Liu Group Graduate Students, Winter 2018


Bradley Scott Harris


Bradley is a second-year graduate student in Chemi cal Engineering. He received his B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas. As an undergrad he did research on hydrogel characterization and synthesis for drug delivery applications in Professor Stevin Gehrke's lab. His current research is focused on molecular dynamic simulation of soft matter and systems studied by the Liu Lab.

Evgeny Ogorodnik



DEGREE: B.S. - CUNY Hunter - Medical Laboratory Sciences - 2012

RESEARCH INTEREST: Cellular response to mechanical stimuli

Matthew Owen

Matthew Owen is a Ph.D candidate in the Chemistry Department at UC Davis.

B.S. - Chemistry from UC Berkeley - 2017

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Dr. Don T. Tilley’s Inorganic Group at UC Berkeley (2015-2017): Synthesis and characterization of cobalt and manganese based cubanes and Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs). The purpose of this research was to design a better heterogeneous catalyst for water oxidation, tuned by synthetically designed ligands. The synthesis of these compounds involved air-free Schlenk techniques and use of gloveboxes, and the characterization of these complexes involved Cyclic Voltammetry, NMR, MS, Elemental Analysis, column chromatography and X-Ray Crystallography.

RESEARCH GOALS: Developing techniques to determine the structure of proteins using Scanning Probe Microcopy and also understanding conformational changes in proteins with respect to ion perturbation. Synthesis of nanomaterials and studying the physical chemistry of these materials on surfaces.

Hobbies: Fishing, Hanging out with family, reading books and watching/playing sports.

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 Professor Gordon's atomic force microscopy (AFM) lab at UC Santa Barbara.  His academic fields of interest are biophotonics, imaging, and spectroscopy.  He uses multiple imaging techniques in his research: AFM, laser scanning confocal microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM).  His current project is to do 3D nanolithography, specifically, doing photoinduced 3D nanolithography using our custom NSOM.


Logan's Resume


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.


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.


Yunbo Zheng


Yunbo received her B.S. in Chemistry at Nanjing University in China. As an undergraduate, she researched using solid-state NMR method to characterize materials in Professor Luming Peng’s group on materials and NMR. In 2017, she joined Professor Gang-yu Liu’s group at UC Davis.