Graduate Students
Shuyu Xu
B.S. Fudan University, 2022

Shuyu worked on electrocatalysis at Fudan University. When she's at leisure, she enjoys playing piano, sometimes video games. Hiking and snowboarding are her new hobbies in Davis.
Neo Bao
B.S. University of California Santa Cruz, 2019

Before UC Davis, Neo worked on silver MOFs and Ga/Al alloys under the guidance of Drs. Scott Oliver and Bakthan Singaram at UCSC. Outside chemistry, he is a film and digital media producer, and enjoys calligraphy and painting.
Humayra Begum
B.S. & M.S. Shahjalal University of S & T, 2022

Humayra's previous research focus was in heterogeneous electrocatalysis. Outside of lab, she loves reading, crocheting, and spending time with her family.
Jiho Kim
B.S. University of California Berkeley, 2023

Jiho's chemistry interests span organic and inorganic chemistry, and chemical education.
Kevin Lee
B.S. University of California Riverside, 2019

Kevin's undergraduate research involved photon upconversion with Ming Lee Tang using CdSe nanoparticles. Outside of the lab, he enjoys hiking, gaming, staying up late, and occasionally stargazing on a roof.
Jory McIntosh
B.Sc. Pacific University, 2017

As an undergraduate Jory worked on functionalizing glass slides with silver nanoprisms under Dr. Paige Hall. While not in the lab he plays games, tennis, reads, and spends time with family.
Oby Okoye
B.Sc. University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 2017

Previously, Oby was a Quality Assurance Chemist at Dangote Fertilizer, overseeing the synthesis processes of liquid ammonia and urea fertilizers. Outside of the lab, she enjoys listening and dancing to Afrobeats music.
Rachel Siegel
B.S. St. Lawrence University, 2021

As an undergraduate, Rachel worked with Dr. Samantha Glazier to determine the mechanism of a polymer TNT sensor. Outside of the lab, Rachel enjoys reading, crocheting, and baking.

Postdoctoral Scholars
Dr. Samuel Bhutto
B.S. Brandeis University, 2017
Ph.D. Yale University, 2022

For his Ph.D. with Prof. Patrick Holland, Sam focused on functionalization of N2 using low-coordinate organometallic iron complexes. Outside lab, Sam enjoys his cat, indoor rock climbing, and drag programs with his partner.
Dr. Eda Cagli
B.Sc., M.Sc. & Ph.D.
Middle East Technical University, Turkey 2019

Eda was a postdoc in Prof. Gurkan's lab at CWRU until 2023, where she developed sorbent systems for CO2 utilization. Eda is also a Zumba instructor, EMCC-accredited mentor, and enjoys exploring new places, cooking, and sports.
Dr. Rohit Kumar
B.Sc. & M.Sc. Choudhary Charan Singh University, 2015
Ph.D. CSR National Chemical Laboratory Pune, 2022

With Dr. Sakya S. Sen, Rohit studied the synthesis, molecular catalysis and luminescent properties of organo-Mg and -Ca complexes. Rohit also enjoys reading, movies, playing and watching cricket.
Dr. Surabhi Rai
B.S. & M.Sc. Banaras Hindu University, 2014
Ph.D. IIT Dhanbad, 2020

After a Ph.D. with Prof. S. K. Padhi, Surabhi was a postdoc at IIT Bombay with A. Dutta and V. Vishal working on capture and electrocatalytic conversion of CO2 into C2 substrates. She also likes playing badminton, dancing and music.
Dr. Kirti Singh
B.Sc. & M.Sc. Delhi University, 2016
Ph.D. IISER Mohali, 2022

Kirti did her Ph.D. with Dr. Debashis Adhikari, where she developed 3-d metal photocatalyst based on the redox non innocent ligands. On rainy days, Kirti likes to experiment with cooking and on sunny days she likes to backpack.

Undergraduate Students

ReJenai Cloy
Class of 2025

Rhea Dhalla
Class of 2026

Trevor Houchins
Class of 2026

Yiming Liu
Class of 2025

B.S. Chemists

Sergio Torres
B.S. UC Davis 2023

Kenneth Arellano
B.S. UC Davis 2024


Graduate Students

Note: UC Davis Chemistry admits both M.S. and Ph.D. degree students


Visiting Scholars

Undergraduate Students

High School Students