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Research Group: Alumni (2002 - ...)

UCI graduate students
Visiting scientists
Honorary members



Former UCI Graduate Students

Julia Montoya-Aguilera Dr. Julia Montoya-Aguilera
Sep 2015 - June 2020
Air Pollution Specialist for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)

Lauren Fleming Dr. Lauren Fleming
Sep 2014 - May 2019
Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leeds
Kurtis Malecha Dr. Kurtis Malecha
Sep 2013 - June, 2018
Air Pollution Chemist for the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD)

Paige Aiona Dr. Paige Aiona
Sep 2012 - June 2018
Air Pollution Chemist for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
Mallory Hinks Dr. Mallory Hinks
Sep 2012 - June 2017
AIP Congressional Science Fellow
short video about Mallory's research
Dian Romonosky Dr. Dian Romonosky
Sep 2011 - July 2016
Postdoctoral researcher at LANL
Sandra Blair Dr. Sandra Blair
June 2011 - June 2016
Postdoctoral researcher at CU Boulder
Amanda MacMillan Dr. Amanda MacMillan
Sep 2009 - Dec 2015
Science Editor
Tran Nguyen Dr. Tran Nguyen
Sep 2008 - June 2012
Environmental Toxicology professor at UC Davis
Adam Bateman Dr. Adam Bateman
Sep 2006 - June 2011
R&D at Lam Research
Xiang Pan Dr. Xiang Pan
Sep 2003 - June 2009
Currently a Branch Manager at Kunshan Myzy Fixture Technology Co., Ltd.
Chris Harmon Dr. Chris Harmon
Sep 2005 - Dec 2009
Chemistry professor at Humboldt State University
Stephen Mang Dr. Stephen Mang
July 2003 - June 2008
Chemistry professor in the Department of Chemistry at UCI
Ahmad Alshawa Dr. Ahmad Alshawa
July 2002 - Jan 2008
Lecturer at Cypress College
Anthony Gomez Dr. Anthony Gomez
July 2002 - June 2007
Researcher in Southwest Sciences
Maggie Walser Dr. Maggie Walser
Sep 2003 - Aug 2007
National Academies, the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate

Visiting Scientists from Other Schools

Alison Bain Alison Bain (McGill University)
March 2020
Came to UCI for 4 months to do optical measurements on SOA, trip cut short by COVID-19
Juan Miguel González Sánchez Juan Miguel González Sánchez (Université Aix-Marseille)
February-March 2020
Worked at UCI on photochemistry of organonitrates, trip also cut short by COVID-19
Rachel Hems Dr. Rachel Hems (University of Toronto)
March 2018
Came to UCI for one week to work on photooxidation of aromatic SOA
Pablo Arroyo Dr. Pablo Arroyo (PSI)
Nov 1 - Dec 2, 2017
Worked at UCI on photodegradation of SOA containing metals (paper 141)
Hanna Lignell Dr. Hanna Lignell (U Helsinki)
Jan 2011 - Dec 2013
University Researcher and GC-MS Laboratory Manager at VERIFIN Institute at the University of Helsinki
Rachel O'Brien Dr. Rachel O'Brien (UC Berkeley)
March 2013
Worked at UCI on imaging of viscous SOA particles (paper 92). Professor at William and Mary.

Former Postdoctoral Researchers

Amanda MacMillan Dr. Amanda MacMillan
Science Editor
Julie Lee Dr. Julie Lee
Air Pollution Specialist at California Air Resources Board
Scott Epstein Dr. Scott Epstein
Researcher at SCAQMD
David Bones Dr. David Bones
Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Leeds
Jia-Hua Xing Dr. Jia-Hua Xing
Researcher at Kyoto University, Pioneering Research Unit for Next Generation
Joelle Underwood Dr. Joelle Underwood
Assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Loyola University in New Orleans
Jiho Park Dr. Jiho Park
Professor at Korea National Open University
Ao Lin Dr. Ao Lin
Researcher in the California Air Resources Board

Former Undergraduate Students and High-School Interns

    Suki Gu Suki Gu
Jorge Luis Fernandez Jorge Luis Fernandez
Daniel Vite Daniel Vite
Henry Chin Henry Chin
Danielle Rocco Danielle Rocco
Michael Olsen Michael Olsen
Judith Wang Judith Wang
Daniel Fishman Daniel Fishman
Summer 2018 high school intern from the Sage Hill High Schoo
Reese Carlton Reese Carlton
Summer 2018 high school intern from the University High School
Tim Cai Tim Cai
Graduate student at Carnegie Melon University
Aditya Iyengar Aditya Iyengar
Lucas Ellison Lucas Ellison
Summer 2016 exchange student from McGill University.
Emily Yen Emily Yen
Summer 2016 research intern from Troy High School. Majoring in environmental science and policy at UC Berkeley.
Nujhat Ali Nujhat Ali
2013-2014, 2015-2016 and 2018
Stephanie Kim Stephanie Kim
Yujane Chen Yujane Chen
Summer 2015 and 2016 high-school intern from Troy High School
Bonnie Huang Bonnie Huang
Summer 2015 high-school intern from El Toro High School. Majoring in bioengineering at UCSD.
Michael Wu Michael Wu
2014-2015 intern from the University High School
Claire Engelmann Claire Engelmann
Monica Brady Monica Brady
Summer 2014 SURF program
Mariyah Saiduddin Mariyah Saiduddin
Graduate student at NYU
Renee Leslie Renee Leslie
Summer 2013 SURF program
Elina Balalina Elina Balalina
Summer 2013 high-school intern from the Woodbridge High School
Maggie Marvin Margaret Marvin
Sping 2013
Graduate student at the Univeristy of Maryland
Moses Avedikian
Van Tran Van Tran
2011-12 and summer 2011 SURF program
Chad Eyerly Chad Eyerly
Studying in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics in Cal State L.A
Paula Lee Paula Lee
Works at Genentech
Katelyn Updyke Katelyn Updyke
Kevin Nguyen Kevin Nguyen
Summer 2011 intern from the Bolsa Grande High School
Lucas Nguyen Lucas Nguyen
Graduate student at Princeton Univeristy
Kathy Kim Kathy Kim
Works in Deft
Zoe Cabral Zoe Cabral
Nicole Levac Nicole Levac
Caltech student who worked with us on the 2010 CalNex LA campaign
John Morrison John Morrison
2009-10 and summer 2010 SURP program
Michelle Yang Michelle Yang
Summer 2010 intern from the Diamond Bar High School
Joshua Klobas Joshua Klobas
Graduate student at Harvard University
Clement Kao Clement Kao
Summer 2009 intern from the University High School; now studying at UC Berkeley.
Madelyn McKittrick Madelyn McKittrick
Getting a teaching credential
Anne Nguyen Anne Nguyen
Now a graduate student in the UCI School of Public Health
Mark Peterson Mark Peterson
Graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, Northwesten Univeristy
Susann Rodas Susann Rodas
Carmen Seetho Carmen Seetho
Works in Michelson Laboratories
Dana Henricksen Dana Henricksen
Sero Kassabian Sero Kassabian
Works in San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD)
Jennifer Peairs Jennifer Peairs
Graduate student at the University of Virginia in the group of Prof. Jill Venton
Stacy Wilkinson Stacy Wilkinson
Enosh Cohen Enosh Cohen
Mark Dailo Mark Dailo
Tanza Lewis Tanza Lewis
Thong Do Thong Do
Now works at Psychemedics
Ashley Russell Ashley Russell
Graduate student at UC Berkeley in Prof. Cohen's research group
Robert Benningsdorf Robert Benningsdorf
Steve Ng Steve Ng
Pharmacy student at Loma Linda University
Nicole Britigan Nicole Britigan
Teacher at the NOVA Early College High School
Melanie Nguyen Melanie Nguyen
UCI Chemistry stockroom manager
David Whitt David Whitt
Works at General Electric, Water and Process Technologies division in Long Beach, CA

Honorary Members of the Group

Dr. James N. Pitts Jr Dr. James N. Pitts Jr was an invaluable resource and mentor to the group members. His scientific wisdom affected the group long before it even existed. It was, in fact, a Russian translation of the book "Photochemistry" by Jack G. Calvert and James N. Pitts Jr. that inspired Sergey Nizkorodov to become a photochemist in undergraduate school. Dr. Pitts was behind our work on indoor air chemistry initiated by air purifiers. Dr. Pitts passed away in June 2014 leaving a giant legacy of work on the science of atmospheric photochemistry and air pollution. You can learn more about Dr. Pitts' fascinating biography from his 2007 interview article in the Spectrum and from a UCI School of Physical Sciences. Dear Jim, you will always be dearly missed!
Last modified: August 18, 2009
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