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Meet the Team

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Postdoctoral Fellows


Muhammad Waqas Ishaq, Ph.D.

Hometown: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Undergraduate Education: Punjab University, Pakistan

Master Education: University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan

Graduate Education: University of Science and Technology of China, China

Favorite Molecule: Glucose

Brief Bio: In my free time I enjoy cricket and badminton, playing or watching. I enjoy spending time with my friends, cooking, outing, and movies.

email: mwaqasmayo[at]utexas[dot]edu

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Dr. Amol M. Vibhute, Ph.D

Hometown: Pune, Maharashtra, India

Undergraduate Education: Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India

Master Education: Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly known as Pune University), India

Graduate Education: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM), Kerala, India

Favorite Molecule: Sialic Acid

Brief Bio: In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, swimming, playing and watching cricket, etc. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

email: amol[dot]vibhute[at]austin[dot]utexas[dot]edu

Graduate Students

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Hannah Campbell (3rd year)

Hometown: Colora, Maryland, USA

Undergraduate Education: Notre Dame of Maryland University

Favorite Molecule: Caffeine

Brief Bio: When I'm not in the lab, I enjoy spending time with friends, hitting up taco trucks, and drinking coffee.

email: hcampbell[at]utexas[dot]edu

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Sungjin Jeon (3rd year)

Hometown: Daegu, South Korea

Undergraduate Education: Kyunghee University

Masters Education: Kyunghee University

Favorite Molecule: BODIPY

Brief Bio: In my free time, I'm a very outgoing person who enjoys jogging and watching movies at the theater.

email: jacky8202[at]utexas[dot]edu


Dr. Xianjin Qin, Ph.D.

Hometown: Wuhu, Anhui, China

Undergraduate Education: China Pharmaceutical University, B.S (2018)

Graduate Education: Peking University, Ph.D. (2023)

Favorite Molecule: Galactose, Arabinose

Brief Bio: Hey there! When I'm not conquering the world (or at least attempting to), you'll often find me in my natural habitat – the swimming pool.

email: xianjin[dot]qin[at]utexas[dot]edu

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Tyler Odom (3rd year)

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri, USA

Undergraduate Education: Missouri State University

Favorite Molecule: Carborane acid

Brief Bio: In my free time I enjoy reading, playing guitar, and cooking. I also love camping and hiking on the weekends.

email: tlo515[at]utexas[dot]edu

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Cole Williams (3rd year)

Hometown: Irvine, California, USA

Undergraduate Education: Trinity University

Favorite Molecule: Sucrose

Brief Bio: I'm an organic chemistry graduate student who loves Formula 1 and also enjoys playing sand volleyball and ultimate frisbee. I have a young kitten, Clover, that I love to hang out with and always keeps me on my toes.

email: c.williams3[at]utexas[dot]edu

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Chandler Wells (3rd year)

Hometown: Stephenville, Texas, USA

Undergraduate Education: Texas State University

Favorite Molecule: Cubane

Brief Bio: In my free time I enjoy trying new food, playing video games, and hanging out with my friends. I also love learning random new skills, such as juggling, tight rope walking, blowing balloon animals, and more.

email: ckw786[at]utexas[dot]edu


Serena Joseph (3rd year)

Hometown: London, England, UK

Undergraduate Education: Juniata College, PA, USA

Masters Educations: Imperial College London

Favorite Molecule: Too many to choose from!

Brief Bio: I love reading, swimming, hanging out with friends, and of course, being in the lab!

email: sjoseph21[at]utexas[dot]edu


Teron Haynie (3rd year)

Hometown: Mapleton, Utah

Undergraduate Education: Brigham Young University

Masters Education: Brigham Young University

Favorite Molecule: octanitrocubane

Brief Bio: In my free time I enjoy tromping through trails, pickleball, a cola connoisseur.


Dan Stone (2nd year)

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Undergraduate Education: Florida State University

Favorite Molecule: Penguinone

Brief Bio: I spend my free time playing darts and reading.

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Lindsay Vaughn (1st year)

Hometown: North Carolina

Undergraduate Education: Appalachian State University

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Pratiksha Vibhute (1st year)

Hometown: Dhule , Maharashtra, India

Undergraduate Education: North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India

Masters Education: North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India

Favorite Molecule: Epoxies

Brief Bio: I'm First year graduate student interested in biodegradable polymers.In my free time I enjoy painting, epoxy resin art, clay moulding, and playing volleyball. I also like to cook for family and friends.

email: pratiksha[dot]vibhute[at]austin[dot]utexas[dot]edu


Isabella Zamborini (1st year)

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Undergraduate Education: Ferris State University

Favorite Molecule: Buckminsterfullerene

Brief Bio: I love watching and playing soccer! I have the cutest black cat named Jinx, and also enjoy cooking :)

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Undergraduate Students


Hayden LeBroc (Junior)

Hometown: Spring, Texas, USA

Bachelors: Chemistry and Neuroscience

Favorite Molecule: The NanoTexan 

Brief Bio: Hey y’all! I’m a third-year undergraduate here at UT, and I love playing tennis in my free time. I also travel around Austin trying to find new places to eat and go to as many concerts as I can. Some of my favorite artists are Beyoncé, Victoria Monet, Lucky Daye, and Rauw Alejandro.

email: haydenlebroc[at]utexas[dot]com


Sama Hirzallah (Senior)

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Bachelors: Bachelors of Science and Arts in Biology and minor in Business

Favorite Molecule: Phosphonium Ylide

Brief Bio: In my free time, I love cooking & baking, swimming, dancing, and exploring new spots around town!


Hita Devulapalli (Junior)

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Bachelors: Biochemistry with a minor in Business and certificate in Forensic Science

Favorite Molecule: Azo violet

Brief Bio: I’m a junior who will be applying to medical school soon! Outside of lab, I work for Ascension as a clinical assistant in the pulmonary/renal department. In my free time, I like to take my beagle, Scooby, out on walks and play with my cat, Snookie!


Samuel Chung (Junior)

Hometown: Katy, Texas


Favorite Molecule: H2O

Brief BioI like watching and playing sports. In my free time, I like to workout or play basketball with my friends.



Zamira Harris-Ryden

Hometown: Seabrook, Texas, USA

Bachelors: Chemistry

Favorite Molecule: Acetic acid

Brief Bio: I am a third-year chemistry undergraduate and am interested in organic synthesis. In my free time I like running, sailing, and being outdoors.

email: zharrisryden[at]utexas[dot]edu

Group Alumni


Jeff Kue

Hometown: Missouri City, Texas, USA

Bachelors: Biochemistry BSA with a minor in Kinesiology

Favorite Molecule: Lactose

Brief Bio: I am a senior at UT, and I am a huge fan of carbohydrates (both to synthesize and to eat)! Outside of the lab, you can likely find me climbing rocks or taking a swim.

email: jefftkue[at]gmail[dot]com

Support Staff



Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Favorite Molecule: cis-1,4-polyisoprene

Brief Bio: Woof.


Carson Chruscicki

Hometown: Boonville, New York, USA

Bachelors: Spanish with a pre-health professions certificate & Spanish for medical professionals certificate

Favorite Molecule: Cinnamaldehyde

Brief Bio: I am a senior at UT preparing to apply to medical school. When I am not in the lab I compete for the US Women's National Kayak Polo team (water polo, but in a boat!). My favorite mornings are spent drinking coffee and taking care of my plants.

email: cchruscicki[at]utexas[dot]edu



Hometown: San Diego, California, USA

Favorite Molecule: dihydrogen monoxide

Brief Bio: Woof.

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