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Postdoctoral researcher

Shivshankar R. Mane

  • Hometown: Latur, India

  • Education: 

    • Postdoc: University of Delaware, Newark

    • Postdoc: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

    • Postdoc: Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

    • Ph.D: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, India

    • M.Sc: Dr. B. A. M. University Aurangabad, India (Chemistry Department)

    • B.Sc: Dr. B. A. M. University Aurangabad, India 

  • Favorite Molecule: Norborene.

  • Brief Bio: In my free time I like to listen to music and play cricket. I also spend plenty of time reading.

 Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Researchers

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Graduate researcher

Emile Morin

  • Hometown: Paris, France

  • Education: B.S in Chemistry at Emory University (2022)
     

  • Favorite Molecule: Glutamic Acid (Umami)

  • Brief Bio:  While you will usually find me in the lab listening to EDM music, in my free time I enjoy experimenting with cuisine and brewing kombucha. Otherwise, I spend my time reading science fiction novels, and playing a variety of board, video, and card games, such as Magic the Gathering. I also have a grey cat named Feta who is very cute, but not the brightest.

Graduate researcher

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Kyle Brown

  • Hometown: Oktaha, Oklahoma

  • Education: Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

 

  • Favorite Molecule: Aerobactin

 

  • Brief Bio:  In my free time I enjoy baking breads and cooking, strategy games, and old Japanese monster movies. I’m also a big fan of pugs, so please introduce me if you have one.

 

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Elana Muzzy

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • Education: B.S. in Bioengineering at UC Santa Cruz

 

  • Favorite Molecule: Dopamine

 

  • Brief Bio:  In my free time I love doing absolutely anything outside especially trail running and swimming in the ocean.

 

Graduate researcher

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Ben Fishler

  • Hometown: Santa Clarita, California

  • Education: B.S. in Chemistry (Emphasis in Biochemistry) at San Diego State University(2023)

  • Favorite Molecule: Benzene

 

  • Brief Bio:   I spend my free time golfing, reading 19th century literature, playing video games with friends, and watching lots and lots of sports. I watch pretty much everything, but my absolute favorite teams to watch are the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego State Aztecs (football and basketball).

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An Pham

  • Hometown: Saigon, Vietnam/ Santa Barbara, Ca

  • Education: B.S in Biochemistry Cal Poly SLO

 

  • Favorite Molecule: Water

 

  • Brief Bio:  I enjoy good food and sleeping. I’m typically always hungry and in need of water. A good book or TV show and some peace and quiet is nice too. Arts and crafts are entertaining so I have many art/craft hobbies when I remember them. Contrary to popular beliefs, I do not like running.

 

Graduate researcher

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Elif Sila Akbulut

  • Hometown: Ankara, Turkey

  • Education: B.S in Chemistry at Bilkent University, Turkey, M.S In Chemistry at Bilkent University, Turkey

 

  • Favorite Molecule: Copper Chloride

 

  • Brief Bio: In my free time I love baking, learning about the history of
    European Monarchies and new languages. My cat Coco is my favorite co-
    author and science buddy.

​Undergraduate Researchers

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Undergraduate Researcher

Matthew C. Smith

Hometown: San Diego, California

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (Physics Dept.)

Favorite Molecule: banana borane (9-BBN)

Brief Bio: In my free time I love exploring math puzzles, programming games, and learning about aviation. I also enjoy swimming, skiing, hiking, and teaching others. Some of my favorite classes to tutor are Linear Algebra and Calculus.

 

email: matthewcsmith@ucsb.edu

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Undergraduate Researcher

Erica Barandica

Hometown: San Jose, California

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (Chemistry & Biochemistry Dept.)

Favorite Molecule: capsaicin

Brief Bio:  I'm a third-year Undergraduate interested in Materials Science and biotechnology. My free time is spent drinking yerba mate and listening to all kinds of music.

email: ericabarandica@ucsb.edu

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Undergraduate Researcher

Andrew Johnson

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara

Favorite Molecule: methyl salicylate

Brief Bio: My favorite sports are swimming and frisbee. A hobby I have recently picked up is reading manga by recommendation from friends.

 

email: a_johnson663@ucsb.edu

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Undergraduate Researcher

Nathan Nasseri

Hometown: San Diego, California

Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (MCDB Dept.)

Favorite Molecule: beta-alanine

Brief Bio:  In my free time I enjoy being active. I love being outdoors, discovering new music, and reading a good book (and yes I’m taking any and all recommendations).

email: nsnasseri@umail.ucsb.edu

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Undergraduate Researcher

Miranda Luzanilla-Zetina

  • ​Hometown: Long Beach, California

  • Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (Chemistry & Biochemistry Department)

  • Favorite Molecule: caffeine 

  • Brief Bio: Outside of class I love reading, watching movies, and drawing! I could talk about Marvel, horror movies, and sci-fi for hours. 

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Undergraduate Researcher

Kimi Rubino

  • Hometown: Irvine, California

  • Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Favorite Molecule: penguinone

  • Brief Bio: In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, reading, and baking. I’m always down for taking a walk on the beach and watching the sunset.

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Undergraduate Researcher

Lucas Ruggeri

  • Hometown: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

  • Undergraduate Education: University of California Santa Barbara (Biochemistry and molecular biology dept).

  • Favorite Molecule: Lactose.  

  • Brief Bio: I am a third year undergraduate student who enjoys exercising with my friends and playing sports.  I love playing/listening to music as well as traveling as much as I possibly can!  

Undergraduate Researcher

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Ian Maskiewicz

  • Hometown: Redlands, Ca

 

  • Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (Chemistry & Biochemistry Dept.)

  • Favorite Molecule: N-methyl-1-(3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl)propan-2-amine

  • Brief Bio: I like skateboarding and making manganese heptoxide. I also love hiking in Los Padres National Forest!

  • email: ianmaskiewicz@ucsb.edu 

Undergraduate Researcher

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Robert Shields

  • Hometown: Encinitas, Ca

 

  • Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (Physics Dept.)

  • Favorite Molecule: Caffeine

  • Brief Bio: I'm a third year undergraduate physics student with interests in materials science and condensed matter physics. In my free time I love doing anything outside, especially surfing and backpacking.

  • email: robertshields@ucsb.edu

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Undergraduate Researcher

Brenden Kennedy

  • Hometown: San Diego, California

 

  • Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept.)

  • Favorite Molecule: Water

  • Brief Bio: In my free time I love being in nature, whether that be surfing, fishing, backpacking, or camping.

  • email: brendenkennedy@ucsb.edu

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Undergraduate Researcher

Angel Ramon

  • Hometown: Salinas, California

  • Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (MCDB Department)

  • Favorite molecule: phenylacetic acid

  • Brief bio: If im not in lab you might find me playing soccer at the rec cen with my friends or at the gym. I've always liked video games as well (I recently started building a PC).

  • Email: agramon354@ucsb.edu

Website Manager

Website Manager and Undergraduate Researcher

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Ben Krey

  • Hometown: Lafayette, California

  • Undergraduate Education: University of California, Santa Barbara (Chemistry & Biochemistry Dept.)

  • Favorite Molecule: Chromyl chloride

  • Brief Bio: I am a undergraduate researcher interested in renewable energy and electrochemistry. In my free time I like to go to the gym, play golf, and walk around aimlessly.

Alumni

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Haoxiang Chang

  • Graduation Date: June 2023​

  • Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher​

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Sam Garcia

  • Graduation Date: June 2023

  • Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher

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Sean Hwang

  • Graduation Date: June 2023

  • Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher

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Yaniv Schlosberg

  • Graduation Date: January 2023

  • Previous Position: Postdoctoral Researcher

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Lauren Madan

  • Graduation Date: June 2024

  • Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher​

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Aurora de Taygos

  • Graduation Date: June 2024

  • Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher

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Christian Teixera

  • Graduation Date: June 2024

  • Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher

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Esteban Ortiz

  • Graduation Date: June 2024

  • Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher

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Natasha Cao

  • Graduation Date: June 2024

  • Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher

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