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.

Undergraduates

   
Samuel Migirditch Samuel Migirditch is an undergraduate junior majoring in Applied 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.
  Cody Benton  
  Haley Curtis  
  Hunter Fletcher Hunter Fletcher is an undergraduate majoring in Applied Physics with a concentration in Electronics. He graduated with an AAS in Electronic Engineering Technology in 2016 and is expecting to graduate from Appalachian in 2019.
  Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller is an undergraduate majoring in Applied 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.

  Greg Rapp Greg Rapp is an undergraduate in Applied 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.
  Simon Marland Simon Marland is an undergraduate engineering major at Washington and Lee University. After volunteering as a programmer in the summer of 2016, he received a Johnson Opportunity Grant to work at the BiyOSeF Lab the following summer, where he continues improving the capabilities of the Automated Tweezer system and program. 

                         

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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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