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The goal of this initiative is to highlight the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives in the Department of Chemistry and help our community develop stronger connections and synergies. You can think of these spotlights as the beginning of a conversation that we very much hope you will continue in the corridors of Hutch and beyond.

If you wish to contribute to this initiative, please complete our questionnaire.

Behind the Test Tube: Q&A

December 9, 2021

Robin Clark with a group of graduating students.Robin Clark

Graduate Coordinator, Course Administrator

Why did you choose our department?
I enjoy meeting brilliant students during visitation and eventually guiding them throughout their time as PhD students.

December 1, 2021

Aleksa MilosavljevicAleksa Milosavljevic

Graduate Student

Why did you choose Chemistry as a career?
I was always a fan of Severus Snape and potion-making.

November 24, 2021

Eric SchreiberEric Schreiber

Graduate Student

Ask me about...
The Jonas Brothers (fellow Jersey Boys!)

November 17, 2021

Elliott SilkElliot Silk

Chemistry Senior, Kennedy Lab

Fun fact:
If I didn't love chemistry so much, I would open a coffee shop and work full-time as a barista.

October 20, 2021

Geemi Wellawatte.Geemi Wellawatte

PhD Student, White Lab

Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Sri Lanka, a small tropical island in the Indian ocean.

October 13, 2021

Karla SanchezKarla Rosalía Sánchez Liévanos

Graduate Student, Knowles Group

An inspiring book?
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I don't want to spoil it, so go and give it a read. For me, it was a life changer.

October 6, 2021

Sue Cardinal sitting in the library reading a book.

Sue Cardinal

STEM Librarian

A Rochester must?
Smell the lilacs!

September 22, 2021

José L. Álvarez-Hernández standing with in front of a poster presentation.

José L. Alvarez-Hernández

Graduate Student

Proudest accomplishment while at the University of Rochester?
The community of friends that I have helped build here.

September 15, 2021

Ray Teng standing under a Helium HWY sign.

Ray Teng

Senior Lab Engineer

Why did you choose chemistry as a career?
My career started in geology. Through metamorphism, my geological career transformed into the energetic world of physics. With the high energy and intense forces acting on my career, it was only a matter of time before it morphed into chemistry.

September 9, 2021

Professor Todd Krauss in his lab.

Todd Krauss


Proudest accomplishment while at the University of Rochester?
When students leave the group and go on to become highly successful at what they choose to do.

September 3, 2021

Kaelyn McFarlane Connelly standing with a view of mountains.

Kaelyn McFarlane Connelly

Chemistry Senior, Goldwater Scholar

Why did you choose chemistry as a career?
When I was in elementary school, I wanted to understand why most cookie recipes asked for softened butter (not melted or cold). That lead me down a long rabbit hole that resulted in me being a chemistry major, and then wanting to continue to a career in research!