Charlie Farber is a second year graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Dmitry Kurouski. He is investigating the mechanisms of host/pathogen interactions using vibrational spectroscopy methods including Raman and IR. He is also interested in exploring the viability of Raman as a method for disease detection. Currently in his second year of the program, Charlie has published a first author paper in Analytical Chemistry and a second author paper in the journal Forensic Chemistry. Recently Charlie attended the 26th International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) in Jeju, South Korea where he won a best poster award out of 300 posters.