MRSEC Funded SEED Trainees

Hu, Jie

Jie is in Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the Jacobs School of Engineering, whose research focus is on plasmonic enhanced light source and optoelectronic device.

Miyasaki, Katelyn

Katelyn earned her BS in biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Ester Kwon in the Shu Chien-Gene Lay Department of Bioengineering at UCSD. Her research explores targeted gene therapy at the blood-brain barrier for treating traumatic brain injury. In her free time, she enjoys playing taiko and doing public health advocacy.

Sarikhani, Einollah


MRSEC Affiliate SEED Trainees

Alhaddadin, Zaid

Zaid(he/they) is a PhD student in electrical engineering at the Poulikakos Lab in UC San Diego. He holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and computer science from Purdue University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from UC San Diego. His research focuses on investigating how the geometric symmetry-violations of nanostructures enhance light-matter interactions and how to leverage those effects for a quantifiable, colorimetric detection of fibrotic and misfolded protein disease states.

Herman, Luke

Luke is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego and received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He is currently working in Prof. Zhaowei Liu's lab to develop novel quantum metamaterials for extreme nonlinear optics.

Kirya, Paula

Paula is an undergraduate Bioengineering major (class of 2023) at UC San Diego. She is currently working in the Poulikakos Lab implementing metasurfaces to quantitatively map biological fiber alignment onto color. Under the McNair fellowship, she explored the application of these metasurfaces for the structural characterization of uniaxially drawn PCL fibers in collaboration with the Pokoroski Lab. Paula will be continuing this research as an IRG2 trainee and exploring the Morpho butterfly as inspiration for a naturally-derived metasurface for optimized colorimetric sensing.

Lee-Wong, Eric

Eric got his B.S and M.S in Physics from the University of Washington and is now a Nanoengineering PhD at the University of California San Diego. Previous research experience includes studying optoelectronic properties in stacked monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDc) and using nitrogen-vacancy (NV) in diamond magnetometry to study magnetic thin films and novel superconductivity in Fe-Chalcogenide superconductors. He is currently advised by Dr. M. Brian Maple from the physics department and is currently building a custom NV in diamond magnetometry microscope for magnetic imaging of correlated materials at cryogenic temperatures, large magnetic fields up to 9T, and high pressure to study emergent phases and phenomena such as superconductivity, magnetism, and topological insulating states.

Mu, Anthony U.

Anthony is a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Zheng Chen's group in the Department of NanoEngineering at UC San Diego. His current research focuses on the development of metal-organic framework-based ionic conductors for batteries. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University, where he also obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry under the tutelage of Professor Lei Fang. His dissertation work focused on controlling the conformation of π-conjugated organic molecules using hydrogen-bond interactions. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking, and gymnastics in his free time.

Ramaprasad, Varun

Varun is a PhD student in the Physics department, working with the group of Dr. Richard D. Averitt. He received his BS-MS dual degrees in Physics from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata in 2019. His research here at UC San Diego focuses on exploring novel phenomena in quantum materials using far-infrared (Terahertz) lasers. Working onMRSEC, Varun will be using dynamical THz spectroscopy to study quantum materials and sub-wavelength metamaterials coupled to them with the eventual goal of harnessing fundamental properties of the material with infrared light.

Sun, Yazhi

Yazhi is a second-year NanoEngineering PhD student in Prof. Shaochen Chen’s lab. She received her B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering at Peking University and her MPH degree at Yale University. As an IRG2 trainee,  She is working on developing novel 3D bioprinted photosynthetic living materials to produce controllable algal bioproducts.

Swank, Chelsea

Chelsea is a PhD student in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at UC San Diego as advised by Prof. Fenning. She received her BS in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, WA. Her research interests are in the characterization of ultra-thin perovskite films with application for dynamic catalysis and advanced electronics.

Tian, Fanglin

Fanglin is in his 5th year of his Ph.D. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research explores the extraordinary phenomena of optical devices by encircling quantum materials & systems and the topological insulators. His current work examines how strong optical nonlinearity and topological photonics can reshape active photonic devices (free space/on-chip) in terms of efficiency and robustness. On a narrower scope, Fanglin's work uses nanometer scale metallic film to realize ultrahigh optical nonlinearity and shows topological phase transition possibility and valley Hall effect in near-infrared regime.