HNSE-P3-5. Electrochemical Damage of Biological Matter

Kevin Ayala Pineda1
Drake Joseph1, 2
Nicholas Pudar3
Angelica Diaz Tremillo1
Faculty Mentor: Michael Pravica, Ph.D.1
1College of Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy
2Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
3School of Integrated Health Sciences, Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences

In the crisis of the coronavirus COVID – 19 pandemic and the urgency of creating quick methods for creating high-quality vaccines, here we present preliminary results that aim at utilizing electrochemistry on a virus with minimal damage to the capsid, and thus target the DNA/RNA to denature the virus. For this project, we worked with biological matter. In this report we discuss the results of DNA and TMV electrochemically damaged in an aqueous solution. The samples were analyzed via Cyclic Voltammetry (CV), NMR, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The DNA’s fingerprint was significantly altered in all three spectra. Whereas the TMV had significant differences in the CV and NMR but not the UV-Vis spectra.

This research was funded by UNLV’s TRIO McNair Scholars Institute, which is housed within UNLV’s Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach and funded under the TRIO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program by a grant (P217A170069) from the U.S. Department of Education. 


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


HNSE: Poster Session 3
The Office of Undergraduate Research


The Office of Undergraduate Research


4 Replies to “HNSE-P3-5. Electrochemical Damage of Biological Matter”

  1. Kevin,

    I’m glad you had an opportunity to work on a project that has such important implications for public health. Great presentation!

  2. Hello Everyone! Thank you for coming to my presentation! I hope everyone enjoys/enjoyed the presentation! Please feel free to leave any comments and remarks! Thank you and God Bless!

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