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Award Recipients

The following awards will be presented at Pittcon 2018.

Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Achievement Award

Xiaowei Zhuang
Harvard University
Xiaowei Zhuang is the David B. Arnold Professor of Science and the director of Center for Advanced Imaging at Harvard University, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Her lab develops advanced imaging technologies, in particular single-molecule and super-resolution imaging methods, and applies these methods to study biological systems.


Pittcon Symposium Overview
Invited speakers in the Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Award session will describe state-of-the art imaging methods, in particular super-resolution and single-molecule imaging methods, for the studies of biological systems. In addition, single-cell genomics and transcriptomics approaches, including sequencing-based and imaging-based omics methods, will be described. The speakers will also discuss exciting applications of these methods to the studies of various cellular structures, gene expression regulation, and diseases. Xiaowei Zhuang, Harvard University, will receive the 2018 Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Award presented by the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).

Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award

Parastoo Hashemi
University of South Carolina
Parastoo Hashemi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina. She performed her undergraduate studies in King’s College, London and her PhD with Martyn Boutelle in the Department of Bioengineering in Imperial College, London. Her postdoctoral work was at UNC Chapel Hill with Mark Wightman. Parry has pioneered an interdisciplinary and translational research program that centers on the development and optimization of in situ electrochemical methods for analyzing biologically and environmentally impactful molecules. Parry has previously been awarded the Masao Horiba Award for Analytical Chemistry, the Eli Lilly Young Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry and an NSF CAREER Award.

Pittcon Symposium Overview
Brain function is underpinned by highly elaborate biochemical processes. These processes are very difficult to define because of the chemical dynamism and physical intricacies of this organ. For this reason it has been extremely challenging to diagnose and treat the many different forms of brain diseases, ranging from brain damage to psychiatric disorders. In this session, the development and application of diverse and cutting edge technologies for studying the brain under health and disease conditions will be explored by pioneers in neuroanalysis. These tools include biosensors, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, microfluidics, in vivo microdialysis and diamond electrodes.
Parastoo Hashemi will receive the 2018 Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award, presented by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh.