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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

Huanchen Zhai, Graduate Student

Huanchen is a third 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 third 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 second 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 second year graduate student. He obtained his B.S. degree from Haverford College.

Project: Artificial metalloenzymes

Tel: 310-206-3215

Jack Fuller, Graduate Student

Jack is a second year graduate student. He obtained his B.S. degree from BYU.

Project: Quantifying electrostatic preorganizaiton in enzymes.

Tel: 310-206-3215

Borna Zandkarimi, Graduate Student

Borna is a first year graduate student. Prior to coming to UCLA, he obtained his M.S. in 2017 from the University of Minnesota, and a double B.S. degree in chemistry and chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran.

Project: Realistic modeling of heterogeneous catalytic interfaces.


Amy Lai, Graduate Student

Amy is a second year graduate student advised jointly with Prof. Paula Diaconescu. She obtained her B.S. in 2016 from the University of the Sciences.

Project: Complicated cases of organometallic catalysis: experiment and theory.


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

Addis Fuhr, Graduate Student

Project: Combination of theory and experiment (done under the supervision of Dr. Victor Klimov in Los Alamos National Laboratory) to correlate structure with photonic, transport, and magnetic properties of semiconductor nanocrystals.

Email: asfuhr@g.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

Kirill Shumilov, Undergraduate Researcher

Project: Realistic simulations of functional materials nd interfaces.

Tel: 310-206-3215

    Group Alumni:

    Dr. Elisa Jimenez-Izal (Postdoc 2014-2018). Presently Basque Country Postdoctoral Fellow - at-home phase in DIPC, Donostia, Basque Country, Spain.
    Mai-Anh Ha (PhD 2017). Presently Directors Postdoctoral Fellow in NREL.
    Michael Nechay (PhD 2017). Presently engineer in Enthought (AI company in Austn, TX).
    Caleb Huang (undergraduate reseracher). Presentely in the post-BS program at NIH.
    Zhihao Cui (CSST Summer student 2016). Presently PhD student in Caltech, group of Garnet Chan.
    Raymond Wang (CSST Summer student 2015). Currently a graduate student in Northwestern University, group of Toru Shiozaki.
    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, group of Sharon Hammes-Schieffer.
    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)