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Menake E. Piyasena is a Bio-analytical chemist with a research interest in new technology development for pathogen detection, disease diagnosis, environmental monitoring, cell separation, and cell enrichment. His group explores microfluidic, acoustofluidic, and particle-
based approaches along with flow cytometry and fluorescence spectroscopic methods to create rapid and sensitive bio-analytical techniques that are especially useful for clinical and biomedical applications. His group has on-going collaborative work with Dr. Praveen Patidar to develop enzyme-based detection systems for breast cancer diagnosis. His group maintains a productive collaboration with Dr. Gayan Rubasinghege, in his effort to determine the environmental effects of pharmaceutical and personal care product degradation. He has close collaborations with Dr. Steven Graves at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Pranav Sharma at Texas Tech Health Science Center, and Dr. Thomas Manz at New Mexico State University. Dr. Piyasena has presented at the Gordon Research Conference on Microfluidics, American Chemical Society’s National Conference, and the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (PITTCON). He is always looking for highly motivated students with Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering interests.
Sabino Maldonaro-Torres, of Dr. Rubasinghege's research group, recently published their work on "Fate, transformation, and toxicological impacts of pharmaceutical and personal care products in surface waters" in Environmental Health Insights.
DS, Liam and Susantha, from the Tello-Aburto group, published their work "Design, synthesis, and evaluation of cystargolide-based β-lactones as potent proteasome inhibitors” in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
Congratulations to Dr. Rodolfo Tello-Aburto for recently receiving federal funding by NIH for his R15 entitled "Structure-Activity Relationship Studies of Peptide Beta-Lactones as Proteasome Inhibitors and Anticancer Agents"
Dr. Rubasinghege's research group recently published their work on "A charge-separated diamondoid metal–organic framework" in Chemical Communication. This is a colloborative project with Dr. Yang Qin at UNM.
Dr. Tammie Nelson (LANL) will present at the Chemistry Department seminar,
at Noon on November 16th in Lopez Hall 106
Dr. Liliya V. Frolova recently published an article "Surface-modified three-dimensional graphene nanosheets as a stationary phase for chromatographic separation of chiral drugs" in Nature - Scientific Reports.
Dr. Praveen Patidar received federal funding by NIH for his R15 entitled "The Interplay of XRN2 and PARP1 in Preventing R-loop-induced Genomic Instability"