The Whelan Lab Welcomes Two Undergraduate Researchers.
We are happy to welcome Christine DeRosa and Cecilia Leber, our newest undergraduate researchers, to the Whelan Lab. They have already begun working in the lab and make a great addition to our group!
November 10, 2021
Simon Presents his Work at MUACC.
Our very own Simon Weaver spent the weekend in Columbus, OH at MUACC presenting his research. We are proud of his exciting research on using an OER for coding in an Analytical Chemistry course!! Check out his poster here.
October 20, 2021
A Viewpoints Piece by Dr. Whelan.
A Viewpoints article, written by Dr. Whelan, was recently published in the South Bend Tribune. The article is titled "For Economic and Personal Health, Fund Cancer Research". Please check out this persuasive article!!
October 10, 2021
The Whelan Lab Proudly Welcomes a Post-Doc!
The Whelan Lab warmly welcomes our newest member- Post-Doc Reihaneh Safavi-Sohi. She is the first Post-Doc to join our lab! We are excited about the research she will be doing. Welcome, Reihaneh!!
October 4, 2021
Dr. Whelan Delivers a Seminar at the University of Kansas.
On September 24, Rebecca delivered a seminar at the University of Kansas on our group's ongoing efforts to understand MUC16 and make it a more useful biomarker. This was her first in-person seminar since the pandemic. Thanks to Professor Mike Johnson for the invitation to present our work!
September 24, 2021
Dr. Whelan Curates a Special Issue of Analytical Methods!!
Dr. Whelan recently had the honor of co-editing an issue of Analytical Methods titled "Bioanalytical Sensors for Real-World Applications" . Please click here to explore the articles featured in this incredible issue. A link to the editorial can be found on the Publications page.
August 24, 2021
Simon's "Coding in R" Shout Out.
Simon's "Coding in R" project was recently featured on the ReAL News website at Notre Dame. Please click here to find out more about this awesome project!
July 12, 2021
Dr. Whelan is an Outstanding Reviewer for Analyst!!
We are very happy to share that Dr. Whelan has been recognized as one of the Royal Society of Chemistry's 2020 Outstanding Reviewers. Explore the full list here.
June 14, 2021
The Whelan Lab is proud to introduce the newest member of the lab-graduate student Chien-Wei Wang. We are excited about the skills he brings to the lab and can't wait to watch him grow as a scientist!
May 27, 2021
Simon is Awarded a CBBI Fellowship!
Simon is rapidly adding to his accolades as he has been awarded a CBBI Fellowship! He becomes the second member of the Whelan Lab to receive this fellowship. Naviya has also had her CBBI Fellowship renewed. Congrats to both of these awesome members of the Whelan Lab!!
April 23, 2021
Institute for Precision Health (IPH) at Notre Dame
Dr. Whelan is a Theme Leader for the Institute for Public Health here at Notre Dame. For more information, please check out the video below!
April 13, 2021
Whelan Lab Scores its Second Cover!
Simon's publication has become cover art! Simon's paper, "Characterization of DNA aptamer–protein binding using fluorescence anisotropy assays in low-volume, high-efficiency plates", is featured on the cover Analytical Methods.
March 18, 2021
Eliza Passes her ARP Exam!!!
Congratulations are in order for Eliza Hanson who successfully passed her ARP exam. It has been a busy exam season but the Whelan Lab has persevered. Way to go, Eliza!
February 26, 2021
Lisa Passes her ARP Exam!!!
Congratulations to the Whelan Lab's very own Lisa Minkoff who successfully passed her ARP exam. Lisa is now officially in the PhD program.
February 16, 2021
Whelan Lab Research Featured on the Notre Dame Website
ND Research has highlighted the research featured in Naviya's most recent publication on their website. The link to the page can be found here. This is recognition well-deserved!
February 5, 2021
Simon Wastes No Time With His First Publication!
He may be the newest member of the Whelan Lab but that hasn't stopped Simon from publishing his first paper! Simon's paper "Characterization of DNA aptamer–protein binding using fluorescence anisotropy assays in low-volume, high-efficiency plates" has been accepted as a technical note in Analytical Methods. Congratulations to Simon for setting the record of shortest time in the lab before publishing!!
January 27, 2021
Dr. Whelan Featured in Emerging Investigator Series
The Analyst has a series profiling Emerging Investigators and this month our very own Dr. Rebecca Whelan is featured.
Check out the blog and twitter below.
January 11, 2021
Whelan Lab has a New Member...
We are excited to announce our newest lab mate-Simon Weaver! Simon is a great addition to the Whelan Lab and we look forward to watching his accomplishments as he progresses towards his PhD.
January 6, 2021
COVID-19 Can't Stop Our Publication!
Congratulations to Naviya and company for the publication of "Affinity-Free Enrichment and Mass Spectrometry Analysis of the Ovarian Cancer Biomarker CA125 (MUC16) from Patient-Derived Ascites" in the Analyst.
A shining moment in a crazy year!!
November 3, 2020
Naviya Passes Her ARP Exam!!
October in the Whelan Lab is starting out beautifully. Naviya passed her ARP exam with flying colors as her busy week came to a close. She is now officially in the PhD program. Amazing job, Naviya!!
October 1, 2020
Female-Led Research Teams Journal Issue
The Whelan lab is honored to be included in a special thematic issue of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry highlighting Female Role Models in Analytical Chemistry. Take a look at the excellent analytical science being done in female-led research teams! Thank you to the organizers for inviting us to submit a contribution and congratulations to all the featured scientists. Check out the contributors here!
August 27, 2020
Sergio Welcomes a Fellowship!!
Congratulations are in order as Sergio joins the growing list of Whelan lab members with fellowships after being awarded the Rebecca Taiclet Hizer Memorial Fellowship! Way to go, Sergio!
August 11, 2020
Lisa is Awarded a Fellowship!
Lisa was selected to receive a 2020-2021 Berry Family Foundation Fellowship. Awarded through Notre Dame Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics, this fellowship will fully support Lisa's graduate training for one calendar year. Lisa's proposed project was "Exploring the Utility of Polyclonal Aptamers for Early Stage Ovarian Cancer Detection."
June 9, 2020
And the CBBI Fellowship goes to... Naviya!
Naviya Schuster-Little has been selected as a 2020 Chemistry-Biochemistry-Biology Interface (CBBI) fellow. This NIH-funded training grant will support Naviya for her work in proteomics and aptamer selection, including intensive training in the lab of our collaborator Manish Patankar in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Congratulations, Naviya!!
April 8, 2020
The Whelan Lab Welcomes More Funding!
The Center for Bioanalytic Metrology--a National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center--has funded our project "Generating Polyclonal Aptamers for Recognition of Multiple Bacterial Species." Once the lab reopens, we are excited to move this project forward!
April 6, 2020
The Whelan Lab has its First Publication
The Whelan Lab has published its first paper from the University of Notre Dame. The paper, Developing a mass spectrometry–based assay for the ovarian cancer biomarker CA125 (MUC16) using suspension trapping (STrap), can be found in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Please stop by our "Publications" page for a link to the paper.
Congratulations to the authors (Naviya, Sergio, and Dr. Whelan)!!
March 27, 2020
The Whelan Lab Welcomes its Newest Members!
We are pleased to (officially) welcome Naviya, Eliza, and Lisa to the Whelan Lab. Excitement is in the air as to what they bring to the group. The future looks bright!! December 2019
Happy Anniversary to the Whelan Lab!
The Whelan lab has had a very exciting and productive first year at Notre Dame. Today is the first anniversary of Naviya and Susan joining the lab. We are grateful for all of their hard work in the first year to get us where we are!! Cheers to another year!!
September 4, 2019
IITP Fellowship Awarded to Nicole!
Our very own Nicole was awarded an Interdisciplinary Interface Training Program (IITP) Fellowship from the Walther Cancer Foundation at Harper Cancer Research Institute. Only three people are awarded this fellowship annually to fund their cancer research projects for two years.
Awesome job, Nicole! August 9, 2019
AD&T Proposal Funded!
An AD&T proposal co-authored by Dr. Whelan, Dr. Camden, and Dr. Jenkins was awarded funding! We are super excited to move forward with the project "N-Heterocyclic Carbene Functionalized Nanoparticles as a Platform for Precision Medicine: Aptamer-Mediated Detection of Ovarian Cancer Biomarkers". Congratulations to all! August 1, 2019
Mass Spec Summer School
Three of the Whelan Lab's best and brightest are attending Mass Spec Summer School this week in Madison, Wisconsin. Naviya, Sergio, and Nicole are soaking up the knowledge to bring back to the lab. Naviya is also bringing back an award for best tweet! The rest of the Whelan Lab is eagerly awaiting their return... July 23, 2019
Congratulations are in order for our very own Vincent Schmitz!! Vincent was awarded the Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Well done again, Vincent!! June 24, 2019
Oxytocin Project Funding!
“Aptamer technology in low resource settings: solving the problem of bad quality oxytocin” has been selected for funding by the panel of judges of the Disease Diagnostics INventors Challenge!! Vincent and Kat presented a proposed research collaboration between the Whelan and Lieberman Labs which won third place and secured funding. Congrats to all involved! May 2019
Naviya wins a Harper Cancer Research Day award!!!
Naviya and Vincent represented the Whelan lab and presented posters at the 8th annual Harper Cancer Research Institute Cancer Research Day. Naviya won an award tying for first place in the post-doc/staff category! Congrats Naviya!! April 8, 2019
Interview with Dr. Whelan.
Our very own fearless leader recently gave an interview about our research. You can find the interview featured on the Chemistry and Biochemistry website or click on the following link. April 2019
Welcome to our newest graduate student!
The Whelan Lab is happy to welcome our newest graduate student- Nicole Hudson. We are happy to have her on board! April 2019
We welcome our first undergrads!
The Whelan lab welcomes JT Lazzara and Jacob Carpentier. We are excited to have them on board! January 2019
Our first graduates students join the lab!
Welcome to Vincent Schmitz and Sergio Madera. They join us as our first graduate students. We are looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish in the coming years! December 2018
Two Instrument Babies join the lab
We have successfully purchased and integrated into the lab two major instruments: a capillary electrophoresis instrument and a plate reader! Research here we come! Fall 2018
Whelan Lab is open for business!
On September 1, the Whelan Lab became official at the University of Notre Dame. On board were Dr. Whelan, Naviya, and Susan. We are looking forward to the adventures to come! September 1, 2018