Welcome, rotation student Sophie Vogelsang!

Sophie Vogelsang is a rotating chemistry student. She recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Chemistry and History of Art and completed her undergraduate thesis in Dr. Lauren Buchanan’s research group.

Welcome, new undergraduate student, Jake Murawski!

In the Spring of 2022 he graduated from UW Madison, where he studied Physics, Mathematics, and Astrophysics. Jake joined the group at the beginning of the summer of 2022.

New Postdoc Coming Soon!

Congratulations to Rafaella Georgiou for winning the HORIZON Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship. Rafaella will join our group for two years in early 2023. Rafaella will use X-ray spectroscopy to probe the chemical speciation of paint materials that led to a revolution in the 15th century, namely the transition from tempera to oil painting in Italy that marked the beginning of the great period of Renaissance art and the creation of some of the most revered masterpieces of all time.

New Semester – New Graduate Students

We are excited to start the new semester with two new graduate students! We welcomed Minhal Gardezi and previous rotation student Roberta Candela to our group in early January.

Welcome, graduate student Minhal Gardezi!

Minhal will join the group this coming Spring semester.

In the Spring of 2020 she graduated from Wellesley College, where she studied Physics and Computer Science. She completed her undergraduate thesis and post-graduate research fellowship in Dr. Jenny Hoffman’s group at Harvard University.

Welcome, rotation student Roberta Candela!

Roberta Candela is a rotating biophysics student who most recently was working in a bioengineering lab. She recently graduated from Arizona State with a B.S in Biophysics and was a member of Dr. Scott Sayres’ Ultrafast Laser lab. During rotations she will be exploring how best to apply physics to the fields of biology, chemistry, or physics.

Welcome, new undergraduate student, Max Hanson!

Max joined the group at the start of the Fall 2021 semester, and is a junior double majoring in Physics and Mathematics.

Welcome, graduate student Masoud Lazemi!

Masoud Lazemi started his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Frank de Groot and Prof. Uwe Bergmann at Utrecht University in April 2021. He is an early-stage researcher (ESR) within the SMART-X Network and will be working on femtosecond XAS and RIXS of transition metal oxides using XFELs and XUV sources.

Welcome, new summer students Nikhilesh Venkatasubramanian and Noah Welke!


Nikhilesh and Noah joined the group as summer students on June 1. Nikhilesh is a rising senior double majoring in Physics and Computer Science and Noah is a rising junior double majoring in Physics and Chemistry.

Welcome, graduate student Zain Abhari!

Zain Abhari joined the group as a Graduate Student on June 1. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University in the Department of Physics, along with completing her undergraduate thesis in the group of James Cryan.