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05-07-2011

Clarkson University Professor Silvana Andreescu Receives Graham Faculty Research Award

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Silvana Andreescu, an associate professor of chemistry and biomolecular science in the School of Arts & Sciences, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award during the University’s 118th commencement ceremony today.

Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) presents the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award to Silvana Andreescu.Andreescu has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science since 2005. She has a master of science degree in biosensors from the University of Bucharest, Romania; and a joint Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Perpignan, France, and University of Bucharest, Romania. Between 2003 and 2005 she was an NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellow at SUNY Binghamton.
 
Her technical expertise is focused on analytical and bioanalytical chemistry for clinical and environmental monitoring including investigations of basic biochemical mechanisms at biointerfaces, biomimetic materials and biosensors.

Many of the sensors developed in Andreescu’s lab are used to understand fundamental molecular mechanisms in biological systems, determine clinically important analytes associated with medical conditions and address environmental challenges.

Her recent research work focuses on the development of novel nanoparticles based colorimetric test strips for point-of-care diagnosis and therapy. 
 
Andreescu has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles and 11 book chapters, has co-edited one book, has three patents, and has delivered some 100 presentations at professional and academic conferences throughout the world.

She has incorporated research activities into her teaching, developed upper-level courses and inquiry-based laboratory modules to enhance accessibility to modern scientific technologies, recruited talented students, and provided research opportunities for more than 30 Clarkson undergraduates.
 
Andreescu’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and several other funding agencies. In 2010, Andreescu received the NSF CAREER Award, the NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty.

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Photo caption: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) presents the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award to Silvana Andreescu.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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