SRF News and Events

13 Dec

  SRF is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of WVU Davis College Professor Emeritus Joginder “Jo” Nath, recipient of the 2016 The Order of Vandalia, WVU’s highest honor for service to the university.

  In the late ‘60s, Dr. Nath and two other professors were hired to start a genetics and developmental biology program at WVU. He is well-known for his generosity to the university. Shared Research Facilities is among his latest beneficiaries, having received donations of materials and supplies for the Electron Microscopy Facilities.

  “It was very kind of him to think of SRF and of all the students university-wide that will benefit from having access to the special knives and other expensive items that he donated,” said SRF Director Trina Wafle.

  He will be fondly remembered by all those he helped during his remarkable life. To send personal condolences and other symbolic gestures, please visit

10 Oct

Dr. Qi Zeng Joins SRF

October 10th, 2016

Shared Research Facilities team is happy to welcome Dr. Qi Zeng as the new SRF BioNano Research Facilities manager.

Dr. Qi Zeng received her bachelor degree in chemistry in 2009 from Renmin University of China, and her Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry in 2015 from University of Illinois at Chicago. In her research, she has developed nanoHPLC-MS analysis method for fruit fly hemolymph, using bottom-up proteomics.

She has also worked as a research scientist on reverse osmosis membrane development in the polymer industry from 2015 to 2016. Her research interests are mainly focused on HPLC, GC and MS method development for raw, intermediate and final product quality control.

From October 10th on, Dr. Zeng will be available to assist BNRF users on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 AM to 5 PM.

1 Oct

Dr. Qiang Wang Joins SRF

October 1st, 2016

Dr. Qiang Wang joins Shared Research Facilities this October 3rd as the new manager for the SRF Materials Characterization Facilities.

Dr. Wang received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2003, and his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Physics from University of Colorado Boulder in 2008 and 2011. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE / LANL) from 2012 to 2015 and at the Material Science Division (MSD) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) from 2015 to 2016.

Dr. Wang’s research interests include interface magnetism in heterostructures, probed using polarized neutron reflectometry (PNR); and electronic structure of exotic matters, probed using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES).

SRF welcomes Dr. Wang to the team! He is excited about sharing his expertise with the facilities users and contribute to the advancement of research at WVU.

22 Sep

Dr. Weiqiang Ding's resignation

September 22nd, 2016

It is with regret that we announce the resignation of SRF Materials Characterization Facilities Manager and IMSE Research Assistant Professor, Dr. Weiqiang Ding, effective September 26, 2016. He has accepted a position as Sr. Engineering Scientist with Apple Inc. in Cupertino, CA.

Dr. Ding joined our staff in 2010. During all these years, he has trained and motivated many of our users to become top performers in their field. Dr. Ding’s technical expertise and continuous dedication to WVU research will be missed.

Please, join SRF in wishing Dr. Ding every success in his new endeavors.

Meanwhile, during this moment of change, SRF administration is working to ensure all our users a smooth transition.

1 Sep

Dr. Gregory Donohoe's resignation

September 1st, 2016

It is with regret that we announce the resignation of Dr. Gregory Donohoe as BioNano Research Facilities (BNRF) manager for SRF, effective September 2, 2016.

Dr. Donohoe joined our staff in March. His expertise in Mass Spectrometry has helped training and establishing the user database in BNRF. He will be missed.

Please, join SRF in wishing him success in his new path.

27 Jun

SRF Director Trina Wafle has been named the president of the Mid Atlantic Directors and Staff of Scientific Cores, a chapter of the Association of Biomolecular Research Facilities (ABRF). Her main duty is to host the annual MAD SSCi conference to be held June 19-21, 2017 at West Virginia University.

This year’s conference, led by outgoing president Janette Lamb of the University of Pittsburgh, drew 95 attendees to Pitt from universities and institutions around the Mid-Atlantic and as far away as Texas and Tennessee. Presentation topics ranged “from a to z—administration to Zika.” SRF managers, Dr. Marcela Redigolo and Dr. Greg Donohoe, also participated in this year’s meeting.

See more about this exciting conference at ABRF blog and mark your calendars for next year’s event in Morgantown.

24 Jun

West Virginia University is organizing relief efforts to assist those storm and flood-ravaged areas of West Virginia.

“West Virginia University’s heart aches for the victims of yesterday’s devastating storm and flash flooding in central and southern West Virginia,” WVU President Gordon Gee said, “Our students, faculty and staff – along with our WVU Extension Service – are mobilizing to offer supplies and critical aid to our fellow Mountaineers in need. God Bless our great state.”

Donation drop-off locations will be available Saturday and Sunday (June 25-26) from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Monday (June 27) from 8 a.m. – 1p.m. at the WVU Coliseum, Kroger at Suncrest Town Centre, and Little General Store locations on Van Voorhis Road and Willey Street in Morgantown.

More information can be found here.

3 Jun

Dr. Joginder Nath is no stranger to donating to West Virginia University, including his time and talent.

Shared Research Facilities is among the latest beneficiaries, receiving donations of materials and supplies for the Electron Microscopy Facilities. “It is very kind of him to think of SRF and of all the students university-wide that will benefit from having access to these expensive items,” appreciates SRF Director Trina Wafle.

It is with no surprise for SRF administration that Dr. Nath is one of the honored faculty and alumni with the WVU Order of Vandalia. For more information on the honored tireless suporters, check the full article here.

4 Apr

SRF welcomes Greg Donohoe as the manager of the BioNano Research Facility effective March 28th.

Mr. Donohoe is an analytical chemist whose experience includes research at Mylan Pharmaceuticals and in the WVU Department of Chemistry. At Mylan, he developed methods for characterizing API dosage concentrations, related degradation compounds, excipient components, and drug release profiles using HPLC, UPLC, GC and differential scanning calorimetry plus methods for polymer characterization using Raman spectroscopy and Size Exclusion Chromatography.

At WVU, he was responsible for the department’s LTQ FT Ultra which included maintaining the instrument and training others on its use. As a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Steven Valentine’s group, Mr. Donohoe gained experience performing parallel dissociation using ion mobility spectrometry coupled with CID-MS for high throughput ‘omics analyses. He also performed hydrogen deuterium exchange MS for protein structural determinations and has experience with LC-MS proteomics and metabolomics. He assisted with the construction of a drift tube ion mobility spectrometer interfaced to a linear ion trap with electron transfer dissociation capabilities. Since 2014, Mr. Donohoe has been the lead author on four publications appearing in Analyst, Analytical Chemistry, and the Journal of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry, and he has been a co-author on four more publications.

Mr. Donohoe is expected to graduate in April 2016 with a Ph.D. His office is in CRL 381. He can be reached at 304.293.0747.

12 Feb

Dr. Huiyuan Li's resignation

February 12th, 2016

It is with regret that we announce the resignation of Dr. Huiyuan Li as BioNano Research Facilities (BNRF) manager for SRF, effective February 12, 2016.

Dr. Li joined our staff in 2013. She has trained and motivated many of our users to become top performers in their field. She will be missed.

Please, join the SRF in wishing her every success in her new endeavors.