Popular Science magazine has recognized chemist Christy Haynes of the University of Minnesota as one of its “Brilliant 10”. The honor recognizes an elite group of young scientists whose research is expected to have a dramatic impact in their respective fields. Haynes and her team are the only researchers in the world who have been able to measure chemicals being released by individual blood platelets in real time. They successfully isolated individual platelets under the microscope and connected a tiny electrode that allows them to monitor the messenger molecules released by the platelet. She is also working towards developing "an immune system on a chip," that will open up research into allergies and asthma.