Dr. Virginia M. Ayres
The Electronic and Biological Nanostructures Laboratory
The Electronic and Biological Nanostructures Laboratory, headed by Professor Virginia M. Ayres, investigates both inorganic and organic nanostructures. The small physical dimensions of nanostructures result in new and fascinating localized and sometimes quantised interactions. At the nano (10-9 m) level, the distinction between inorganic and organic behaviour can be reduced to fundamental interactions common to both. However, very different applications are enabled by different combinations of the same fundamentals! Our group investigates two combinations, those that facilitate biocompatibility between living and non-living nanostructures, and those that facilitate fast nanocircuit-based binary logic in harsh radiation and low temperature environments.
Additionally, great emphasis is placed on the development and use of reliable nano-investigative techniques. Scanning Probe Recognition Microscopy is a new scanning probe microscopy capability developed by our group. High resolution electron microscopies (SEM, HRTEM and EELS) provide complmentary nanoscale information. Confocal optical microscopy, and micro Raman and FTIR spectroscopies, are also utilized. Students are encouraged to develop high-caliber nano-experimental expertise of their own, working with the guidance of experts both at Michigan State University and through national and international links with our collaborators.
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Teaching Spring Semster 2012:
ECE480 Design Team07 First Prize Prism VentureWorks Award in Spring 2011 Design Day competition!
Congratulations to ECE 480 Design Team 07 whose project "Small Animal Barostat Instrument", sponsored by the Michigan State University Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, won the First Prize Prism VentureWorks Award in the Spring 2001 Design Day competition (10 Teams). Prof. Virginia Ayres has now served as the Faculty Facilitator for the First Prize winning Team three times in a row!.
55th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, 05-09 March 2011, Baltimore, MD
Prof. Virginia Ayres and graduate research assistant Volkan Mujdat Tiryaki attended the 55th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, March 05-09, 2011, Baltimore, MD, and presented "Astrocyte Cell-Cell Interactions Via Long-range Connective Bridges on Directive Surfaces".
Research Collaboration Meetings 05-07 January 2011
Prof. Virginia Ayres, graduate research assistant Volkan Mujdat Tiryaki, Dr. Sally Meiners, Prof. David Schreiber and Dr. Ijaz Ahmed met to discuss experiments, interpretation and proposed research in neural cell system regenerative medicine through nanobiology. The meeting was hosted at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ. Mr. Tiryaki also received two days of in-laboratory training in primary neural cell preparation and analysis techniques from Dr. Ijaz Ahmed.
MRS Fall Meeting, 30 November-04 December 2010, Boston, MA