Chemistry and Biochemistry

Graduate Student Wins Award at HPLC Symposium

Posted: May 22, 2014

Suresh Kumar, a BYU graduate student originally from New Delhi, India, has received the third place award for best poster at the 41st International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations held in New Orleans.

The symposium, which was held from May 10 to May 15, is considered one of the best places to learn about the latest issues important to discovery, development, and economic production processes inherent to a wide range of related
technologies and techniques.

“I was very delighted when my name was called for third place,” Kumar said. “I was approached by many researchers and given business cards to provide them a reprint of my poster. It helped me in networking with them which is very good for my professional career.”

While Kumar put significant effort into preparing and submitting this award-winning poster, he made sure to thank all those who helped him along the way, including his faculty mentor at BYU, Dr. Adam T. Wooley. “I am very happy that I chose Dr. Adam T. Woolley as my research adviser,” Kumar said. “He is an amazing mentor with incredible experience
and knowledge. His constant suggestions and guidance help me in designing my research strategies and overcoming hurdles during research.”

Kumar became interested in his field of study (lab on a chip) because it’s a relatively new field that has application in providing miniaturized diagnostic tools which have a wide variety of beneficial uses. After his time at BYU, he looks forward to continuing in this growing field.

“These tools can be very helpful in terms of providing affordable, rapid, and point of care diagnosis of many diseases including cancer and preterm birth,” Kumar said. “Such tools can be very useful, especially in developing countries, and I hope I can continue to be part of that.”