Baiz Group Fall 2018

PI

Carlos

Carlos R. Baiz

cbaiz@cm.utexas.edu

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Postdoc: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2011-2013)
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2013-2015)
Group of Prof. Andrei Tokmakoff

Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2006-2011)
Group of Prof. Kevin Kubarych

B.S. Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI (2002-2005)

Curriculum Vitae

Outside the lab: Carlos is interested in enhancing student diversity in the physical sciences. He is a member of the CNS Diversity and Inclusion Committee as well as a member of the Chemistry Graduate Admissions Committee.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Kwang Im

Kwang-Im Oh

kioh@utexas.edu

Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2013-2016)
Group of Prof. Feng Gai

Ph.D. Korea University, Seoul, South Korea (2011)
Group of Prof. Minhaeng Cho

Main Project: Hydrogen bonding in highly heterogeneous environments.

Ravi Kumar Venkatraman

ravi.venkatraman@austin.utexas.edu

Postdoctoral Scholar

Newton International Fellow, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK (2017-2019)
Group of Prof. Andrew J. Orr-Ewing

Ph.D. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (2017)
Group of Prof. Siva Umapathy

Main Project: Influence of cryoprotectants on water structure and dynamics at the cellular membrane

Outside the lab: Ravi is interested in enhancing his skills to communicate science through social media and through his webpage. He also likes to play badminton.

Sherry You

xiao.you@austin.utexas.edu

Postdoctoral Scholar

Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2019)
Group of Prof. Joanna M. Atkin

Main Project: Macromolecular crowding

Outside the lab: Sherry plays on the UT Badminton team in her spare time. She also likes hiking, cooking, and baking, as well as succulents and cats!

Graduate Students

Reena Al-Mualem

zalmualem@utexas.edu

Graduate Student

B.S. University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2018)

Main Project: Kinetics of pH-jump photoacid

Chris

Christopher Baryiames

cbaryiames@utexas.edu

Graduate Student

B.S. Providence College, Providence, RI (2016)

Main Project: Interfacial solvation dynamics in reverse micelles.

Outside the lab: Chris is a member of UT’s Council of Graduate Chemists. He has participated in professional development workshops, and pedagogy seminars to advance his teaching skills. He is also the Chemistry representative to the Graduate Student Assembly.

Jenny

Jennifer C. Flanagan

jcflanagan@utexas.edu

Graduate Student

B.S. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY (2015)

Main Project: Biophysics of peptide-membrane interactions.

Outside the lab: Jenny has worked with Dr. Kate Biberdorf founding an organization called Bold Women in Chemistry (BWIC), which focuses on chemistry-related community outreach and includes mentorship opportunities for women at all levels of chemistry. Additionally, she leads a Virtual Presentation program where chemists at UT can visit K-12 classrooms over video chat to talk about what it means to be a scientist, answer their own science questions, and show them fun visual chemistry experiments to cultivate young student interest in science careers and higher education.

Paul Garrett

pgarrett@utexas.edu

Graduate Student

B.S. Saint Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX (2019)

Main Project: Dynamics of acrylamide polymerization in reverse micelles

Ji Yeon

Ji Yeon Kim

jiyeon.kim.sg@utexas.edu

Graduate Student (joint with Prof. C. Grant Willson, Department of Chemical Engineering)

B.Eng. National University of Singapore, Singapore

Main Project: Photoacid diffusion in thin polymer films.

Outside the lab: Ji Yeon has been participating at Austin’s children’s museum, the Thinkery, to introduce simple science experiments to both children and adults. Ji Yeon is also a NASCENT (Nanosystems Engineering Research Center) student and is actively collaborating with industries to promote applications of fundamental science to industrial activities.

Stephanie Liu

stephliu@utexas.edu

Graduate Student
B.S. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (2018)

Main Project: Protein-ion interactions and channel gating mechanisms.

Matt

Matt Mlsna

mattmlsna1@utexas.edu

Graduate Student
B.S. Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (2018)

Main Project: Protein in complex environments, heterogeneous dynamics and crowding.

Joe Shirley

joseph.shirley@utexas.edu

Graduate Student
B.S. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM (2017)

Main Project: Polymer simulations and characterization

Outside the lab: Joe likes cooking and baking with his wife. They also enjoy figuring out how to grow new plants. Their current project is growing Pascal the pineapPAL.

Mason

Mason L. Valentine

masonlvalentine@utexas.edu

Graduate Student
B.S. Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT (2015)

Main Project: Hydrogen-bond dynamics at the lipid-water interface in highly heterogeneous lipid membranes.

Outside the lab: Mason is planning on doing research and development in either industry or government. He’s been involved in Exxon’s Partners in Academic Lab Safety (PALS) program and has taken courses through UT’s communication school to develop skills for  working outside of academia.

Undergraduate Students

Kavya Rajesh

kavyarajesh@utexas.edu

Undergraduate Researcher

University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry, Class of 2020

Main Project: Thermodynamic protein stability in mixed solvents

Outside the lab: Kavya is an officer in the Undergraduate Research Journal and a member of the Dean’s Scholars Honors Program to promote research and host events on campus and in the community. She is also a member of BWIC and participates in virtual presentations with Jenny. In her free time, she volunteers at CD Doyle to provide healthcare to homeless populations and works with kids at the Helping Hand Home for Children.

Kelly Risch

kar1114@utexas.edu

Undergraduate Researcher

University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry, Class of 2021

Main Project: Correlate protonation of the latex PSP2VP with its unique functional properties

Outside the lab: Kelly is an officer in the American Chemical Society- student affiliate organization. She also enjoys exploring Austin and swimming.

Jennifer Sormberger

jsormtx@utexas.edu

Undergraduate Researcher

University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry, Class of 2021

Main Project: DMSO interactions with lipid membranes

Outside the lab: Jennifer enjoys fencing.

Maya Waterland

waterland@utexas.edu

Undergraduate Researcher

University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry and Art History, Class of 2021

Main Project: DMSO-water interactions in crowded complex environments

Spike

Spike

Infrared Spectrometer

Born: Ettlingen, Germany (2015)
Spike looks forward to a productive career in the Baiz Group.

Main Project: Spike is involved in all projects.

Outside the lab: Spike has never been outside the lab.

Alumni

Name

Position

After UT

Sean EdingtonPostdocPostdoc in the Johnson group at Yale
Emily MaUndergradGraduate student in the Geiger Lab at Northwestern University
Morgan TeelUndergradUT Austin ’21

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