Liu Group Graduate Students, Wtr 2017


Bradley Scott Harris





Yang Liu
Yang Liu
Yang Liu is is a Ph.D candidate in the Chemistry Department at UC Davis. He received his Bachelor of Chemistry from Peking University in Bejing, China in 2011. In 2012 he joined Professor Gang-yu Liu’s research group as a graduate student at UC Davis. YANG PASSED HIS QE on March 12th of 2014, and GAVE HIS 3rd YEAR SEMINAR on May 28th, 2015! Yang's CV
Evgeny Ogorodnik




  • B.S. - CUNY Hunter - Medical Laboratory Sciences - 2012

Research Interests

  • Cellular response to mechanical stimuli
Audrey Sulkanen

Audrey received her B.S. at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. As an undergrad, she worked with Dr. Parastoo Hashemi and specialized in the detection of heavy metals in aqueous systems using Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry. Her current research interests include the fabrication of nano materials, with a particular interest in materials or methods that can be used to address energy and environmental concerns. 

In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, DIY crafts, and building Ikea furniture. AUDREY PASSED HER QE JUNE 10th, 2016!

Logan Swartz


Logan Swartz is a Ph.D. Biophysics candidate in Professor Gang-yu Liu's lab in the Chemistry Department at UC Davis. He received his B.S. in Physics from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. As an undergraduate he did research in Professor Basov's condensed matter spectroscopy lab at UC San Diego and AFM research in Professor Gordon's AFM lab at UC Santa Barbara. His academic fields of interest are biophotonics, imaging, and spectroscopy. His research focuses on imaging biological systems that have been affected by nanostructures he has created using particle lithography and nanografting. He uses Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Confocal Microscopy in his research, as well as the novel technique of Near Field Optical Microscopy (NSOM) to obtain internal and external nanoscale resolution.


Logan's CV


Michael Tamsi

Michael is a 2nd year graduate student in the field of analytical chemistry. He earned his BS in Biology and his BA in Chemistry at UC Riverside. Working under Dr. Wenwan Zhong, he primarily focused on protein nanoparticle interactions in vitro in the bioanalytical lab. He is interested in surfaces and surface modifications for the purpose of eliciting highly specific biological responses.

Hobbies include video games, board games, any outdoor activities and eating good food.

Victoria Tran


Victoria Tran is a Ph.D candidate in the Chemistry Department at UC Davis. She received her B.S. in Chemistry and Biological Science at UC Irvine in 2012. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked in the PCR Department at IGenex, Inc., a licensed laboratory specializing in molecular testing for infectious disease. Her research at IGeneX involved the optimization of Plasmodium falciparium and Plasmodium vivax as well as detecting several species of the Borrelia family by performing southern dot blot. In addition to working at IGeneX, she performed research under Professor Terill at San Jose State University, which involved the synthesis and characterization of silver shell encasing gold nanoparticles. In 2015, she joined Professor Gang-yu Liu's group at UC Davis.


Joao Ventrici de Souza


Joao received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Universidade de Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto in 2009. As an undergraduate student he worked with biomembrane models in interaction with sugars such as sucrose and glucose. The following year he started his Master’s at the same university, receiving the degree in 2012. His research at that level was once again about biomembrane models but in interaction with particulate material prevenient from the burning of sugar cane leaves. The focus was to evaluate the effects of those particles in mimicking systems of pulmonary surfactants. Some of the techniques that were used are Oscillating Drop System (ODS) and experiments performed in the Langmuir trough. He started his PhD at University of California, Davis and will be working under the orientation of both Professor Gang-yu Liu and Professor Tonya Kuhl from the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department of the same university. He is involved in two main projects: one is a continuation of the studies on the pulmonary surfactant models interaction with cholesterol and potential cholesterol withdrawers from the biomembranes. The other project is related to the use of some polymers and lipid films as potential models of biomembrane structures in



Shuo Wang

University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, graduate student in Chemistry,Advisor: Gang-yu Liu, Sep 2012- Present
Nankai University, Tianjin, PRC, B.S. in Chemistry, Sep 2008 - June 2012

Current Research Experience
Graduate Research Assistant for the Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, Sep 2012 -  present
Upon joining in Liu group in Sep 2012, I started learning nanotechnology including nanografting skill by atomic force microscopy and dip-pen nanolithography by nanolithography platform 2000 system (NLP 2000). I am working on the Moore Project to fabricate 3D nanostructures based on a high rate polymerization between tetrazine (Tz) and trans-cyclooctene (TCO). The latest progress is that I have built a two-layer microstructure through the polymerization guided by AFM microscopy. Further work still needed to improve it to 3D nanoscale.

Teaching Experience
Teaching Assistant, General Chemistry, 1 quarter, 2012
Teaching Assistant, Organic Chemistry, 5 quarters, 2012-2014

Second-grade scholarship, Nankai University, 2010
Excellence Prize of creative research for the undergraduates, Nankai University, 2010
National scholarship, Nankai University, 2009


Primary Skills

  • Solvent distillation
  • Use of vacuum line, solvent dispensing system, and glove box.
  • Colum separation and thin film chromatography
  • Rotary evaporation
  • Data analysis and sample preparation of NMR, IR, MS and GPC.
  • Operation of NMR spectrometer and UV-VIS spectrophotometer.
  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Contact angle goniometer
  • Dip-Pen nanolithography
Jiali Zhang


Jiali Zhang received her B.S. in Applied Chemistry at Donghua Univeristiy in China. As an undergraduate, she started her research on Organic Fluorine Chemistry aspect and developed a method of synthesizing chiral β-pyridine-α-fluoromethyl aliphatic amines from α-fluoromethyl sulfinyl imines and α- alkyl pyridines. She joined Professor Gangyu Liu’s research group in Fall of 2014, and will devote herself to printing 3D functional nanostructure in the future.

Outside of the chemistry world, she has a variety of interests including traveling, sports and watching movies.