Smith Group Lab Meetings, Spring 2014
4:00 pm on Fridays


Smih Group - Spring 2014 Meeting Schedule


Smith Group Lab Members

Current Graduate Students

Neha Arora

Neha Arora

narora@iastate.edu

294-8586, Office Gilman 0712


My research is focused on an important class of cell membrane receptors called integrins. The current projects include studying integrin post-translational modifications within cells and elucidating the role of cholesterol in integrins’ lateral diffusion.

Michael Lesoine

Michael Lesoine

mlesoine@iastate.edu

294-8586, Office Gilman 0712


I have developed fluorescence and Raman instruments that allow for observation of sub-diffraction focal volumes. Currently we are utilizing the systems to examine sub-diffraction biological and inorganic systems.

Dipak Mainali

Dipak Mainali

dmainali@iastate.edu

294-8586, Office Gilman 0712


My research area includes understanding the dynamics, interactions, and functions of membrane proteins such as receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE) and integrins in cultured cells at a single molecule level utilizing the fluorescence techniques.

Vy Nguyen

Vy Nguyen

vynguyen@iastate.edu

294-8586, Office Gilman 0712


My research relates to applications involving Total Internal Reflection Raman Spectroscopy and other surface sensitive techniques. My work currently focuses on identification methods that study buried nanometer-sized layers of various materials using TIR Raman Spectroscopy.

Aleem Syed

Aleem Syed

wrtaleem@iastate.edu

294-8586, Office Gilman 0712


I am using fluorescence techniques and developing methodology to study the cell membrane.

Jonathan Bobbitt

Jonathan Bobbitt

jbobbitt@iastate.edu

294-8586, Office Gilman 0712


My research involves monitoring the degradation of biomass such as lignin, which is an important chemical process in the conversion of biomass into usable fuel. Currently I am using Raman spectroscopy to monitor the acid hydrolysis of tannic acid (a model compound for Lignin) into glucose and gallic acid.

Daniel Freppon

Daniel Freppon

dfreppon@iastate.edu

294-8586, Office Gilman 0712


My research involves the study of single molecules using Raman spectroscopy. I am also researching new techniques to enhance the Raman scattering signal produced by single molecules.

Qiaochu Zhu

Qiaochu Zhu

qiaochuz@iastate.edu

294-8586, Office Gilman 0712


My research involves the biological application of fluorescence technique. My work is currently focusing on investigating the role of Receptor for Advanced Glycation Endproducts (RAGE).

Deyny Mendivelso

Deyny Mendivelso

dlety@iastate.edu

294-8586, Office Gilman 0712


My research focuses in the application of Raman Spectroscopy for studying polymeric films.

Current Undergraduate Students

  • Rachel Kirps


Links



Smith Group at Iowa State University Department of ChemistryLeft to right: Chien-Ju (Cherry) Shih, Kristopher McKee and Professor Smith.
Smith GroupClockwise from top left: Jason Lupoi, Kristopher McKee, Matthew MacKay, Rebecca Rasmussen, Zachary Fondren, Matthew Meyer, Dipak Mainali, Neha Arora, Suzanne Sander, Vy Nguyen, Michael Lesoine and Professor Smith.
Smith GroupClockwise from top left: Professor Smith, Jason Lupoi, Kristopher McKee, Chien-Ju (Cherry) Shih, Suzanne Sander and Nuha Salem.
Clockwise from left: Deepak Dibya, Kristopher McKee, Jason Lupoi, Stephen Fosdick, Matthew Meyer, Professor Smith, Suzanne Sander, Chien-Ju (Cherry) Shih and Neha Arora.
Left to right: Professor Smith, Nuha Salem, Kristopher McKee, Jason Lupoi and Suzanne Sander.
Left to right:Deepak Dibya, Jason Lupoi, Professor Smith, Suzanne Sander and Nuha Salem.
Deepak Dibya and Professor Smith following Dibya’s Ph.D. Defense.
A photo of our laboratory.
Another view of our lab.