Cody Autrey


Cody Autrey





Cody Autrey was raised in Freeport, Florida. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. His passion for serving under-served populations has led him to volunteer with the American Red Cross, Crisis Text Line, and Shepherd's Hope Health Clinic. Cody is currently researching ion-selective electrodes for the monitoring of ionic deficiencies in patient blood samples under the guidance of Dr. Karin Chumbimuni-Torres. He plans to obtain his M.D. and become a Trauma Surgeon.

Faculty Mentor

Karin Y. Chumbimuni-Torres, PhD

Undergraduate Major

Biomedical Sciences

Future Plans

I hope to go to Medical School and obtain a Medical Doctor (MD) Degree and become a Trauma Surgeon



Title: Solid-Contact micro-Ion-Selective Electrode for Analysis of Zinc in Plants PI: Dr. Karin Y. Chumbimuni-Torres Institution: University of Central Florida Abstract: Huanglongbing (HLB), more commonly known as citrus greening disease (CGD), is an insect-borne bacterial disease affecting citrus crops worldwide. CGD symptoms can be visually seen throughout the plant, displaying yellowing veins, asymmetrical chlorosis and blotchy leaves, leading to underdeveloped fruit with green colored and stained seeds. The mottling discoloration has been linked to zinc deficiency in the plant, thus monitoring varying zinc levels is our main concern. Here, we have developed and characterized two solid contact micro-ionselective electrodes (SC-µ-ISEs). Each electrode plays a vital role in providing a non-destructive method for monitoring free zinc content in the leaves of citrus plants as well as determining the role of nitrate at the surface of the leaves.


Title: Ion-Deficiency Monitoring in Blood Using Ion-Selective Electrodes PI: Dr. Karin Y. Chumbimuni-Torres Institution: University of Central Florida Abstract: Ion-selective electrodes are sensors that are designed to detect ions selectively and produce a response that can be measured with a simple readout. Our goal here is to create ion-selective electrodes that can detect ions directly in blood with any sample, pre-treatment. This is very similar to a glucose sensor, and our aim is that the analysis may be performed at the patient’s home. Sodium, potassium, and magnesium are necessary ions within the blood, and when these ions are deficient in the body, disease states arise: hyponatremia, hypokalemia, and hypomagnesemia respectively. Often, patients have to travel to clinics or hospitals to monitor the levels of these ions in their body – these sensors will greatly improve the process by which these levels are monitored.


Medical Sciences | Medical Specialties | Trauma

Cody Autrey