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Lab Members

Current Members

Rachel Ford
Graduate Student, Chemistry
B.S. Chemistry, University of Florida

rford [at] caltech [dot] edu

My research focuses on mixed matrix polymeric materials for water purification membranes and for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (Polymer Chemistry)


Red Lhota
Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering

red [at] caltech [dot] edu

Long end-associative polymers: chemistry, physics and applications (Polymer Physics and Chemistry)


Joey Kim
Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware

jkim7 [at] caltech [dot] edu

Conformational analysis of bottlebrush polymers to resolve ongoing controversy in literature (Polymer Physics)


Dennis Ko
Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

ko [at] caltech [dot] edu

Non-invasive drug delivery into the Corneal Stroma (Eye Disease Treatments)


Zuleikha Kurji, Ph.D.
Visiting scholar at Caltech and Post-doc at Washington State University
B.A. Chemistry and Biology, Cornell
PhD Chemistry, Caltech

zuleikha [at] caltech [dot] edu

Using soft materials (e.g. LCPs) as sensors and actuators. My postdoctoral work involves designing and synthesizing materials that are both liquid crystalline and light-adjustable, with potential applications in surgical instruments (Polymer Physics)


Ben Laccetti
Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering
Biotechnology Leadership Trainee, Rosen Center for Bioengineering at Caltech and NIH
B.S. Chemical Engineering (Biotech Option), Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Mandarin Chinese, Emory University

blaccett [at] caltech [dot] edu

Developing a drug delivery device to treat Keratoconus by depositing Eosin Y in human corneal tissue (Eye Disease Treatments)


Tiziana Di Luccio
Visiting Associate
Ph.D. Physics, University of Salerno (Italy)

tiziana.diluccio [at] enea [dot] it

Investigates novel nanocomposites of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers and inorganic nanostructures (Polymer Physics).

Coordinator of the Marie Curie RISE Project Bi-Stretch-4-Biomed


Karthik Ramachandran
Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Iowa (2012)

kramacha [at] caltech [dot] edu

Revealing deformation induced morphological changes in poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) vascular scaffolds using X-ray microdiffraction (Polymer Physics)


Zach Shao
Graduate Student, Bioengineering
Biotechnology Leadership Trainee, Rosen Center for Bioengineering at Caltech and NIH
B.S. Biochemistry, Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego

zshao1 [at] caltech [dot] edu

Identify the molecular mechanism of action of a therapeutic oligopeptide drug using bioinformatics (Eye Disease Treatments)


Bo Shen
Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemical Engineering
Ph.D Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science

boshen [at] caltech [dot] edu

Molecular effect on shear-induced crystallization of polymers (Polymer Physics)


Robert Tanner, Ph.D.
Visiting Associate
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, 1967
M.S.E. University of Michigan, 1963
B.S.E. University of Michigan, 1962

rtanner [at] caltech [dot] edu



Jeremy Wei, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist, Chemical Engineering
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (2013)

mwei [at] caltech [dot] edu

Long end-associative polymers: chemistry, physics and applications (Polymer Physics and Chemistry)


Dan Zhou
Graudate Student, Chemistry
Schlumberger Foundation Faculty of the Future Fellow
B.S. Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China (2013)

dzhou [at] caltech [dot] edu

Investigating the binding partner(s) for a recent discovered therapeutic oligopeptide and their applications in neovascular retinal diseases (Eye Disease Treatments)



Ph.D. Graduates

Current Employment

Boyu Li
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2016

Cytec Solvay Group

Amy Fu
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2015

Sakura Finetek USA, Inc.

Artemis Ailianou
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2014

Niagara Bottling

Paul Pirogovsky
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2013


Ming-Hsin “Jeremy” Wei
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2013
Post-doc, Caltech
Zuleihka Kurji
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2013
Post-doc, Washington State University
Ryan Turner
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2012
Instructor of Chemistry, El Camino College
Joyce Huynh
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2011

Senior Product Manager, SugarSync

Yan Xia
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2010

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University

Diana Smirnova
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2009

Product Planning for Adhesives, ExxonMobil

R. L. Ameri David
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2008

Associate, McKinsey & Company

Matthew S. Mattson
Ph.D. Applied Physics, 2008

Senior Scientist, ChromoLogic LLC

Michael J. Mackel
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2008

Professor, Portland Community College

Neal R. Carty (nee Scruggs)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2007

Research Chemist, Avery Dennison

Rafael Verduzco
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2007

Louis Owen Assistant Professor, Rice University

Adam Olsen
Ph.D Chemical Engineering, 2006

Center for Naval Analyses

Charles S. Nickerson
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2006

Center for Naval Analyses

Derek W. Thurman
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2006

Research Chemist, ExxonMobil

Lucia Fernandez-Ballester
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2007

Research Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Eric A. Pape
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2005

Senior Product Engineer, Lam Research

Wei Shen
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2004
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Michael D. Kempe
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2003
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Giyoong Tae
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2002
Professor, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
Weijun Zhou
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2000
Senior Research Scientist, Dow Chemical
Guruswamy Kumaraswamy
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2000
National Chemical Laboratory of India
Zhong-Ren Chen
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 1998
Dean of Chemical Engineering and Materials, Ningbo University
Susan F. Rubin
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 1996
Engineering Analyst, Hewlett Packard
Vinay K. Gupta
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 1996
Professor, University of South Florida
Barbara Wang (nee Arendt)
Ph.D. Physics, 1995
Geun-Chang Chung
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 1994
LG Chemical
Rangaramanujam Kannan
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 1994
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Scholars

Current Employment

Dr. Loddie Foose
Dr. Rohan Hule
Dr. Bradley Olsen
Assistant Professor, MIT
Dr. Rob Lammertink
Professor, University of Twente
Dr. Deniz Cizmeciyan
Professor, Mount Saint Mary's University

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