Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
& Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh

SACP/SSP Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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Technology Forum

Victoria Ren
Stem & Buds
Stem & Buds Youth Mentoring Initiative

Founded in 2018, STEM & Buds is a nonprofit that works to redefine inclusivity and accessibility in STEM by bridging students to mentors, shaping ideas into initiatives, and translating science for civics. We’ve prototyped and ideated, asking questions: how should we balance structure with freedom? How do we replicate individualized learning on a larger scale? Today, we continue to do this. This talk will share what we’ve learned working with kids these past three years, where we hope to move towards, and ways to become involved.

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Technical Program

Dr. Robbyn Anand
Iowa State University
Ultrasensitive Lateral Flow Assays Based on Electrokinetic Focusing of Viral Biomarkers

Timely detection is critical for successful mitigation of infectious disease, and this urgency motivates the development of tests amenable to use at the point of need. Lateral flow assays are part of the frontline response in the effort to protect human health because they are a simple, portable, and affordable testing modality. However, their relatively poor sensitivity leads to lower diagnostic accuracy than methods that employ nucleic acid amplification reactions. We recently developed a method to accumulate a biomarker over the test line of a paper-based or microfluidic lateral flow assay and to retain it for a specified incubation time thereby enhancing sensitivity. In this presentation, we discuss how we are leveraging these platforms to diagnose COVID-19 by detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA and spike protein.

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Attend In-Person
The monthly meeting will be held at the Duquesne University Student Union. Registration is required.

5:00 PM – Social Hour (Shepperson Suite)
5:30 PM – Technology Forum
6:30 PM – Dinner
7:15 PM – Business Meeting
8:00 PM – Technical Program

PARKING: Duquesne University Parking Garage entrance is on Forbes Avenue. The Student Union can be accessed from the 8th Floor of the Forbes Garage. Bring your parking ticket to the dinner or meeting for a validation sticker.If there is a special event, please note that you are there for the SACP/SSP meeting.

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Attend Virtually
The monthly meeting will be accessible via the Zoom platform. Registration for the Business Meeting and Technical Program is required.

5:30 PM – Technology Forum
7:15 PM – Business Meeting
8:00 PM – Technical Program
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About Victoria Ren
Victoria Ren is a senior at the North Allegheny School District. When she was 13, she cofounded STEM & Buds and has since been interested in education (equity), public policy, and social innovation. Outside the classroom, she’s been organizing for her community’s racial justice coalition and building a guide for all youth to create change. She also enjoys reading New Yorker cartoons and wearing crocs.

About Dr. Robbyn Anand
Robbyn K. Anand was the 2021 Pittcon Achievement Award winner. She is the Suresh Faculty Fellow at Iowa State University where she joined the Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor in August 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin under the guidance of Prof. Richard M. Crooks with the support of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She developed microfluidic devices employing bipolar electrodes for electrokinetic focusing of charged species and membrane-free seawater desalination. Then, as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, she worked with Prof. Daniel T. Chiu at the University of Washington on the capture and analysis of circulating tumor cells. She pioneered a technique for dielectrophoretic manipulation of biological cells using extended electric field gradients. At Iowa State, Prof. Anand has led the development of a technology for the selective isolation and analysis of single cells with the aim of obtaining information that can improve outcomes in cancer therapy. Her research group has also advanced methodologies for separations in complex media (e.g., blood plasma) and for previously inaccessible target compounds. During this time, Prof. Anand founded the Midwest Women Chemists Retreat – an annual event aimed at the retention of women in the chemical enterprise.


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