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Skidmore Analytical Interdisciplinary Laboratory (SAIL)


SAIL Research in the News

Professor Heather Hurst appears in National Geographic's Lost Treasures of the Maya Season 1 Episode 3: Secrets of the Sun God.  Click here to learn about Heather's research on Maya murals using with SAIL's portable x-ray fluorescence spectrometer.  The segment with Heather begins at 27:33.


Recent Publications


C. Tavera-Montañez, S. J. Hainer, D. Cangussu, Y. Xiao*, P. Reyes-Gutierrez, Y. Yong, J. Rivera-Perez, A. N. Imbalzano, J. G. Navea, T. G. Fazzio, and T. Padilla-Benavides. Copper and MTF1: New roles for a classic metal sensing transcription factor in myogenesis. FASEB Journal. 2019. Under review.

C. A. Vilchis-Nestor, M. L. Roldán, A. Leonardi*, J. G. Navea, T. Padilla-Benavides, L. Shoshani. Ouabain enhances cell-cell adhesion mediated by β1 subunits of the Na+,K+-ATPase in CHO fibroblasts. Int. J. Molec. Sci. 2019. 20(9), 2111.

J. V. G. Shellaina, Y. Xiao*, A. L. Paskavitz*, N. Navarro-Tito, J. G. Navea, T. Padilla-Benavides. Atomic absorbance spectroscopy as a tool to measure intracellular Zn pools in mammalian cells. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2019. (147), e59519.Authors contributed equally to the work.



A. L. Paskavitz*, J. Quintana-Gonzalez, C. Tavera, Y. Xiao*, J. G. Navea, T. Padilla-Benavides. Differential expression of zinc transporters accompanies the differentiation of C2C12 myoblasts. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. 2018. 49, 27-34.

Steven T. Frey, Jason Li*, Manpreet Kauer, and Jerry P. Jasinski.“Crystal structure of a mononuclear copper(II) complex with 2-methoxy-N,N -bis(quinolin-2-ylmethyl)ethylamine (DQMEA),”Acta Crystallographica, 2018,E74, 1138-1141. DOI:

Steven T. Frey, Hillary A. Ramirez*, Manpreet Kauer, and Jerry P. Jasinski.“Crystal structure of a seven-coordinate manganese(II) complex with tris(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)amine (TMPA),” Acta Crystallographica, 2018, E74, 1075-1078. DOI:



Estapa, M., C. Durkin, K. Buesseler, R. Johnson, and M. Feen. 2017. Carbon flux from bio-optical profiling floats: Calibrating transmissometers for use as optical sediment traps. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 120: 100–111. doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2016.12.003

Ferro A, Carbone E, Zhang J, Marzouk E, Villegas M, Siegel A, Nguyen D, Possidente T, Hartman J, Polley K, Ingram MA, Berry G, Reynolds TH, Possidente B, Frederick K, Ives S, Lagalwar S. Short-term succinic acid treatment mitigates cerebellar mitochondrial OXPHOS dysfunction, neurodegeneration and ataxia in a Purkinje-specific spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) mouse model. PLoS One, 2017, 12 (12): e0188425. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188425

Ferro A, Carbone E, Marzouk E, Siegel A, Nguyen D, Polley K, Hartman J, Frederick K, Ives S, Lagalwar S. Treating SCA1 Mice with Water-Soluble Compounds to Non-Specifically Boost Mitochondrial Function. J. Vis. Exp.2017, (119). doi: 10.3791/53758



J. Borgatta*, A. Paskavitz*, D. Kim*, J. G. Navea. Comparative evaluation of iron leach from fly ash from different source regions under atmospherically relevant conditions. Environmental Chemistry. 2016. 13(5) 902-912.



J. Borgatta*, and J. G. Navea. Fate of Aqueous Iron Leached from Tropospheric Aerosols during Atmospheric Acidic Processing: Study of the Effect of Humic-Like Substances. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. Vol. 198. 2015. 155-166.