Group Members

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Graduate Students

Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 5th year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

Oklahoma State University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Biochemistry

What do you like to do for fun?

Kayaking, wakeboarding, fishing, weightlifting, hunting, playing basketball.

Current research project:

My research is directed toward improving carbohydrate analysis and detection methods via instrumentation with an emphasis on LCMS method development.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Allison, C. L.; Lutzke, A.; Reynolds, M.M. Identification of Low Molecular Weight Degradation Products from Chitin and Chitosan by Electrospray Ionization Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry. Under Review.
  2. Allison, C. L.; Reynolds, M. M. Screening for Fungal Infections using LC-MS. American Chemical Society National Meeting and Expo, San Diego, California. August 25, 2019.
  3. Melvin, A. C.; Jones, W. M. J.; Lutzke, A.; Allison, C. L.; Reynolds, M. M. S-Nitrosoglutathione Exhibits Greater Stability than S-Nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine Under Common Laboratory Conditions: A Comparative Stability Study. Nitric Oxide 2019, 92, 18-25.
  4. Allison, C.L., Lutzke, A., and Reynolds, M.M. Examining the Effect of Common Nitrosating Agents on Chitosan Using a Glucosamine Oligosaccharide Model System. Carbohydrate Polymers. 2019, (203) 285-291.
  5. Lutzke, A., Melvin, A.C., Neufeld, M.J., Allison, C.L., Reynolds, M.M. Nitric Oxide Generation from S-nitrosoglutathione: New Activity of Indium and a Survey of Metal Ion Effects. Nitric Oxide. 2019, 8 (84) 16-21.
  6. Allison, C.L. and Reynolds, M.M. Presymptomatically Detecting Fungal Infections – Decreasing Risk for Devices. Poster Presentation. BioInterface Conference, Boulder, Colorado. October 2nd, 2018.
  7. Allison, C.L. and Reynolds, M.M. Chitosan Detection to Diagnose Fungal Infections Using Mass Spectrometry. Poster Presentation. PittCon Conference and Expo, Orlando, FL. February 26th, 2018.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 2nd year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. in chemistry, minor in psychology

What do you like to do for fun?

Gaming, cooking, knitting, other crafts, Dungeons & Dragons, canoe camping, hiking, and chilling with my cat.

Current research project:

My research project focuses on designing sensors containing metal-organic frameworks for environmental applications.

Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 2nd year; Gary E. Maciel Fellow

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

University of Colorado - Boulder

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemistry and Science Education

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to be outside in the mountains. Hiking, climbing, snowboarding, camping, or reading in the hammock.

Current research project:

Developing MOF-based chromatographic stationary phases for HPLC, HPLC-MS separations of biomolecules.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Cuchiaro, H.; Laurens, L. A New Method for Protein Analysis in Algae: Optimization of Amino Acid O-Phthalaldehyde 3-Mercaptopropionic Acid (OPA-3MPA) Derivatization. Oral Presentation.   Algal Biomass Summit, Woodlands, TX. October 16, 2018.
  2. Sriram, I.;Curtin, A. E.; Chiaramonti, A. N.; Cuchiaro, J. H.; Weidner, A. R.;Tingley, T. M.; Greenlee, L. F.; Jeerage, K. Stability and Phase Transfer of Catalytically Active Platinum Nanoparticle Suspensions. J. Nanoparticle Res. 2015, 17, 230.
Who am I?

Biomedical Engineering graduate student – 2nd year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

Colorado State University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemical & Biological Engineering

What do you like to do for fun?

Hiking, cooking, rock climbing, camping.

Current research project:

Mapping surface concentrations of nitric oxide using electrochemical methods.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. DeRoo, J.; Akgul, S.; Ablutz, M.; Popat, K.; Kipper, M. Demineralized Bone Matrix Fibers Support Adipose Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Mineralization in Vitro. Poster Presentation. BMES Nationals 2016.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 4th year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

Colorado Mesa University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemistry, Minor: Forensics and Spanish

What do you like to do for fun?

Boating, wakeboarding, snowboarding, camping.

Current research project:

The development of alternative pediatric cancer therapeutics that employ the combination of enzyme inhibition and nitric oxide delivery.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Gordon, J.; Reynolds, M. M. Development of Localized Anticancer Therapeutics. Poster Presentation. Biointerface 2018 Workshop and Symposium, Boulder, CO. October 2, 2018.
  2. Gordon, J.; Reynolds, M. M. Development of Localized Anticancer Therapeutics. Poster Presentation. CSU Graduate Student Showcase, Fort Collins, CO. November 13, 2018.
  3. Gordon, J.; Reynolds, M. M. Application of a Synergistic Anticancer Therapeutic: A New Innovation in Pediatric Cancer Treatment. Poster Presentation. CSU Demo Day, Fort Collins, CO. April 24, 2019.
  4. Gordon, J.; Reynolds, M. M. Application of a Pediatric Anticancer Therapeutic: A New Innovation in Neuroblastoma Treatment. Poster Presentation. Biointerface 2019 Workshop and Symposium, Boulder, CO. September 5, 2019.
  5. Yapor, J. P.; Gordon, J. L.; Henderson, N. C.; Reynolds, M. M. Nitric oxide-releasing emulsion with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. RSC Advances. 2019, 9, 21873 - 21880.
  6. Gordon, J.L.; Brown, M.A.; Reynolds, M.M. Cell-Based Methods for Determination of Efficacy for Candidate Therapeutics in the Clinical Management of Cancer. Diseases. 2018, 6, 85.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 5th year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

UC Davis

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemistry

What do you like to do for fun?

Reading, hiking, baking, knitting.

Current research project:

My current research project involves synthesizing an antibacterial small molecule drug that will release NO in the presence of bacteria upon enzymatic activation.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Hibbard, A.J. H.; Reynolds, M. M. Synthesis of Novel Nitroreductase Enzyme-Activated Nitric Oxide Prodrugs to Site-Specifically Kill Bacteria. Bioorg. Chem. 2019, 93, 103318. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bioorg.2019.103318.
  2. Hibbard, H. A. J., Reynolds, M. M. Designing Novel Compounds for Antibacterial Medical Device Coatings to Detect Bacteria. Oral Presentation. BioInterface 2019 Workshop and Symposium, Park City, UT. September 6, 2019.
  3. Hibbard, H. A. J., Reynolds, M. M. Synthesis of a Novel Enzyme-Activated Nitric Oxide Prodrug for Antibacterial Applications. Poster Presentation. 258th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Diego, CA. August 28, 2019. **ACS Division of Medical Chemistry - Poster Award**
  4. Hibbard, H. A. J., Reynolds, M. M. A New Color-Changing Material to Detect and Kill Bacteria. Poster Presentation. CSU Demo Day, Fort Collins, CO. April 23, 2019.
  5. Hibbard, H. A. J.; Reynolds, M. M. Fluorescent nitric oxide donor for the detection and killing of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J. Mater. Chem. B. 2019, 7, 2009-2018. DOI: 10.1039/C8TB02552E.**Inside cover feature**

    Journal of Materials Chemistry B Journal Cover image

  6. Hibbard, H. A. J.; Reynolds, M. M. Multifunctional Material for the Detection and Killing of Bacteria. Poster Presentation. CSU Graduate Student Showcase, Fort Collins, CO. November 13, 2018. ** Drivers of Innovation: Platinum Award **
  7. Hibbard, H. A. J.; Reynolds, M. M. Multifunctional Material for the Detection and Killing of Bacteria for Use in Medical Devices. Poster Presentation. Biointerface 2018 Workshop and Symposium, Boulder, CO. October 2, 2018. ** First Place Award **
  8. Hibbard, H. A. J.; Reynolds, M. M. Next generation antibiotics: Progress toward the synthesis of an enzyme-activated nitric oxide-releasing antimicrobial fluorescent prodrug. Poster Presentation. 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, LA. March 22, 2018.
  9. Hibbard, H. A. J.; Reynolds, M. M. Color-changing antibiotics: Simultaneously detecting infections and killing bacteria. Oral Presentation. CSU VPR 3 Minute Challenge, Fort Collins, CO. February 12, 2018.
  10. Hibbard, H. A. J.; Reynolds, M. M. Next Generation Antibiotics: Progress Toward the Synthesis of an Enzyme-Activated Nitric Oxide-Releasing Fluorescent Prodrug. Poster presentation. CSU Graduate Student Showcase, Fort Collins, CO. November 9, 2017.
  11. Tapia, J. B.; Hibbard, H. A. J.; Reynolds, M. M. Derivatization of Dextran for Multiple-Charge Ion Formation and Electrospray Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometric Analysis. J. Amer. Soc. Mass. Spec. 2017, 28(10), 2201-2208.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 7th year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

University of Florida and Spring Hill College

What was your undergraduate major?

B.A. Classical History, B.S. Chemistry

What do you like to do for fun?

Hunting, fishing, board sports, cooking, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors.

Current research project:

My research focuses on adapting thermal and surface analysis techniques for studying guest-host interactions for Cu-based MOFs used to generate nitric oxide from nitrosothiols.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Melvin, A. C.; Jones, W. M.; Lutzke, A.; Allison, C. A.; Reynolds, M. M. S-Nitrosoglutathione exhibits greater stability than S-Nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine under common laboratory conditions: A comparative stability study. Nitric Oxide. 2019, 92, 18-25.
  2. Neufeld, M. J.; Lutzke, A.; Jones, W. M.; Reynolds, M. M. Nitric Oxide Generation from Endogenous Substrates Using Metal-Organic Frameworks: Inclusion within Poly(vinyl alcohol) Membranes To Investigate Reactivity and Therapeutic Potential. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2017, 9(41), 35628-35641.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 3rd year; Gaussi Fellow and Maciel Fellow

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

Gannon University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemistry, Minor: Environmental Science

What do you like to do for fun?

Skiing, kayaking, reading, cooking, and knitting.

Current research project:

My research involves fabricating a biosensor which incorporates metal-organic frameworks into various aspects of the biosensor design to address common deficiencies of enzymatic biosensors.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Melvin, A. C.; Jones, W. M.; Lutzke, A.; Allison, C. L.; Reynolds, M. M. S-Nitrosoglutathione Exhibits Greater Stability than S-Nitroso-N-Acetylpenicillamine under Common Laboratory Conditions: A Comparative Stability Study. Nitric Oxide 2019, 92, 18–25.
  2. Melvin, A. C.; Reynolds, M. M. Using Nitric Oxide-Releasing Metal–Organic Frameworks on the Surface of Blood-Contacting Glucose Biosensors to Reduce Biofouling. Poster presentation. ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting. San Diego, CA. August 25, 2019.
  3. Melvin, A. C.; Reynolds, M. M. Using Metal–Organic Frameworks to Enhance Implantable Glucose Biosensor Performance. Poster presentation. GAUSSI Symposium, Fort Collins, CO. May 4, 2019.
  4. Melvin, A. C.; Reynolds, M. M. A Novel Approach to Address Biocompatibility in Implantable Glucose Biosensors. Poster presentation. CSU Ventures Demo Day, Fort Collins, CO. April 23, 2019.
  5. Melvin, A. C.; Reynolds, M. M. Enhancing Biocompatibility of Glucose Biosensors with Nitric Oxide-Releasing Metal–Organic Frameworks. Poster presentation. Graduate Student Showcase, Fort Collins, CO. November 13, 2018.
  6. Lutzke, A.; Melvin, A.C.; Neufeld, M.J.; Allison, C.L.; Reynolds, M.M. Nitric Oxide Generation from S-nitrosoglutathione: New Activity of Indium and a Survey of Metal Ion Effects. Nitric Oxide. 2019, 8 (84) 16-21.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 6th year (joint with Prof. Jamie Neilson)

Where did you do your previous work?

Undergraduate and master's degree from Vienna University of Technology, Austria

What was your undergraduate major?

BSc "Technical Chemistry" and MSc "Technical Chemistry - Materials Technology and Analytics"

What do you like to do for fun?

Running, sailing, singing, dancing, reading, hiking, watching movies, travelling, learning languages,...

Current research project:

My current main research project involves high-throughput Reverse Monte Carlo modelling of neutron and X-ray total scattering data to get a better understanding of the structure-property relationship of hybrid halide perovskites.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Paecklar, A. A.; Maughan, A. E.; Neilson, J. R. Finding the order within disordered methylammonium tin iodide. Poster presentation. North American Solid State Chemistry Conference, Golden, CO. July 31st, 2019.
  2. Paecklar, A. A.; Olds, D.; Lawler, K. V.; Page, K.; Liu, J.; Forster, P. M.; Peterson, P. F.; Rucker, G.; Ruiz-Rodriguez, M.; Pawel, M.; Overbury, S. H.; Olsen, M.; Neilson, J. R. How understanding nitrogen adsorption can improve industrially relevant catalytic processes. Poster Presentation. CSU Graduate Student Showcase. Fort Collins, CO. November 13th, 2018.
  3. Maughan, A. E.; Paecklar, A. A.; Neilson, J. R., Bond valences and anharmonicity in vacancy-ordered double perovskite halides. J Mater Chem C 2018, 6(44), 12095-12104.
  4. Paecklar, A. A.; Olds, D.; Lawler, K. V.; Page, K.; Liu, J.; Forster, P. M.; Peterson, P. F.; Rucker, G.; Ruiz-Rodriguez, M.; Pawel, M.; Overbury, S. H.; Olsen, M.; Neilson, J. R. Solid-Gas Interactions in Porous Material Investigated in Operando with Stroboscopic Isotope Contrasted Neutron Total Scattering. Oral Presentation. American Conference on Neutron Scattering. College Park, MD. June 25th, 2018.
  5. Olds, D.; Lawler, K. V.; Paecklar, A. A.; Liu, J.; Page, K.; Peterson, P. F.; Forster, P. M.; Neilson, J. R., Capturing the details of N2 adsorption in zeolite x using stroboscopic isotope contrasted neutron total scattering. Chem Mater 2018, 30(1), 296-302.
  6. Paecklar, A. A.; Olds, D.; Lawler, K. V.; Page, K.; Liu, J.; Forster, P. M.; Peterson, P. F.; Rucker, G.; Ruiz-Rodriguez, M.; Pawel, M.; Overbury, S. H.; Olsen, M.; Neilson, J. R. Solid-Gas Interactions in Porous Catalysts Investigated with Neutron Total Scattering. Poster Presentation. CSU Graduate Student Showcase. Fort Collins, CO. November 9th, 2017.
  7. Paecklar, A. A.; Olds, D.; Lawler, K. V.; Page, K.; Liu, J.; Forster, P. M.; Peterson, P. F.; Rucker, G.; Ruiz-Rodriguez, M.; Pawel, M.; Overbury, S. H.; Olsen, M.; Neilson, J. R. Adsorption of N2 in zeolite X studied in situ with stroboscopic isotope contrasted neutron total scattering. Poster Presentation. American Chemical Society Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting. Loveland, CO. October 26th, 2017.
  8. Olds, D.; Page, K.; Paecklar, A.A.; Peterson, P. F.; Liu, J.; Rucker, G.; Ruiz-Rodriguez, M.; Olsen, M.; Pawel, M.; Overbury, S. H.; Neilson, J. R., A high precision gas flow cell for performing in situ neutron studies of local atomic structure in catalytic materials. Rev Sci Instrum 2017, 88(3), 034101.
  9. Paecklar, A. A.; Olds, D.; Page, K.; Peterson, P. F.; Liu, J.; Rucker, G.; Ruiz-Rodriguez, M.; Pawel, M.; Overbury, S. H.; Olsen, M.; Neilson, J. R. An In Situ Gas Flow Cell for Stroboscopic Studies of Local Atomic Structure in Catalytic Materials. Poster Presentation. CSU Graduate Student Showcase. Fort Collins, CO. November 15th, 2016.
  10. Paecklar, A. A.; Olds, D.; Page, K.; Peterson, P.; Rucker, G.; Ruiz-Rodriguez, M.; Pawel, M.; Overbury, S.; Olsen, M.; Neilson, J. R. Isotopic Contrasted Stroboscopic Total Scattering: A New Sample Environment At The SNS. Poster presentation. RMCProfile Workshop, OakRidge National Laboratory. February 11th, 2016.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 2nd year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

North Carolina State University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemistry

What do you like to do for fun?

Traveling, cooking, playing with my dog & cats, going to concerts, indoor gardening .

Current research project:

My research focus is on developing site specific therapeutics that that will tackle the problem of medical device rejection.

Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 6th year

Where did you do your previous work?

BS and MS degree from the University of Northern Colorado

What was your undergraduate major?

BS "Pre-health Chemistry" and MS "Chemistry-Research Emphasis"

What do you like to do for fun?

Snowboarding, hiking, dueling Yu-Gi-OH! and Ascension, learning about computer hardware, learning about the stock market, weightlifting.

Current research project:

Setting up LC systems to perform analysis of polymers (GPC), and analysis of enzymatically degraded dextran (HPLC).

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Corella-Ochoa, M. N.; Tapia, J. B.; Rubin, H. N.; Lillo, V.; Gonzalez-Cobos, J.; Nunez-Rico, J. L.; Balestra, S. R. G.; Almora-Barrios, N.; Lledos, M.; Guell-Bara, A.; Cabezas-Gimenez, J.; Escudero-Adan, E. C.; Vidal-Ferran, A.; Calero, S.; Reynolds, M.; Marti-Gastaldo, C.; Galan-Mascaros, J. R. Homochiral Metal Organic Frameworks for Enantioselective Separations in Liquid Chromatography. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141,14306-14316. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b06500.
  2. Tapia, J. B.; Haines, J.; Yapor, J. P.; Reynolds M. M. Identification of the Degradation Products of a Biodegradable Crosslinked Polyester Using LC-MS. Polym. Degrad. Stabil. 2019, 168, 108948.
  3. Tapia, J. B., Yapor, J. P., Reynolds, M. M. Detection of Biodegradable Device Byproducts – Risk Assessment for Device Localized Toxicity. Poster Presentation. Biointerfaces 2018 Workshop & Symposium, Boulder, CO. October 2018.
  4. Yapor, J. P.; Neufeld, B. H.; Tapia, J. B.; Reynolds, M. M. Biodegradable crosslinked polyesters derived from thiomalic acid and S-nitrosothiol analogues for nitric oxide release. J. Mater. Chem. B 2018, 6(24), 4071–4081.
  5. Neufeld, B. H.; Tapia, J. B.; Lutzke, A.; Reynolds, M. M. Small Molecule Interferences in Resazurin and MTT-Based Metabolic Assays in the Absence of Cells. Anal. Chem. 2018, 90(11), 6867–6876.
  6. Tapia, J. B., Hibbard, H. A. J., Reynolds, M. M. Derivatization of Polysaccharides to Facilitate Multiply-Charged Ion Formation for ESI-MS Analysis. Poster Presentation. Pittcon Conference & Expo, Orlando, FL. February 2018.
  7. Tapia, J. B.; Hibbard, H.; Reynolds, M. M. Dextran Derivatization for Multiple Proton Adduct Ionization Using ESI-TOF Mass Spectrometry. Poster presentation. 65th Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, Indianapolis, IN. June 2017.
  8. Tapia, J. B.; Hibbard, H. A. J.; Reynolds, M. M. Derivatization of Dextran for Multiple-Charge Ion Formation and Electrospray Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometric Analysis. J. Amer. Soc. Mass. Spec. 2017, 28(10), 2201-2208.
  9. Neufeld, M. J.; Lutzke, A.; Tapia, J. B.; Reynolds, M. M. Metal–Organic Framework/Chitosan Hybrid Materials Promote Nitric Oxide Release from S-Nitrosoglutathione. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2017, 9, 5139-5148.
  10. Lutzke, A.; Tapia, J. B.; Neufeld, M. J. Reynolds, M. M. Sustained Nitric Oxide Release from a Tertiary S-Nitrosothiol-based Polyphosphazene Coating. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2017, 9, 2104-2113.
  11. Tapia, J. B.; Denef, K.; Boot, C. M.; Reynolds, M. M. Electrospray Ionization Analysis of Dextran and Carboxymethylated Dextran. Poster presentation. 64th Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, San Antonio, TX. June 2016.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 3rd year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

Western New England University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemistry, Minor in Biology

What do you like to do for fun?

Archery, cooking, reading, listening to/playing music, escape rooms, video games, hanging out with my dog.

Current research project:

My research spans multiple areas in organic, inorganic, and materials with a focus on synthesis. I am developing a new catalytic system to create a high-throughput continuous flow catalytic reactor using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Furthermore, I am also designing and synthesizing 1D and 2D MOFs to optimize the number of active sites to try and maximize catalytic activity. I am also developing new catalysts by exploring ligand design on MOFs, synthesizing molecules for the development of pediatric cancer therapeutics that employ the combination of gene inhibition with nitric oxide delivery, and synthesizing new nitric oxide-releasing materials.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Thai, J. E., Reynolds, M. M. Using Cu3(BTC)2 Metal-Organic Framework to Create a High-Throughput, Continuous Flow Catalytic System. Poster Presentation. 258th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Diego, CA. August 27, 2019.
Who am I?

Chemistry graduate student - 4th year

Where did you do your previous work?

The University of Vermont

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Chemistry

What do you like to do for fun?

Hiking, skiing, climbing, reading, listening to/playing music, running.

Current research project:

Kinetic and mechanistic studies of metal-organic framework (MOF) catalyzed NO release from S-Nitrosoglutathione in water using 1H NMR and surface analysis techniques.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Tuttle, R. R.; Rubin, H. N.; Rithner, C. R.; Finke, R. G.; Reynolds, M. M. Product and Active Site Studies of Biocatalytic Copper-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks. Poster Presentation. 258th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Diego, CA. August 25, 2019.
  2. Tuttle, R. R.; Rubin, H. N.; Rithner, C. D.; Finke, R. G.; Reynolds, M. M. Copper ion vs copper metal–organic framework catalyzed NO release from bioavailable S-Nitrosoglutathione en route to biomedical applications: Direct 1H NMR monitoring in water allowing identification of the distinct, true reaction stoichiometries and thiol dependencies. J. Inorg. Biochem. 2019, 199, 110760.
Who am I?

Biomedical Engineering graduate student – 4th year (joint with Prof. Matt Kipper)

Where did you do your previous work?

The University of South Dakota

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S. Cellular and microbiology

What do you like to do for fun?

Skiing, hiking, playing video games, and sketching.

Current research project:

Studying the Cellular responses to glycocalyx mimetic surfaces for use in cardiovascular devices.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Vlcek, J.; Reynolds, M. M.; Kipper M. J. Glycocalyx Mimics for Blood Contacting Surfaces. Oral presentation. SBME Seminar Series. Fort Collins, CO. November 26, 2018.
  2. Vlcek, J.; Hedayati H., Reynolds, M. M.; Kipper M. J. Cell-Surface Interactions with Glycocalyx Mimics. Poster presentation. Graduate Student Showcase. Fort Collins, CO. November 13, 2018.
  3. Vlcek, J.; Hedayati H., Reynolds, M. M.; Kipper M. J. Cell-Surface Interactions with Glycocalyx Mimics. Poster presentation. BioInterface 2018 Workshop and Symposium. Boulder, CO. October 2, 2018.
Who am I?

Biomedical Engineering graduate student - 5th year

Where did you do your undergraduate work?

Kent State University

What was your undergraduate major?

B.S Biology; Minor: Chemistry

What do you like to do for fun?

Traveling, birdwatching, fishing, cooking, and playing Minecraft.

Current research project:

My research focuses on improving the performance of ECLS using heparin-free techniques.

Publications and Presentations:
  1. Zang, Y.; Reynolds, M. M. Three Approaches for Improving the Performance of Blood-Contacting Medical Devices. Poster presentation. BioInterface 2019 Workshop & Symposium. Park City, UT. September 5, 2019.
  2. Zang, Y.; Roberts, T, R.; Batchinsky, A. I.; Reynolds, M. M. A Heparin-Free Technique for Improving ECLS Performance. Oral presentation. Military Health System Research Symposium. Kissimmee, FL. August 18, 2019. **Selected to present at Acute Lung Injury in Trauma & Critical Illness session**
  3. Zang, Y.; Roberts, T, R.; Batchinsky, A. I.; Reynolds, M. M. A Heparin-Free Technique for Improving ECLS Performance. Oral presentation. 35th Annual Children’s National Symposium: ECMO & the Advanced Therapies for Respiratory Failure. Keystone, CO. February 26, 2019. **Selected to present at Bradley Hill Best Abstract Session**
  4. Zang, Y.; Popat, K. C.; Reynolds, M. M. Nitric Oxide Mediates Fibrinogen Adsorption: A Potential New Way to Prevent Blood Clot Formation. Poster presentation. BioInterface 2018 Workshop & Symposium. Boulder, CO. October 2, 2018.
  5. Zang, Y.; Popat, K. C.; Reynolds, M. M. Nitric Oxide-Mediated Fibrinogen Deposition Prevents Platelet Adhesion and Activation. Biointerphases. 2018, 13, 06E403. **Invited for special edition and selected as a feature article**
  6. Zang, Y.; Popat, K. C.; Reynolds, M. M. Nitric Oxide-Releasing Surfaces of Blood-Contacting Medical Devices. Poster presentation. 33rd Annual Children’s National Symposium: ECMO & the Advanced Therapies for Respiratory Failure. Keystone, CO. February 28, 2017.
  7. Zang, Y.; Staver, J. M.; Romero, R.; Simon-Walker, R.; Kipper, M. J.; Popat, K. C.; Reynolds, M. M. Multifunctional Surfaces of a Blood Contacting Medical Devices. Oral presentation. Cardiovascular Imaging and Physiology Symposium, Fort Collins, CO. November 18, 2016.
  8. Simon-Walker, R.; Romero, R.; Staver, J .M.; Zang, Y.; Reynolds, M. M.; Popat, K. C.; Kipper, M. J. Glycocalyx-Inspired Nitric Oxide-Releasing Surfaces Reduce Platelet Adhesion and Activation on Titanium. ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2016, 3(1), 68-77.
  9. Zang, Y.; Staver, J .M.; Romero, R.; Simon-Walker, R.; Kipper, M. J.; Reynolds, M. M.; Popat, K. C. Multifunctional Surfaces of Blood-Contacting Medical Devices. Poster Presentation. CSU Graduate Student Showcase, Fort Collins, CO. November 15, 2016.

Undergraduate Students

Who am I?

Chemistry undergraduate student.

What do you like to do for fun?

Hiking, paddle boarding, yoga, snowboarding, painting, cooking.

Current research project:

Kinetic and mechanistic studies of metal-organic framework (MOF) catalyzed NO release of S-Nitrosoglutathione in plasma.

Who am I?

Biomedical Sciences undergraduate student. (collaboration with Dr. Mark Brown)

What do you like to do for fun?

I love hiking, skiing, traveling, and going to concerts.

Current research project:

Developing an alternative neuroblastoma therapeutic that utilizes delivery of nitric oxide compounds.

Who am I?

Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduate student.

What do you like to do for fun?

Hiking, backpacking, weightlifting, wakeboarding and going to concerts.

Current research project:

My research focuses on using metal organic frameworks as a chemiluminescent sensor.

Who am I?

Chemistry undergraduate student.

What do you like to do for fun?

In my free time I love hiking, photography, and spending time with friends.

Current research project:

My current research project is measuring analyte diffusion through polymer membranes for sensing applications.

Who am I?

Biochemistry undergraduate student.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy hiking, playing my guitar and cello, and listening to music.

Current research project:

Synthesizing new polymers.

Who am I?

Chemistry undergraduate student.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to spend my time doing yoga, hiking, rock climbing, and working on craft projects. I also love planning a lot of different events from game nights to murder mystery parties.

Current research project:

Synthesizing new biodegradable polymers.

Who am I?

Biomedical and Chemical Biological Engineering undergraduate student.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy hiking, skiing, climbing, traveling and playing soccer.

Current research project:

Polymer coatings for heart valves.