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    PI: Dr. Anastassia Alexandrova

    Born in USSR, she obtained her B.S./M.S. degree with highest honors from Saratov University, in 2000. She obtained her Ph.D. in Theoretical Physical Chemistry from Utah State University, in 2005. After that, she was a Postdoctoral Associate, and then an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. Anastassia joined the Faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA, and CNSI in 2010.

    Tel: (310) 825-3769
    Email: ana@chem.ucla.edu

Dr. Elisa Jimenez Izal, Postdoctoral Associate

Elisa obtained her Ph.D. in the University of the Basque Country in 2014, with Prof. Jesus Ugalde and Dr. Jon Matxain.

Project: Surface-deposited clusters in catalysis. Multi-scale modeling.

Tel: (310) 206-0625

Michael Nechay, Graduate Student

Mike is a fifth year graduate student. He obtained his B.S. degree from the Ohio State University.

Project: Metallo-enzymes, natural and artificial.

Tel: (310) 206-0625
Email: michaelnechay@gmail.com

Mai-Anh Ha, Graduate Student

Mai-Anh is a forth year Graduate Student. She got her B.S. degree in Mount Holyoke College.

Project: Sub-nano surface-deposited clusters in catalysis.

Tel: 310-206-0625
E-mail: mha@chem.ucla.edu

Huanchen Zhai, Graduate Student

Huanchen is a second year graduate student. He obtained his B.S. from Shandong University in China; he was also a CSST Summer student in our group in 2014.

Project: Realistic modeling of heterogeneous catalytic interfaces.


Daniel Hatfield, Graduate Student

Daniel is a second year graduate student. He obtained his B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Project: Artificial metalloenzymes.


Derek Urwin, Graduate Student

Derek is a second year graduate student. He completed his M.S. work in applied math, in UCLA, and now switched to chemistry.

Project: Global optimization algorithms.


Olivia Irving, Graduate Student, CARE and XSEDE Scholar

Olivia graduated from UCLA in 2016. She was an Undersgraduate Researcher (XSEDE Scholar, and CARE Fellow) in our lab, and now continues as a first year graduate student.

Project: In collaboration with Prof. Paul Weiss, she studies metal-bound peptides, for their sturcutre, local electornic effects, and RedOx chemistry.

Tel: 310-206-0625
Email: irving@chem.ucla.edu

David Reilley, Graduate Student

David is a first year graduate student. He obtained his B.S. degree from Haverford College.

Project: Artificial metalloenzymes

Tel: 310-206-3215

Chen Lin, Graduate Student

Chen is a first year graduate student. He obtained his B.S. degree in Purdue University.

Project: Catalytic sub-nano clusters in realistic conditions of catalysis

Tel: 310-206-0625

Jiyuan Liu, Graduate Student, CSC Fellow from East China University of Science and Technology

Jiyuan is a graduate student in China, spending 2 years in our lab as a CSC Fellow.

Project: Photocatalysis on defected semiconductors. Collaboration with Steve Cronin (USC).

Tel: 310-206-0625

Zhihao Cui, Undergraduate Student, CSST Summer Fellow

Project: Borides nanoparticles

Tel: 310-206-0625

Caleb Huang, Undergraduate Student, URFP Fellow

Project: RNR functioning under extreme oxidative stress.

Tel: 310-206-3215
Email: caleb.huang@ucla.edu

Paul J Robinson, Undergraduate Rearch Scholar, UCLA Honors Fellow

Project: Chemical bonding in extreme circumstances. Ultra-hard materials.

Tel: 310-206-3215
Email: pjrobinson@ucla.edu

    Group Alumni:

    Raymond Wang (CSST Summer student 2015). Currently a graduate student in Northwestern University.
    Crystal Valdez (PhD 2015). Currently Postdoc in Stanford, group of Prof. Ed Solomon.
    Anjan Nandula (MS 2015). Currently engineer in WorldQuant.
    Dr. Jonny Dadras (Postdoc, 2012-2014). Presently Postdoc in Caltech, group of William Goddard.
    Dr. Tony Smith (Postdoc jointly with Prof. Radu, UCLA Medical School, 2012-2014). Presently data scientist in Teradata.
    Dr. Jin Zhang (Postdoc, 2010-2013). Presently employee of Google, Youtube branch.
    Lu Shen (MS 2014). Presently PhD student in UCLA, Physics.
    Dr. Manuel Sparta (Postdoc, 2010-2012). Presently Postdoc at Max Planck Institute, Mulheim an der Ruhr, group of Frank Neese.
    Mioy Huynh (B.S. 2012, URFP and CARE Research Fellow, 2010-2012). Presently Ph.D. student in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Diana Yu (B.S. 2012, Kivelson Fellow, 2011-2012). Presently Ph.D. student in UC Merced.
    Natalya Burmistrova (visiting scholar, 2012). Presently Assistant Professor in Saratov University, Russia.
    Alina Sergeeva (visiting graduate student, 2012). Presently Postdoctoal Associate at Columbia University.
    Luan Vu (M.S. 2011)