Dr. Nancy Allbritton, Kenan Distinguished Professor and chair of the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, received the 2016 American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Instrumentation at the 252nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition in August.
The award recognizes advances in the field of chemical instrumentation including conceptualization and development of unique instrumentation, stimulation of other researchers to use chemical instrumentation, and authorship of research papers or books that have had an impact in the use of chemical instrumentation.
Dr. Michelle Kovarik, an assistant professor of chemistry at Trinity College, organized a symposium in Allbritton’s honor during the ACS meeting. Kovarik, who worked with Allbritton as a post-doctoral scholar, and four other speakers were part of the program. Kovarik said that each session focused on how the innovation of new technology is being used to probe the biology of single cells, an area where Allbritton is a clear leader, and that her talk, “Microfluidic Chemical Cytometry and Peptide Substrate Reporters: Expanding Applications and Access,” examined how technology developed in Allbritton’s lab is being applied and used by researchers who aren’t specialists.