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2013 Provost Women in Science Travel Award
2013 Microscopy & Microanalysis Physical Sciences Poster Award – 1st Place
2013 Quantitative Chemical Biology 1-year Fellowship
2013 Associate Instructor Award
2011 BS Chemistry, Literature; Marquette University

I joined the Baker Group in the fall of 2011 based on my interest of bioanalytical electrochemistry at the nanoscale. During my time in the group, I have had the opportunity to learn a number of techniques commonly used in analytical and materials chemistry, including scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM), focused-ion beam (FIB) milling, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). My training in these techniques, especially the FIB, has enabled me to work on a variety of projects in the Baker Group. These projects have included fabrication of carbon electrodes and AFM probes.

Work towards my thesis is focused on scanning probe microscopy (SPM) resolution. We recently characterized the numerous factors that affect SICM resolution under experimental conditions, with surprising results. Other projects we are working on include the incorporation of black lipid membranes with SICM.

I received a B.S. in chemistry and English literature from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I ran cross country and track. As an undergraduate I had the opportunity to do summer research with Dr. Kevin Jantzi at Valparaiso University in the summer of 2009. While there I had the task of reworking his organic chemistry laboratory experiments to render them more environmentally friendly and less wasteful. In the summer of 2010 I was an REU student at Louisiana State University where I worked in Prof. Isiah Warner’s lab. It was here that I developed an interest for analytical, materials, and electrochemistry while working with plastic structured ionic liquids for energy storage. I am originally from Michigan City, Indiana. In my free-time, I enjoy competing in marathons.

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Publications at IU

  1. Saha-Shah, A.; Weber, A.E.; Karty, J. A.; Ray, S. J.; Hieftje, G. M.; Baker,  L. A. Nanopipettes: probes for local sample analysis, Chem. Sci., 2015, accepted.
  2. Weber, A. E.; Shi, W.; Baker, L.A. Electrochemical Applications of Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy. In Electroanalytical Chemistry; Bard, A.J., Zoski, C. Eds.; 2014, accepted.
  3. Weber, A.E.; Baker, L.A. Experimental studies of resolution in scanning ion conductance microscopy; J. Electrochem. Soc., 2014, 161, H924-H929.
  4. Zhou, Y.; Chen, C.C.; Weber, A.E.; Zhou, L.; Baker, L.A. Potentiometric Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy, Langmuir, 2014, 30, 5669–5675. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la500911w)
  5. Thakar, R.; Weber, A.E.; Morris, C.A.; Baker, L. A. Multifunctional Carbon Nanoelectrodes Fabricated by Focused Ion Beam Milling, Analyst, 2013, 138, 5973-5982.(http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c3an01216f).
  6. Zhou, Y.; Chen, C.C.; Weber, A.; Zhou, L.; Baker, L. A.; Hou, J. Potentiometric-Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy for Measurement at Tight Junctions, Tissue Barriers, 2013, 1, e2558s. (https://www.landesbioscience.com/journals/tissuebarriers/article/25585/).

Publications prior to IU

  1. de Rooy, S.L., Das, S., Li, M., El-Zahab, B., Jordan, A., Lodes, R., Weber, A., Chandler, L., Baker, G.A., Warner, I. Ionically Self-Assembled, Multi-Luminophore One-Dimensional Micro- and Nanoscale Aggregates of Thiacarbocyanine GUMBOS. J. Phys. Chem. C., 2012, 116, 8251-8260. (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp3007848)
  2. Jantzi, K.L., Wiltrakis, S., Wolf, L., Weber, A., Cardinal, J., Krieter, K., The Contrasting
    Alkylations of 4-(Dimethylaminomethyl)pyridine and 4-(Dimethylamino)pyrdine: An
    Organic Chemistry Experiment. J. Chem. Ed., 2011, 88, 328-330.
    (http://pubs.acs.org /doi/pdf/10.1021/ed1000312)

 

Presentations

  1. Weber, A., Bright, L., Zhou, L., Aspinwall, C., Baker, L. A. “Ion Channel Probes for Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy (SICM)” Indiana University Materials Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington IN (May 2015).
  2. Weber, A., Morton, K., Chen, C. C., Zhou, Y., Baker, L. A. “Electrochemical Scanning Probe Microscopy for Bioanalytical Analyses” Gill Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington IN (October 2014).
  3. Weber, A., and Lane A. Baker “Investigation and Characterization of Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy Resolution” NOBBChE, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (September 2014).
  4. Weber, A., and Lane A. Baker “Investigation and Characterization of Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy Resolution” 37th Steenbock Symposium, Madison, WI (June 2014).
  5. Weber, A., and Lane A. Baker “Investigation and Characterization of Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy Resolution” Chemistry Biology Interface Career Development Symposium, Madison, WI (June 2014).
  6. Weber, A., Zhou, Y., Zhou, L., Baker, L. A. “Investigation and Characterization of Potentiometric-Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy Resolution” Pittsburgh Analytical Conference, Chicago, IL (March 2014).
  7. Weber, A. “Scanning Probe Microscopy Demonstration” Bloomington, IN (December 2013).
  8. Weber, A., Zhou, Y., Zhou, L., Morris, C. A., Baker, L. A. “Investigation of Potentiometric-Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy Resolution” ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (September 2013).
  9. Weber, A., Zhou, Y., Zhou, L., Baker, L. A. “Investigation and Characterization of Potentiometric-Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy Resolution” Chem GRC Seminar, Bloomington, IN (September 2013).
  10. Weber, A., Zhou, Y., Zhou, L., Chen, C.-C., Baker, L. A. “Resolution Investigation of Potentiometric-Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy” Microscopy & Microanalysis, Indianapolis, IN (August 2013).
  11. Weber, A., Zhou, Y., Chen, C.-C., Baker, L. A. “Determination of Potentiometric-Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy Resolution for Cellular Studies” Pittsburgh Analytical Conference, Philadelphia, PA (March 2013).
  12. Weber, A., Thakar, R., Morton, K., Morris, C., Baker, L. A. “Focused Ion Beam Milling of Micro and Nanoscale Probes for Scanning Probe Microscopy” FIB SEM User Group Meeting, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (March 2013).
  13. Weber, A., Thakar, R., Morris, C.; Morton, K.; Chen, C.-C.; Baker, L. A. “Focused Ion Beam Milling of Micro and Nano Scale Probes for Scanned Probe Microscopy” Turkey Run Analytical Conference, Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, IN (November 2012).
  14. Weber, A., Thakar, R., Morton, K., Chen, C. C., Morris, C., Shi, W., Baker, L. A. “Focused Ion Beam Milling of Micro and Nano Scale Probes for Scanning Probe Microscopy” NOBBChE Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (September 2012).
  15. Weber, A., Chen, C. C., Derylo, M., Baker, L. A. “Visualization and Study of Viral Infection of Epithelial Cell Monolayers” Women in Science Program Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (March 2012).
  16. Lee, G., Weber, A., Zhu, Q. “Proposing Ligands and an Active Site in NgBR for Cancer Treatment” CREST Research and Teaching Symposium, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI (April 2011).
  17. Weber, A. “Plastic Ionic Nanostructures for Energy Storage” SURF Conference, Baton Rouge, LA (July 2010).