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Nicholas Fahrenkopf

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Nicholas Fahrenkopf is currently a John J Sullivan Graduate Fellow and Nanobiosciences Ph.D. Candidate at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University at Albany, State University of New York. He earned his B.S. in physics, also from UAlbany, in 2008.


As an undergraduate Nicholas Fahrenkopf was involved with community service with the Presidential Honors Society, serving as President for the 2006-2007 academic year. He was also active in the Student Association and various student groups. After being inducted into ODK in 2006 he served as co-chair of the Circle’s Leadership Development Committee, and then co-chair of the Capital Region Leadership Conference Committee. In 2008 he was named the UAlbany Circle Leader of the Year, as well as an ODK National Foundation Scholar. Other undergraduate recognitions include the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, three UAlbany President’s Awards for Leadership, the Class of ’52 Scholarship, and the American Red Cross Blood Services Scholarship.

As a graduate student Nicholas Fahrenkopf served as President of the UAlbany Circle, where he instituted term limits, and stepped down after two terms. During that time the UAlbany Circle played host to a Regional Leadership Conference and an ODK National Signature Event- a leadership lecture by former NYSE President William Johnston titled “My Two Worst Days”. Nicholas also served on the President’s Budget Advisory Group, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Alumni Association’s Graduates of the Last Decade Committee. He served as Lead Senator for the Graduate Student Organization, as graduate student representative to the University Council, and as Parliamentarian to the University Senate.

In addition to service to the University, Nicholas Fahrenkopf is an active volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House, and member of the Albany Curling Club where he serves as chair of the Capital Campaign Committee. His research focuses on fabricating novel semiconductor based DNA sensors. In general he is interested in applying physics and engineering advancements and techniques to solve biological and medical problems. He spends much time doing science outreach and education from K-12, as well as working with undergraduate students. In 2011 he was awarded the Wendell Williams Memorial Nanotechnology Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring.

Nicholas Fahrenkopf's Background

Nicholas Fahrenkopf's Experience

Research Project Assistant at College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

August 2008 - Present | Albany, NY

• Designed and fabricated nanoscale and microscale devices for various collaborations within the College, across the University, and throughout the region • Mentored and instructed undergraduate students in laboratory research

Undergraduate Research Assistant at College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

January 2007 - May 2008 | Albany, NY

• Designed and fabricated PDMS flow cell devices to mimic the stress experienced by tumor cells as they leave the primary tumor. Optimized the device and performed preliminary experiments looking for cell stress markers using immunocytochemistry.

Staff Research Assistant at College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

June 2006 - August 2006 | Albany, NY

• Performed high-resolution x-ray diffractometry and x-ray reflectometry analysis on strained silicon and strained silicon on insulator thin films.

Nicholas Fahrenkopf's Education

University at Albany

2008 – 2013


Concentration: Nanobiosciences

Activities: Graduate Student Organization, Omicron Delta Kappa, Albany Curling Club

University at Albany

2004 – 2008


Concentration: Physics

Activities: Omicron Delta Kappa, Student Association, Presidential Honors Society

Nicholas Fahrenkopf's Interests & Activities

Curling, travelling, community service, nanotechnology, biotechnology.

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