Carlos R. Baiz


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


Postdoctoral Scholar

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

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

Main Project: Hydrogen bonding in highly heterogeneous environments.

Ravi Kumar Venkatraman


Postdoctoral Scholar

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

Ph.D. Indian Institute of Science (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


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


Christopher Baryiames


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.


Jennifer C. Flanagan


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.

Hyeyoung Kim


Graduate Student

M.S. Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea (2018)

B.S. Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea (2016)

Main Project: Hydrogen bonding analysis of DMSO-water mixtures

Ji Yeon

Ji Yeon Kim


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


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

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


Matt Mlsna


Graduate Student
B.S. Mississippi State University (2018)

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


Mason L. Valentine


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


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


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


Undergraduate Researcher

University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry, Class of 2021

Main Project: DMSO interactions with lipid membranes

Outside the lab: Jennifer enjoys fencing.

Morgan Teel


Undergraduate Researcher

University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry and Physics, Class of 2021

Main Project: Lipid chain length effects of interfacial solvation in reverse micelles

Outside the lab: Morgan is a member of the Dean’s Scholars Honors Program and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in the field of physical chemistry. She is also a member of the Longhorn Stream Team, a group of UT affiliates who combine a passion for the outdoors and science to monitor river health and water quality in various Texas rivers. Lastly, Morgan participates in Texas THON, a student-run non-profit dedicated to raising money and awareness for Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Maya Waterland


Undergraduate Researcher

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

Main Project: DMSO-water interactions in crowded complex environments



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.




After UT

Sean EdingtonPostdocPostdoc in the Johnson group at Yale
Emily MaUndergradGraduate student in the Geiger Lab at Northwestern University