Students & Postdocs

Doctoral Students

 

2021

 

Serah Essang

  • Mentors: Dr. Adam Braunschweig & Dr. Vinod Menon (Subproject 2)

 

Samhita Kattekola

  • Mentors: Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar & Dr. Alex Couzis (Subproject 2)

 

Janel Rivera-Cancel

  • Mentors: Dr. Gustavo Lopez & Dr. Nicolas Giovambattista (Subproject 3)

Gershon Starr

  • Mentors: Dr. Ray Tu & Dr. Xi Chen (Subproject 2)

 

2020

Ali Eltareb

  • Mentors: Dr. Nicolas Giovambattista & Dr. Gustavo Lopez (Subproject 3)

Nasim Farahmand

  • Mentors: Dr. Stephen O'Brien & Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in September 2021
  • Thesis: "Characterization and Applications of Europium Based Perovskite Oxide Nanoparticles"

Didier Ndengeyintwali

  • Mentors: Dr. Pouyan Ghaemi & Dr. Vinod Menon (Subproject 3)

Baseemah Rucker

  • Mentors: Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar & Dr. Alexander Couzis (Subproject 2)

 

2019

Candice Forrester

  • Mentors: Dr. Gustavo Lopez & Dr. Maria Tamargo (Subproject 1)

Ahamed Jubair

  • Mentors: Dr. Swapan Gayen & Dr. Maria Tamargo (Subproject 3)

Andrew Levine

  • Mentors: Dr. Adam Braunschweig & Dr. Rein Ulijn (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in April 2021
  • Thesis: "Emergent Photophysics in Diketopyrrolopyrrole Superstructures"

Doug MacPherson

  • Mentors: Dr. Rein Ulijn & Dr. Raymond Tu (Subproject 2)

Richard Monge

  • Mentors: Dr. Carlos Meriles & Dr. Vinod Menon (Subproject 3)

Shejla Pollozi

  • Mentors: Dr. Donna McGregor & Dr. Gustavo Lopez (Subproject 2)

 

2018

Vasilios Deligiannakis

  • Mentors: Dr. Maria Tamargo & Dr. Carlos Meriles (Subproject 1)
  • Received PhD in January 2020
  • Thesis: "II-VI Type-II Quantum Dot Superlattices for Novel Applications"

Omari Kirkland

  • Mentors: Dr. John Lombardi & Dr. Vinod Menon (Subproject 3)

Gabriel Lopez-Morales

  • Mentors: Dr. Gustavo Lopez & Dr. Vinod Menon (Subproject 3)

Samsondeen Raheem

  • Mentors: Dr. Rein Uljin & Dr. Raymond Tu (Subproject 2)
  • Withdrew from Chemistry Doctoral Program, to join Pharmacy Doctoral Program

Kara Ng

  • Mentors: Dr. Dorthe Eisele & Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in July 2020
  • Thesis: "Excitons in Self-Assembled Hybrid Systems of Molecular Aggregate Light-Harvesting Nanotubes: Charge-Transfer Substrates and Solution-Stabilized Nanocomposites"

Sean O'Neil

  • Mentors: Dr. Raymond Tu (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in June 2018
  • Thesis: "Evolution of mechanical properties for stimuli-responsive peptide-PEG bioconjugates."
  • Former Post-Doc at City College of New York

2017

Jacob Henshaw

  • Mentors: Dr. Carlos Meriles & Dr. Vinod Menon (Subproject 3)
  • Received PhD in August 2018
  • Thesis: "Charge State Dynamics and Quantum Sensing with Defects in Diamond."

Fred Pearsall

  • Mentors: Dr. Stephen O'Brien & Dr. Jackie Li (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in April 2019
  • Thesis: "Synthesis and Characterization of Dielectric and Multiferrioc Nanocrystalline Transition Metal Oxide Materials and Nanocomposites."

Nick Proscia

  • Mentors: Dr. Vinod Menon & Dr. Carlos Meriles (Subproject 1)
  • Received PhD in February 2019
  • Thesis: "Control of light-matter interactions via nanostructured photonic materials."

Cody Youmans

  • Mentors: Dr. Pouyan Ghaemi & Dr. Kyungwha Park (Subproject 3)
  • Received PhD in September 2019
  • Thesis: "Interplay of Magnetism, Superconductivity, and Topological Phases of Matter."

 

2016

Robert Collison

  • Mentors: Dr. Jacob Trevino & Dr. Stephen O'Brien (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in October 2020
  • Thesis: "Interactions of Organic Fluorophores with Plasmonic Surface Lattice Resonances"

Anthony Cruz-Balberdy

  • Mentors: Dr. Gustavo Lopez & Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 3)
  • Received PhD in April 2021
  • Thesis: "Computational Modeling of Water and Proteins in Drug Discovery"

John Villanova

  • Mentors: Dr. Kyungwha Park & Dr. Lia Krusin-Elbaum (Subproject 1)
  • Received PhD in May 2018
  • Thesis: "Examining Topological Insulators and Topological Semimetals Using First Principles Calculations."

Megan Webster

  • Mentors: Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar & Dr. Marco Castaldi (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in September 2019
  • Thesis: "Investigation of the Synthesis and Optoelectronic Properties of Ultrasmall CdSe Quantum Dots"

 

 

Associated Doctoral Students

 

Haiming Deng

  • Mentors: Dr. Lia Krusin-Elbaum & Dr. Kyunghwa Park (Subproject 1)
  • Received PhD June 2021
  • Thesis: "Quantum Transport in Topological Magnets"

 

Thor Axtmann Garcia

  • Mentors: Dr. Maria Tamargo & Dr. Aidong Shen (Subproject 1)
  • Received PhD September 2017
  • Thesis: "Heterjunction Engineering for Next Generation Hybrid II-VI Materials"

 

Hailin Richard Huang

  • Mentors: Dr. Rein Ulijn & Dr. Stephen O'Brien (Subproject 2)


Ido Levy

  • Mentors: Dr. Maria Tamargo & Dr. Lia Krusin-Elbaum (Subproject 1)

 

Shihua Zhao

  • Mentor: Dr. Lia Krusin-Elbaum (Subproject 1)

 

 


Postdocs

2020

 

Vasilios Deligiannakis - January 2020 to July 2021

  • Tamargo Lab (Subproject 1)
  • Former Research Associate at City College of New York
  • Current Technical Staff at Riber USA

Kaushini Wickramasinghe - December 2020 to Present

  • Tamargo Lab (Subproject 1)
  • Currently Research Associate at City College of New York

 

2019

 

Nick Proscia - September 2019 to April 2020

  • Menon & Meriles Labs (Subproject 1)
  • Current NRC Post-Doc at Naval Research Labs

 

Megan Webster - December 2019 to March 2020

  • Kretzschmar Lab (Subproject 2)
  • Current Process Engineer at Crane Aerospace and Electronics

 

2018

 

Jacob Henshaw - September 2018 to May 2019

  • Menon Lab (Subproject 3)
  • Currently Research Scientist at Sandia National Lab, Albuquerque, NM

Inna Korzhovska - May 2018 to August 2018

  • Krusin Lab (Subproject 1)
  • Currently Data Scientist at Amazon - Alexa Department, Seattle, WA

 

2017

Marcel Claro - October 2017 to June 2018

  • Tamargo Lab (Subproject 1)
  • Currently Research Scientist at International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Braga, Portugal

Thor Garcia - September 2017 to September 2018

  • Tamargo Lab (Subproject 1)
  • Currently Science teacher at Manhattan International High School, NY, NY

Chris Leishman - September 2017 to December 2017

  • Eisele Lab (Subproject 2)
  • Research Associate at CCNY from 2016 to 2019

 

2016

 

Zhiyi Chen

  • Krusin-Elbaum Lab (Subproject 1)
  • Currently Research Scientist at Intel Inc.

Jared Day

  • Menon Lab (Subproject 1)
  • Currently Co-Founder of Startup Company

Luis Hernandez-Mainet - Summer 2016, Summer 2017, and Summer 2019

  • Tamargo Lab (Subproject 1)
  • Currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Hostos Community College

Uladimir Kartazayeu - April 2016 to September 2017

  • Gayen Lab (Subproject 3)
  • Currently Research Associate at CCNY

 

Nikunjkumar Visaveliya - November 2016 to Present

  • Eisele Lab (Subproject 2)
  • Currently a Research Associate at CCNY

 

Kuaile Zhao - November 2016 to August 2020

  • Tamargo Lab (Subproject 1) from 2018 - 2020
  • Shen Lab (Subproject 1) from 2016 to 2018
  • Current R&D Engineer

Masters Students

2017

 

Nicole E. Perez Salas

  • Mentor: Dr. Ubaldo Cordova, Dr. Madeline Torres-Lugo & Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 2)

 

2016

 

Sharmin Shaffique

  • Mentor: Dr. Maria Tamargo (Subproject 1)
  • Received Master's of Science in Chemistry, May 2017

Undergraduates Students

2020

Karisma McCoy

  • Mentor: Dr. Dorthe Eisele (Subproject 2)

Phillipe Jean-Baptiste

  • Mentor: Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 2)

Majharul Hoque

  • Mentor: Dr. Milan Begliarbekov (Subproject 1)

 

2019

Rawan Aldasooky

  • Mentor: Dr. Adam Braunschweig (Subproject 2)

Asmanda Espinosa

  • Mentor: Dr. Swapan Gayen (Subproject 3)

Phillipe Jean-Baptiste

  • Mentor: Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 2)

Majharul Hoque

  • Mentor: Dr. Milan Begliarbekov (Subproject 1)

Karisma McCoy

  • Mentor: Dr. Dorthe Eisele (Subproject 2)

Jaylene Salas

  • Mentor: Dr. Maria Tamargo (Subproject 1)

 

2018

Steve Alsheimer

  • Mentor: Dr. Maria Tamargo (Subproject 1)
  • Received Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics, May 2018

Calvin Forde

  • Mentor: Dr. John Lombardi (Subproject 3)

Candice Forrester

  • Mentor: Dr. Maria Tamargo (Subproject 1)
  • Received Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, May 2018

Carlos Frias

  • Mentor: Dr. John Lombardi (Subproject 3)

Kristi Pepa

  • Mentor: Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 2)
  • Received Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Chemical Engineering, May 2018

 

2017

Steve Alsheimer

  • Mentor: Dr. Maria Tamargo (Subproject 1)

Calvin Forde

  • Mentor: Dr. John Lombardi (Subproject 3)

Candice Forrester

  • Mentor: Dr. Maria Tamargo (Subproject 1)

Kristi Pepa

  • Mentor: Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 2)

 

2016

Candice Forrester

  • Mentor: Dr. Maria Tamargo (Subproject 1)

Kristi Pepa

  • Mentor: Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 2)

Graduated

 

Fellows Doctoral Students

2021

Nasim Farahmand

  • Mentors: Dr. Stephen O'Brien & Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in October 2021
  • Thesis "Characterization and Applications of Europium Based Perovskite Oxide Nanoparticles"
  • Current Research Scientist at L'Oreal

Andrew Levine

  • Mentors: Dr. Adam Braunschweig & Dr. Rein Ulijn
  • Received PhD in April 2021
  • Thesis: "Emergent Photophysics in Diketopyrrolopyrrole Superstructures"
  • Current R&D Director at Green Graphene Inc.

Anthony Cruz-Balberdy

  • Mentors: Dr. Gustavo Lopez & Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 3)
  • Received PhD in April 2021
  • Thesis: "Computational Modeling of Water and Proteins in Drug Discovery"
  • Current Staff Scientist at Ventus Therapeutics

2020

Robert Collison

  • Mentors: Dr. Jacob Trevino & Dr. Stephen O'Brien (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in October 2020
  • Thesis: "Interactions of Organic Fluorophores with Plasmonic Surface Lattice Resonances"
  • Current Post-Doc at University of California, Riverside with Prof. Luat Vuong and Prof. Richard Wilson

 

Kara Ng

  • Mentors: Dr. Dorthe Eisele & Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in July 2020
  • Thesis: "Excitons in Self-Assembled Hybrid Systems of Molecular Aggregate Light-Harvesting Nanotubes: Charge-Transfer Substrates and Solution-Stabilized Nanocomposites"
  • Current Staff Scientist at Kinnos

 

2019

Vasilios Deligiannakis

  • Mentors: Dr. Maria Tamargo & Dr. Carlos Meriles (Subproject 1)
  • Received PhD in December 2019
  • Thesis: "II-VI Type-II Quantum Dot Superlattices for Novel Applications."
  • Current Post-Doc at City College of New York

Megan Webster

  • Mentors: Dr. Ilona Kretzschmar & Dr. Marco Castaldi (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in October 2019
  • Thesis: "Investigation of the Synthesis and Optoelectronic Properties of Ultrasmall CdSe Quantum Dots."
  • Former NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipient
  • Former Post-Doc at City College of New York
  • Current Process Engineer at Crane Aerospace and Electronics

Cody Youmans

  • Mentors: Dr. Pouyan Ghaemi & Dr. Kyungwha Park (Subproject 3)
  • Received PhD in September 2019
  • Thesis: "Interplay of Magnetism, Superconductivity, and Topological Phases of Matter."
  • Current Adjunct Lecturer at City College of New York

Fred Pearsall

  • Mentors: Dr. Stephen O'Brien & Dr. Jackie Li (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in April 2019
  • Thesis: "Synthesis and Characterization of Dielectric and Multiferrioc Nanocrystalline Transition Metal Oxide Materials and Nanocomposites."
  • Current Technical Product Marketing Specialist at Veeco

Nick Proscia

  • Mentors: Dr. Vinod Menon & Dr. Carlos Meriles (Subproject 1)
  • Received PhD in February 2019
  • Thesis: "Control of light-matter interactions via nanostructured photonic materials."
  • Former Post-Doc at City College of New York
  • Current NRC Post-Doc at Naval Research Labs

 

2018

Jacob Henshaw

  • Mentors: Dr. Carlos Meriles & Dr. Vinod Menon (Subproject 3)
  • Received PhD in August 2018
  • Thesis: "Charge State Dynamics and Quantum Sensing with Defects in Diamond."
  • Former NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Recipient
  • Former Post-Doc at City College of New York
  • Current Post-Doc at Sandia National Laboratories

Sean O'Neil

  • Mentors: Dr. Raymond Tu (Subproject 2)
  • Received PhD in June 2018
  • Thesis: "Evolution of mechanical properties for stimuli-responsive peptide-PEG bioconjugates."
  • Former Post-Doc at City College of New York
  • Current Research Scientist at Jansen Pharmaceuticals

John Villanova

  • Mentors: Dr. Kyungwha Park & Dr. Lia Krusin-Elbaum (Subproject 1)
  • Received Phd in May 2018
  • Thesis: "Examining Topological Insulators and Topological Semimetals Using First Principles Calculations."
  • Current Post-Doc at University of Arkansas in Dr. Salvador Barraza-Lopez's group

 

Associated Doctoral Students

 

Haiming Deng

  • Mentors: Dr. Lia Krusin-Elbaum & Dr. Kyungwha Park
  • Received PhD June 2021
  • Thesis: "Quantum Transport in Topological Magnets"

 

 

 

Thor Axtmann Garcia

  • Mentors: Dr. Maria Tamargo & Dr. Aidong Shen
  • Received PhD September 2017
  • Thesis: "Heterjunction Engineering for Next Generation Hybrid II-VI Materials"
  • Currently Science teacher at Manhattan International High School, NY, NY