Ford Group News

News and Updates about the Ford Group

    Congratulations to Beibei Gao on a successful proposal defense!

    June 07, 2021

    Congratulations to graduate student Beibei Gao on a successful PhD proposal defense! Her proposal is titled "Quantifying the role of chemotaxis in transporting bacteria to an oil-phase contaminant in porous media". The Ford group celebrated over hot pot (prepared by Beibei herself) and board games. 


    Ford students present at AGU conference

    December 03, 2020

    Ford students Beibei Gao and Rhea Braun each gave 15 minute talks at the virtual 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference. Below are their presentation titles.

    Beibei Gao: Chemotactic Bacteria are Retained Near NAPL Ganglia in Saturated Porous Media: Microscopy, Microfluidics and Modeling over Multiple Scales

    Rhea Braun: Sonification and Machine Learning Contribute to a Novel Assay of Bacterial Swimming Dynamics

    Welcome the new Ford lab member: Sanha!

    December 03, 2020

    Welcome the new Ford lab member: Sanha Kim! Sanha graduated with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign. He will be working on modelling the expansion of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrotic settings. 

    Check out Ford group's new project: predicting how bacteria in mucus affect human health

    July 23, 2020

    Come to read more about Ford group's new project, covered both in university and local news!

    Congrats Ben for his internship at Anheuser-Busch

    June 04, 2020

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    Ben will be working as a Brewery Training Program Intern for Anheuser-Busch in Cartersville, GA! Good luck!

    Congrats Tracy to be selected in the Biotechnology Training Program!

    June 04, 2020

    Congrats Tracy to be selected in the Biotechnology Training Program!

    Congrats to our Grads

    May 21, 2020


    We will miss you! Good luck

    ChemE Presenters Adjust as UVA Graduate Engineering Research Symposium Goes Online

    April 04, 2020

    UVA Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering, like the rest of world, is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic in large measure by conducting classes, meetings and as much research as possible online. The Graduate Engineering Student Council’s 16th annual University of Virginia Graduate Engineering Research Symposium is no exception. The symposium, known as UVERS, will go on as planned on April 7, except that it will be conducted through webinars. Details and registration information may be found here.

    As in the past, presenters for each UVA Engineering department were selected through a competitive process based on submitted research abstracts. One podium presenter and three poster presenters from each department will compete for prizes ranging in value from $100 to $1,000. Additionally, the posters will be available for viewing April 7-14 in the online poster gallery, and participants and attendees are encouraged to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award here.


    Naomi Miyake (left), a Ph.D. student in William Mynn Thornton Professor Robert J. Davis’ catalysis lab, will represent chemE in the podium session, presenting her research, “Understanding the role of Ag and ZrO2 in the catalytic activity of the Ag/ZrO2/SiO2 catalyst for the ethanol to butadiene reactions.”

    ChemE students presenting in the poster sessions are:

    Beverly Miller (Steven J. Caliari lab): “Addressing a Clinical Need: Tissue Engineering to Improve Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair”

    Devanshi Gupta (Gary Koenig lab): “Analysis of Chemical and Electrochemical Lithiation/Delithiation of a Lithium-Ion Cathode Material”

    Prince Verma (Gaurav Giri lab): “Controlling the orientation of NU-1000 crystals”

    There also will be a Young Professional Panel comprised mostly of recent Ph.D. alumni, including Zachary Young, a former member of Davis’ lab who now works for Exxon Mobil.

    ChemE Third-year Writes Winning Abstract in Annual Graduate Student Contest

    March 29, 2019

    The winners of the 2019 Graduate Writing Lab Abstract Writing Contest have been announced. Congratulations to ChemE’s own Xueying Zhao for winning first place. Zhao is a third-year Ph.D. student and research assistant in Professor Roseanne Ford’s lab. The judging panel also gave ChemE fifth-year Yuanyuan Ji, an assistant in Assistant Professor Geoff Geise’s lab, an honorable mention.

    The second-place spot went to third-year electrical engineering Ph.D. student Vaibhav Verma, and Engineering Systems and Environment’s Wenjian Jia, a second-year civil engineering Ph.D. student, took third. Also receiving honorable mentions were Benjamin Bowes of the Engineering Systems and Environment Department, a third-year Ph.D. student studying civil engineering, and Qiyuan Lin and William Blades, both third-years in materials science and engineering.

    The writing lab’s contest organizers thank the 2019 judges: George Prpich, Rachel Letteri, Steven Allen, Geoff Geise, Amir Chamaani, Archie Holmes, Chloe Dedic and Ahmed Rasin.