R. Sam Niedbala

Lehigh University Chemistry - R. Sam Niedbala
Adjunct Professor

Research Interests:

My interests are in the exploration of technologies useful for developing applications for human clinical medicine. Our group is currently involved in several collaborative research projects all designed to develop technologies useful for measuring substances in human oral fluids. One project focuses on developing rapid tests to detect passive exposure to tobacco smoke. A second project is developing assay and instrument platforms capable of simultaneously detecting nucleic acid and protein targets of interest collected from an oral sample.

Teaching Interests:

Much of my teaching interest comes from previous experience in the Biotech and Diagnostics Industry. Currently I lecture in courses for Clinical Chemistry, BioEngineering and Regulatory Affairs. I try to make all of my classes practical and engaging.

Selected Publications:

R. Sam Niedbala, Christine Mauck, Polly Harrison, Gustavo F. Doncel Biomarker Discovery: 
Validation and Decision-Making in Product Development. Submitted to Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 36:3, S76-S80, 2009.

Volkov, Alexander, Mauk, Michael, Corstjens, Paul, Niedbala, R Sam, Rapid Prototyping of Lateral Flow Assays. Biosensors, Humana Press, 2009
Abrams, W. R., C. A. Barber, K. McCann, G. Tong, Z. Y. Chen, M. G. Mauk, J. Wang, A. Volkov, P. Bourdelle, P. L. A. M. Corstjens, M. Zuiderwijk, K. Kardos, S. Li, H. J. 

Tanke, R. S. Niedbala, D. Malamud and H. Bau (2007). "Development of a Microfluidic Device for Detection of Pathogens in Oral Samples Using Upconverting Phosphor Technology (UPT)." Annals of the New York Academy of Science 1098: 375-388.

Chen, Z., M. G. Mauk, J. Wang, W. R. Abrams, P. L. A. M. Corstjens, R. S. Niedbala, D. Malamud and Haimh.Bau (2007). "A Microfluidic System for Saliva-Based Detection of Infectious Diseases." Annals of the New York Academy of Science 1098: 429-436.

Corstjens, P. L. A. M., Z. Chen, M. Zuiderwijk, H. H. Bau, W. R. Abrams, Daniel Malamud, R. S. Niedbala and H. J. Tanke (2007). "Rapid Assay Format for Multiplex Detection of Humoral Immune Responses to Infectious Disease Pathogens (HIV, HCV, and TB)." Annals of the New York Academy of Science 1098: 437-445.

Malamud, D. and R. S. Niedbala, Eds. (2007). Oral-Based Diagnostics. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. New York, New York Academy of Sciences.

Mauk, M. G., B. L. Ziober, Z. Chen, J. A. Thompson and Haim.Bau (2007). "Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies for Oral-Based Cancer Screening and Diagnostics: Capabilities, Issues, and Prospects." Annals of the New York Academy of Science 1098: 467.

Malamud, Daniel, Abrams, William, Bau, Haim, Wang, Jing, Zongyuan Chen, Corstjens, Paul, Niedbala, Sam. Oral-Based Techniques for the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases. J. of CDA, 34:4, 297-301 (2006). 

Edward J Cone, Keith W. Kardos, Dean F. Fritch, Kenneth Kunsman, Kristen Blum, Gregory Newland, Matth Bronsgeest, R. Sam Niedbala, Passive Cannabis Smoke Exposure and Oral Fluid Testing. II. Extreme Cannabis Smoke Exposure in a Motor Vehicle. J Anal Tox, 29, 1-9 (2005).

Malamud D, Bau H, Niedbala S, Corstjens P, Point Detection of Pathogens in Oral Samples. Adv. In Dental Research, 18, 12-16, June 2005. 
 

R. Sam Niedbala, Keith Kardos; Oral Fluid Drug Testing Using the Intercept Device in Drugs of Abuse; Body Fluid Testing, Edited by Raphael Wong and Harley Tse, Humana Press 2005. 
 

Lance Presley, Michael Lehrer, William Seiter, Dawn Hahn, Barbara Rowland, Melissa Smith, Keith W. Kardos, Dean Fritch, Sal Salamone, R. Sam Niedbala, Edward J. Cone, "High Prevalence of 6-Acetylmorphine in morphine-positive oral fluid specimens," Forensic Science International, Vol 133, Issues 1-2, 22-25 (2003). 
 

P. Corstjens, M. Zuiderwijk, M. Nilsson, H. Feindt, R.S. Niedbala, H. Tanke, "Lateral-Flow and Up-Converting Phosphor Reporters to Detect Single-Stranded Nucleic Acids in a Sandwich-Hybridization Assay," Analytical Biochemistry, 312 (2003) 191-200. 
 

R. Sam Niedbala, Hans Feindt, Keith Kardos, Timothy Vail, Jarrett Burton, Barbara Bielska, Shang Li, David Milunic, Peter Bourdelle, Remo Vallejo, "Detection of Analytes by Immunoassay Using Up-Converting Phosphor Technology," Analytical Biochemistry , 293, 22-30, (2001). 
 

Malamud, Daniel, Abrams, William, Bau, Haim, Wang, Jing, Zongyuan Chen, Corstjens, Paul, Niedbala, Sam. Oral-Based Techniques for the Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases. J. of CDA, 34:4, 297-301 (2006).

Edward J Cone, Keith W. Kardos, Dean F. Fritch, Kenneth Kunsman, Kristen Blum, Gregory Newland, Matth Bronsgeest, R. Sam Niedbala, Passive Cannabis Smoke Exposure and Oral Fluid Testing. II. Extreme Cannabis Smoke Exposure in a Motor Vehicle. J Anal Tox, 29, 1-9 (2005).

Malamud D, Bau H, Niedbala S, Corstjens P, Point Detection of Pathogens in Oral Samples. Adv. In Dental Research, 18, 12-16, June 2005.

R. Sam Niedbala, Keith Kardos; Oral Fluid Drug Testing Using the Intercept Device in Drugs of Abuse; Body Fluid Testing, Edited by Raphael Wong and Harley Tse, Humana Press 2005.

Lance Presley, Michael Lehrer, William Seiter, Dawn Hahn, Barbara Rowland, Melissa Smith, Keith W. Kardos, Dean Fritch, Sal Salamone, R. Sam Niedbala, Edward J. Cone, "High Prevalence of 6-Acetylmorphine in morphine-positive oral fluid specimens," Forensic Science International, Vol 133, Issues 1-2, 22-25 (2003).

P. Corstjens, M. Zuiderwijk, M. Nilsson, H. Feindt, R.S. Niedbala, H. Tanke, "Lateral-Flow and Up-Converting Phosphor Reporters to Detect Single-Stranded Nucleic Acids in a Sandwich-Hybridization Assay," Analytical Biochemistry, 312 (2003) 191-200.

R. Sam Niedbala, Hans Feindt, Keith Kardos, Timothy Vail, Jarrett Burton, Barbara Bielska, Shang Li, David Milunic, Peter Bourdelle, Remo Vallejo, "Detection of Analytes by Immunoassay Using Up-Converting Phosphor Technology," Analytical Biochemistry , 293, 22-30, (2001).