Dr. Buddini Karawdeniya

Postdoctoral Researcher: Southern Methodist University, Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas

Ph.D (analytical chemistry) : Dwyer group, URI 2018

Grad. Chem (B.S. equivalent): Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, 2010

B.S. (Biological Sciences): University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2010

I work mainly on profiling polysaccharides by solid-state nanopores to identify structurally close sugars in a clinical (or food)  sample and fabricating SERS substrates with electroless gold plating with multifunctional capabilities. I have also worked on surface modification of silicon nitride nanopore surfaces with metal and organic functional groups to manipulate surface chemistry for sensing. Interested in developing point-of-care diagnostics, nanomaterials, microfluidics and surface chemistry.

Personal Interests

Poetry, Dan Brown & Agatha Christie's books, Travelling, Gimp, Cooking, Dancing, Action movies and Dogs

Dr. Nuwan Bandara

Postdoctoral Researcher: Southern Methodist University, Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas

Ph.D (analytical chemistry) : Dwyer group, URI 2018

Grad. Chem (B.S. equivalent): Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, 2010

B.S. (Biological Sciences): University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2010

 

Research Interests

I am interested in nanopore fabrication (through dielectric breakdown process), sensing (DNA and sugars, in particular), conductance modeling, nanopore surface chemical modifications, creating substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) on planar silicon nitride and other materials, including paper. In addition, I do automated data analysis using custom software I wrote in Mathematica, instrumentation development with Labview control, and CAD design and 3D printing

 

Personal Interests

Cricket, Cars, Travelling, Dining, Netflix, Arduino

Jonathan Nichols

Associate Scientist in Advanced Biosensor Research and Development, Nova Biomedical 

M.S. (Chemistry): Dwyer group, URI

B.S. (Chemistry): University of Massachusetts Boston, 2015


Research interests
My research interests are in tuning the experimental conditions of nanopore measurements, such as electrolyte composition, pH, and applied voltage, and understanding how they affect single molecule detection. By optimizing experimental parameters, two molecules of extremely similar but different structure can be selectively detected, even when both are present at the same time. Selective single molecule detection may be applicable in the detection of deadly contaminants in life-saving drugs.

Personal interests
WWE wrestling, working on cars, animals, candlepin bowling, pizza connoisseur 

Dr. Julie Whelan

Graduate Student (Ph.D)

Current: 

Elaine Foun

Graduate Student (M.S)

Current : Waters Corp.

Melissa Morris

Undergraduate student

Benjamin Rickson

Undergraduate student

Sam Toppa

Undergraduate student

Catherine Linh

Undergraduate student 

Michael Auten

Undergraduate researcher

Caitlin Masterson

Undergraduate student (B.S)

Current : Graduate student, Brown University

Josh Morimoto

B.Sc.

Current:  Graduate Student, Tufts Chemistry

Zack Lariviere

Undergraduate researcher

Jonathan Lloyd

Undergraduate researcher

Cory Lawton

B.Sc.

Current:  Forensic Chemistry

Ian Tompkins

Undergraduate researcher

Current:  Pharmacy, political policy

Jayce Napolitano

Undergraduate student 

Sarah Golden

B.Sc.

Current:  Forensics

Jessica de Rocha Silva

Undergraduate exchange student (Brazil)

Joshua Doyle

Undergraduate student 

Dan Wilson

Undergraduate student (B.S)

Current : Graduate student, Tufts University 

Leslie McCabe

B.Sc.

Current: Quality Manager, Beverage Division, Dunkin' Brands

Adriana Mendieta

Undergraduate Researcher

Jamie Pahigian

Undergraduate researcher

Caitlin Ross

Undergraduate student (B.S)

Current :

Lucas Ginsberg

Undergraduate student (B.S)

Current : Graduate student, UC Berkeley

Cameron Frament

Undergraduate student (B.S)

Current :  Risk Analysis, Narragansett Bay Insurance Company

Brian Kite

Research Assistant

Travis Leffert

Undergraduate student (B.S)

Current : TwoPore Guys, CA

Elaine Viola

Undergraduate student (B.S)

Anna Khabaeva

High School Student

Blaine Lynch-Gadaleta

High School Student

Priyanka Bonifaz

High School Student

Diondra Perillo

High School Student

Nathan Meehan

High School Student

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