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Robin Garrell, Ph.D.

Lab Director, Garrell Lab
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Bioanalytical and Surface Chemistry
Member, California NanoSystems Institute
Researcher, Inorganic, Nanoscience and Materials, Organic

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1984

Honors and Awards:
Iota Sigma Pi, Agnes Fay Morgan Award
NSF, Presidential Young Investigator Award
American Microchemical Society, Benedetti-Pichler Award
UCLA, Hanson-Dow Award
UCLA, Herbert Newby McCoy Award
2007 American Microchemical Society, Benedetti-Pichler Award
2003 UCLA, Distinguished Teaching Award

Professional Societies:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Elected Fellow
Coblentz Society
1999 Society for Applied Spectroscopy, President

Contact Information:
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Laboratory Address: Young Hall 4072
Work Address: Young Hall 4077B
ARR Papers:
Work Phone Number: (310) 206-9005 Assistant's phone number
1 (310) 825-2496 Office
Lab Number: 1 (310) 206-9434 Lab
Fax Number: 1 (310) 206-2061 Fax
Additional Information:

Robin L. Garrell was born in Detroit, Michigan. She received her B.S. Degree in Biochemistry with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University in 1978, where she worked with Stuart J. Edelstein to elucidate the structure of sickle cell hemoglobin fibers. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984. Working with Samuel Krimm, she developed surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy to probe adsorption at liquid-metal interfaces. She was an Assistant Professor on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh until 1991, when she joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the UCLA Biomedical Engineering faculty and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). She has served on the Advisory Boards of C&EN, Applied Spectroscopy and other journals. She served on the Coblentz Society Board of Governors (1994-98) and was President of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy in 1999. She is currently a member of the NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies Study Section. Garrell was Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee of the UCLA College (2003-07) and Chair of the UCLA Academic Senate in 2009-10. Her educational leadership roles include serving as Associate Director of the NASA Center for Cell-Mimetic Space Exploration, as member of the Executive Board of the NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program, and as PI/Director of the NSF Nanosystems Chemistry and Engineering Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Since 2006, she has been the PI/Director of the NSF Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Materials Creation Training Program at UCLA. Garrell’s UCLA honors include the Herbert Newby McCoy Award for Outstanding Research in Chemistry at UCLA (1995), the Hanson-Dow Award for Teaching Excellence in Chemistry (1997), the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (2003), and the Gold Shield Faculty Prize (2009). She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award (1985), Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Award (1996), Gold Medal Award in the 2007 Masscal Pioneering Micro and Thermal Analysis Technology Competition, and the Benedetti-Pichler Award from the American Microchemical Society (2007). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

Selected Publications:

Tucker-Schwartz, A.K.; Bei, Z.; Garrell, R.L.; Jones, T.B., Polymerization of Electric Field-Centered Double Emulsion Droplets to Create Polyacrylate Shells, Langmuir, 2011, 26, 18606-18611.
Nelson WC, Peng I, Lee GA, Loo JA, Garrell RL, Kim CJ, Incubated protein reduction and digestion on an electrowetting-on-dielectric digital microfluidic chip for MALDI-MS, Analytical Chemistry, 2010, 82 (23), 9932-9937.
Debalina Chatterjee, A. Jimmy Ytterberg, Sang Uk Son, Joseph A. Loo and Robin L. Garrell, Integration of Protein Processing Steps on a Droplet Microfluidics Platform for MALDI-MS Analysis, Anal. Chem, 2010, 82 (5), 2095–2101.
Izadian, A.; Garrell, R.L., Pico-Droplet Dispensing Control in Digital Microfluidic Systems, Proc. 49th IEEE Conference on DEcision and Control, 2010, 4583-4586.
Tucker-Schwartz, A.; Garrell, R.L., Simple Preparation and Application of TEMPO-Coated Fe3O4 Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles for Selective Oxidation of Alcohols, Chem. Eur. J, 2010, 16, 12718-12726.
Garrell, R.L.; Maynard, H.D., Surface Molecular Property Control, Biomedical Technology: Applications of Microfluidics, Nano Optics and Surface Chemistry, 2010, C-M. Ho ed., 395-435.
Nelson, W.; Peng, I.; Loo, J.A.; Garrell, R.L.; Kim, C-J., An EWOD Droplet Microfluidic Chip with Integrated Local Temperature Control for Multiple Proteomics, IEEE MEMS Proceed, 2009, 280-283.
Son SU, Garrell RL, Transport of live yeast and zebrafish embryo on a droplet digital microfluidic platform, Lab Chip, 2009, 9 (16), 2398-401.
Chatterjee, D. Shepherd, H. Garrell, R. L., Electromechanical model for actuating liquids in a two-plate droplet microfluidic device, Lab Chip, 2009, 9 (9), 1219-29.
Yoon, J.-Y.; Garrell, R.L., Biomolecular Adsorption in Microfluidics, Encyclopedia of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 2008 (D. Li ed.), 68-76.
Moon, H.; Wheeler, A.R.; Garrell, R.L.; Loo, J.A.; Kim, C.-J., An Integrated Digital Microfluidic Chip for Multiplexed Proteomic Sample Preparation and Analysis by MALDI-MS, Lab on a Chip , 2006, 6 (9), 1213-1219.
Chatterjee D, Hetayothin B, Wheeler AR, King DJ, Garrell RL , Droplet-based microfluidics with nonaqueous solvents and solutions, Lab on a Chip, 2006, 6 (2), 199-206.