Farm (HHMI) to start a collaboration
on Drosophila neurochemistry, Chris and Alex went to
Oak Ridge National Lab to grow carbon nanotubes for
electrodes. Dr. Venton went to University of
Minnesota as the student invited analytical chemistry
Check out the new lab
picture from our annual Christmas party (which also
served as a graduation party for Dr. Jacobs this
year)! Also included: some lab children, future
scientists for sure.
Four new first year
chemistry graduate students join the Venton lab: Scott
Lee, Poojan Pyakurel, Hillary Rees and Cheng
Yang. Along with Eve Privman, a MSTP
Neuroscience student who joined this fall, that means
we have a full house!
Chris Jacobs successfully
defends his PhD thesis! Congratulations Dr.
Jacobs. He'll be sticking around the lab as a
postdoc for the next few year months.
A paper by Dr. Megan
Pajski on stimulated adenosine release throughout the
brain is accepted to Purinergic
Dr. Venton travels to
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) to give
a departmental seminar.
Jill Venton travels to
Janelia farm to present an invited seminar and explore
collaborations measuring neurotransmitters in Drosophila.
Michael Ngyuen and Jill
Venton travel to London, England for the Monitoring
Molecules in Neuroscience Conference.
The Venton lab has 2 new
research technicians who are recent graduates.
Merrick Kozak is working on the fly project and Matt
Ryals is working on the adenosine/in vivo
Collaborative work with
Kasia Glanowska and Sue Moenter on detecting
gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) with FSCV is
accepted to the Journal
Go to the News Archive
to read all the past Venton lab news.