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Efrain E. Rodriguez

Principal Investigator

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Originally from West Texas, Efrain received his degrees from MIT and UC Santa Barbara.  More on Efrain from the faculty page profile. For full CV click here, for short CV click here.

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Ryan Stadel

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ryan received his doctorate in 2021 at Northern Illinois University. His dissertation topic was magnetic orders in the iron-pnictide superconductors, which he studied as part of the neutron and x-ray scattering group at Argonne National Laboratory. For CV, click here.

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Huafei Zheng (郑华飞)

PhD Candidate

Huafei is from Wuhan,China. He got his Bachelor's in Chemistry at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2015. His reseach is focused on the synthesis of transiton metal chalcogenides which have intriguing quantum properties. When he is not in the lab, he enjoys photography and travel.

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Mario Lopez

PhD Candidate

Mario received his B.S in chemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2018. Currently, he is interested in the magnetic properties of thiophosphate compounds and the teaching of chemistry to a general audience.. When not in the lab, Mario is an avid follower of running, history, & investments.


H. Cein Mandujano

PhD Candidate

Cein is from Chihuahua, MX, and got his bachelor's at Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, and later an M.S. in Physics at the University of Texas.


Stephanie J. Hong

PhD Candidate

Stephanie Hong graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. Her current research involves the synthesis and characterization of oxygen storage materials. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and playing tennis.

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Akil Mondie

Graduate Researcher

Akil is from Washington DC with a bachelors degree received from the University of the District of Columbia

Tyler Romig

Graduate Researcher

Tyler is from Hudson, WI, and got his bachelor's at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. His research currently focuses on multiferroic van der Waals materials. When not in the lab he enjoys working out and snowboarding.

Qingyang Fu

Graduate Researcher


Cherub Seifu

Undergraduate Researcher

Originally from Silver Spring, MD, Cherub is currently assisting on large language model applications towards solid state chemistry. In his free time, Cherub enjoys synthesizing various cuisines and playing soccer.

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Diallo Barnes

Undergraduate Researcher

Anahita Javadi

Undergraduate Researcher


Dr. Brandon Wilfong

Current position:

Postdoc-Johns Hopkins University

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Dr. Austin Virtue


Dr. Rishvi Jayathilake

Current position:

Intel Corporation


​Dr. Xiuquan Zhou(周秀全)

Current position:

Postdoc-Argonne National Laboratory

Google Scholar Page


Dr. Amber Larson

Group Alumni - Graduate Students


Dr. Daniel Taylor

Current position:

Data Science Supervisor-Ford Motor Compay


Justin Yu

Current position:

Product Owner - Stride, Inc.


Chris Borg

Current position:

Citrine Informatics

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Dr. Tianyu Li

Current position:

Postdoc- UC Santa Barbara

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Dr. Timothy Diethrich

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Dr. Matthew Leonard


Dr. Marcus Carter

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Dr. Lahari Balisetty


Dr. Jacob Tosado

Current position:

Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Dr. Pouya

Current position:

Research Scientist - NASA Goddard Space and Flight Center


Dr. Tim E.

Current position:

Data Scientist - Uptake

Group Alumni - Post Docs


Kaitlyn Dold

Current position:

Graduate Student - UC Irvine, Fall 2022


Vince Wedekind

Current position:

Graduate Student - UMD, College Park, Fall 2022


Noah Katz


Navneeth Babra

Current position:

Software Enginner - MircroStrategy 


Noah Bender

Current position:

Graduate Student- University Illinois Urbana- Champaign 

Group Alumni - Undergraduate Students



Current position:

Graduate Student - Johns Hopkins University, Fall 2020


Hector Vivanco

Following position:

Graduate Student - Johns Hopkins University, Fall 2017


Ben Levitas

Following position:

Graduate student - Boston University, Fall 2017


Natalia Schoch-Lopez

Following position:

Biochemist - Lancaster Laboratories


Brenna Hodges

Following position:

Graduate Student - Yale University, Fall 2016


Nathaniel Shreiber

Following position:

Graduate Student - Cornell University, Fall 2016

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