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Jung Kyu Choi
Ph.D. student (2009-2014)
Project: Quantum dots
Support: DOE EPSCoR
Interests: music, tennis, computer games, watching TV
Urice Tohgha
Ph.D. student (2009-2014)
Project: Quantum dots sensitized solar cells
Support: NSF GK-12
Interests: watching soccer, partying, singing, listening music
Shambhavi Tannir
Ph.D. student (2013-2018)
Project: Templated porphyrin nanoassemblies
Support: Energy Graduate Assistantship
Samuel G. Bartko
Undergraduate researcher
Project: Quantum dots
College: University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Breiana D. Johnson
Undergraduate researcher
Project: Porphyrin biosensors
College: University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Milan Balaz
Group leader (2008-present)
Projects: all of the above
Interests: photography, history


Former Group members:

Gevorg Sargsyan
Ph.D. student (2008-2013)
Project: Templated porphyrin nanoassemblies
Near future: postdoc, Prof. S.Matile, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Kendra L. Moore
Undergraduate researcher
Project: Porphyrin synthesis
Currently: Cody Laboratories, Inc., Cody, WY
Ashlin Porter
Undergraduate researcher
Project: porphyrin & quantum dots
Currently: Graduate student, Purdue University
Amanda M. Olive
Undergraduate researcher
Project: Porphyrin sensors
College: University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Sam Toan
Summer researcher
Project: Porphyrin synthesis
Support: Department of Chemistry
Currently: Graduate student, University of Wyoming
Aisha Reed
Visiting NSF GK-12 graduate research fellow
Project: DNA recognition
Support: NSF GK-12 (grant #0948027)
Currently: Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Dr. Abderrahmane Anaflous
Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow
Project: Porphyrin building blocks
College/University: Ministere de l'Agriculture et de la Peche Maritime, Oujda, Morocco
Elena Oltmann
Visiting undergraduate researcher (July 2011 - October 2011)
Project: porphyrin dimers
College/University: University of Oldenburg, Germany
Ulf Fletemeyer
Visiting undergraduate researcher (July 2011 - October 2011)
Project: porphyrin building blocks
College/University: University of Oldenburg, Germany
Matthew C. Richards
Undergraduate researcher
Project: circular dichroism studies of DNA interactions
Support: Wyoming INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
College/University: University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Alison Army
Undergraduate NSF REU fellow (Summer 2011)
Project: porphyrin-DNA conjugates
Support: National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates
Currently: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Ali Schatz
Undergraduate NSF REU fellow (Summer 2011)
Project: AFM studies of organic assemblies
Support: National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates
Currently: Graduate student, Yale University
Murtaza Shabbir-Hussain
Undergraduate researcher (January 2009 - July 2011)
Project: chiroptical studies of Z-DNA
Support: INBRE
Currently: student, Clemson University
Jenna Howard
Undergraduate NSF REU fellow (Summer 2010)
Project: Porphyrin synthesis
Support: National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates
Currently: Graduate student, University of Southern California
Alessandro D’Urso
Visiting Ph.D. student, University of Catania, Catania, Italy (Summer-Fall 2009)
Project: Left-handed Z-DNA
Support: PhD Program in Scienze Chimiche, University of Catania, Italy
Currently: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
Brianna L. MacLeod
Undergraduate NSF REU fellow (Summer 2009)
Project: Porphyrin-DNA conjugates
Support: National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates
Currently: Graduate student, University of Virginia
Fidelis N. Ngwa
Ph.D. student (2008-2010)
Project: Porphyrins for biological applications
Support: IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Graduate Assistantship
Maria I. Lambousis
Undergraduate researcher (April 2009-May 2010)
Project: Chirality of life: DNA circular dichroism study
Support: A&S Summer Independent Research Award
Currently: Graduate student, University of Texas at Austin