Smith Group tradition is to serve our newly defended doctoral students a cake. Though they started out simple, the decorations have gotten more elaborate with time. Taken together, one can see the evolution of Smith group projects over the years on these confections.


Dr. Kara Harmatys’ cake features a mouse tumor being ablated with a near-infrared laser.


Leishmaniasis parasites, cationic bacteria, and a mouse can all be seen on Dr. Doug Rice’s cake.


Dr. Kasey Clear’s cake has a mouse bearing a tumor, which is being imaged with a zinc-dipocylamine conjugated fluorophore.


Dr. Evan Peck’s cake is showcasing Synthavidin technology (aka SynthEvadin Pecknology) with iminodiacetate groups for bone imaging.


A flu detection system which utilizes Synthavidin technology and a system for gold capture are highlighted on Dr. Wenqi (Vince) Liu’s cake.


Dr. Scott Shaw’s cake features a Synthavidin functionalized liposome membrane, some RGD-targeted probes, a cancer cell filled with those probes, and a microscope to image it all.


On Dr. Felicia Roland’s cake, mice are being injected with a ZnDPA Synthavidin probe. A squaraine coated gold core nanoparticle, a croconaine dye, and a squaraine dye are also seen.


Dr. Tia Jarvis’ cake features unsymmetric, solvatochromic squaraine dyes.


A tumor-bearing mouse is being injected with both a cancer-targeting probe and a control non-targeting probe for paired agent imaging on Dr. Cynthia Spires’ cake.