Kamya Lapsley, Kent State University
Hello, my name is Kamya Lapsley. I am from Fishers, Indiana, and I will be a senior at Kent State University in the fall. I am a Chemistry major with a concentration in Pre Med. After obtaining my undergraduate degree in the spring, I plan on completing a post baccalaureate research program for a year or two before applying to MD/PhD programs. I am working in Dr. Ashley Ross’s lab during my summer here at UC. The Ross lab is interested in developing electrochemical methods to study neurotransmitter signaling in the brain and immune system, developing microfluidic platforms for probing brain and brain-immune interactions, and developing new sensors for protein analysis ex vivo. With my graduate mentor Blaise Ostertag, we are using waste coffee grounds to make porous carbon. We are then taking this porous carbon and modifying carbon-fiber microelectrodes that are used in the lab for Fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) with it. FSCV is used for the real-time detection of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, on the subsecond time scale. Our hope with using the porous carbon to modify the carbon fiber microelectrodes is that ultimately there is an increase in sensitivity of the microelectrodes.