Welcome Aruna and Paola

The Pompano lab is growing.  We welcomed Aruna Sastri and Paola Covarrubias this semester. Aruna is earning her Masters degree in Chemistry this year and plans to work on novel methods to study lymphocytes in action.  Paola is a first-year undergraduate who joins us from Dallas, Texas.  She plans to work on methods to keep lymph node tissue alive in culture -- hopefully for weeks at a time!  Good luck to both of them.



Posted on October 11, 2017 and filed under People, Lab Updates.

Prof. Pompano speaks at Hartwell Annual Meeting

Dr. Pompano presented our lab's latest work at the annual meeting of The Hartwell Foundation, held at Duke University.  It was great to meet with approximately forty researchers all conducting creative, cutting-edge research to help the children of the United States.  Many thanks to The Hartwell Foundation for such a stimulating meeting.

Posted on October 2, 2017 and filed under Conferences, Grants & Awards.

Dr. Ashley Ross Featured in C&E News

Congratulations to former post-doc Ashley Ross who was featured in C&E news this week!  The article describes her work done in our lab to use a new microfluidic system to measure diffusion of proteins through living tissue.


Click the link below for the full story:


We wish Ashley the best of luck at her new appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Cinncinatti Ohio!

Posted on August 26, 2017 and filed under People, Lab Updates.

The Pompano Lab at ACS

After a very productive summer of research the Pompano Lab went to the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington DC.  We presented two posters, one of which was featured at SciMix!

Thanks to everyone at ACS and here is to another productive year!

Posted on August 26, 2017 and filed under Conferences, Presentations.

Pompano lab at Immunology 2017

In May, The Pompano lab sent a delegation to the American Association of Immunologist's annual conference, Immunology 2017, in Washington DC.  It was great to take in some cutting-edge immunology research!  We presented three posters:

Maura Belanger:  “Validation of murine lymph node slices as a viable and functional experimental platform.”  Co-authors included Ashley, Andrew, and Ben (undergraduate).   **Congratulations to Maura, who won a Student Travel Award for her poster!

Ashley Ross: “Diffusional analysis of cytokines in lymph node tissue on a microfluidic chip.”

Kristen Richey (undergraduate):  "Bright blue fluorescent nanoparticles for live cell imaging by fluorescence microscopy."  This was a collaboration with Meng Zhuang and Cassandra Fraser.

Look for the papers on these topics later this summer!



Posted on June 3, 2017 and filed under Conferences, Presentations.

Pompano crew marched for science!

The science policy decisions and research advances made in the next few years have the potential to impact the quality of life on earth for decades or even centuries to come. Scientific data needs to inform decisions made on everything from addressing the changing climate, to choosing which energy sources to invest in, to regulating pharmaceuticals and genetically modified foods.  Furthermore, scientific research (largely funded by the U.S. government) is needed to solve major societal problems -- for example, by researching how diseases progress and how best to stop them.  We marched to bring attention to all of these issues, and to help fire up the scientific community to promote continued advocacy going forward.

On April 22, 2017, Dr. Pompano and her family marched right here in Charlottesville, while Jenn Ortiz made the trip to Washington, DC to be part of the 40,000 scientists and supporters who participated in the main march.  We were proud to be part of this world-wide event.

Posted on May 3, 2017 .

Pittcon in Chicago

Dr. Pompano and Ashley Ross had a successful trip to Pittcon 2017 in Chicago, IL earlier this month.  Dr. Pompano co-hosted a symposium entitled "Microanalytical Techniques for Immunology" alongside Christopher Love (MIT), in the first immunology-focused session at Pittcon, to our knowlege.  Ashley presented an oral presentation on her newest work, using a microfluidic method to quantify diffusion of cytokines through lymph node tissue.  Look for the publication soon.

Posted on March 24, 2017 and filed under Conferences, Presentations.

Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair

Both Meg and Maura participated as judges for the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair.  The fair was held on March 9, 2017 at John Paul Jones arena in Charlottesville Virginia and hosted students from all over central Virginia.  This is a great event that allows both middle and high school students to showcase their creativity and scientific skills.  More information on the fair and how to get involved can be found here

Posted on March 13, 2017 and filed under Outreach.

Analyst Cover

Our article entitled "Spatially resolved microfluidic stimulation of lymphoid tissue ex vivo" has been printed in The Analyst and has been featured on the cover! 

A PDF version of the full text of the publication can be accessed here.

Posted on February 16, 2017 and filed under Papers.

Dr. Pompano goes to Richmond capitol

On January 12, 2017, the first Thursday of the legislative session, Colleen Taylor (faculty at Virginia State) and Rebecca Pompano (UVA) participated in Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond.  The theme of the day was “Hands off Higher Education -- Maintaining Commonwealth Support for Higher Education.”

As faculty, we urged our state delegates and senators to resist the temptation to cut funds further from public education: state funding per student already declined by 46% and 31% for 4-year and community colleges respectively, from FY 2001 to FY 2014.(1)  Funding for education directly affects the quality of science training that Virginia students receive to prepare them for future careers and active citizenship.

We especially thank Charlottesville's Delegate David Toscano for taking the time to meet with us.  We appreciate his strong ongoing support for higher education. 

1. D. Toscano, “Politics and The Great Cost Shift in State-Funded Higher Education.” Virginia General Assembly Update.  October 20, 2016.

From left: Brian Turner (Randolph-Macon College), Colleen Taylor (Virginia State), Rebecca Pompano (UVA), Gerry Sherayko (Randolph College, President of VA Conference of American Association of University Professors)

From left: Brian Turner (Randolph-Macon College), Colleen Taylor (Virginia State), Rebecca Pompano (UVA), Gerry Sherayko (Randolph College, President of VA Conference of American Association of University Professors)

Quote visible on the wall of VA state capitol:  "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." --Thomas Jefferson, 1789.

Posted on February 2, 2017 and filed under Outreach, Societies.