Principal Investigator

Haw Yang

Professor of Chemistry

Phone: +1-609-258-3578

Email: hawyang (at)

Advisory Board: Chem. Phys.

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2008
Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 2006
Hellman Family Fund Award, 2005
NSF CAREER Award, 2004

Postdoctoral Associates

Tian Zhao

Ph.D. 2019, Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University

Email: tianz (at)

Tian obtained his Ph. D. in physical chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 2019. Tian is currently developing a new generation of 3D multi-resolution system aiming to understand physical and chemical behaviors of the single unit in complex systems.

Graduate Students

Sarah Gernhart

B.Sc. 2022, Oregon State University

Email: sg4932 (at)

Hometown: Gresham, OR

Sarah obtained her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry at Oregon State University in June of 2022. She will be working on creating an analytical model of plasmon enhanced fluorescence of fluorophores near the surface of metallic nanoparticles. Outside of the lab, Sarah enjoys playing softball, going on long walks and terrible movies (shoutout the Twilight series!).


  • M. Junaid Amin
    Postdoc 2017-2021, Research and Development at Thorlabs Inc., Sterling, VA.
  • L. Meadow Anderson
    Ph.D. 2003-2009, Founder and CEO, Meadow Design Ceramics. See her talk on climate change and creativity.
  • Sucharita Bhattacharyya
    Undergraduate 2003-2005, currently in the Ph.D. program at Northwestern University.
  • Hu Cang
    Postdoc 2005-2009, private sector.
  • Fernando del Castillo
    Undergraduate 2020-2023, Ph.D. program at Columbia University.
  • Karl E. Duderstadt
    Ph.D. 2011 (joint with Professor James Berger), Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry at München.
  • Nyssa T. Emerson
    Ph.D. 2019; Postdoc 2019-2022, Analytical Chemist at Elucida Oncology
  • Luis F. Guerra
    Ph.D. 2019 (joint with Professor Tom Muir).
  • Jeffrey A. Hanson
    Ph.D. 2003-2009, Scientist at Sutro Biopharma, South San Francisco, California.
  • Chih-Hao Hsia
    Postdoc 2010-2013, BASF-Taiwan
  • Hugh I. Kim
    Undergrad 2003, Professor of Chemistry, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Utsab Khadka
    Postdoc 2013-2018, Manager at Thorlabs Inc., Boston, MA.
  • So Yeon Kim
    Undergrad 2010-2011.
  • Abigail R. Kostolansky
    Undergrad 2019-2020.
  • Jeffrey A. Hanson
    Ph.D. 2003-2009, Scientist at Sutro Biopharma, South San Francisco, California.
  • Hao Li
    Ph.D. 2013-2020, Postdoc at Rockefeller University, New York, New York.
  • Simon McManus
    Postdoc 20013-2015.
  • Daniel Montiel
    Ph.D. 2005-2012, New York City public service.
  • Chayan K. Nandi
    Postdoc 2009-2010, Professor of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology at Mandi, Kamand, India.
  • Bian Qian
    Postdoc 2010-2011, Senior Software Engineer at Beckman Coulter.
  • Yan-Wen Tan
    Postdoc 2007-2010, Professor of Physics, Fundan University, Shanghai, China.
  • Ilona Rafalska-Metcalf
    Lab Manager 2012-2015.
  • Marissa M. Sampias
    Undergrad 2010-2011.
  • Markus Selmke
    Postdoc 2015, Senior Associate (financial services) KPMG Germany.
  • Nancy Song
    Undergrad 2015-2017, MD student at Stanford University.
  • Alevtina Studenikina
    Undergrad 2021-2023, graduate student at MIT.
  • Xun Sun
    Ph.D. 2009-2015, post-doctoral associate at the Scripps Institute, San Diego.
  • Li Sun
    Postdoc 2009-2011.
  • Kevin Welsher
    Postdoc 2010-2015, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Duke University.
  • Anna Wuttig
    Undergrad 2010-2011, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Chicago.
  • C. Shan Xu
    Postdoc 2005-2009, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Yale School of Medicine.
  • Emma V. Yates
    Undergrad 2009-2011, graduate student at the University of Cambridge.
  • Shuhui Yin
    Ph.D. 2014-2020.
  • Kai Zhang
    Ph.D. 2002-2008, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Updated: 2023.08.28.