The Melvin Research Group
The Melvin Research Group aims to develop new tools and technologies to quantify and characterize complex biological systems. We take an interdisciplinary approach combining elements chemical and biomedical engineering with chemical biology, biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, and cancer biology.
Current research areas include point of care diagnostics, biochemical analysis of the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS), alternative materials for microfluidic devices, and single cell and population-based studies of algal growth and migration
No positions are currently available. Please contact Prof. Melvin if interested in joining the research group
High school students Natalie Marionneaux, Meagan Newton, and Caroline Cotton from St. Joseph’s Academy mentored by Prof. Melvin present their research at the Regional Louisiana Science Fair
Alexis Hanson joins the research group as an undergraduate research student.
Sharif Rahman and Khashayar Ramezani Bajgiran join the research group as first year Ph.D students
Nora Safabakhsh passes her general exam!
Prof. Melvin presents research at the AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA
Jeff Anderson, Devin Manning, and Travis Dugas present their research at the AIChE Annual Student Meeting in San Francisco, CA
Manibarathi Vaithiyanathan presents her work “Luminescent nanoparticles for high-throughput microfluidic droplet barcoding” at the Applied Polymer Technology (APTEC) meeting at LSU.
Cleveland Douglas III presents his research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
Seth Roberts successfully defends his MS thesis!
Nora Safabakhsh awarded an Outstanding Poster Award at the BMES Annual Meeting for her work “Rapid uptake and ubiquitination of fluorescent peptides into mammalian cells using a β-hairpin sequence motif”
Olivia Sanchez joins the research group as an undergraduate research student.
Prof. Melvin, Seth Roberts, and Travis Dugas visit the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Alabama
Prof. Melvin awarded an SEC Faculty Travel Grant to initiate a collaboration with Prof. Y. John Kim at the University of Alabama
Josh Campbell, Katie Render, Grant Landwehr, and Cole Kirkpatrick join the group as undergraduate researchers.
Jacob Pettigrew, Travis Dugas, Riley Manning, and Cleveland Douglas III all present their research at the LSU Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF)
Riley Manning earns 3rd place in the LSU CHE REU poster competition
Melvin Research Group relocates to new lab space in the Patrick F. Taylor Annex.
Welcome summer undergraduate research students Riley Manning (CHE REU) and Cleveland Douglas III (LSU/NIH Bridges)!
Congratulations to Nora Safabakhsh and Seth Roberts for passing their qualifying exams
Jeffrey Anderson and Kelly Yates present their research at the LSU Discovery Day
Jeffrey Anderson, Seleipiri Charles, Travis Dugas, and Kelly Yates present their research at the AIChE Southeast Regional Meeting at the University of Alabama
Prof. Melvin and Prof. Mike Benton launch the Chemical Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
Cole Kirkpatrick, Katie Render, and Colleen Atkins teach kids about cancer diagnostics and droplet microfluidics at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum Engineering Day
Prof. Melvin visits the Chemical Engineering Department at Tennessee Tech University
Prof. Melvin presents research at the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA
Welcome new graduate student Mani Vaithiyanathan to the group!
Prof. Melvin presents research at the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT