Congratulations Laura Casto, Ph.D.

On March 26th, Laura Casto became the first Ph.D. graduate from the Baker Bioanalysis Lab. In her time here she published two papers, with a 3rd in submission. Her work over the past few years has focused on the development of technologies for low cost electrophoresis, including electrophoresis in paper-based microfluidics, and miniature, low cost fluorescence detectors for CE. Laura has won numerous honors as a graduate student, including poster awards at UTK’s Women in STEM symposium and the Chemistry department’s Board of Visitor’s meeting, and a summer research fellowship from Eastman Chemical. She has proven to be a talented educator, having served as instructor of record for a general chemistry course in the spring semester of 2019. Laura is leaving our group to start a postdoctoral position at the Space Science Lab at UC Berkeley. We couldn’t be more proud of Laura and her accomplishments, and we can’t wait to see what her future holds!