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MICHAEL LARTEY 893 Belchertown Rd, Amherst, MA, 01002 Cell:(413) 230-7584 E-mail: mlff3676@westpost.

net CAREER OBJECTIVE: ====================================================== Driven, goal-oriented team player eager to apply indepth knowledge in organic and polymer chemistry towards launching a successful career with a progressive company that rewards initiative and superior performance with long-term opportunities for professional growth. EDUCATION: ====================================================== Ph.D. Organic Chemistry March 2011 (expected) University of Massachusetts (UMASS), Amherst Dissertation: Hydrogels and nanogels for drug release and molecular separation Advisor: Prof. Sankaran Thayumanavan M.Sc. Applied Polymer Science 2005 Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany Dissertation: Interactions between amphiphilic block copolymers and phospholipids Advisor: Prof. Joerg Kressler B.Sc. Chemistry 2000 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana Dissertation: Organochlorine pesticide residues and levels of some metals in tomatoes from Agogo Advisor: Dr. Samuel Osafo Acquaah RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: ====================================================== * Experienced in design, synthesis and characterization of monomers and polymers using free, controlled radical and inverse emulsion polymerization techniques. * Developed biocompatible polymer hydrogels and nanogels as carriers for controlled and sustained drug release. Established that tuning monomer charge density, crosslinking density and inclusion of aromatic groups afford tunability of drug loading efficiency and the release profile. * Investigated the separation and purification of small molecules using ionic polymer hydrogels. Molecules of similar sizes but different charges can be separated.

* Experienced in the preparation and characterization of liposomes for drug delivery. TECHNICAL SKILLS: ====================================================== * Experienced in spectroscopic and chromatographic identification, characterization and quantification of organic compounds (NMR, IR, UV-visible, fluorescence, GPC, HPLC, CD) * Experienced in light scattering techniques (DLS) Proficient in thermal analysis (TGA, DSC) * Experienced in surface pressure measurements using Langmuir- Blodgett trough * Knowledge in polymer processing (extrusion, injection molding, blow molding) * Knowledge in testing of plastics (bend, Charpy Impact, hardness, compression and tensile impact tests) PUBLICATION AND PRESENTATIONS: ====================================================== * Ghosh, Suhrit; Lartey, Michael; Basu, Subhadeep; Sandanaraj, Britto S.; Thayumanavan, S., "Synthesis and characterization of novel co-polymer for reversible bio-conjugation" Polym. Mater. Sci. Eng. 2007, 96, 575. * Michael Lartey and Sankaran Thayumanavan "Controlled release of drugs from amino acid-based hydrogels", Poster presented at the 239th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, CA, March 2010. * Michael Lartey and Sankaran Thayumanavan "Amino acid-based superabsorbing and biocompatible hydrogels for sustained and controlled drug release" Poster presented at the Fall Polymer Event, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2009. * Lartey, Michael and Thayumanavan, Sankaran "Amino acid-based hydrogels for controlled opioid release" (Manuscript in preparation) * Lartey, Michael and Thayumanavan, Sankaran "Hydrogels for molecular separation" (Manuscript in preparation) CAREER HISTORY: ====================================================== Research Assistant 2005 - present Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

* Designed, synthesized and studied hydrogels and nanogels for controlled drug delivery and (bio) molecular separation. * Designed and synthesized copolymers for multiple covalent immobilization of proteins. Research Assistant 2003 - 2004 Department of Applied Polymer Science, Martin-LutherUniversity, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany * Developed protocol for measuring critical micelle concentration of polymeric surfactants using confocal laser scanning microscopy that led to a reduction in the quantity of material required for the determination of critical micelle concentration as compared to tensiometry. * Analyzed specific polymer properties such as surface morphology, critical micelle concentration, dye release from pluronic micellar assemblies using confocal laser scanning microscopy. * Investigated the interaction of phospholipid monolayers and liposomes with pluronic block copolymers. Established that insertion of polymer into liposome affect packing density of phospholipd and lead to increased drug release. Quality Control Analyst 1999 Phyto Ricker Pharmaceuticals, Accra, Ghana (Intern) * Conducted physical and chemical tests on raw materials, intermediate and final products (e.g. quantities of drug components, ash content, purity assay, moisture content and disintegration tests) * Analyzed water used at production plant (e.g. ions, suspended and dissolved particle content) as well as biological and chemical oxygen demand of effluent water. Teaching Assistant 2005 - present Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst * Mentored, organized, supervised, taught and graded reports of Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry laboratories. Teaching Assistant 2006 Department of Chemistry, Smith College, Northampton, MA * Organized, supervised and taught General Chemistry laboratories. Chemistry Teacher 2000 - 2002 Ghana Education Service, Juaben Secondary School,

Juaben - Ashanti, Ghana * Developed teaching plans, designed syllabi and taught chemistry (10th - 12th grade). * Mentored students on post-secondary education and provided extra tutoring for students with special needs in chemistry and general science. LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES: ====================================================== * President, Ghana Students Association, UMASS Amherst 2007-2008. * Executive Committee Member, African Graduates and Scholars Association, UMASS, Amherst 2007-2008. * Volunteer for Academic and other Initiatives for Maximum Success (AIMS) to motivate and provide academic enrichment in mathematics and literacy to children from low-income families in Amherst, MA 2010. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: ====================================================== * Member, American Chemical Society since 2008

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