Members

 

Faculty

   
Dr. Jennifer Burris
Associate Professor,
Assoicate Dean - College of Arts and Sciences
burrisjl@appstate.edu
828-262-6879
201 IG Greer
Jennifer Burris is an Associate Professor in the Physics & Astronomy Department and the Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Burris specializes in optics and Raman spectroscopy. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from Colorado State University in 2003.
Dr. Brooke Hester
Assistant Professor
hesterbc@appstate.edu
828-262-6550
211 Garwood Hall (GWH)
Brooke Hester is an Assistant Professor in the Physics & Astronomy Department who specializes in confocal and fluorescence microscopy and optical tweezers. Dr. Hester received her Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland – College Park in 2010.

Graduate Students

   
Michael Paolino Michael Paolino is a graduate student in the MS Engineering Physics program. He has been working with BiyOSeF since January 2015. He has received a North Carolina Space Grant. He has presented posters at SERMACS, SNCURs, and NC Space Grant Symposium. The poster at SERMACS took first place in the division. Over spring break he presented at the APS March meeting. His presentation was titled "A Technique for Studying Cardiac Muscle Dynamics with Automated Optical Tweezers." This summer he will be working on frequency domain anistoropy research funded by an NIH grant. He will be graduating in May 2018, and he will be applying to Physics and Chemical Physics PhD programs.
  Murphy D'Oyen Murphy D'Oyen is a graduate student in the MS Engineering Physics program with a concentration in Systems and Laboratory Automation. She received a NC Space Grant for Summer 2017. She is working on a multidisciplinary project with the Biology department.
   Paige Rice Paige Rice is a Doctoral student in the Exercise and Sports Science PhD program through Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. She is teaching undergraduate courses in the Department of Health and Exercise Science while conducting research both at Appalachian State and Edith Cowan. Paige received a Master of Science from ASU and Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. Her main area of research is in identifying the gross and molecular determinants of stretch-shortening cycle performance in dancers. Paige is currently working on isolating the giant protein titin from human gastrocnemius muscle to ultimately obtain stress-strain curves from optical tweezers. She has been collaborating with the Physics and Chemistry Departments for two years to develop this project. Paige has five refereed journal publications, four conference abstracts and has received a total of $1,400 in funding.

Undergraduates

   
Samuel Migirditch Samuel Migirditch is an undergraduate senior majoring in Physics and Mathematics who has been working for Dr. Hester since Fall 2013. He has presented at two local, three state, two national, and one international conference. Sam has received four research grants and three travel grants from the Office of Student Research as well as a local North Carolina Space Grant. He expects to graduate in 2018 and is currently working on theoretical modeling of the optical forces exerted on nanoshells during optical trapping.
Nathaniel Scott  

Nathaniel Scott is an undergraduate Physics major with a minor in Mathematics. He is expected to graduate in May 2019. Nathaniel has been working with Dr. Burris in the Raman Spectroscopy lab since summer 2016. He is currently working in the Laser Tweezer Raman Spectroscopy (LSTR) lab. His project is based on the automation of components in the LSTR apparatus. He has received one grant from the Office of Student Research.

Caroline Donaghy Caroline Donaghy is an undergraduate junior Chemistry major with a Physics minor. She is expected to graduate May 2018. Caroline has been working with Dr. Hester on the fluorescence project since summer 2016 and with Dr. Cecile in the chemistry department since spring 2016. These two research projects are a collaborative effort to determine the structure of the enzyme OAT.
  Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller is an undergraduate junior majoring in Physics with a concentration in Medical Physics and a minor in Mathematics. He expects to graduate in May 2019. He has been working with BiyOSeF since January 2017. He is currently working on temperature determination of a trapped nanoshell. He has presented posters at the Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors 2017 and State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium 2017. He has recieved an OSR grant, OSR travel grant, and a SAFE grant.

  Greg Rapp Greg Rapp is an undergraduate in Physics with a concentration in engineering and a minor in computer science.  He has been working with BiyOSeF since May 2017. He expects to graduate in May 2020.
Forrest Myers Forrest Myers is an undergraduate freshman majoring in physics and mathematics. He started working with Biyosef in Spring 2018. He expects to graduate in May 2020.
Lucian Murray Lucian Murray is a Junior at Appalachian State University. He is majoring in Physics with a minor in Chemistry in hopes of going to Medical school. He started working with BiyOSeF in January 2018. He is currently working on the Fluorescence Anisotropy project. In his spare time, he enjoys playing drums, guitar, video games, rugby, and, of course, taking long walks on the beach. He is excited to be part of the BiyOSeF team and looks forward to seeing all that the team can accomplish.

Frances "Claire" Brown

Claire Brown is an undergraduate Physics major with a concentration in Astrophysics and a minor in  Mathematics. She began working with Biyosef in the Spring of 2018 and is expected to graduate in 2021. She received the NC Space Grant for Spring 2018.

                         

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Contact

Jennifer L. Burris, Ph.D.
828-262-6879
burrisjl@appstate.edu

or

Brooke C. Hester, Ph.D.
828-262-6550
hesterbc@appstate.edu

Physics & Astronomy Department
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608
828-262-2049 (fax)

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