One of the highlights of our summer is UTK Chemistry’s REU program, in which talented young scientists from universities throughout the region join our department for 9 weeks to gain hands on experience in the various research programs our department has to offer. This year, the Baker Bioanalysis Lab hosted Victoria Norman, a senior chemistry major from North Carolina A&T. Victoria worked closely with postdoc Marlene Dugger to develop detection systems for our droplet microarray project. The project was recently funded by The Science Alliance under the UT/ORNL JDRD program, and focuses on a visible absorbance assay conducted in nL droplets for high throughput screening of fungal enzyme production. Victoria developed a prototype 532 nm transillumination and CMOS imaging system, and characterized the specificity and dynamic range of the detection system.
Our whole lab is grateful for Victoria’s strong work, and we’re sorry to see her go. Good luck in your senior year, Victoria! Don’t be a stranger!