Who We Are
The Sombers Lab is an interdisciplinary group comprising researchers from Chemistry, Biochemistry, Engineering, Biology and Physics. Our research focuses on the development, characterization, optimization, and application of analytical techniques to study neurochemical changes in living brain tissue. Our ability to make complex biological measurements in behaving animals distinguishes us from most analytical chemists by allowing us to use our developments to make significant advances in the field of Neuroscience. Read More >>
The Sombers Lab is affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and with the W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology at NCSU.
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Congratulations to Doctora Leyda for defending her PhD in Chemistry!
Leslie, Lingjiao Qi, and Elina Thomas are working once again with Carol Chappell and Lee County elementary and middle school teachers to help build a strong foundation in Chemistry for our NC kids.
The Sombers Lab Outreach Video, created for 8th graders at Lee County Schools, directed and produced by Julie Gras-Najjar, is fricking SWEET!
We are happy to welcome incoming graduate students Nathalia Ortiz and Samantha Smith, as well as a new Research Asst Prof, Tiger Xie this summer.
Congratulations to Steph Hughes for her master's degree in Chemistry and a great new job in the triangle at bioMerieux Inc.
Leyda Lugo-Morales, was awarded the SIGMA XI Chapter Research Award in recognition of superior achievements in academic research.
Marina's paper was just accepted at ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Steph Hughes has won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Way to go, Steph!
Leyda's voltammetric glucose sensor work was featured in SCOPE magazine
Leyda's voltammetric glucose sensor work was featured in the Technician
Congratulations to James Roberts, the first PhD from the Sombers Lab!
Leyda Lugo-Morales has won first place in the 8th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium with her poster presentation entitled "Enzyme-modified Carbon Fiber Microelectrode Based on the Voltammetric Detection of H2O2". The Symposium was held, Tuesday, March 19. More information is posted at the Symposium web page
Dr Sombers, Lingjiao Qi and Andy Schmidt presented their work at PittCon 2013 in Philadelphia, March 17-21.
Congrats to Steph Hughes! She has lined up a job for after her defense this spring. She will be an Inorganic Environmental Chemist at First Analytical in Raleigh..
The Sombers lab participated in the “Building the Brain” interactive exhibit at the NC Museum of Life and Science for Brain Awareness Week, Durham NC, March 2013.
The Sombers lab has been BUSY with some outreach! We developed and taught exciting chemistry activities to eighth grade students at East Lee Middle School in Sanford, NC. Prior to this event, we sent a SWEET introductory video and held a video chat discussion with each of the six classes to prepare them for our visit.
Dr. Sombers was elected to the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry Board of Directors
New publication! Roberts, J.G., Lugo-Morales, L.Z., Loziuk, P.L.*, and Sombers, L.A. Real-time Chemical Measurements of Dopamine Release in the Brain, Methods Mol Biol. 2013; 964:275-94.
Dr Sombers gave a lecture at the Winter Brain Conference in January, and won first place in the Smitty Stevens race - on a snowboard!
Filming begins for the Sombers lab outreach video
Congratulations to Oindree for winning second place in the Welcome Reception poster session at SERMACS - nice work!
The Sombers Lab welcomes Lars Dunaway, a new graduate students who hails from William and Mary (Dr Sombers' alma mater) - Go TRIBE!
Leyda's work is featured in The ABSTRACT
Dr Sombers wins NSF CAREER Award
Marina, Leyda and Linqjiao are presenting at the Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans.
Welcome to the group, Kristen Blanton and Elina Thomas!
Linqjiao Qi is an official doctoral candidate.
Leyda has won a second GAANN Fellowship!
Rochana has scored a research position with SunTech Medical.
Congratulations to Andy Schmidt for passing the prelim!
Dr Sombers, Leyda and Marina are preparing to present in Sept. at the In Vivo - Monitoring Molecules in Neuroscience Meeting, in London.