Our group is composed of students and postdocs from all backgrounds. We are committed to creating 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 current issues on scientific integrity, science communication, and academic freedom. Read this recent editorial on Authorship Best Practices in Biophysics.

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


Raiza Maia

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Postdoctoral Scholar

Ph.D. | Freie Universität Berlin (2023)
Group of Prof. Joachim Heberle

Main Project: Peptide translocation, membrane biophysics, Transient 2D IR spectroscopy

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.

Moonyeon Cho

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Graduate Student

B.S. | Ewha Womans University, South Korea (2019)

M.S. | Ewha Womans University, South Korea (2023)

Main Project: Biomolecular condensates dynamic study

Hobbies: Listening to music, rewatching favorite movies and TV series, going for a drive, swimming.

Sulagna Hazarika

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Graduate Student

M.S. | Fergusson College, India (2021)

Main Project: Hydrogen-bonding and dynamics at electrode interfaces.

Hobbies: Painting, reading(neo-noir fiction), exploring different cuisines, adopting dogs, going to indie/post rock concerts and casually redecorating my apartment.

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)!

Kobiny Antony Rex

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Graduate Student

B.S. | Chemistry – University of Jaffna, Srilanka (2023)

Main Project: Plastics morphology and aging. Microplastics detection

Hobbies: Koby enjoys writing, photography and learning Korean

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.





After UT

Sean EdingtonPostdocAssistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire
Laura EstergreenPostdoc, joint with Roberts GroupMetrology Engineer at Samsung Semiconductor, Austin TX
Kwang-Im OhPostdocResearch Associate, Korea University, Korea
Sunayana MitraPostdocEngineer at Intel Corporation, Oregon
Ravi VenkatramanPostdocResearch Associate, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Euihyun LeePostdocResearch Engineer, LG Display, Korea
Xiao YouPostdocFaculty Member, Westlake University, Hangzhou, China
Ji-Yeon KimGraduate StudentProcess Engineer, Lam Research, Fremont, CA
Jenny FlanaganGraduate StudentFaculty Member, Union College, Schenectady, NY
Mason ValentineGraduate StudentResearch Chemist, Intertek
Christopher BaryiamesGraduate StudentCRTEC Coordinator at the University of Virginia Comprehensive Cancer Center
Paul GarrettGraduate StudentSpectrum Environmental Solutions
Stephanie LiuGraduate StudentAssociate Scientist II at WuXi AppTec, Plainsboro, New Jersey
Emily MaUndergradSenior Research Chemist at 3M
Morgan TeelUndergradUT Austin ’21
Allison CraigUndergradGraduate Student, Program in Biophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
Kavya RajeshUndergradMedical Student, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Niki IranpourUndergradMedical Student, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Maya WaterlandUndergradSenior Data 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