Erica Sharpe, PhD

Research Investigator & Bridge Program Fellow

Joining the Helfgott research team in 2017 from NY, Erica is fulfilling a personal mission to be involved in the furthering of natural medicine research. Trained as a chemist, musician and yogi, her passions lie in the study of lifestyle approaches for improved health and quality of life.

Erica completed her undergraduate degrees in chemistry, and music education from SUNY Potsdam. She then spent a year in India studying and learning to teach yoga. Upon her return, she completed her PhD in chemistry at Clarkson University, focusing on the development of a portable nanoparticle-based paper sensor for the detection of food antioxidants. She was motivated by the prospect of creating accessible, inexpensive and effective technology for use in analysis of natural products and foods. As an R90 fellow in the BRIDG program at NUNM, she is beginning her research with investigations in the areas of yoga and mycological antioxidants.

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Sharpe, E.; Andreescu, S.; Andreescu, D.; Portable Nanoparticle Based Assay for Rapid Detection of Food Antioxidants (NanoCerac). US Patent, 2014. WO2014/031633, US2014162368A1. Publication date: 02.27.2014


Ornatska, M.; Sharpe, E.; Andreescu, S. Paper Bioassay Based on Ceria Nanoparticles as Colorimetric Probes, Analytical Chemistry, 2011, 83 (11), 4273-4280

Sharpe, E.; Andreescu, D.; Andreescu, S. Artificial Nanoparticle Antioxidants. In Oxidative Stress: Diagnostics, Prevention, and Therapy; Andreescu, S.; Hepel, M. – ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society; Oxford University Press: Washington DC, 2011; Vol. 1083, 235-253.

Valisescu, A.; Sharpe, E.; Andreescu, S. Nanoparticle-Based Technologies for the Detection of Food Antioxidants, Special Issue in Current Analytical Chemistry. 2012, 8 (4), 495-505

Sharpe, E.; Frasco, T.; Andreescu, S.; Andreescu, D. Portable ceria nanoparticle-based assay for rapid detection of food antioxidants (NanoCerac), Analyst, 2012, 138 (1), 249-262.

Sharpe, E.; Bradley, R.; Frascot, T.; Jayathilaka, D.; Marsh, A.; Andreescu, S. Metal Oxide Based Multisensor Array for Field Analysis of Antioxidants, Sensors and Actuators B Chemical, 2014, 193 (0), 552-562.

Sharpe, E.; Andreescu, S. Colorimetric Analysis of Beverages for Antioxidant Content: A Portable Paper-Based Test Strip for All Ages, J Chem. Ed. 2015, DOI 10.1021/ed400851m.

Sharpe, E.; Andreescu, S. Portable Nanoparticle Based Sensors for Antioxidant Analysis. In Advanced Protocols in Oxidative Stress III; Armstrong, D. – Methods in Molecular Biology Series; Humana Press, 2015; Vol. 1208, 221-232.

Sharpe, E.; Hua, F.; Schuckers, S.; Andreescu, S.; Bradley, R. Effect of Re-Infusion on the Antioxidant Capacity of Commercially Available Green Teas, Food Chemistry, 2016.

Andrei, V.; Sharpe, E.; Vasilescu, A.; Andreescu, S. A single use electrochemical sensor based on biomimetic nanoceria for the detection of wine antioxidants. Talanta, 2016; Vol. 156, 112-118.