Stephanie Healey | August 6, 2014
Fourth year chemistry graduate student Nicholas Myers recently earned a $30,000 United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Global Fellowship for his work related to counterfeit drug detection. Myers was one of three recipients chosen this year in the international competition.
Myers’ research is related to the Paper Analytical Device (PAD) Project. Led by Marya Lieberman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, the PAD project uses paper-based technologies to test for the presence of specific chemicals in various substances. The PAD technology is especially useful in low-resource settings where sophisticated lab equipment may not be available. The PADs were primarily developed to test for counterfeit medications in developing countries, but the technology has also been adapted for other uses, such as testing for iodine deficiency.