People

Dr. Katye Fichter

Fichter Dr. Katye Fichter was born and grew up in Cincinnati, OH.  She earned her A.A.S in Laboratory Technology from Cincinnati State in 1999.  Afterwards, she worked as a research associate at Procter & Gamble (~ 2 yrs).

She earned a B.S. in Chemistry, with a concentration in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 2004, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 2008 in Dr. Theresa Reineke’s lab.  Her PhD. research investigated the intracellular trafficking of non-viral DNA-delivery vehicles.

Afterwards, she took a postdoctoral research position in Dr. Tania Vu’s Lab at Oregon Health and Science University.  Here, she studied the trafficking of serotonin receptors using nanopartical quantum dots. This project was performed in collaboration with Dr. Paul Greengard‘s lab (Nobel Prize, Physiology or Medicine, 2000).

In addition, she participated in projects involving Si nanoparticles in collaboration with Dr. Andrea Goforth’s lab at Portland State University.

In 2012, she joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at Missouri State University.

Dr. Katye Fichter’s C.V.


Graduate Students:


Matt Ellis
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Member Since
:  Summer 2013

Degrees:
•2013 – B.S., Missouri State University – Chemistry/Biochemistry
•M.S., Missouri State University – Chemistry (in progress)

Project Summary:
Currently, I am working on synthesizing and optimizing core and coating procedures for highly fluorescent, monodispersed InP/ZnS QDs. Also, I am developing a method to produce Gd-doped InP/ZnS, capable of multimodal detection. These QDs are characterized using a variety of techniques, including fluorescence and UV/Vis spectroscopy, fluorescence and electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

Honors/awards/certifications/activities:
•2013 Outstanding Biochemistry Student Award
•2015 Outstanding Poster Presentation Award – MSU Interdisciplinary Forum

Presentations:
•Poster: Ellis, M.A., Davis, J.M., Fichter, K.M. “Synthesis intensely fluorescent quantum dots for biomedical applications.” American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting. Springfield, MO. October 16, 2013.
Invited Oral Presentation: Ellis, M.A., Davis, J.M., Mundt, N.A., Fichter, K.M. “An environmentally friendly approach to quantum dot synthesis.” American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting. Nov. 13, 2014.
Poster: Ellis, M.A., Mundt, N.A., Fichter, K.M., “Synthesis of Gd-doped quantum dots with multiple imaging modalities for theranostic applications.” American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting. Nov. 14, 2014
Sci-Mix Poster: Ellis, M.A., Mundt, N. M., Fichter, K.M. “Synthesis of Gd-doped quantum dots with the multiple imaging modalities for theranostic applications” American Chemical Society National Meeting. Denver, CO. March 26, 2015.
Invited Oral Presentation: Ellis, M.A., Mundt, N.A., Fichter, K.M., “Cd-free quantum dots for biomedical applications.” College of the Ozarks. Ozark, MO. Oct. 22, 2015.


Nick Mundt:

Nick Mundt 2Member Since:  Fall 2013

Degrees:
•2014 – B.S. Missouri State University, Major:  Chemistry/Biochemistry, Minor: Biology
•M.S., Missouri State University – Chemistry (in progress)

Project Summary:
The project I’m currently working on involves functionalization and conjugation of quantum dots. My goal is to impart a positive charge on the quantum dot in order to allow the QD to bind pDNA.  A targeting molecule is also needed to direct the QD complex toward the nucleus. We are currently using a protein, wheat germ agglutinin, as a possible way into the nucleus.

Honors/awards/certifications/activities:
•2014 – Outstanding Biochemistry Student Award


Greg Illy
Greg IllyMember Since: Fall 2015

Degrees:
•B.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry, Minor: Biology 2017

Project Summary: I am currently working on the conjugation and functionalization of quantum dots as a potential vector for non-viral gene therapy. I am using a protein, wheat germ agglutinin, as a targeting molecule as a potential way to transport the quantum dots to the nucleus.

 

Honors, Awards, Certifications, Activities, and Presentations:
•Theta Chi Fraternity Treasurer
•Distinction of Public Affairs 2015 Community Health Group
•Leadershape 2015


Molly Duszynski

Molly Duszynski

Member Since: Fall 2016

Degrees:
•B.S. double-major: Chemistry (Biochemistry), and Biology (Microbiology & Biotechnology), Minor: Mathematics 2017

Project Summary: comming soon

 

 

 

 

 

 


Post-Baccalaureate Researchers:


Brennon Foster

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Member Since: Summer 2015

Degrees:
•B.S., Biochemistry (Comprehensive). Missouri State University. Spring 2017

Project Summary: In the Summer and Fall of 2015 I worked on a project looking into using quantum dots as sensors for serotonin. I now plan to do work with cellular transfections.

Honors, Awards, Certifications, Activities, and Presentations:
•2015-2016 American Chemical Society Student Affiliates Secretary at Missouri State University
•2015 Emil Lorz Memorial Scholarship Recipient
•2015 Foundation for Immunotoxicology Award
•2013 Harriet H. Ford Memorial Scholarship

 


Alumni/Former Students:

comming soon

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