Current Members

Sue Lunte photoSue Lunte
Director of the Adams Institute
Ralph N. Adams Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry



Graduate Students

Abdullah Al-Hossaini photoAbdullah Al-Hossaini
2002 B.S. Pharmacy, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
2009 M.Sc. Pharmaceutical Science , Auburn University


Home: Lawrence, KS

Research Interests: Abdullah's research focus on the uses of liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for the qualitative and quantitative determination of a number of enkephalin metabolites and some newly novel enkephalin analogues in biological samples.

Outside of work, Abdullah enjoy reading and watching soccer games.

Jessica Creamer photoJessica Creamer
2008 B.S. Chemistry Northern Arizona University
2010 M.S. Pharmaceutical Chemistry,Tthe University of Kansas


Home: Tucson, AZ

Research Interests: Jessica's thesis work is focused on miniaturizing pharmaceutical quality control tests with the ultimate goal of creating an inexpensive portable device for use in developing countries.

Outside of the lab Jessica coaches, captains, and plays for multiple ultimate frisbee teams in both KS and MO. She also enjoys baking treats and leaving Kansas to climb mountains.

Dulan Gunasekara photoShamal M. Gunawardhana
2012 M.S. in Analytical Chemistry, New Mexico State University, NM
2008 B.S. in Chemistry, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka


Home: Kurunegala, Sri Lanka

Research Interests: Shamal’s research focuses on the development of microchip electrophoresis based separation methodologies to monitor biomarkers of cerebral ischemia and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Adenosine and ATP are two important markers of energy homeostasis in the brain during ischemia and TBI and are present endogenously in low nanomolar range. To monitor these and other nucleotides present in the brain, Shamal is developing a method using microchip electrophoresis with electrochemical detection. Additionally Shamal is working towards lowering the limit of detection and enhancing the sensitivity and selectivity of the method. This method will be used to monitor markers of energy homeostasis during ischemia and TBI in the brain.

Shamal is a big fan of cricket and he enjoys playing cricket in his leisure times.

Dulan Gunasekara photoDulan B. Gunasekara
2009 MS in Analytical Chemistry New Mexico State University
2005 B.Sc. Chemistry Sp. University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka


Home: Badulla, Sri Lanka

Research Interests: Nitric oxide involves in many important biological functions including vesodilation, immune response and neurotransmission. Disruption to the balance of NO production causes cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. This can happen due to cellular heterogeneity under various chemical and physical stresses occur inside the body. Therefore, the main goal of Dulan’s project is to determine nitric oxide and other reactive nitrogen species release with response to various endotoxins, cytokine and other stimulating agents in bulk and single cell level. To achieve this goal Dulan is working on a separation based approach using a microchip electrophoresis coupled to in-channel electrochemical detection set up.

Dulan is a huge fan of Sri Lankan Cricket team and play Cricket whenever he has a chance. Also, Dulan fell in love with Jayhawk basketball and since then he is trying to play basketball.

Nathan Oborny photoNate Oborny
Biotech Training Grant Recipient 2011
2010 B.S. Genetics, University of Kansas
2002 B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Kansas


Home: Lawrence , KS

Research Interests: Nathan's research focuses on the design and construction of integrated data acquisition systems for use with microfluidic sensors. One of the primary focuses of the Lunte group is the identification of analytes through on-chip electrophoretic separations. The use of these methods represents a powerful laboratory technique. However, the need for high voltage power supplies and large detection systems negate the many of the miniaturization benefits of using a microfluidic device. By using a combination of off the shelf, open-source hardware as well as custom built solutions, Nathan's goal is to make on-chip separation technologies more useful in the field and as point-of-care diagnostic options.

Nathan's personal interests include electronics projects, gardening, camping, and spending time with family/friends/dog.

Nathan Oborny photoRichard Piffer Soares de Campos
2012 MS in Analytical Chemistry, State University of Campinas, Brazil
2008 Major in Chemistry, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil


Home: Limeira, Brazil

Research Interests: Richard has research interests in the microfluidics field, with special focus on the development of alternative materials and its bioanalytical applications. In his work, Richard already studied alternative chip substrates, PDMS surface modification and development of alternative methods for microfabrication. Nowadays his research is focused on the determination of reactive oxygen species towards electrochemical and fluorescence detection as well as the development of a single cell monitoring system.

Outside of the lab, Richard is really passionate about music and he goes to concerts and festivals as much as he can. He is also a big fan of soccer, Palmeiras (his Brazilian soccer team), videogames, and spending time with his family/friends.

Rachel Saylor photoRachel Saylor
2010 Honors BS Chemistry, Wittenberg University



Home: Metamora, OH

Research Interests: With interests in both analytical chemistry and neuroscience, Rachel is fortunate enough to work in both of these disciplines as part of the lab on a sheep project.  As part of this project, Rachel is developing a system which uses microchip electrophoresis and electrochemical detection to separate and detect catecholamines present in brain microdialysate.  The entire analytical platform and associated instrumentation will be contained in a backpack worn by a sheep, for the first near real time correlation of behavior to catecholamine concentration in freely-roaming animals.

In her free time Rachel enjoys reading, running, randomly dancing, and ballet.

Joe Siegel photoJoe Siegel
2011 B.S. Chemistry, Truman State University



Home: St. Louis, Missouri

Research Interests: Joe’s research project focuses on measuring the peroxynitrite production in a single cell using microchip electrophoresis coupled to laser induced fluorescence detection. With this technology, the heterogeneity of cellular phenotypes can be studied. These results will allow for a better understanding of neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.

Outside of the lab, Joe enjoys playing sports, reading, and hanging out with friends.


Undergraduate Students

Erin Evans photoErin Evans
Undergraduate studying Neurobiology and Psychology at the University of Kansas



Home: North Liberty, Iowa

Research Interests: Erin is optimizing a separation of C. elegans neurotransmitters, using capillary and microchip electrophoresis.  The project will later be used as a tool for correlating behavior of the worms with analyte concentrations.

Outside of the lab, Erin enjoys running and bad Sci-Fi movies.

Pann Pichetsunnthorn photoPann Pichetsunnthorn




Scientific Staff

Ryan Grigsby photoRyan Grigsby

Microfabrication Facility Director


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