James H Wade

Curriculum Vitae


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL
Ph.D., Chemistry, 2017
Advisor: Professor Ryan C. Bailey
Expanding the Toolbox for Precision Medicine with Silicon Photonic Microring Resonators and Microfluidic Technologies

Furman University

Greenville, SC
B.S., Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, 2012
Advisor: Professor John F. Wheeler
Characterization of Cr(III) and Ru(II) Complexes with ESI-MS and the Investigation of Potential Bond Formation between Cr(III) and DNA using UPLC-ESI-MS


Graduate Research, University of Illinois (2012-2017)

Primary efforts were to design and implement multiplex diagnostic panels using a silicon photonic microring resonator array platform for applications in precision medicine. Additional projects included the design, fabrication, and implementation of a microfluidic platform for Nanodisc assembly and purification for membrane protein studies and the integration of microring resonators with separations technologies with applications in industrial polymer analysis. This work resulted in 3 publications with multiple publications in final preparation stages. During this time, I directly oversaw the work of 4 undergraduate and 3 graduate students and informally supported research efforts of many more. I also contributed substantial effort toward proposals at multiple research funding agencies.

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Undergraduate Research, Furman University (2008-2012)

I characterized the structure and reactivity of Cr(III)- and Ru(II)-based transition metal complexes and assessing their photo-reactivity with DNA for applications in photodynamic therapy. This work resulted in 2 publications and 14 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. I mentored and trained five undergraduate students, three of whom pursued graduate degrees in analytical chemistry.

Teaching Assistant, Furman University (2012)

Experimental Techniques. The class is a combined lab course for inorganic, organic, and physical chemistries. Lab work includes organic and inorganic synthesis and characterization techniques, including an original research project as part of their coursework.

Awards & Honors

  • Integrative Biology & Lab on a Chip Poster Prize at Single Cell Science & Technology Microfluidics Symposium, 2017
  • ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Graduate Fellowship, 2016
  • Robert F. Carr Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2015-2016
  • Eastman Chemical Company Fellowship, 2015
  • Analytical Methods Best Poster Award at Turkey Run Analytical Conference, 2014
  • Algernon Gormon Award, University of Illinois 2013 – Best Literature Seminar by Vote of Peers
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2012-2015
  • John Sampey Award in Chemistry, Furman University, 2012
  • Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Research Scholar, Furman University, 2010-2011
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellow, Furman University, 2009-2010
  • Hollingsworth Scholar, Furman University, Furman University, 2008-2012
  • Phi Beta Kappa