Current Group Members

Post-doctoral Scholars and Graduate Students

Mina Mozafari

Post-Doctoral Fellow

B.S. Chemistry, Azad University, 2004

M.S. Physical Chemistry, Shahid Beheshti University, 2008

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, 2017

Fun Fact: Mina is so passionate about safety she has built a fume hood in her own house. Chopping onions never burns her eyes!

Jessica Kelz

Chemical and Materials Physics (ChaMP – Chemistry) 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.

Jose Uribe

Physical Chemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Chemistry, Cal State San Bernardino, 2018

Fun Fact: He is a light sleeper, but probably not the way you’d think. Most nights he sleeps with his eyes open so any stray light will wake him up. He says, it’s not as bad as it sounds though because at least he doesn’t have to worry about loud neighbors.

Megan Rocha

Chemical Biology Graduate Student

B.A. Chemistry, Whitman College, 2017

Fun Fact: Megan has a recurring dream about burrito babies, so now she insists on naming each one of the burritos she orders. Some of her favorites are Vegeta (vegetarian), Hamilton (carnitas), and Keegan (vegan).

Zane Long

Chemical Biology Graduate Student

B.S. Chemistry, University of California- Irvine, 2018

Fun Fact: Zane’s hobbies include eating high chews, baking mead, and inventing games. Some of his more popular games include: snatch the rabbit and a banana for two.

Marquise Crosby

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Wright State University, 2019

Fun Fact: His League of Legends screen name is Cardi B. He has an app that generates sound bites of her and uses only that to communicate with teammates during the game.

Gemma Takahashi

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Geobiology, California Institute of Technology, 2019

Fun Fact: Gemma insists that the only way to cut a grilled cheese, is along the cheese.

Amanda Abiad

Physical Chemistry Graduate Student


Fun Fact: Amanda’s favorite anime is “Cells at Work!”.

Collin Sroge

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Purdue University, 2019

Fun Fact: TBD

Matthew Jimenez

Physical Chemistry Graduate Student

B.S. Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California- San Diego, 2021

Fun Fact: Matthew does not eat breakfast or lunch but has a 3000-calorie dinner.

Jaewon Suk

Chemical Biology Graduate Student

B.S. Biochemistry, University of California- Santa Barbra, 2020

Fun Fact: TBD

Undergraduate Researchers

Andrew Durham


B.S. Chemistry 2022

Fun Fact: Andrew has collected over 200 pairs of designer shoes, none of which are in his size.

Honorary Pet Members


Rescue from Newport Beach Animal Shelter. Loves people, food, and running. Thankful neither of his parents work with lasers…he doesn’t trust them. Follows the central dogema. Ironically hates water. @pugneptune


Is betta testing the lab to see if it will tank. So far he feels that being in school is going swimmingly, even though he sometimes flakes. Sincerely loves water, some might even say it breathes life into him.