January 18, 2016


Here's the latest updates in the lab!

Featured work!

May 16, 2022 - Collaborative project between our lab and the Ragsdale lab at the University of Chicago on "Steroid hormones of the octopus self-destruct system" is mentioned in the New York Times and Smithsonian magazine. Check it out here!


Cover of Molecular Omics

May 11, 2022 - Our review article and design got featured on the front page of Molecular Omics!

Chandimal Receives the Paaren Graduate Fellowship!

Nov 24, 2021 - Chandimal was selected to receive the Paaren Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry for the 2021-2022 academic year. This fellowship was created to recognize a graduate student enrolled in the Department of Chemistry who has demonstrated academic and research excellence. Chandi also recently published a book chapter on 'mass spectrometry-based lipid analysis and imaging'. Congratulations to Chandimal! 

UIC Today

July 13, 2021 - Amy and Abigail got featured on UIC Today for Blood Buds initiatives, which emphasizes inclusivity and de-stigmatization of menstruation.  


May 11, 2021 -Mi had been selected as a recipient of an Award for Graduate Research (Deiss in Biomedical Graduate Research)

ASMS 2020

April 22, 2020 - Melissa received the ASMS Student Travel Award. Look out for her exciting presentation at ASMS!

Congratulations to Amy!

April 22, 2020 - Amy receives a LASURI award!

ASMS 2020

April 14, 2020 - Congratulations to Chandimal for receiving the Agilent/Steve Berger Travel Award. Chandi will be giving a talk on his research at ASMS Reboot this coming June.


March 26, 2020 - Congrats to Amy for receiving a UIC Honors College Research Grant

Pittcon 2020

March 2, 2020 - Melissa discussed "Using DBDA as a Matrix for MALDI-MSI Analysis of Free Fatty Acid Species in Murine Brain Tissue" at Pittcon

Pittcon 2020

March 1, 2020 - Chandimal gave a talk on his research, titled "Investigation of Altered Phosphoinositides in the Neurodegenerative Disorder, Niemann-Pick Type C1"

ASMS Student Travel Award

Feb 18, 2020 - Congratulations to Melissa for receving the ASMS travel award to the 2020 Conference in Houston!


Feb 20, 2020 - Chandimal received UIC Provost's Graduate Research Award

Congratulations to Melissa!

Feb 07, 2020 - Melissa received travel award from US HUPO. She will be representing our lab at the 16th Annual Conference: Novel Proteomic Perspectives on Aging, Cancer and Disease in March.

Fidel presented at the ABRCMS

Nov 15, 2019 - Fidel shared his work on the NPC1 neuron model at ABRCMS, one of the biggest conferences for for underrepresented minority students in STEM

Congratulations to Mi Nguyen!

Nov 1, 2019 - Mi wins the Better Science through Better Data 2019 Writing Competition. Read her essay here!

August 18-22, 2019 - Mi presented her research on the naked-mole rats, a collaboration with the Park lab, at the 13th International Symposium on Mass Spectrometry in the Heath and Life Sciences 

Great Lakes Glia 2019 Meeting

September 29, 2019 -- Chandimal presented a poster at the 12th Biennial Great Lakes Glia Meeting , titled "Investigation of altered phosphoinositides in myelin-enriched fractions from the neurodegenerative disorder, Niemann-Pick Disease, type C1"  

Featured Article!

December 01, 2018 -- Our recently published article in JLR is featured in this month's ASBMB Today!   

Imari presents!

July 26, 2018 -- SROP student Imari Parham presents at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the Illinois Summer Research Symposium. Imari is an undergraduate at The Xavier University of Louisiana where he is currently pursuing a degree in Biology. He's a BUILD scholar and the Tri-Beta Vice President.

ASMS 2018 in SD!

June 3, 2018  -- The Cologna Lab travels to Southern California for the 66th ASMS Meeting. Click here when we'll be presenting!  

Community Outreach

May 16, 2018 -- The Cologna Lab participates in the CGSA 2018 Chemistry Demo Day for the 2nd graders at the Dulles School of Excellence. #itslit

2018 Chemistry Awards!

May 2, 2018 -- Dylan is presented the Edward G. Reitz Award for an Outstanding Graduating Senior in Chemistry at this year's Chemistry Undergraduate Awards! Congrats Dylan.

2018 Student Research Forum

April 12, 2018 -- Abraham, Estefania, and Dylan present their research at the annual UIC Student Research Forum. Great job guys!

Congrats to Dylan!

March 2018 -- ... for receiving the Honors College Undergraduate Research Grant!

Congrats to Chandimal!

Feb 2018 -- ...for being accepted to the May Institute on "Computation and statistics for mass spectrometry and proteomics" at Northeastern University and receiving a travel fellowship!


Dec 2017 -- The Cologna Lab welcomes Chandimal Pathmasiri to the group!

MALDI-MSI Studies on NPC

Oct 2017 -- Ralph presents at the UIC Chemistry Symposium titled "Mapping Lipid Distributions in a Mouse Model of Niemann-Pick Disease, type C1 using MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging"!


Aug 2017 -- ...to Rheema, Estefania and Alyssa for getting the Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award!


Aug 2017 -- Congratulations to Estefania for receiving a travel award to attend 2017 SACNAS Conference in Salt Lake City!


July 2017 -- Fernando is selected to present his MALDI-MSI study on NPC1 for Mass Spec Day (July 14th, 2017)!


June 2017 -- Estefania was selected to participate in the UIC L@s GANAS Research Experience. Congrats!

ASMS 2017 in Indianapolis

June 2017 -- The Cologna Lab journeys to Indy for ASMS to present their posters! click here


April 2017 -- Congratulations to Melissa for receiving the UIC Abraham Lincoln Fellowship!


June 2017 -- Estefania was selected to participate in the UIC L@s GANAS Research Experience. Congrats!