Bob Dunn Research Group

Former Group Members

Postdoctoral Fellows


Dr. Rachel Aga
Dr. Rachel Aga
Postdoctoral Fellow 2002-2004
Ph.D. 2002 Chemistry, University of Kansas
Research Area - Molecular dynamics simulations of lipid films, respiratory distress syndrome, single molecule measurements.
Dissertation Title - "Simulation and Theory of Solid-Fluid Interfaces"
Current Position - Post Doctoral Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Bret N. Flanders
Dr. Bret N. Flanders
Postdoctoral Fellow 2000-2002
Ph.D. 1999, University of Chicago
Research Area - Artificial lung surfactant, far-field single molecule measurements, molecular dynamics simulations, single quantum dot spectroscopy.
Current Position - Assistant Professor of Physics at Oklahoma State University
Dr. David Moore
Dr. David Moore
Postdoctoral Fellow 2000-2004
Ph.D. 2000, Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Research Area - Artificial lung surfactant, far-field single molecule measurements, molecular dynamics simulations, single quantum dot spectroscopy.
Dissertation Title - "Investigation of a glutamate binding protein with NMDA receptor-like properties"
Current Position - Director, Microscopy and Analytical Imaging Laboratory, University of Kansas
Dr. Hitoshi Shiku
Dr. Hitoshi Shiku
Postdoctoral Fellow 1997-1999
Ph.D. 2000, Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
Research Area - Submicron structure in model lipid films, Langmuir-Blodgett films, single molecule detection, NSOM development.

Graduate Students


Frederik Bachhuber
Frederik Bachhuber
Graduate Student, 2008-2009
Atlantis Program exchange student
Jon Carnell
Jon Carnell
Graduate Student 2002-2005
B.S. Chemistry 2002, University of Kansas
Research Area - Near-field tip development and single molecule measurements.
Current Position - 1st Year Med. Student, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.
Nicholas Dickenson
Nick Dickenson
Graduate Student 2004-2008
B.S. Chemistry 2003, Lewis Clark State College, Lewiston, ID
Research Area - Vault proteins, nuclear transport, western blot analysis, immunoassays.
Current Position - Post-doctoral Researcher, William Picking Group, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas
Beth Erickson
Beth Erickson
Graduate Student 2003-2007
B.S. Chemistry 2001, South Dakota State University, Brookings SD
Research Area - Protein channel dynamics, nuclear pore comformational changes, nuclear transport, gene therapy studies.
Current Position - Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Missouri
Heath Huckabay
Heath Huckabay
Research Interests: Single molecule orientations, whispering gallery mode imaging
Current Position:
Chris Hollars
Chris Hollars
Graduate Student 1995-2000
Ph.D. Chemistry 2000, University of Kansas
Dissertation Title - "Investigating Lipid Membrane Structure with Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscopy"
Research Area - Submicron structure in model lipid films, Langmuir-Blodgett films, single molecule detection, NSOM development.
Current Position - Senior Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Labs
Luka Kapkiai
Luka Kapkiai
Graduate Student 2002-2005
M.S. Chemistry 2005, University of Kansas
Research Area - Nanofabricated NSOM tips, NSOM technique development, lipid raft studies, live cell NSOM imaging.
Jeff Krogmeier
Jeff Krogmeier
Graduate Student 1997-2002
Ph.D. Chemistry 2002, University of Kansas
Dissertation Title - "Microfabricated Near-Field Optics for Live Cell Imaging" Postdoctoral Research Associate at NIST
Research Area - Nanofabricated NSOM tips, single molecule cellular imaging, NSOM technique development, single molecule structural probes.
Annie Lee
Annie Lee
Graduate Student 1995-1999
Ph.D. Chemistry 1999, University of Kansas
Dissertation Title - "Calcium Regulation of the Nuclear Membrane"
Research Area - Nuclear pore complexes, NSOM development, atomic force microscopy.
Current Position- Department of Chemistry, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
Philip Livanec
Philip Livanec
Graduated 2009
Current Position - Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Kansas, Sue Lunte Group

Olivia Moren
Olivia Mooren
Graduate Student 2003 - 2007
Research Area - Conformational dynamics of nuclear pore complexes, atomic force microscopy, calcium regulated nuclear tracking.
Current Position - Postodtoral Research Associate, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Chad Talley
Chad Talley
Graduate Student 1995-2000
Ph.D. Chemistry 2000, University of Kansas
Dissertation Title - "Characterizing Single Molecule Probes of Lipid Membrane Structure and Dynamics"
Research Area - Single molecule detection and spectroscopy, single molecule probes of lipid structure, submicron structure in model lipid films, NSOM tip development.
Current Position - Research Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Labs
Sarah A. Vickery
Sarah A. Vickery
Graduate Student 1997-2002
Ph.D. Chemistry 2002, University of Kansas
Dissertation Title - "Study of Model Lung Surfactant - Probing Membrane Structure from the Macroscopic to the Single Molecule Level"
Research Area - Artificial lung surfactant, single molecule probes of lipid structure, novel imaging based on energy transfer, fiber optic chemical sensors.
Current Position - Research Scientist at Proctor and Gamble

Undergraduate Students


Anne Arnott
Anne Arnott
Undergraduate 2000-2001
B.S. Chemistry 2000, University of Kansas
Research Area - Atomic force microscopy measurements of nuclear pore complexes
Current Position - Research Associate, Department of Biology, University of Kansas
Greg Cooksey
Greg Cooksey
Undergraduate 1996-1999
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas
Research Area - Cantilevered NSOM probes, NSOM development.
Current Position - Graduate Student, University of Washington
Jessica Frisz

Jessica Frisz
Summer 2005 REU Student
University of Evansville, Evansville, IN
Research Area - Atomic Force Microscopy of Langmuir-Blodgett Films.


Alan Schurle
Alan Schurle
Summer Intern, 2010
Current Position -

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