Our team

Desirae Mellor

Desirae is a 5th year graduate student in the Burkart lab researching biosynthetic pathways in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Outside of research, Desirae enjoys doing puzzles with her husband, buying matching outfits with her daughter and watching anime with her son.

Caitlin Hudecek
Vice President

Caitlin is a 2nd year graduate student in the Burkart lab designing processes to make algae-based biodegradable polymers. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and getting destroyed in video games.

Karla Rojas Garcia
Outreach Coordinator

Karla is a 2nd year graduate in the Grassian Lab studying the heterogeneous formation of gas-phase nitrous acid in the atmosphere. When not in lab, Karla is spending the money she doesn't have at bookstores, listening to Beach House, or taking care of her 40 plants.

Jane Sedlak
Outreach Coordinator

Jane is a 2nd year graduate student in the Grassian lab studying the chemistry of wildfire smoke. In her free time, she and her dog enjoy hiking, backpacking and chasing after tennis balls.

Sindhana Pannir-Sivajothi
Coffee Hour Host

Sindhana is a 5th year graduate student in the Yuen-Zhou group studying vibrational polariton condensates and their effect on chemical reactivity (theory). When not in the lab, Sindhana will most likely be found playing ultimate frisbee, crocheting or baking.

Tristan Gunther
Student Research Seminar Liason

Tristan is a 2nd year graduate student in the Komives Lab studying intrinsically disordered proteins. Outside of lab, Tristan loves taking hikes, cooking, and playing with her two cats.

Tamar Basiashvili
Professional Development/Networking Coordinator

Tamar is a 2nd year PhD student working on the intersection of cell biology and structural biology using cryo-electron microscopy in the lab of Elizabeth Villa. Outside of the lab she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Prof. Alexis Komor
Faculty Advisor

Professor Alexis Komor joins us as our faculty advisor for the 2022-2023 academic year! 

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