Student Researchers Present at NanoBio Summit

Nano Summit

Matthew Eggert, far right, took second place in the poster competition.

Oct. 30, 2014

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Several Auburn University students involved in research in the Harrison School of Pharmacy presented posters Oct. 23-24 at the NanoBio Summit in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Included among the group is Matthew Eggert, a graduate student in Pharmacal Sciences, who took second place in the graduate student poster competition.

Eggert took second place and a $200 prize for his poster enetitled, “Enhanced Targeting and Uptake of Liposome Nanoparticles via Phospholipase A2 Receptor in Prostate Cancer.” His co-authors were Anna M. Burcham (Senior in Microbial, Cellular and Molecular Biology), Nhat D. Quach, Natalie E. Scholpa, Peter Panizzi, Brian S. Cummings and Robert D. Arnold.

Six other Auburn student researchers presented at the conference.

Christy Pickering, a senior in chemical engineering and an undergraduate researcher in dr. Arnold’s lab, presented “Development and Characterization of a Gold-Lipidic Nanocomposite Chemotherapeutic Delivery System. Her co-authors were Connor S. Dobson (Senior in Chemical Engineering), Allan E. David, Peter Panizzi and Robert D. Arnold.

Ben Nie, a graduate student in the Harrison School of Pharmacy Department of Drug Discovery and Development, presented “Quantification of Disposition, Intracellular Uptake and Degradation of Lipid-Based NanoMedicines by LC-MS/MS.” His co-authors were Guodong Zhu, Brian S. Cummings and Robert D. Arnold.

Andrew Brannen, a graduate student in Pharmacal Sciences, presented “A Simple Method for the 360-Degree Acquisition of Bioluminescence, Fluorescence, or X-Ray Data using a Mouse Imaging Spinner (MiSpinner).” His co-authors were Matthew Eggert, Robert Arnold and Peter Panizzi.

Richard Davis, a graduate student in Pharmacal Sciences, presented “A Streamlined Protocol for the Differentiation of Antibiotic Mechanisms Using Bioluminescence Imaging.” His co-authors were Heather Eggleston (graduate student in Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Peter Panizzi.

Additionally, HSOP faculty were involved in two other poster presentations. Michael Miller and Robert Arnold were co-authors for the poster entitled “Pegylation of Silver Coated Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes Reduces Toxicity to Human Cells at Their Antibacterial Concentrations.” Other authors were Atul A. Chaudhari, Shanese L. Jasper, Ejovwoke Dosunmu, Shree R. Singh and Shreekumar R. Pillai.

Arnold student Connor Dobson (Senior in Chemical Engineering) also contributed to the poster entitled “Synthesis and Characterization of Peptide Conjugated Silver Nanoparticles for Use as Antibacterials.” Other authors were Shanese L. Jasper, Allan E. David, Mona Bakeer and Shreekumar R. Pillai.

The 2014 NanoBio Summit attracted researchers from across the state and region and featured a dozen scientists from in-state and neighboring institutions as well as representatives from the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Southern Research Institute, the DoD Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and elsewhere. General areas of focus at the conference included: nanobioscience, nanoengineering, nanomaterials, nanomedicine, collaboration, discovery and commercialization.


About the Harrison School of Pharmacy
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit

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