Mentees

 

Panagiota Benetatos

Mentee | Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Mentor: Noura Yassir (Project)

Mohit Dutta

Mentee | Mathematics - Computer Science

Mohit is a first-year mathematics-computer science major at UCSD. His interests lie in applying computational techniques to the social and physical sciences, particularly in machine learning applications. Mohit joined the EXPAND program to get a good understanding of what the research process entails and learn from those already established in his fields of interest. When he is not working, one can find Mohit singing, reading, or exploring the area.

Mentor: Anupam Anand Ojha (Project)

Manasvini Komandur

Mentee | Physics

Manasvini is a first year student studying Physics at UCSD. Her favorite things to do are spending time with her friends, reading a good book, and playing her violin. Manasvini is interested in the fields of astrophysics and quantum physics, and in particular, learning more about how quantum effects can be observed in some of the most extreme conditions in the universe. She joined the EXPAND program in order to better understand the research process and to learn more about current research topics in physics and astrophysics with the guidance of her mentor. 

Mentor: Alyssa Johnson (Project)

 

Carmen Lopez

Mentee | Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Mentor: Sean Dunphy (Project)

Sammyo Roychowhury

Mentee | Computer Science

Sammyo is a second-year computer science student at UCSD. He's interested in how he can combine his passion for computer science with other disciplines, with a particular interest in how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to further science. Sammyo joined the EXPAND program because he wants to learn more about the research process and get some hands-on experience. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, lifting, and drawing.

Mentor: Anupam Anand Ojha (Project)

Sydney Vongsarath

Mentee | Chemistry & Biochemistry

Sydney is a first-year student studying Biochemistry at UCSD. She is from Thailand, and she loves creating art, trying out new foods, and being in nature. She is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field or in biomedical research because she enjoys problem-solving and learning about the human body. Additionally, as someone who had undergone surgery for a severe heart defect, she would like to one day be part of a team that actively takes part in saving patients’ lives and/or in discovering more effective treatments for human diseases. She joined the EXPAND program as a mentee at the Komives Lab because she would like to not only get exposure to research and hands-on experience in the lab, but to also gauge if fields pertaining to human health are what she wants to commit to

Mentor: Noura Yassir (Project)
 

David Wang

Mentee | Mathematics C.S.

 

Mentor: Anupam Anand Ojha (Project)

Mentors

Sean Dunphy

Mentor | Chemistry & Biochemistry

Sean is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research in organometallic chemistry in the Figueroa lab is focused on studying how ligand design affects reaction kinetics and enables new catalytic pathways. His current focus is on catalytically cleaving hydrogen-silicon bonds to synthesize oligosilanes and hydrosilylated products. He is also investigating the synthesis of novel and encumbered isocyanides to isolate metals with low coordination numbers.

Mentees: Carmen Lopez (Project)

Anupam Anand Ojha

Mentor | Chemistry & Biochemistry

Anupam is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego. His research spans the interdisciplinary field of computational, biological, chemical, and pharmaceutical sciences. He is particularly interested in creating computational tools for drug discovery and development using statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, machine learning, and deep learning. He is the recipient of the prestigious MOLSSI fellowship for his work in this field. If he is not doing science, you can find him playing the violin, motorcycling, hiking, and writing non-fiction stories.

Mentees: Mohit Dutta, Sammyo Roychowhury and David Wang (Project)

 

Sean Dunphy

Mentor | Chemistry & Biochemistry

Sean is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research in organometallic chemistry in the Figueroa lab is focused on studying how ligand design affects reaction kinetics and enables new catalytic pathways. His current focus is on catalytically cleaving hydrogen-silicon bonds to synthesize oligosilanes and hydrosilylated products. He is also investigating the synthesis of novel and encumbered isocyanides to isolate metals with low coordination numbers.

Mentees: Carmen Lopez (Project)

Alyssa Johnson

Mentor |  Physics
Alyssa Johnson is a second year PhD student in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics. They work with the UCSD Cosmology Group on instrumentation projects to study the Cosmic Microwave Background and recently deployed to Cerro Toco, Chile with Simons Observatory (SO) for commissioning of the Small Aperture Telescope (SAT) experiment. Outside of lab they love surfing, mountain biking, and dining all over San Diego.
Mentees: Manasvini Komandur (Project)

Noura Yassir

Mentor | Chemistry & Biochemistry

Noura is a second-year graduate student in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department. Her research in the Komives lab focuses on utilizing single molecule Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (smFRET) to decipher the dynamics of gene expression regulation by the transcription factor NFkB. NF-κB, or nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells, is a key transcription factor essential for regulating immune and inflammatory responses. It governs the activation of genes involved in processes like inflammation, cell survival, and immune system function. Imbalances in NF-κB activity are linked to conditions such as autoimmune disorders and cancer.

Mentees: Panagiota Benetatos and Sydney Vongsarath (Project)