Meinig Ph.D. student selected to attend special conference on Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR)
Congratulations to Meinig School Ph.D. student Madhur Srivastava, who was one of two graduate students selected to attend a special meeting on Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) titled “EPR Present and Future - SPP1601/Shared EPR" held in in New Paltz, New York, October 9-12, 2017. The meeting was held jointly with the German DFG supported network SPP1601.
Srivastava received travel funding from the NSF-funded SharedEPR Network to attend the conference, at which he also presented a poster about his research and the role of wavelet transform in analyzing and denoising various EPR (also called ESR) signals and how to carry out EPR-based biological studies that are currently not feasible. Srivastava is one of the key personnel at the National Biomedical Center for Advanced Electron Spin Resonance Technology (ACERT) headed by Cornell Prof. Jack Freed, and he is leading one of the four Technology Research and Development (TR&D) research areas that is focused on ESR signal denoising.
“The conference was a unique experience where leading researchers in the field discussed various focus areas for ESR, including applications, dissemination and education,” said Srivastava of the event. “A white paper that incorporated the future direction of ESR-related research and advances needed to accomplish it was prepared at the meeting. The document will provide a roadmap for researchers, particularly to young investigators, post-docs and graduate students."
The NSF-Funded SHARED EPR network is designed to foster this interdisciplinary interaction and facilitate communication between disparate research labs. It is designed to ensure these advances are translated from the lab in which they are developed to the labs in which they are needed, no matter what discipline is involved.
The SPP 1601 research network is a DFG funded priority program comprising approximately 30 of the top EPR research labs in Germany (www.spp1601.de). The network holds an annual meeting to review progress and present results of their research towards the goal of improving the sensitivity of EPR through advances in instrumentation, sample preparation, pulse sequences, etc. In order to facilitate the international interaction, the SPP 1601 network agreed to hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the SharedEPR network’s Grand Challenge Workshop in the United States. Approximately 30 German PI’s and 25 U.S. PI’s as well as 2 graduate students and 2 postdocs currently conducting research in U.S. labs met jointly at the Mohonk Mountain House in an intimate, “Gordon Conference” style setting to encourage a distraction-free, robust and comprehensive exchange of ideas.