Alessandra to Perform Summer Research at the University of Tokyo, an NSF-Sponsored International Collaboration

This summer, Alessandra Armetta (’18 ACS Chemistry) joined a globally renowned scientific team in Tokyo to perform research in the field of Biophysical Chemistry. This opportunity was enabled by the NSF Award to Dr. Lee for an international research collaboration with Professor Shoji Takeuchi of the University of Tokyo. She follow Peter J. Milianta (Class of 2016, Biochemistry), Michael McGlone (Class of 2017, Physics), and Jacqueline Denver (Class of 2017, Biochemistry) who traveled last two years to Japan for a month-long research project.

Dr. Lee noted, “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to experience a true intellectual collaboration. Every year, research partners were very impressed by our students’ contribution, hence our fruitful partnership continues. Their summer experience will provide an even greater level of confidence and strength towards their careers in science in the future. I am very proud to be able to offer this opportunity, and they deserve it!” Alessandra’s contribution to the work led to the publication of proceedings at the renowned International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (micro-TAS 2017), where she will present her research finding titled, “Characterization of Monoolein Bilayer Thickness Using Specific Membrane Capacitance” on October 22-26, in Savannah, Georgia.