6210 Belcrest Rd #1450, Hyattsville, MD 20782
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (989)-859-0750
To develop solutions that improve diagnostic technologies in public health, food safety and
defense, and environmental monitoring through innovative research and analysis
Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of Maryland: College Park, MD (UMD) Expected Aug 2016
Focus: Microfluidics, Biosensors, Resource Limited Diagnostics
Dissertation: Microfluidic Assay Performance Enhancement Using Porous Volumetric
Detection Elements for Impedemetric and Optical Sensing
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Don DeVoe (email@example.com)
M.S. Food Science, University of Maryland: College Park, MD Aug 2011
Focus: Hyperspectral Imaging, Food Safety
Thesis: Portable Hyperspectral Imaging Device for Surface Sanitation Verification in the
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Y. Martin Lo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
B.S. Biosystems Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI May 2009
Focus: Biosensors, Food Engineering, Food Defense, Meat Safety
Senior Capstone: Biofilm Build-up Reduction for Peeled Chestnut Processing
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Evangelyn Alocilja (email@example.com)
Dr. Bradley Marks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thermoplastic microfluidic device fabrication
Development and optimization of electrical and optical lateral flow immunoassays
UV photolithography and soft lithography for electrode and microfluidic device fabrication
Impedance based sensor characterization
Biosensor creation for resource limited environments
Food safety and defense
Hyperspectral imaging for food safety applications
Thermal food processing validation
USAID Research and Innovation Fellow, Material Science and Manufacturing, Council for
Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa Jan 16–present
Optimized colorimetric lateral flow immunoassay for E. coli using silver enhancement methods
for water quality monitoring at local waste water treatment facilities
Created novel paper-disc hybrid devices for pre-concentration and colorimetric detection of E.
coli from waste water samples using lab on a CD technology
Consulted on impedance based biosensor project for E. coli using functionalized inkjet printed
electrodes on paper substrates to quantify bacteria in waste water samples
Research Assistant, University of Maryland (UMD) MEMS and Microfluidics Laboratory Aug 11–present
Developed immunosensor systems for rapid, low-cost disease diagnosis in resource limited
environments using thermoplastic microfluidic devices
Created novel volumetric impedance based immunosensors and generated novel
mathematical models to characterize performance
Enhanced novel optically based microfluidic detection technologies using silver enhancement
and refractive index matching and volumetric capture elements
Managed and mentored 3 undergraduate students conducting independent research projects
Research Assistant, UMD, Department of Nutrition and Food Science Sep 09 –Aug 11
Created a fluorescence based portable hyperspectral imaging device for food surface hygiene
evaluation in produce processing facilities at USDA ARS in Beltsville, MD
Conducted research in commercial produce processing facility to improve sanitation practices
that improved food quality and safety
Generated data on spectral characteristics of possible contaminants in food processing plants
to improve knowledge within the field
Dept. of Homeland Security Scholar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory June 08-Aug 09
Investigated effect of silicon membrane structure for biological sample separations
Developed microfluidic DNA purification techniques using isotachophoresis in lateral flow
Professorial Assistant, MSU Biosensors Research Laboratory Sep 05-May 09
Developed novel procedures for rapid biosensors based on lateral flow immunoassay
technology for food pathogens in Biohazard Level II laboratory
Collaborated with material scientists to create conductance based immunoassays using novel
electrospun nanofibers and magnetic nanoparticles
Teaching Assistant, UMD, Bioengineering and Food Science Departments Sep 09–May 14
Led 400 level electronics lab and 400 level bioimaging course by grading exams, presenting
lectures topics, and grading homework while generating assignments
Co-taught 400/600 level biosensors course leading multiple lectures and creating assignments
Led discussion section for 100-level Food Science course and developed laboratories and
graded reports for 400 level food engineering class
Executive, UMD Graduate Student Government Aug 2010-present
Served multiple executive and program representative positions to advocate for graduate
student concerns to university administration and state legislators
Presided over assembly for two years inviting speakers, running meetings according to
Robert’s Rules of Order and editing, managing, and archiving legislation of the assembly
Chaired university-wide research conference with over 200 graduate student presenters and
recruited judges to provide travel awards to exemplary presentations
Facilitated creation of Graduate Student Writing Center by writing white paper and
collaborating with University Libraries and Graduate School
Served as graduate student representative on Athletics Council for 4 years developing policy
for the UMD athletic department
Chaired and served on the Provost’s Student Advisory Committee to provide input on policies
and practices that affect students at the University level
Staffed the organizations committees and helped provide support to carry out initiatives
Helped organize Lobby Day to communicate student concerns to elected representatives
HONORS AND AWARDS
National Science Foundation Fellow. Sep 11 – present
USAID International Research Fellow with NSF GROW Travel Award, Spring 2016
Wylie Dissertation Fellow, University of Maryland College Park (UMD), Spring 2016
Future Faculty Program Fellow, UMD College of Engineering Fall 2013-Fall 2015
Institute of Food Technologists Graduate Fellowship, Aug 2010 – May 2011
National Department of Homeland Security Scholar. Sep 2007–May 2009
Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Semi-finalist, MSU, Sep 2005 – May 2007
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam: April 2010, Maryland Board for Professional Engineers
Commercially Sterile Food Processor Training: Jan 2010
National Science Foundation Responsible Conduct of Research Training: Aug 2010,
University of Maryland College Park
Proficient – Thermoplastic Microfluidics, Centrifugal Microfluidics, Paper Microfluidics,
Immunoassay Development, Soft Lithography, Photolithography, Impedance Spectroscopy,
Isotachophoresis, CNC Milling, Bacteria Culturing, SEM, 2-D CAD, Microsoft Office, LabView
Experience with – COMSOL, Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS), PCR,
Biological Sample Preparation, ARDUINO Microcontroller, SAS, Matlab
Wiederoder, M. S., Peterken, L., Lu, A. X., Rahmanian, O.D., Raghavan, S. R. & DeVoe, D.
L. Optical detection enhancement in porous volumetric microfluidic capture elements using
refractive index matching fluids. Analyst, 140, 5724-5731 (2015).
Kendall, E.L., Han, J.Y., Wiederoder, M.S., Sposito, A., Wilson, A., Rahmanian, O.D., DeVoe,
D.L., 2015. Soft lithography microfabrication of functionalized thermoplastics by solvent
casting. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 53, 1315-1323, 2015.
Wiederoder, M. S., Liu, N. (Tong), Lefcourt, A. M., Kim, M. S. & Martin Lo, Y. Use of a
portable hyperspectral imaging system for monitoring the efficacy of sanitation procedures in
produce processing plants. J. Food Eng. 117, 217–226 (2013).
Lefcourt, A. M., Wiederoder, M. S., (Tong) Liu, N., Kim, M. S. & Martin Lo, Y. Development of
a portable hyperspectral imaging system for monitoring the efficacy of sanitation procedures in
food processing facilities. J. Food Eng. 117, 59–66 (2013).
Wiederoder, M. S., Lefcourt, A. M., Kim, M. S. & Lo, Y. M. Detection of fresh-cut produce
processing residues on food contact surface materials using hyperspectral imaging. Sens.
Instrum. Food Qual. Saf. (2012).
Luo, Y.; Nartker, S.; Wiederoder, M.; Miller, H.; Hochhalter, D.; Drzal, L. T.; Alocilja, E. C.
Novel Biosensor based on Electrospun Nanofiber and Magnetic Nanoparticles for the
Detection of E . coli O157 : H7. IEEE Trans. Nanotechnol. PP 1–6 (2011).
Luo, Y.; Nartker, S.; Miller, H.; Hochhalter, D.; Wiederoder, M.; Wiederoder, S.; Setterington,
E.; Drzal, L. T.; Alocilja, E. C. Surface functionalization of electrospun nanofibers for detecting
E. coli O157:H7 and BVDV cells in a direct-charge transfer biosensor. Biosens. Bioelectron.
26, 1612–1617 (2010).
REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
Wiederoder, M. S., Peterken, L., Lu, A. X., Raghavan, S. R. & DeVoe, D. L. Enhanced
Optical Detection in Porous Microfluidic Sensors by Refractive Index Matching. in 18th Int.
Conf. Miniaturized Syst. Chem. Life Sci. (MicroTAS) 2262–4 (2014).
Wiederoder, M. S. & Devoe, D. L. Volumetric Impedance Based Flow-Through
Immunosensor Using an Integrated Electrode Array and Silver Enhancement. in 17th Int.
Conf. Miniaturized Syst. Chem. Life Sci. (MicroTAS) 883–5 (2013).
Wiederoder, M. S., Liu, N. (Tong), Lefcourt, A. M., Kim, M. S., Chao, K. & Martin Lo, Y.
Development of Portable Surface Hygiene Monitoring Device for the Produce Industry Utilizing
Hyperspectral Imaging Techniques. Transactions of the ASABE, 2011. Oral Presentation.
Wiederoder, M. S., Liu, N. (Tong), Lefcourt, A. M., Kim, M. S., Chao, K. & Martin Lo, Y.
Portable Hyperspectral Imaging Device Development for Surface Sanitation Verification in the
Produce Industry. Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting. 2011. Poster Presentation
Wiederoder, M. S. & Marks B.P. Error in Thermal Inactivation Measurements of Pathogens in
Meat Products due to Inaccurate Temperature Probe Placement. Institute of Food
Technologists Annual Meeting. 2010. Poster Presentation
Wiederoder, M. S., Kendall, E.L., Peterken, L., Rahmanian, O.D., & DeVoe, D. L. Refractive
Index Matching to Enhance Optical Detection in Porous Microfluidic Sensor Elements for Point
of Care Devices. SelectBio: Point-of-Care Diagnostics & Global Health World Congress, San
Diego, CA, Sep 28-30, 2015.
Natesan, M., Pugh, C., Smith, J., Rahmanian, O.D., Wiederoder, M.S., Han, J.Y., DeVoe,
D.L., Ulrich, R.G. Microfluidics and multiplex antibody detection, NIAID/WHO Gaps and
Opportunities in Chikungunya Research: Expert Consultation on Chikungunya Disease in the
Americas, Rockville, MD, Jun. 30 – Jul. 1, 2015.
Nazar, I., Wiederoder, M., Stroeve, P., Letant, S., Britten, J., Nguyen, H., Larson, C., Balhorn,
R., Zaidi, M.S.S., Palazoglu, A., Faller, R., Tringe, J.W.. Controlled Molecular Transport
through Nanofilters with Tapered and Cylindrical Pores. Biophys. J. 96, 648a. 2009
Anderson K., Palmer, J., Skrocki, T., & Wiederoder, M. Post Processing Microbial Control on
Peeled Chestnut. Michigan State University Undergraduate Research Forum, First Place.
Wiederoder, M. & Alocilja, E.C. Constructing a Conductometric Biosensor using a Polyaniline
and Multi-walled Carbon Nanotube Composite as a Transducer. National Center for Food
Protection and Defense Conference. September 2008. Poster
Wiederoder, M. & Alocilja, E.C. Optimization of an Electrospun Nitrocellulose Capture Pad for
Biosensing Applications. Michigan Microscopy Society Conference. First Place. December
Wiederoder, M. & Alocilja, E.C. Synthesis of Conducto-Magnetic Polyaniline-
Tetracyanoquinodimethane as Nano-Wires for Bacillus cereus Biosensor
Development.National Center for Food Protection and Defense Conference. June 07. Poster