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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

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 third year undergraduate interested in renewable energy and electrochemistry. In my free time I am a member of the powerlifting team at UCSB and I'm learning how to code in Python.

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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