Timothy Hamerly

Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Timothy Hamerly has developed a novel method for isolating small molecules from complex solutions using serum albumin, a protein found in the blood stream that transports a wide variety of small molecules throughout the body. His method greatly reduces the number of molecules seen by a mass spectrometer, resulting in decreased time spent analyzing data and increased rates of biomarker discovery. Hamerley’s assay has also been used to differentiate stressed animals that have undergone hemorrhagic shock (massive blood loss) from healthy animals in a rapid manner. Read more…

Nicholas Dotson

Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience

Nick Dotson studies how different areas of the brain interact during working memory. This is accomplished by recording neural activity from non-human primates that are performing a working memory task. Deficits in working memory are a hallmark of many cognitive disorders, such as schizophrenia, and this type of work is crucial for the development of better treatments and diagnostic tools. The results of his research, which shows that that the patterns of synchronization between the prefrontal and posterior parietal cortex retain information in working memory, were recently reported in the journal ScienceRead more…

 

Sydney Akapame

Ph.D. candidate in Statistics

Sydney Akapame’s research is focused on the optimal design of nonlinear models, which are models with exponents, logarithms or other complicated functions of the independent variable and parameters, for biostatistical applications. His work has been applied to the design of optimal experiments for testing compartmental models of drug absorption rates in pharmacokinetic studies, as well as models used to study chemical reactions that are catalyzed by enzymes and logistic models used in many pharmaceutical applications. Read more…