Group members


Post-doctoral Scholars and Graduate Students




Suvrajit Sengupta
Post-doctoral Scholar
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry and Biophysical Chemistry, Yale University, 2013
M.S. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, 2006
B.S. Chemistry, Jadavpur University, 2004

Fun Fact: Suv is afraid of pandas.


Gianmarc Grazioli
Post-doctoral Scholar
Joint Post-doc with Carter Butts (Sociology, Statistics, and EECS, UCI)
Ph.D.Theoretical Chemistry, UCI, 2015
M.S. Chemistry, Villanona University, 2007
B.S. Comprehensive Science, Villanona University, 2004
B.A. Liberal Arts, Villanona University, 2003

Fun Fact: Gianmarc can often be found ‘whipping his hair back and forth’ to music by WIllow Smith.




Jan Bierma
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Graduate Student
B.S. Biochemistry & Biophysics, Oregon State University, 2012

Fun Fact: Jan has never been photographed without food. Not even at his graduations.



John Kelly


John Kelly
Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student
B.S. Chemistry, Montana Tech, 2013

Fun Fact: John once wrestled an alligator into submission. The 2 day old hatchling didn’t stand a chance.




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Kyle Roskamp
Chemical Biology Chemistry Graduate Student
B.A. Chemistry, B.A. Mathematics, Pomona College, 2014

Fun Fact: Kyle owns over 200 goldfish from over 150 species. “I think old goldfish man will really be the perfect compliment to old cat ladies in a few decades,” he says.




Megha Unhelkar
Analytical Chemistry Graduate Student
M.S. Pharmacology, Northeastern University, 2013
B.S. Pharmacy, University of Mumbai, 2011

Fun Fact: While hiking across the Rockies last summer, Megha adopted a baby puma. “It was the most magical eight minutes of life before we were nearly mauled,” she said.



Vy Duong
Biophysical Chemistry Graduate Student
Joint Student with Ray Luo (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry UCI)
B.A. Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley, 2013

Fun Fact: Vy has vision better than 20/20. Despite this, she insists on wearing glasses as a “fashion statement.”



Jessica Kelz
Chemistry (ChaMP) Graduate Student
B.S. Chemistry, Mandarin Chinese Minor, US Naval Academy, 2008

Fun Fact: While abroad before graduate school, Jessica spend over a year teaching children how to yodle. “If yodling isn’t music, then I don’t know what music is” she says.




Marc Anthony Sprague-Piercy
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Graduate Student
B.S. Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, University of California – Irvine, 2015

Fun Fact: Marc thinks he’s funny. Example: What did the fish say when he hit a concrete wall? ‘Dam’.




 Undergraduate Researchers




Christian Baca
Undergraduate Biological Sciences Major (2019, Expected)




 High School Researchers



Michelle Xu
Arnold O. Beckman High School, Class of 2018
Interests: Science Research, Competitive Mathematics, Biochemistry, Journalism, Piano, Arts, Cross-Country, Community Service






Suhn Kim
Northwood High School, Class of 2018
Interests: Science Research, Competitive Science and Mathematics, Journalism, Cello