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Group Alumni                                    

Former Graduate Students (in reverse order of graduation)

Rachel Davey

Degree: B.S. in Chemistry, Univ. North Carolina - Wilmington, 2017


Research: Protein nitration projects

ORCID:  0000-0003-1448-1848 


[63] Alhalwani et al., BBR, 2023.

[59] Davey et al., Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 2022

[56] Alhalwani et al., Proteins: Struct., Funct., Bioinf., 2019.

Personal Interests: Travel, running, and hiking with my dog

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Career Goals: Further research in bioanalytical chemistry

Group Member: Mar. 2018 - present (Ph.D. student)

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Dr. Benjamin Swanson

Degree: Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Denver, December 2019

Thesis: "Development and Characterization of an Inexpensive Single-Particle Fluorescence Spectrometer for Detection and Classification of Pollen and Other Bioaerosols"

Publication(s): [42] D.R. Huffman et al., Atmos. Meas. Tech., 2016; [49] Swanson et al., Optics Express, 2018; [57] Swanson et al., Aerosol Sci. Tech., 2020; [62] Swanson et al., Aerosol Sci. Tech., 2022

Group Member: Mar. 2014 - Jul. 2019

Immediately After Group: Postdoctoral scientist in group of Prof. Amanda Frossard at Univ. Georgia

Currently: Handix Scientific

Hometown: Titusville, PA

College: B.S. in Chemistry, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2013

Dr. Amani Alhalwani

Degree: Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Denver, June 2018

Thesis: "The Investigation of Lactoferrin Nitration: Quantification, Function, and Inhibition" (Link)

Publication(s): [48] Alhalwani et al., Anal. Bioanal. Chem, 2017; [56] Alhalwani et al., Proteins: Struct., Funct., Bioinf., 2019; [63] Alhalwani et al., BBR, 2023.

Group Member: Mar. 2013 - Jun. 2018

Hometown:  Jeddah, Saudia Arabia

Previous Degrees:   M.S. in Chemistry, Univ. of Southampton, Southampton, U.K., 2011

B.Sc. in Chemistry, King Abdulaziz Univ., Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2002

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Nicole Savage

Degree: M.S. in Chemistry, Univ. Denver, August 2017

Thesis: "Improved Characterization and Analysis Strategies for UV-LIF Bioaerosol Instrumentation: Lab and Field Application" (Link)

Publication(s): [47] Savage et al., Atmos. Meas. Tech., 2017; [50] Könemann et al., Atmos. Meas. Tech, 2018.; [51] Savage et al., Atmos. Meas. Tech., 2018; [52] Könemann et al., Atmos. Meas. Tech, 2019; [54] Huffman et al., Aerosol Sci Tech., 2019.

Group Member: Mar. 2015 - Aug. 2017 (M.S. student); Aug. 2017 - Dec. 2018 (Research Associate, part-time)

Immediately After Group: Staff scientist at Aerosol Devices, Inc.

Hometown: Rome, NY

College: B.S. in Chemistry, St. John Fisher College, 2014

Marie Gosselin

Degree: M.S. in Chemistry, University of Denver, August 2017

Thesis: "Quantification of Airborne Fungal Spores Comparing Molecular Tracers via Ion Chromatography and UV-LIF Methods" (Link)

Publication(s): [44] Gosselin et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2016

Group Member: Mar. 2012 - Jun. 2014 (B.S. student); Aug. 2014 - Aug. 2017 (M.S. student); Aug. - Dec. 2017 (Research Associate)

Immediately After Group: Field specialist at Air Resource Specialists (current as of 3/2018)

Hometown: Chicopee, MA

College: B.S. in Environmental Chemistry, University of Denver, 2014

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Jixiao (Yuri) Li

Degree: M.S. Chemistry, University of Denver, June 2015

Thesis: "Fluorescent Biological Aerosol Particles in Coastal Canada and the Link to Atmospheric Ice Nuclei" (Link)

Publication(s): [38] Mason et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2015; [40] Ladino et al., Atmos. Environ., 2016

Group Member: Jun. 2013 - Jul. 2015

Immediately After Group: Quality control chemist; Lee Kum Kee, Inc. (current as of 10/2016)

Hometown: China

College(s): B.S. in Chemistry, Winona State Univ., Winona, MN, 2012

                  B.E. in Chem. Eng., Hebei Univ. of Technology, Tianjin, China, 2011

Carolyn Schumacher

Degree: M.A. Chemistry, University of Denver, June 2014

Thesis: "Characterization of Biogenic Particles and Ice Nuclei in Air and Soil Samples"

Publication(s): [25] Schumacher et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2014

Group Member: Jan. 2012 - June 2014

Immediately After Group: EMT 

Currently Works: EMT at Apex Paramedics (current as of 10/2016)

Hometown: Reno, NV

College: B.S. Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 2011

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Other Group Alumni

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Dr. David O'Connor

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Univ. College Cork (Ireland), 2013 (Adviser: Prof. John Sodeau)

Group Member (Postdoc): Jan. - Nov. 2015

Publication(s): [54] Duflot et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2019

Immediately After Group: Assistant lecturer; Dublin Institute of

Technology, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (current as of 2/2017)

Hometown: Cork, Ireland

Prof. Donald  Huffman

Emeritus Professor in the Physics Department at University of Arizona

Ph.D. Univ. California - Riverside, Riverside, CA, 1966

Group Member (Visiting Researcher):  2012 - 2013, non-continuous

Group Publication(s): [42] D.R. Huffman, Swanson, J.A. Huffman, Atmos.

Meas. Techn., 2016

Research: light interaction with small particles, fullerenes

Personal Interests: running, "old-time" fiddle playing, UA sports

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

2015 video Interview of Prof. D. Huffman by DU Prof. Alex Huffman

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Undergraduate Alumni or Former Students:

  (immediate next educational steps listed, if available)

Mia Supan (B.S. Environ. Science, 2024); Group Member Sep. 2022 - Mar. 2023 (pic)

Molly Nicknish (B.S. Chemistry, 2023); Group Member Oct. 2021 - May 2022

Nora Carmody (B.S. Geographic Information Systems, 2022); Group Member Mar. 2021 - Aug. 2021 (pic)

Dorian Schwartz (B.S. Chemistry, 2023); Group Member Sep. 2020 - Aug. 2023 (pic)

  • Undergraduate thesis: "Improvements in the Application of Hierarchical Agglomerative Clustering to Ambient Fluorescent Aerosol Particles Sampled at the Great Plains Field Site"

Max Palay (B.S. Biochemistry, 2022); Group Member Jan. 2020 - Jun. 2021 (pic)

Grace Strasheim (B.S. Chemistry + Computer Science, 2022); Group Member Sep. 2019 - Jun. 2021

Caleb Matteson (B.SCh. Chemistry, 2022); Group Member Sep. 2019 - Mar. 2020 (pic)

Angelica Arana (B.S. Biochemistry, 2022); Group Member Sep. 2019 - Jun. 2020 (pic)

Kassidy East (B.S. Chemistry, Regis Univ., 2021); Group Member Aug. 2019 - Jun. 2020 (pic)

Kate Patterson (B.S. Environ. Chemistry, 2021); Group Member Sep. 2018 -Jun. 2021 (pic)

  • Undergraduate thesis: "Process Development for a Single-Particle Raman Spectrometer"

Sara McCormack (B.SCh. Chemistry, 2021); Group Member Mar. 2018 - Jun. 2019 (pic)

Courtney Seffense (B.SCh. Chemistry + Anthropology, 2019); Group Member Mar. 2017 - Jun. 2019 (pic)

  • Undergraduate thesis: "Development of an Immunoassay for the Detection and Quantification of the Nitrated Form of the Major Ragweed Pollen Allergen"

Emily Lachenmayer (B.S. Chemistry, Quest University, 2019); Group Member May 2018 - Jun. 2019 (pic)

  • Undergraduate thesis (Quest Univ.) "Fungal Spore Tracers in the Middle East"

Brandon Mao (B.S. Chemistry, est. 2020; Group Member Sept. 2017 - Aug. 2018 (pic)

Sam Scherer (B.S. Biochemistry, est. 2020; Group Member Mar. - Nov. 2018 (pic)

Jackie Merle (B.S. Environ. Chem, 2018); Group Member Jan. 2017 - Jun. 2018 (pic)

Samir Rezgui; Group Member Sep. 2017 - Jun. 2018 (pic)

  • Publication: [62]

Mollie (Maria) Bieber; Group Memer Jan. 2016 - Jun. 2017 (pic)

Christine Krentz (B.S. Biochemistry, 2017); Group Member Mar. 2016 - Jun. 2017 (pic)

  • Undergraduate honors thesis: "Characterization and Analysis for Wideband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor and Associated Study of Ambient Dust and Non-Dust Events Contrasting Cyprus and Barbados"

  • Publication: [47]

Rachel Wegener (B.S. Physics + Environmental Science, 2017); Group Member Mar. 2016 - Jun. 2017 (pic)

  •     Undergraduate thesis (physics): "Effectiveness of Marine Bioparticles as Ice Nuclei"

  •     Publication: [53

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory; SULI intern)

Anna Dondero (B.S. Biochemistry, 2017); Group Member Jan. - Nov. 2016 (pic)

Meghan Allen (B.S. Biochemistry, 2016); Group Member Aug. - Dec. 2015

Bryan Luu (B.S. Biology, 2017); Group Member Jun. 2015 - Jun. 2016

Alex Hill (B.S. Chemistry, 2016); Group Member Mar. 2014 - Sept. 2015

(Univ. Michigan; Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program)

Emma Biesiada (B.S. Biochemistry, 2016); Group Member Mar. 2014 - Aug. 2016 (pic)

(Univ. Colorado - Boulder; Environmental Engineering Ph.D. program)

Kyle Pierce (B.S. Chemistry, 2016); Group Member Oct. 2013 - Aug. 2016 (pic)

  • Publication: [39]

John (Jack) Maurer (B.S. Physics + Chemistry, 2016); Group Member Oct. 2013 - Apr. 2015 (pic)

(Univ. Oregon; Chemistry Ph.D. program)

Jana Huang (B.S. Biology, 2015); Group Member Sep. - Dec. 2014

(Emory Univ.; School of Medicine; M.D. Program)

Robert Biedron (B.S. Chemistry, 2015); Group Member Mar. - Dec. 2014

Michael Noller (B.S. Chemistry, 2014); Group Member Jan. - Jun. 2014 (pic)

(Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences; M.D. Program)

Wal Lassar (B.S. Chemistry, 2015); Group Member Oct. 2013 - Jun. 2015 (pic)

  • Undergraduate thesis: "BIODETECT 2014: Ambient Observations by a Comprehensive Suite of Light-Induced Fluorescence Techniques during Summer Near Paris, France"

  • Publication: [39]

Annie Halseth (B.S. Biology, 2017); Group Member Sep. 2013 - Jun. 2014 (pic)

Nhat Do (B.A. Env. Science, 2014); Group Member Jun. - Aug. 2013

(Univ. Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies; International Development M.A. program) 

Rachael Scoggins (B.S. Biology, 2015); Group Member Mar. - Aug. 2013 (pic)

Kyle Milberg (B.S. Chemistry, 2014); Group Member Jan. - Jun. 2013 (pic)

Joshua Vann (B.S. Chemistry, 2014); Group Member: Mar. - Dec. 2012 (pic)

(Univ. Alaska Fairbanks; Physics Ph.D. program)

Marie Gosselin (B.S. Env. Chemistry, 2014); Group Member Mar. 2012 - Mar. 2014 (pic)

  • Undergraduate thesis: "Method Development for Offline Quantification of Airborne Fungal Spores Using Molecular Tracers via GC/MS and LC/MS"

(Univ. Denver; Chemistry M.S. program)

Summer Undergraduate Research Grants, DU Undergraduate Research Center:

2022: Dorian Schwartz

2021: Nora Carmody

2020: Kate Patterson

2018: Brandon Mao

2017: Jackie Merle

2017: Courtney Seffense

2016: Anna Dondero

2016: Christine Krentz

2015: Kyle Pierce

2014: Wal Lassar

2014: Jack Maurer

2014: Kyle Pierce

2013: Marie Gosselin

2013: Rachael Scoggins


Inter-term Graduate Students:

2019: Alex Volkova

2019: Maxwell Freeman

2017: Rachel Davey

2016: Willy (Thacien) Ngendahimana

2015: Martin Aguilar

2014: Nicole Savage

2012: Amani Alhalwani

2012: Jixiao (Yuri) Li

2011: Carolyn Schumacher

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