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January 2017 Graduate Student Research Highlight: Sidney Coombs

Graduate student: Sidney Coombs, 5th-year Ph.D student in Prof. Bright’s group

Notable recent achievements:

  • 2016 College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship
  • First-author Publication:
  • Second-author Publication

Research highlight:

My research focuses on designing modified microarrays on porous silicon platforms which can be used for a host of applications including lab-on-chip devices and label-free multi-analyte chemical sensors. Currently I am investigating the characteristics of organically modified silane and bioconjugate microarrays prepared directly on porous silicon by contact pin-printing.

I enjoy being a graduate student at UB because here we have access to all the resources of a large institution while maintaining a welcoming and collaborative environment. The faculty and staff are very knowledgeable yet remain approachable and invested in graduate student success.

During my free time I enjoy hiking with my dog Pi, relaxing with friends over a glass of wine, and spending time with my family in the countryside.

Congratulations, Sidney!