Wayne State University

Aim Higher

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department of Chemistry
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Nicole Lenca
Title Graduate Student (Advisor. Dr. C.F.Poole)
Location Lumigen Instrumentation Center
A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Building
Education Lake Superior State University, Chemical Technology, A.A.S.,2011
Lake Superior State University, Forensic Chemistry, B.S., 2011
Office Chem 178

As an undergraduate, Nicole Lenca worked in the Environmental Analysis Laboratory at Lake Superior State University and became proficient in a variety instrumentation including high performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array and fluorescent detection, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, and ultra-violet visible spectrophotometer. For her senior project, she also developed a fluorescent derivatization method to detect the neurotoxin anatoxin-a in blue-green algae dietary supplements.

After graduation she accepted a year-long appointment to the Research Participation Program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. She worked under the supervision of Dr. Dennis Lye in the Microbial Exposure Research Branch in Cincinnati, Ohio. The main focus of the research was the development of a method to detect cyanobacteria in different water matrices using qPCR and the cultrability of Helicobacter pylori, E. coli, Legionella pneumophila, and Campylobacter jejunii cells exposed to thermal stresses.

In the fall of 2012, Nicole was accepted as a graduate student at Wayne State University where she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry. She has since joined the Poole research group which is focused on separation science. Her current project involves the characterization of GC/MS columns employing the solvation parameter model.


Poole C. F.; Ariyasena, T. C.; Lenca N., Estimation of the Environmental Properties of Compounds from Chromatographic Measurements. Journal of Chromatography A: in Press.

Kannan, M. S.; Lenca, N., Field Guide to Algae and Other "Scums" in Ponds, Lakes, Streams, and Rivers. 2nd ed.; Boone and Kenton County Conservation Districts; Campbell County Conservation District: 2013.

Westrick, J. A.; Southwell, B. J.; Szlag, D. C.; Lenca, N. M., Technologies for Early Warning and Detection of Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms Leading to Integrated Source Water Protection. In Water Treatment Processes, Demadis, K., Ed. Nova Science Publishers: 2012.

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