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Martin Research Group


Welcome to the Martin group website.  Any questions about our group can be directed to Scott Martin at or 314-977-2836.  There are openings for new undergraduate and graduate students!

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Current Research Group


Steven Doonan


Junior undergraduate student.  Use of epoxy-embedded electrodes to couple conventional CE with electrochemical detection.  Contact Steven -

Vedada Ibisevic


2nd year graduate student.  Embedding tubing in epoxy and polystyrene-based devices to improve the temporal resolution of microdialysis sampling.  Contact Vedada -

Alicia Johnson


4th year student. The use of epoxy-embedded electrodes for integrating microchip electrophoresis with electrochemical detection, the use of on-chip valves to study the molecular level interaction of PC 12 cells with microglia cells.  Contact Alicia -

R. Scott Martin

Leader of the pack.  Contact Scott -

Amber Pentecost


1st year graduate student. Use of polystyrene-based microchips. Contact Amber -

Asmira Selimovic

4th year graduate student. The use of epoxy-embedded electrodes to create high aspect pillar electrodes to monitor the release of nitric oxide from endothelial cells.  Contact Asmira -


Previous Students and Current Location

Michelle Kovarik (BS 2004), Ph.D. Indiana University, currently post-doc at UNC-Chapel Hill
Mike Gangel (BA 2004), M.D. Saint Louis University
Anna Kinsella (BS 2006), MS Indiana University, currently high school teacher
Courtney Kuhnline (BA 2005), Ph.D. from University of Kansas, currently post-doc at University of Illinois
Mike Moehlenbrock (BA 2005, MS 2007), received Ph.D. in 2011, currently at Sigma-Aldrich
Alex Price (MS 2005), Ph.D., Kansas State University, currently post-doc at Scripps-Florida
Maria Thorson (BA 2005), graduate program, University of Kansas
Neil Munjal (BS 2008), medical school, Washington University

Dr. Matt Hulvey (Ph.D. 2008), AHA post-doctoral fellow, University of Kansas, currently research scientist at Akermin, St. Louis

Dr. Michelle Li Lugus (Ph.D. 2008), Senior Scientist, Warner Babcock Institute, Boston

Dr. Laura Mecker (Ph.D. 2009), research scientist, FDA-St. Louis

Laura Mecker

Nick Batz (MS 2009), currently working on Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill

Nick Batz

Amanda Bowen (M.S. 2009), science software support specialist, Monsanto, St. Louis

Amanda Bowen


Christiana Antwi (M.S. 2011), most recently research scientist at Saint Louis University


Laura Filla (B.A. 2009, M.S. 2011), formerly scientist at Monsanto, currently in Ph.D. program with Dr. James Edwards at SLU


Doug Kirkpatrick (B.S. 2011), currently working on Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill


Research Description

My group's research involves the use of microchip-based analytical devices to study various biological systems. Students in my group receive a broad base of training in analytical chemistry as well as biology and engineering. We use flow-based analysis, electrophoresis, electrochemistry and fluorescence to probe and monitor various biological systems. Current projects include: 1) the development of a microchip-based blood brain barrier (BBB) mimic to study the effect of nitric oxide (NO) on the integrity of the BBB; 2) development of a microchip-based analysis system/reactor system to study the effect of NO on the onset of Parkinson's disease; 3) development of new microchip and electrochemical materials to enable the detection of NO release from endothelial cells. We currently have research support for the NIH.

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