Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: BHS 411E   |    Phone: (308) 865-8490   |    Email:

Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer


Ph.D., Chemistry (Analytical), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
B.S., Chemistry and Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude; high honors) and Biology minor, Wayne State College, 2005

Areas of Interest
DNA molecule presentation via nanofluidic or microfluidic devices for genomic analysis; concentration of DNA molecules using microfluidic devices


  • Kounovsky–Shafer, K. L., Hernandez-Ortiz, J. P., Jo, K., de Pablo, J. J., Odijk, T., Schwartz, D. C. (2013) Presentation of large DNA molecules for analysis as nanoconfined dumbbells. Macromolecules, 46(20), 8356–8368 (Featured in Nature Biotechnology)
  • Kim, Y. Kim, K. S., Kounovsky, K. L., Chang, R., Jung, G. Y., de Pablo, J. J., Jo, K. Schwarz, D. C. Nanochannel confinement: DNA stretch approaching full contour length.  2011 Lab on a Chip, 11(10) 1721-9 2011 
  • Yu, H., Jo, K., Kounovsky, K.L., de Pablo, J.J., and Schwartz, D.C. Molecular propulsion: Chemical sensing and chemotaxis of DNA driven by RNA polymerase. 2009. J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 131:5722-5723