2011-2012 (Year 3) Graduate Fellows
First-Year Fellow, Chemistry
I am in my third year of PhD Analytical Chemistry program, and this is my second year in the
GK-12 program. My part in the project is to work with the microchip in understanding
chemical reactions that occur at the interface between the tissue slice being tested and the sensor
(electrode) surface. Specifically, our goal is to look at the interaction of nitric oxide
(NO) at this surface as it is released from tissue slices. I will be involved in calibrating
and modifying the electrodes to best detect NO. A combination of single electrodes in a grid
format on the chip will be combined to tell us both spatial and temporal readings from tissue slices.
I am very passionate about teaching because I feel like I am making a direct impact on
peoples lives. I want them to me as excited as I am about learning and the GK-12
program has been fantastic in allowing me to interact with, learn from, and teach so many different
people. Outside of work I enjoy reading, hiking, and riding my motorcycle.
Second-Year Fellow, Chemistry
I am currently working to obtain my masters in analytical and materials chemistry at Colorado
State University. My research is focused on quantifying physiologically relevant concentration of
nitric oxide (NO) to begin to determine the role that NO plays in cell communication and migration.
Specifically, I will be looking to develop methodology to verify the relative amounts of nitric oxide
that is stimulating cell movement to then compare to on-chip measurement. This project allows me to
use my previous research experience in organic synthesis as well as my passion for analytical instrumentation,
as I work to create this verification method. . I completed my BSCh at the University of Denver, where I was
involved with Science Club and Making of a Scientist. These two programs allowed me to share my passion for
chemistry with middle school and high school students while performing exciting demonstrations that illustrate
fundamental chemistry relationships. These experiences has lended to my ability to communicate my research to
high school science classes and has made this process so much more enjoyable.I truly love the outdoors and enjoy
living in Colorado, especially when I get the chance to go fishing, camping, or hiking.
Highlights from year 1:
- Demonstrations - Blue Glow and Ammonium Dichormate
- Polymer Lessons - What is a polymer? and Silly Putty Lab
- Electrochemistry Lab -- Golden Penny
Second-Year Fellow, Electrical and Computer Engineering
My name is Matt Duwe and I'm an Electrical Engineering graduate fellow at CSU. My main focus
is on studying chip design from both the analog and digital perspective. On the digital side, I am
currently working on a transistor level 32-bit adder and multiplier, which will serve as the core of
the Digital Signal Processing unit on our chip. On the analog side, I'm designing a potentiostat,
which is the electronic control circuit for the electrodes on the biosensor chip.
Outside of the project, my biggest passion is probably sports. I'm a fan of all the Denver
sports teams, with my favorite being football. I just got Broncos season tickets finally this year
so I'll be at all the games. I also enjoy playing sports like football, basketball, golf, and skiing.
I go up to the mountains 10-15 times a year to ski and my favorite resorts are Keystone and Copper.
My favorite runs are the double blacks and bowls at Copper.
Second-Year Fellow, Molecular Biology
Krystle Frahm received her bachelors in Psychology and
Master's in Health Psychology from Texas State. She is currently in her
third year in the Cell & Molecular Biology PhD program in the Tobet
Laboratory. Her current research focuses on vascular
development in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. She is
also working on characterizing an in vitro model for visualizing ovulation
in live ovary slices. She is looking forward to further understanding the
work being generated by the chemistry and engineering departments on the
biosensor chip. She is also eager to enhance the content knowledge of her
teacher in the high school as well as improve in her ability to communicate
science. When not working in the lab, she enjoys spending time with her
dog Max and seeing all that Colorado has to offer.
First-Year Fellow, Bioengineering
I received my Bachelors in Biology with an emphasis in the cell and molecular, minor in
Chemistry and minor in Music from the University of Northern Colorado, UNC. I am currently pursuing
my Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University, CSU. I enjoy working on research.
Programming a computer model that recreates the resonance properties of mouse brain layer V
pyramidal cells, creating an EEG controlled robot and simulating EEG data via MATLAB are a few of the
research project I've worked on. I am very excited to help improve the Biosensor array here at CSU. I
would also like to learn a bit about digital filtering.
As far as hobbies, I love to hike in the Rockies, play piano and run. I've recently discovered black
and white photography and would like to learn more about the chemistry behind the development
process. I have a passion to leave a lasting impact on my world and hope to accomplish that a little bit
every day. Taking the time to do the best I can at everything I set my hands to do.
Second-Year Fellow, Electrical Engineering
I am currently a first year graduate student in Electrical Engineering at Colorado
State University. I also completed my bachelor's degree at CSU, and during my senior
year I was able to participate in GK-12 through my Senior Design project. This allowed
me to experience the great research within the GK-12 program first hand and made for
an easy transition to graduate school. My role in the project is to help design the
circuitry that makes the biosensor chip work. So far I have helped design an Analog to
Digital converter, and in the future I will be working on low noise, low power amplifiers.
I am excited to continue working on the biosensor chip and to help start new science
and engineering projects in the high schools!