Prof. Nathan Cady

Professor Nathan Cady - Principal Investigator

Prof. Cady obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is currently an assistant professor of nanobioscience at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE - UAlbany). Prof. Cady has active research interests in the development of portable biosensor systems and developing novel biosensor technologies. He is also interested in better understanding the interaction between bacterial cells and their environments, including cell-surface interactions. Prof. Cady is actively involved in establishing a core curriculum in the Nanobioscience Constellation at CNSE (UAlbany) and is involved with multiple outreach activities which seek to teach the public about nanotechnology.

Aaron Mosier

Aaron Mosier - Graduate Student

Aaron Mosier graduated from Clarkson University and is now a graduate student in Professor Cady's research group. Aaron's work focuses on Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) measurements of biofilm interactions with surfaces, including dynamic mechanical responses to fluid flow and chemical stimuli.

Mary Graham - Graduate Student

Mary Graham obtained her undergraduate degree at the University at Albany in Mathematics. Her work in Dr. Cady's lab focuses on the development of micro and nano textured surfaces for studies of cellular adhesion.

Nick Fahrenkopf

Nicholas Fahrenkopf - Graduate Student

Nicholas Fahrenkopf graduated from the University at Albany in 2008 with a degree in Physics and started in Professor Cady’s lab as a junior. A recipient of the John J. Sullivan Fellowship Nick continued working with Professor Cady as a graduate student. His research focuses on biosensors- for example directly immobilizing DNA as a probe on a hafnium oxide dielectric layer for transistor based DNA sensing. Additionally, Nick works on micro-fabrication projects such as building novel neural probes from SU-8 photo resist, creating 3-D polymeric microenvironments to study stem cell differentiation, and most recently wireless RF stress sensors for biomedical implants.

Zach Rice

Zach Rice - Graduate Student

Zachary Rice is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Biochemistry and SUNY Albany with a Masters in Nanoengineering. He is currently a fourth year graduate student in Professor Cady's lab specializing in measuring the electrical properties of nanoparticles for memristive switching applications. Currently his focus is on the synthesis and metrology of TiOx nanoparticles through the use of TEM, SEM, XRD, and AFM, as well as measuring the IV electrical properties of the particles through the use of Conductive-AFM (C-AFM). This work will allow us to better understand if resistive switching occurs in nanomaterials, as well as applications for these types of switches in memristive memory applications and logic crossbar circuits. His work utilizes many of the 300mm fabrication facilities that CNSE has at its disposal for creating nanocavity test structures for testing and measuring the electrical properties and characteristics of synthesized nanoparticles. His work is funded by the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in Rome, NY..

Rick Hynes - Graduate Student

Rick Hynes graduated in 2009 with a degree in Biology from the University at Albany. His work with Dr. Cady focuses on the use of the Bioforce Nano eNnabler to pattern antibodies and cells onto solid surfaces.

Jason Behnke

Jason Behnke - Graduate Student

Jason started in Professor Cady's lab as an undergraduate Chemistry major at the University at Albany, graduating in 2010. Continuing on as a graduate student Jason studies biofilm inhibition. Biofilms can cause persistent contamination and infections and present multiple problems for removal and remediation. Jason's research is testing bacterial biofilm formation, through microplate assays, and fluid flow cells. Additionaly he is trying to inhibit formation of biofilm by using certain naturally-inspired organic compounds.

Ben Briggs

Ben Briggs - Graduate Student

Benjamin Briggs is a Ph.D. student in the Cady Research Group. His research interests include memristive circuit elements and properties of graphene. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from SUNY New Paltz .

Lyndsay Toth

Lyndsay Toth - Undergraduate Student

Lyndsay Toth is an Undergraduate Chemistry major at the University at Albany. She began working in Dr. Cady's lab in the spring of 2010. Her research has mostly been focused on biofilm inhibition through the use of naturally-inspired organic compounds. She is currently researching the mechanism these compounds use to inhibit biofilm formation.

Steve Kasper

Steve Kasper - Undergraduate Student

Steve is an undergraduate senior at SUNY Albany, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has worked on several projects including immobilizing enzymes on porous titanium dioxide for potential biofuel cell applications, and a collaborative project with the Wadsworth Center designing a microfluidic device used to separate components of blood as a cancer diagnostic tool. Currently he is working on the electrodeposition of copper oxide for use as a semi-conductor in potential computer chips.

Dan Sellers

Dan Sellers - Undergraduate Student

Dan is an undergraduate working towards his BS in biology with a double minor in French and Chemistry. He is working on understanding the interactions of DNA with semiconductor materials- namely hafnium dioxide.

Former Students

Alicia McCarthy - Undergraduate Student

Alicia is in her third year at the University at Albany, working toward her BS in Biology. Her project currently involves the prevention of biofouling (microfouling) on topographically modified surfaces.

JC Alejaldre

JC Alejaldre - Undergraduate Student

Coming Soon!

Steve Roy - Graduate Student

While Steve worked in Professor Cady's lab he worked on understanding the interactions of bacteria with copper in solution.

Amanda Stewart - Summer Intern 2010

Amanda was an intern from Stony Brook University who focused on understanding the interactions of DNA with Group IV metals (Hf and Zr). During her internship she worked towards creating self-assembled monolayers of Zr and Hf for DNA sensor applications.

Sree Addepalli - Summer Intern 2010

Sree was an intern from the University of Michigan. During her summer internship she worked on the Air Force Memristor project focusing on the synthesis and testing of resistive memory for next generation computing.

Gabe Kousourou

Gabe Kousourou - Undergraduate Student

Gabe was Pre-Med student at UAlbany and worked on the interactions of bacteria with topographical surfaces.

Blaze Messer - Graduate Student

Blaze worked on a fabrication project to create a picocalorimeter capable of detecting change at the cellular scale.

Ted van Hoof - Graduate Student

After obtaining a degree in applied physics from Fontys University, The Netherlands, Ted van Hoof joined Dr. Cady’s research group in 2008. He’s currently working on immobilizing enzymes on porous anodized titanium oxide thin films to improve lifetime and efficiency for possible bio fuel cell or sensor applications.

Josh Kessler

Joshua Kessler - Undergraduate Student

Josh was Pre-Med student in Professor Cady's lab and worked in collaboration with the Hynd Lab on characterizing novel neural prosthetic devices.

Brian Clow

Brian Clow- Undergraduate Student

Coming soon!

Katherine Lee

Katherine Lee - Summer Intern 2009

Katherine Lee was a CNSE summer intern in Professor Cady's lab during the summer of 2009 who came to the lab from Binghamton University. Katherine's research project focused on optimizing the process for printing cells using the Nano eNabler system onto polymeric substrates including Extracel.

Xiaobin Xu - Graduate Student

Xiaobin was a graduate student at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering who was exploring nanobiology research in our laboratory.

Kai Dallas - Summer Intern 2007

Kai Dallas was a CNSE Summer intern with Professor Cady in the Summer of 2007 who came to CNSE from Cornell University. Kai helped to develop methods for the patterning of solid surfaces for studies of bacterial adhesion and communication.