EmPOWER Mentors

2021-2022 Mentors

Photo credits: Prof. Abraham Lenhoff

Not pictured: Soumitra Bhoyar, Sam Cassel, Max Cohen, Samik Das, Christopher Domalewski, Yagya Gupta, Stevi Matz, Jian Pan, Katherine Raudenbush, Sanjana Srinivas, Zach Stillman, Phillip Taylor

We’ll get them next time!


Alana Szkodny, Lead Mentor
Research Interests: Protein and cell engineering to improve the production of monoclonal antibodies
Group: Kelvin Lee Lab
Year: 5th
Undergrad: Cornell University
Hometown: Gladstone, NJ
Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, rock climbing
Email: aszkodny@udel.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Mukund Kabra, Lead Mentor
Research Interests: Phase separation in polymers, dynamic materials
Group: Chris Kloxin Lab
Year: 5th
Undergrad: University of Minnesota
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Hobbies: I like to read on occasion
Email: kabra@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Matt Becker
Research Interests: Pharmaceutical purification, biophysics of proteins/mAbs, chromatography
Group: Abraham Lenhoff Lab
Year: 3rd
Undergrad: Penn State
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Hobbies: Working out, pickleball, philosophy and economics, beer, most sports
Email: beckerml@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Soumitra Bhoyar
Research Interests: Biophysics of Monoclonal Antibodies
Group: Abraham Lenhoff Lab
Year: 3rd
Undergrad: The Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
Masters: Johns Hopkins University
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Hobbies: Camping, the outdoors, reading
Email: soumi@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Sam Cassel
Research Interests: Biomaterials, structured hydrogels, lung fibrosis
Group: April Kloxin Lab
Year: 5th
Undergrad: Drexel University
Hometown: Chalfont, PA
Hobbies: gardening, art things, petting dogs, reading half a novel, getting up to wash the dishes while watching a movie
Email: secassel@udel.edu
Max Cohen
Research Interests: Computational catalysis, carbon dioxide utilization
Group: Dion Vlachos Lab
Year: 5th
Undergrad: Cornell University
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Hobbies: Reading, running, creative writing, playing board games, watching movies
Email: maxrc@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Samik Das
Research Interests: Genome-editing with CRISPR Cas9 (fun!), targeted drug delivery (more fun!)
Group: E. Terry Papoutsakis Lab
Year: 5th
Undergrad: UCONN
Hometown: Athens, GA
Hobbies: The Five Fs: Football, Frunning, Food, Family, Friends (HM: fDancing)
Email: samikdas@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Christopher Domalewski
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Synthetic Cell Biology, Peptide Synthesis, Drug Delivery
Group: Sullivan Research Group
Year: 2nd
Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University (Class of 2020)
Hometown: Aberdeen, NJ
Hobbies: Running, Going to Festivals and Clubs, Reading Fiction, DJing, Mixology
Email: chrisdom@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Vinson Liao
Research Interests: Computational catalysis, spectroscopy
Group: Dion Vlachos Lab
Year: 3rd
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Hobbies: Hockey, chess, cooking
Email: liaov@udel.edu
Stevi Matz
Research Interests: Electrochemical separation of CO2, hydrogen exchange membrane fuel cells
Group: Yushan Yan Lab
Year: 4th
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hometown: Appleton, WI
Hobbies:Ice hockey, hiking, traveling, reading, board games
Email: smmatz@udel.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Jen Mills
Research Interests: Complex fluids, rheology, scattering, construction materials
Group: Norm Wagner and Paramita Mondal Labs
Year: 5th
Undergrad: Penn State
Hometown: York, PA
Hobbies: Soccer, music, art, Wawa
Email: jnm@udel.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Katie Nelson
Research Interests: Organ-on-chip models, drug transport, maternal-fetal health
Group: Millie Sullivan and Jason Gleghorn Labs
Year: 5th
Undergrad: University of Wyoming
Hometown: Louisville, CO
Hobbies: Soccer, dogs, traveling, Wawa
Email: kmnelson@udel.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Robert O’Dea
Research Interests: Block polymers for battery electrolyte applications
Group: Thomas Epps Lab
Year: 5th
Undergrad: Pitt
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Hobbies: Running, hiking, reading, traveling
Email: odear@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Alex Oliveira
Research Interests: hydrogen exchange membrane electrolyzers, electrochemical hydrogen production
Group: Yushan Yan Lab
Year: 3rd
Undergrad: University of Connecticut
Hometown: Newington, CT
Hobbies: Soccer, volleyball, hiking, music, making pizza
Email: amolive@udel.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Nick Oliveira
Research Interests: Electrochemistry and catalysis
Group: Yushan Yan Lab, Bingjun Xu Lab
Year: 4th
Undergrad: University of Connecticut
Hometown: Newington, CT
Hobbies: Soccer, Guitar, Video Games, Exercising, Reading, Beer
Email: njo@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Jian Pan
Research Interests: hydrocarbon upgrading, dehydrogenation, solid oxide fuel cell
Group: Bingjun Xu Lab
Year: 4th
Undergrad: East China University of Science & Technology
Masters: Fudan University
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Hobbies:Reading, cooking, traveling, swimming, gym, painting, piano
Email: jianpan@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Brian Paul
Research Interests: high-pressure bioscience, pharmaceutical characterization, soft materials, (micro)rheology, small-angle scattering
Group: Norman Wagner, Eric Furst, and Abraham Lenhoff Labs
Year: 3rd
Undergrad: University of California, Irvine
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
Hobbies: Running, guitar, cooking, reading, board games, singing along to Spotify
Email: bpaul@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Sanjana Srinivas
Research Interests: Computational catalysis, multiscale modeling
Group: Dion Vlachos Lab
Year: 3rd
Undergrad: IIT Madras
Hometown: Chennai, India
Hobbies:Reading, poetry, board games, watching movies/documentaries, hiking
Email: sanjana@udel.edu
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Zach Stillman
Research Interests: Drug delivery, synthetic vaccines, materials design (metal-organic frameworks)
Group: Cathy Fromen Lab
Year: 5th
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Hobbies: Video games, sports, various nerdy things
Email: zstill@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Phillip Taylor
Research Interests:Biomaterials, molecular simulations, soft matter, polymer physics
Group: Arthi Jayaraman and April Kolxin Labs
Year: 5th
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Cascade, Trinidad and Tobago
Hobbies: Guitar, Netflix, personal finance and investing, traveling
Email: phillipt@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Brandon Vance
Research Interests: Heterogeneous catalysis, sustainability
Group: Dion Vlachos Lab
Year: 3rd
Undergrad: Iowa State University
Hometown: Ames, IA
Hobbies: Competitive boffer sports, weaving chainmail, woodworking, board games
Email: bcvance@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his
Ian Woodward
Research Interests: Aerosol deposition in the lungs, 3D printing
Group: Cathy Fromen Lab
Year: 4th
Undergrad: NC State University
Hometown: Durham, NC
Hobbies: Making things (building, programming, graphic design), listening to podcasts
Email: irw@udel.edu
Pronouns: he/him/his

 

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