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.

PI

Carlos

Carlos R. Baiz

cbaiz@cm.utexas.edu

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

xiaobing.chen@austin.utexas.edu

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.

Laura Estergreen

lkestergr@utexas.edu

Postdoctoral Scholar
Joint with Roberts Group

Ph.D. | University of Southern California (2020)
Group of Prof. Stephen Bradforth

Main Project: Ultrafast infrared microscopy

 

Euihyun Lee

euihyun7@utexas.edu

Postdoctoral Scholar

Ph.D. | Korea University, Seoul, South Korea (2020)
Group of Prof. Minhaeng Cho

Main Project: Using molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the hydrogen bonding structure and dynamics of water at the biomolecule water interface or in solution

Outside the lab: Euihyun develops new programs to more effectively analyze biological systems.

Hobbies: Euihyun likes to play games and look for good restaurants!

Sunayana Mitra

sunayana.mitra@austin.utexas.edu

Postdoctoral Scholar

Ph.D. | University of Pittsburgh (2021)
Group of Prof. Sean Garrett-Roe

Main Project: Ion-Binding to protein and calcium signalling. Experiment and simulations.

Outside the lab: Interested in developing effective methods to help undergraduates understand, learn and synthesize from scientific literature.

Hobbies: Gardening; Hiking; Music; Exploring new places; Nature, art, and tea enthusiast.

Kelly Wilson

kelmaxx@utexas.edu

Postdoctoral Scholar
Joint with Roberts Group

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

Main Project: Ultrafast visible microscopy

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

Hobbies: 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

Eman Alasadi

emanalasadi@utexas.edu

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

zalmualem@utexas.edu

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

pgarrett@utexas.edu

Graduate Student

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

Main Project: Dynamics of acrylamide polymerization in reverse micelles

Keegan Lorenz-Ochoa

kal3585@utexas.edu

Graduate Student

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

joseph.shirley@utexas.edu

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

congxu@utexas.edu

Graduate Student

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

Main Project: Dynamics at the membrane lipid-water interface

Undergraduate Students

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.

Dylan Smith

smith.dylan762@gmail.com

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.

Alumni

Name

Degree

After UT

Sean EdingtonPostdocPostdoc in the Johnson Lab at Yale
Kwang-Im OhPostdocResearch Associate, Gyeongsang National University, Korea
Ravi VenkatramanPostdocResearch Associate, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
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

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