Assistant Professor, Analytical Chemistry
415 Cox Hall
Research Assistant Professor
Xiaohu Xie is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry at Nanjing University in China and Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Before joining the lab, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His long-term interest is to investigate the neural mechanisms of addiction, decision making, and social behaviors, using interdisciplinary approaches.
In late 2013, Christie graduated from the University of Connecticut after having completed her B.S. and M.A. in Psychology and behavioral neuroscience. Her thesis research focused on effort-related motivational dysfunctions with pro-inflammatory cytokine induction and the association with psychomotor slowing, anergia, and fatigue commonly seen in depression, Parkinson's disease, and other inflammatory disease states. In addition, Christie assisted pre-clinical animal studies investigating pharmacological manipulations of dopamine, cannabinoid, and adenosine neurotransmission to further understand neural mechanisms and aspects of animal behavior involving mesolimbic dopamine. Not long after, being no stranger to moving to different states, she took the trip from Connecticut down to Raleigh to join the Sombers lab for more research with dopamine! Excited to continue to do more investigations with dopamine modulation and Parkinson's research, Christie assists the daily animal care and training for in-vivo electrochemical research, as well as doing administrative duties for the lab.
Administrative Support Specialist
Robin graduated from NCSU with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Accounting. She worked for the North Carolina Real Estate Commission for 14 years investigating complaints against real estate agents. She spent 6 years in the Legal Department and 8 years as an Auditor/Investigator at the Real Estate Commission. Robin joined the NCSU Chemistry Department in March of 2010. She supports four research professors and their research groups. She loves her job and especially enjoys interacting with the students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two children – Parker and Maggie.
Nate grew up in Marion, NC. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from North Carolina State University in 2003. After spending many years as a high school chemistry teacher in Wilmington, NC, he returned to NCSU and joined the Sombers group in the fall of 2013. Outside the realm of chemistry, he enjoys traveling, reading, movies, and being outdoors.
Lars was born outside of Richmond, VA. He received his B.S. in Chemistry with Honors from The College of William & Mary, where he was active in his fraternity Alpha Tau Omega, on the club tennis team, and in greek ministry. He participated in research all four years of undergraduate in the lab of Dr. Robert D. Pike. Outside of school, his interests include racing and working on motorcycles, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Lars is always up for a conversation about how science and religion complement each other, and loves sharing (and indulging in) God's love.
Edwin grew up in Fayetteville, NC. He received his B.S. in chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill where his research interest was ionization of pyrolysed compounds and analysis with mass spectrometry. He joined the group in the fall of 2011. He enjoys spending time with his wife, playing disc golf, studying theology, and is involved at South Durham Church.
Lingjiao was born in Sichuan, China in 1988. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology from Beijing Normal University in China. She was admitted to NCSU in the Fall of 2010 to study Analytical Chemistry. She joined Dr. Sombers' research group in October, 2010. She enjoys travel, shopping, watching movies, chatting with friends and spending time with family. She also likes cooking very much!
Nastassja was born in Shreveport, LA in 1986. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology, Philosophy & Religion from Cornell College in 2007. After working as a developmental counselor with disabled children and young adults for a few years, she returned to school and graduated with a B.A.S. in Interdisciplinary Chemistry & Biology from The Evergreen State College in 2013. She was admitted to NCSU in the Spring of 2014 as a Ph.D candidate, studying Analytical Chemistry. She joined the Sombers research group in the Summer of 2014. She enjoys vintage video games, reading, rugby and especially traveling.
James received his B.S. degree in Chemistry with honors from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC. He joined the group in 2008 and began work on advancing microelectrode technology for neuroscience applications and studying real-time fluctuations of neurotransmitters in the rat brain with fast scan cyclic voltammetry. Besides research, James enjoys cooking, bicycle riding, taking his dog to the park, and Formula One racing.
Born in Coburg, Germany. Moved to the US in 2001. Undergraduate at NCSU from 2006-2010. Andy is interested in improving the electrochemical detection and characterization of various neuropeptides. His personal interests are playing and/or watching soccer, football, or any other outdoor sport.
Samantha is from Illinois where she received her B.S. in Forensic Chemistry. Her undergraduate research included Ionic Liquids, trace analysis of drugs in water sources, and evaluating synthetic thiosemicarbazones containing compounds as inhibitors of Cathepsin K. She received her first publication in her research of Ionic Liquids as a mobile phase additive and their affects on retention of explosive related compounds. Samantha is currently working with the Sombers Lab while obtaining her PhD in Analytical Chemistry. For fun Samantha enjoys running, cooking, watching movies, any outdoor activity (hiking, fishing, camping, etc.), and healthy baking!
Leslie earned her B.S. degree in 2009 from the University of Mary Washington and her M.S. degree in 2011 from Western Carolina University. Leslie started studying at NC State in august 2013 to purse her PhD in Chemistry. Her interests outside of school work include playing guitar, dancing, riding horses, and being around friends.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Kristen is a senior at NCSU, studying Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Biology and a Spanish minor. She plans to graduate in May of 2014 with University Honors and two years experience in the Sombers Lab. Kristen is a member of the NCSU Racquetball club, participates in a theatrical dance group, enjoys being a tutor and mentor for children as well as volunteering at Urban Ministries. Her interests include all things athletic, movies, cooking, and learning new cultures. Kristen has a love for science and a passion to share her knowledge and interests with others.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Anna is currently a junior at NCSU majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She will graduate in the spring of 2015 with University Honors and 2 and a half years of experience in the Sombers lab. After that, she plans to attend graduate school for neural engineering or regenerative medicine. Anna is also an officer for the Society of Women Engineers and enjoys mentoring and teaching math and science to future engineers. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and adventuring outdoors.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Kyle is from Asheville, NC. He is a senior in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Human Biology, at NCSU where he is expected to graduate with honors in May of 2014. He joined the Sombers group in the fall of 2013 to explore an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to Neuroscience. His long-term career goal is to investigate potential targets for pharmaceutical intervention in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly with respect to movement disorders. Kyle also works for the Undergraduate Tutorial Center, running supplementary tutorial sessions for Organic and General Chemistry courses, as well as working with the Academic Consulting and individual tutoring programs. In his “spare time”, he enjoys being outside, reading and looking for new places to eat.
Camen is a junior in the physics program at NCSU. He plans to graduate in May 2015 with four semesters of experience in Sombers Lab. Post graduate plans include living in the United Arab Emirates followed by teaching high school and coaching football. Afterwards he plans to pursue a doctorate degree in Neurophysics. He works as a tutor at the University's First Year College as well as in-home. His interests include mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, reading, watching and playing sports, and being outdoors.