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The Beak-Pines Organic Area Allerton Conference is an annual event held at Allerton Park twenty miles south of Champaign. At the conference, one student from each UIUC organic chemistry research group presents an oral presentation, and two students from each group present their work in the form of a poster. At the end of the day, awards are presented for outstanding presentations. Below is a history of Chan Lab presentations at the Allerton conference. 

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Oral Presentation

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Zhenxiang Zhao

Activity-based sensing reveals elevated labile copper activity during liver aging

Poster Presentations

Suri Bandyopadhyay

An activity-based nitric oxide-responsive porphyrin for theranostic monitoring of site-selective and nascent cancer ablation

Chelsea Swartchick

Activity-based bioluminescence probe reveals crosstalk between the inflammatory tumor microenvironment and the ALDH cancer stem cell biomarker


Oral Presentation

Lukas Smaga

A chemical tool for the study of concentration-dependent formaldehyde biology

Poster Presentations

Luke Akin 

The first small molecule-activated ultrasound contrast agent for imaging cancer

Chris Reinhardt 

Photoacoustic contrast agent optimization enables cancer-derived nitric oxide imaging 


Oral Presentation

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Chris Reinhardt

Development of photoacoustic probes for the detection of nitric oxide

Poster Presentations

Melissa Lucero

In vivo ratiometric photoacoustic imaging of copper (I)

Effie Zhou 

Near-infrared photoactivatable nitric oxide donors with integrated photoacoustic monitoring


Oral Presentation

Hailey Knox

Development of N-oxide-based probes for photoacoustic imaging of hypoxia

Verbanac Award

Poster Presenations

Thomas Bearrood 

Exploring the cancer stem cell hypothesis using a probe for ALDH1A1  

Nicholas Pino 

A new method for detecting nitroxyl inspired by the natural reactivity  of HNO with proteins


Oral Presentation

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Thomas Bearrood

Development of light-responsive metal chelators and fluorescent indicators to probe calcium Oscillation

Poster Presentations

Hailey Knox 

Applications of photoacoustic imaging for hypoxia detection and image-guided drug delivery

Chris Reinhardt 

Towards the development of analyte-specific probes for in vivo nitric oxide imaging 


Oral Presentation

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Hao Li

Beyond optical imaging: Acoustogenic probes for deep tissue analyte detection

Poster Presentations

Aaron Roth

Towards reaction-based fluorescent probes for reactive carbonyl species

Lukas Smaga 

Combining light and sound: Acoustogenic probes for the detection of hypoxia and ALP activity in cancer

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