Our group is composed of students and postdocs from all backgrounds. We are convinced that diversity is essential to scientific excellence. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment and a group culture that is welcoming and  respectful of the voices and perspectives of all members.



Carlos R. Baiz

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Associate 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

Xiaobing Chen

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Postdoctoral Scholar

PhD | Louisiana State University (2021)
Group of Prof. Daniel Kuroda

Main Project: Currently working on building a new 2D IR setup with the BOXCARS geometry

Hobbies: Xiaobing loves listening to music, watching movies/TV series, and playing mobile games.

Kelly Wilson

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Postdoctoral Scholar
Joint with Roberts Group

Ph.D. | University of Oregon (2020)
Group of  Prof. Cathy Wong

Main Project: Ultrafast visible microscopy


Debasish Das Mahanta

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Postdoctoral Scholar

Ph.D. | S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic  (2018)
Group of  Prof. Rajib Kumar Mitra

Postdoc | Ruhr-Universität Bochum  (2023)
Group of  Prof. Martina Havenith

Main Project: Low-temperature hydrogen-bond dynamics in cryoprotectant systems.

Graduate Students

Eman Alasadi

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Graduate Student

B.S. | University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington TX (2020)

Main Project: Lanthanide ion coordination and modeling of vibrational spectroscopy


Reena Al-Mualem

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Graduate Student

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

Main Project: interactions of transmembrane peptides in lipid membranes

Outside the lab: Reena is the Secretary of the Council of Graduate Chemists at UT. She has completed a teaching preparation series through UT’s Faculty Innovation Center.

Hobbies: Reena enjoys bicycling, gardening, playing musical instruments, and going to rock concerts.

Paul Garrett

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Graduate Student

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

Main Project: Dynamics of acrylamide polymerization in reverse micelles

Mark Cameron Jones

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Graduate Student
joint with Roberts Group

B.S. | Clemson University, Clemson, SC (2022)

Main Project: Infrared Microscopy

Hobbies: In their free time, Mark enjoys roller skating, playing video games with friends, and writing.

Keegan Lorenz-Ochoa

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Graduate Student

B.S. | Chemistry – Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (2021)

Main Project: Molecular crowding and liquid-liquid phase separation

Hobbies: I like to read, play the guitar, hike/sight-see and play video games (Halo and The Elder Scrolls Series are my favorites)!

Joseph Shirley

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Graduate Student

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

Main Project: Crowding

Outside the lab: Jo is a member of the Council of Graduate Chemists; the Chemistry Student Safety Organization; the Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (IDEA) Task Force; and is the department representative to the Dean’s Office Graduate Council. Through these organizations, Jo participates in social and safety outreach and advocates for changes within the department and college.

Hobbies: Jo 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.

Cong Xu

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Graduate Student

B.S. | Nanjing University, Nanjing, China (2018)

Main Project: Dynamics at the membrane lipid-water interface

Undergraduate Students



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.

Dylan Smith

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Undergraduate Student

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2019-2023)

Main Project: Macromolecular Crowding

Outside the lab: Dylan is a miracle maker for Texas Thon, a year-long fundraiser for local children’s hospitals, find out more here–https://events.dancemarathon.com/participant/DylanSmith.

Hobbies: In his free time, Dylan likes to practice guitar and ukulele, play video games with friends, and fence at the UT Fencing Club.




After UT

Sean EdingtonPostdocPostdoc in the Johnson Lab at Yale
Laura EstergreenPostdoc, joint with Roberts GroupMetrology Engineer at Samsung Semiconductor, Austin TX
Kwang-Im OhPostdocResearch Associate, Gyeongsang National University, Korea
Sunayana MitraPostdocEngineer at Intel Corporation, Oregon
Ravi VenkatramanPostdocResearch Associate, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Euihyun LeePostdocResearch Engineer, LG Display, Korea
Xiao YouPostdocPostdoctoral Scholar, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University
Ji-Yeon KimGraduate StudentProcess Engineer, Lam Research, Fremont, CA
Jenny FlanaganGraduate StudentPostdoc in the Veatch Lab at the University of Michigan
Mason ValentineGraduate StudentPostdoc in the Xiong Lab at the University of California San Diego
Christopher BaryiamesGraduate StudentPostdoc in the Columbus Lab at the University of Virginia
Stephanie LiuGraduate StudentAssociate Scientist II at WuXi AppTec, Plainsboro, New Jersey
Emily MaUndergradGraduate student in the Geiger Lab at Northwestern University
Morgan TeelUndergradUT Austin ’21
Kavya RajeshUndergradMedical Student, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Niki IranpourUndergradMedical Student, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Maya WaterlandUndergradData Scientist, Mercury Data Science, Houston, TX
Jennifer SormbergerUndergradGraduate Student, Chemistry Department, University of Colorado, Boulder
Kelly RischUndergradGraduate Student, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas A&M University