Members

Faculty

Dr. Jennifer Burris

Dr. Jennifer Burris

Professor and Chair of the Phyiscs and Astronomy Department
(828) 262-4956
231 IG Greer

Jennifer Burris is a Professor of physics and Chair of the Physics & Astronomy Department. Dr. Burris specializes in optics and Raman spectroscopy. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from Colorado State University in 2003.

Brooke Hester

Dr. Brooke Hester

Associate Professor
(828) 262-6550
211 Garwood Hall (GWH)

Brooke Hester is an Associate 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 Student

Lucian Murray

Lucian Murray

Lucian Murray is a graduate student at Appalachian State University. He is in the Engineering Physics MS program, he graduated from App State with a Major in Applied Physics and a Minor in Chemistry. 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.

Forrest Myers

Forrest Myers

Forrest Myers is a graduate student with Bachelor's degrees in Physics and Mathematics. He is currently in the accelerated masters program and hopes to get a Masters Degree in Physics with a concentration in Systems and Laboratory Automation. He started working with BiyOSeF in spring 2018 and he expects to graduate in May 2021. From spring 2018 to spring 2020 he was working on a project studying Plasmon Resonance of gold nanoshells, and has presented posters on his research at the SNCURCS and Creative Endeavors undergraduate research conferences. He has received an OSR Grant, SAFE Grant, and a local NC Space Grant to fund the research. In fall 2020 he began a new research project studying interparticle forces between two connected particles.

Lia Phillips

Lia Phillips

Lia Phillips is a graduate student currently pursuing an MS in Engineering Physics with plans to graduate in May of 2022. She also did her undergraduate studies at Appalachian, graduating with a Bachelors in Physics in May of 2020. Lia started working with BiyOSeF in August of 2019 after completing a summer research experience at Howard University in Washington, DC. She is currently working on the Laser Tweezer Raman Spectroscopy (LTRS) project, and was awarded the 2020-21 NC Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her work. Additionally, she's been awarded several OSR, SAFE, and research travel grants during her time with BiyOSeF.

Nathaniel Scott

Nathaniel Scott

Nathaniel Scott is a physics and mathematics double major and is expecting to graduate in May 2020. He has worked in the Laser Tweezer Raman Spectroscopy (LTRS) laboratory since the Summer of 2016 and has received three research grants, one travel grant, and one NC Space Grant (2018).

Undergraduate Student

Evan Barnes

Evan Barnes

Evan Barnes is a Senior Physics Major with a concentration in Applied Physics and emphasis in Astronomy. He started working with BiyOSeF in Fall 2019, he is a first year student in the accelerated MS of Engineering Physics program. In his free time he enjoys music and crafty pastimes. Optics fascinates Evan and he is very proud to participate in a research team that can teach him so much about this intriguing field of science.

Frances "Claire" Brown

Frances "Claire" Brown

Claire Brown is an undergraduate Physics major with a concentration in Applied Physics, an emphasis in Engineering Physics, and minors in Mathematics and Astronomy. 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, has received OSR grants in October of 2018 and September of 2019, as well as a SAFE grant in Octber of 2018. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering following the completion of her undergraduate degree.

Jaydan Hush

Jaydan Hush

Jaydan Hush is an undergraduate Applied Physics major with an emphasis in Engineering Electronics. He began research with Biyosef in the Laser Tweezer Raman Spectroscopy (LTRS) laboratory in Fall 2018 and is honored to work with the Biyosef team. Jaydan presented his poster under Biyosef Faculty Advisors, Dr. Brooke Hester and Dr. Jennifer Burris, at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium 2018. He received an OSR Grant in Fall 2020 and is working toward acceptance into the Engineering Physics Master's Program.

Henry Kolesar

Henry Kolesar

Henry Kolesar is an undergraduate Applied Physics major at Appalachian State university and is working on the Fluorescence Anisotropy project. Henry began research with BiyOSef in 2020.

Clay Langfeldt

Clay Langfeldt

Clay Langfeldt is an undergraduate Junior currently pursuing a BS in Biology with a minor in Spanish. He is expected to graduate in Spring 2021. Currently he is a part of the Fluorescence project

Jaden Miller

Austin Murphy

Austin Murphy

Austin Murphy is a senior Applied Physics major and Mathematics minor at Appalachian State University. Using an automated tweezer apparatus, Austin researches cell culture media, the physical properties of various biological systems such as cancerous cervical cells, and conducts training for new members of the BiyOSeF team.