Post-doctoral Scholars and Graduate Students

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.

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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 spent over a year teaching children how to yodel. “If yodeling 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’.

Brenna Norton-Baker
Organic Chemistry Graduate Student
B.S. Biochemistry, B.A. Chemistry, College of Charleston, 2015

Fun Fact: When not working in lab, Brenna can be found woodworking. Her most notable works are a 15 foot tall replica Trojan horse and 1/100 scale model of the the Eiffel Tower!

 Undergraduate Researchers

Christian Baca
Undergraduate Biological Sciences Major (2019, Expected)

Fun Fact: Christian hold can juggle up to 13 bowling pins at once.

Amal El Ali
Undergraduate Biological Sciences Major (2019, Expected)

Fun Fact: Amal won the 2018 Orange County Women’s Powerlifting DeadLift by lifting 650 lbs!

Junyi Tang
Undergraduate Pharmaceutical Sciences Major (2019, Expected)

Fun Fact: Like her idol Sonya Thomas, Junyi is an avid competitive eater. Her crowning accomplishment so far was inhaling 225 tater tots in five minutes!

Ethan Ward
Undergraduate Chemistry Major (2019, Expected)

Fun Fact: In his free time, Ethan likes to design and build pumpkin chucking catapults and cannons. “I’ve got two life goals; make pumpkin chucking as popular as soccer and build a cannon than break that fabled 6000 feet mark” he says. 

 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