Group Alumni

  • Julie Gras-Najjar

    Julie Gras-Najjar

    Julie Gras-Najjar was the Sombers lab manager for two years, before leaving to pursue career opportunities in public policy. She earned her B.A. in Chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill where she did research in the Wightman Lab and gained experience in FSCV and in vivo work. She went on to get her MHS in Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    Marina Spanos

    Marina Spanos

    Marina Spanos was a post-doctoral research assistant in the Sombers Lab who is now employed as a post-doctoral researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill. She earned her B.S and M.S. in Biology and Chemistry at Virginia Tech, and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the mentorship of Dr. Clyde W. Hodge. In the Sombers lab, she investigated endogenous hydrogen peroxide dynamics in the striatum of intact rats.

    Vincent Toups

    Vincent Toups

    Vincent Toups was a post-doctoral research assistant in the Sombers Lab who is now employed with a small startup company in France! He earned his B.S. in Physics at Louisiana State University where he worked in the Surface Science Lab of Doctor Kurtz and Doctor Stockbauer. He holds a PhD in theoretical neuroscience from UNC, where he worked with Dr. Paul Tiesinga.

  • Leyda Lugo

    Leyda Lugo-Morales

    Leyda earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She earner her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2013, and is currently employed as a forensic scientist with the NC State Bureau of Investigation. She is an expert in biosensing technologies.

  • Steph Hughes

    Stephanie Hughes

    Steph received her undergraduate degree in 2010 from Appalachian State University. She earned an M.S. in Chemistry at NCSU in 2013 and is currently employed at BioMerieux. She was a jack of all trades in the Sombers lab!

  • Ally Mentock

    Ally Mentock

    Graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from NCSU in 2013. As an undergraduate in the Sombers Lab, she worked to better understand levodopa treatments.

  • Oindree Banerjee

    Oindree Banerjee

    Graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and in Physics from NCSU in 2013. As an undergraduate in the Sombers Lab, she worked to quantify Fenton chemistry in live brain tissue. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in physics at Ohio State.

  • Eyob Eyualem

    Eyob Eyualem

    Graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from NCSU in 2013. As an undergraduate researcher, Eyob worked between the Sombers and the McCarty labs to better understand the fundamental mechanisms that underlie sensor development.

  • Anirudh Kota

    Anirudh Kota

    Graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from NCSU in 2013. As an undergraduate researcher, he worked to characterize methodologies for local drug delivery in brain tissue.

  • Hadeer Metwally

    Hadeer Metwally

    Hadeer graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from NCSU in 2013, but is currently studying to become a doctor at UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School. As an undergraduate researcher she was interested in biosensor design.

  • Rochana Jayakumar

    Rochana Jayakumar

    Graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from NCSU in 2013. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Engineering at NCSU. As an undergraduate researcher, she worked to detect reactive oxygen species.

  • Stephen Morton

    Stephen Morton

    Graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering; won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for graduate studies at MIT

  • Hannah Oara

    Hannah Oara

    Graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry; currently working at Pfizer

  • Audrey Sanford

    Audrey Sanford

    Audrey was the first Sombers lab rockstar. She was our lab manager, but is currently studying to become a doctor at Wake Forest Medical School

  • Kelsey Whitehouse

    Kelsey Whitehouse

    Graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry

  • Jeremy Letchworth

    Jeremy Letchworth

  • Phil Loziuk

    Phil Loziuk

    Post baccalaureate scientist in the Sombers lab - now pursuing new scientific avenues as a graduate student with Dave Muddiman at NCSU

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