Spotlights

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


May 2, 2022

Donna Dolan.Donna Dolan

Purchaser/Receptionist

Favorite quote:
"To live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense." by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius


April 11, 2022

Yu standing on a rock outcropping at the base of a waterfall.Yu Gu

Graduate Student

Ask me about...
Best Chinese/Szechuan restaurant in town; how to make an authentic Szechuan hot pot; life in a mountain city.


April 4, 2022

Albert working in the lab.Donggeon (Albert) Nam

Graduate Student

What do you like to do when not in the department?
I'm a big gamer nerd, video, board or otherwise, both socially and anti-socially.


March 28, 2022

Jackson working in the lab.Jackson Hernandez

Graduate Student

Why did you choose chemistry as a career?
I had the best AP chemistry teacher.
 


March 21, 2022

Jordan Butt working in the lab.Jordan Butt

Graduate Student

An inspiring book?
"I am Malala", Malala Yousafzai—for the lengths she goes to receive an education. It is very powerful.


March 14, 2022

Kara Bren receiving an award on stage.Kara Bren

Richard S. Eisenberg Professor in Chemistry

Why did you choose chemistry as a career?
I chose chemistry because I like how it links to other areas of science—geology, biology, and physics. I especially enjoy working at the interfaces of fields.


March 7, 2022

Courtney Stanford sitting and smiling at the camera with a city view in the background.Courtney Stanford

Assistant Professor of Teaching

Ask me about… 
Traveling. I'm always looking for new places to visit and I like learning where others have explored.


February 23, 2022

Shauna Paradine with a river gorge in the background.Shauna Paradine

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Proudest accomplishment while at the UofR?
My research group—I'm so fortunate to be able to work with a group of folks who are wildly talented scientists AND incredible human beings.


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

Professor

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!