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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. Han Guo, Postdoctoral Associate

Han received her Ph.D. in 2018, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, group of Professor Bret Jackson.

Project: Han is interested broadly in complex virbonic phenomena and spectroscpy at interfaces, with applications ranging from catalysis to quantum computing.
Email:hanguo86@g.ucla.edu

Dr. Julen Munarriz, Postdoctoral Associate

Julen received his Ph.D. in 2019, from Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, group of Dr. Victor Polo.

Project: Chemical bonding in materials, vibronic effects, alloy design.
Email:

Huanchen Zhai, Graduate Student

Huanchen 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.
Email: hczhai@chem.ucla.edu

Derek Urwin, Graduate Student

Derek completed his M.S. work in applied math, in UCLA, and now switched to chemistry.

Project: Polyaromatic hydrocarbon species as potential carcinogenes affecting the genome. Firefighter heath issues.
E-mail: djurwin@g.ucla.edu

David Reilley, Graduate Student

David obtained his B.A. degree from Haverford College.

Project: Artificial metalloenzymes, novel methods of biochemical simulations.
Email: dreilley@chem.ucla.edu

Jack Fuller, Graduate Student

Jack obtained his B.S. degree from BYU, where he did undergraduate research with Prof. Daniel Ess.

Project: Quantifying electrostatic preorganizaiton in enzymes. Artificial redox enzymes.
Email: jtfuller@chem.ucla.edu

Borna Zandkarimi, Graduate Student, Dean's Scholar

Borna 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.
Email: bzkarimi@ucla.edu

Amy Lai, Graduate Student

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

Project:Organometallic polymerization catalysis: experiment and theory.
Email: alai@chem.ucla.edu

Zerina Mehmedovic, Graduate Student, Competitve Edge Fellow

Zerina graduated from San Francisco State University, where she did computational research under the supervision of Prof. Nicole Adelstein.

Project: Ultra hard alloys and quantum materials.
Email: zerinam@chem.ucla.edu

Patricia Poths, Graduate Students, Dean's Scholar

Patricia graduated from the Imperial College of London, where she did undergraduate research with Profs. John Seddon and Fernando Bresme.

Project: Realistic modeling of dynamic heterogeneous catalytic interfaces.
Email: patriciapoths@chem.ucla.edu

Kirill Shumilov, Undergraduate Researcher

Project: Realistic simulations of functional materials and interfaces.
Email: kshumilov@ucla.edu

Matthew Hannefarth, Undergraduate Researcher

Project: Quantifying electrostatic preorganization in enzymes.
Email: mhennefarth@ucla.edu

Hang Yin, Undergraduate Researcher

Project: Ultra hard alloys.
Email: hang0610@g.ucla.edu

    Group Alumni:

    Addis Fuhr (Ph.D. 2019, co-advised with Philippe Sautet and Victor Klimov) => MITRE, computational physicist.
    Jiyuan Liu (CSC Scholar, 2016-2018) => continued his Ph.D. research in East China Institute of Science and Technology in Shanghai.
    PJ Robinson (BS 2018) => PhD student in Columbia University, group of David Reichman.
    Dr. Elisa Jimenez-Izal (Postdoc 2014-2018) => Ikerbasque Fellow (independent and permanent researcher position) in DIPC, Donostia, Basque Country, Spain.
    Amanda Morgenstern (co-supervised student from Colorado School of Mines; advisor - Mark Eberhart; Ph.D. 2017) => Assistant Professor in Colorado State University, Colorado Springs.
    Daniel Hartfield (MS 2017) => teacher in Palos Verdes High School.
    Mai-Anh Ha (PhD 2017) => Directors Postdoctoral Fellow in NREL.
    Michael Nechay (PhD 2017) => Data Scientist at Dell.
    Caleb Huang (undergraduate reseracher) => post-BS program at NIH.
    Zhihao Cui (CSST Summer student 2016) => PhD student in Caltech, group of Garnet Chan.
    Raymond Wang (CSST Summer student 2015) => graduate student in Northwestern University, group of Toru Shiozaki.
    Crystal Valdez (PhD 2015) => Postdoc in Stanford, group of Prof. Ed Solomon, then in Pfizer.
    Anjan Nandula (MS 2015) => engineer in WorldQuant.
    Dr. Jonny Dadras (Postdoc, 2012-2014) => Postdoc in Caltech, group of William Goddard.
    Dr. Tony Smith (Postdoc jointly with Prof. Radu, UCLA Medical School, 2012-2014) => data scientist in Teradata.
    Dr. Jin Zhang (Postdoc, 2010-2013) => Engineer in Google, Youtube branch.
    Lu Shen (MS 2014) => PhD student in UCLA, Physics.
    Dr. Manuel Sparta (Postdoc, 2010-2012) => 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) => Ph.D. student in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, group of Sharon Hammes-Schieffer; then lecturer of chemistry at Yale University.
    Diana Yu (B.S. 2012, Kivelson Fellow, 2011-2012) => Ph.D. student in UC Merced.
    Natalya Burmistrova (visiting scholar, 2012) => Assistant Professor in Saratov University, Russia.
    Alina Sergeeva (visiting graduate student, 2012) => Postdoctoal Associate at Columbia University.