Primus Inter Pares
Ilya Finkelstein
Joined: September 2012
"Science is facts; just as houses are made of stone, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house, and a collection of facts is not necessarily science." - Jules Henri Poincaré (1854-1912)

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Thinking up awesome science projects.
Lab Manager / Research Scientist
Giaochau Nguyen
Joined: June 2016
"Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing." - Wernher von Braun

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Reading on a comfy bed
    • Playing board games at Emerald Tavern
    • Trying new foods
Postdoctoral Scientists
Steve Jones
Joined: February 2015
"Half of learning to play is learning what not to play." - Ani DiFranco

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Cruising the hill country and surrounding areas on my motorcycle.
    • Eating pecans from the trees at Barton Springs.
    • Going to shows at any one of the many bars in Austin.
Michael Soniat
Joined: July 2016
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Eating at Torchy’s.
    • Enjoying new craft brews at any local bar.
    • Hunting for vintage Beatles vinyl at local record shops.
Hongshan Zhang
Joined: January 2018
"What we know is a drop; what we don’t know is an ocean." - Isaac Newton

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Enjoying live music in Live Music Capital of the World
    • Exploring Texas local food and drinks
    • Relaxing outdoors at Zilker Park
Parastoo Maleki
Joined: March 2020
"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work" - Thomas Edison
Graduate Students
John Cooper
Joined: November 2017
"Translating a thing into the analytical language is akin to what the alchemist does when he extracts, from some crude ore, a pure spirit. The gross external forms of things are cast off to reveal the underlying spirit. And when this is done we may learn that some things that are superficially different are, in their real nature, the same." - Neal Stephenson

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Going to shows on Red River
    • Exploring Austin via skateboard
    • Finding new places to absorb sunlight on the Greenbelt
Kaylee Dillard
Joined: January 2015
"Take chances, make mistakes, get messy." - Miss Frizzle

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • A cold beer on a hot summer day at Jester King Brewery
    • All the delicious food
    • Playing fetch with my cat
Kamyab Javanmardi
Joined: June 2018
"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butter scotch ripple." - Willy Wonka

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Saturday morning soccer at Zilker
    • Nighttime lounging at Spider House cafe
    • Sport climbing on that slippery limestone
Hung-Che (Jami) Kuo
Joined: February 2018
"The important thing is not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity." - Albert Einstein

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Playing squash.
    • Trying new beers from local breweries.
    • Trying to make a perfect medium rare steak.
Jim Rybarski
Joined: May 2014
" like you built the hydrogen bomb. Men like you thought it up. You think you’re so creative. You don’t know what it’s like to really create something - to create a life..." - Sarah Connor

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Eating an entire Texas Donut
    • Making computers do what I mean
    • Naming my hypothetical cats
Jeff Schaub
Joined: May 2016
"Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose." - Richard Dawkins

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • 65 degrees and sunny in December
    • Enjoying great food and beer
    • Swimming in Barton Springs
Kuang Hu
Joined: May 2019
"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science." - Albert Einstein

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Playing video games
Chia-Wei (Alvin) Chou
Joined: February 2020
"There is only one corner of the universe you can be sure of improving and that's your own self." - Aldous Huxley

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Sunday morning in the Gregory gymnasium
    • Biking around Austin
    • Brisket at any BBQ
Research Scientists
Carlos Calcines
Joined: April 2019
"He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves." - Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Getting away from Austin for the weekend
    • Tubing
    • Maybe not going cliff jumping
Jake Kula
Joined: December 2018
"Everyone you will ever meet knows something that you don’t. … Respect their knowledge and learn from them. It will bring out the best in all of you." - Bill Nye

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Enjoying local bands and concerts
    • Reading in a hammock in one of Austin’s parks
    • Playing pickup basketball
Cynthia Terrace
Joined: December 2018
"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry." - Maria Mitchell

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Trying new varieties of coffee from Texas Coffee Traders
    • Going to Voodoo Doughnut with friends
    • Avoiding getting hit by cars while running around the city
Lab Assistant
Henry Trentham
Joined: July 2019
"Life, uh, finds a way" - Ian Malcolm

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Enjoying a dinner at Curra’s Tex-Mex with family or friends
    • Wake surfing on Lake Austin
    • Appreciating Austin’s frowing skyline late night at Butler Park
Rotation Students
Alexis Hill
Joined: September 2019
"I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all." - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Eating tacos
    • Trying not to kill my succulents
    • Discovering new craft cocktail bars
Name Position Dates Last Whereabouts
Nicole Johnson Lab Manager / Research Scientist Feb 17 - May 19 Graduate student at UT Austin
John Hawkins Postdoctoral Scientist May 15 - Jan 20 Postdoctoral research fellow at EMBL, Heidelberg University, and the German Cancer Center
Shane McDevitt Postdoctoral Scientist Jun 18 - Feb 19 MIA
Yoori Kim Graduate Student Sep 13 - Dec 18 Postdoctoral fellow at UT Southwestern
Yash Shukla Rotation Student Sep 19 - Nov 19 UT Austin
Mason Schechter Rotation Student Sep 19 - Nov 19 UT Austin
Po-Chin (Brandon) Chiou Rotation Student Feb 20 - Apr 20 UT Austin
Kameron Azarm Undergraduate Nov 12 - Jun 14 NYU Medical School
Jacob Bobb Undergraduate Oct 13 - Jun 14 MIA
Maxwell Brown Graduate Student Dec 12 - Feb 18 Indianapolis, IN
Ignacio Gallardo Postdoctoral Scientist Sep 12 - Sep 16 Environmental Scientist in Austin, TX
Jory Goldsmith Rotation Student Nov 17 - Feb 18 UT Austin
Brianna Gonzales Research Scientist Jun 15 - Jan 17 Austin, TX
Greg Hild Lab Manager Aug 12 - Sep 13 MIA
Cheulhee Jung Postdoctoral Scientist Mar 15 - Aug 17 Research Assistant Professor at Korea University, Seoul, South Korea
Grace Kago Rotation Student Jun 16 - Aug 16 UT Austin
Vanessa Landsteiner Graduate Student Dec 12 - Jan 14 MIA
Andrew Leal Undergraduate Oct 14 - Jul 15 Austin, TX
Alfred Lentzsch Rotation Student Aug 14 - Dec 14 UT Austin
Letti Lopez Rotation Student Feb 17 - May 17 UT Austin
Kelly Meng Undergraduate Feb 18 - Jul 18 UT Austin
Nagisa Mikami Graduate Student Dec 15 - Feb 16 Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan
Logan Myler Graduate Student Apr 13 - May 18 The Rockefeller University, New York
Aaron Robison Postdoctoral Scientist Sep 13 - May 14 Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University
Wisath Sae-Lee Rotation Student Aug 14 - Dec 14 UT Austin
Fatema Saifuddin Research Scientist Sep 14 - Jul 18 University of California, San Francisco
Çağrı Savran Visiting Professor Aug 14 - Jul 15 UT Austin
Eric Spivey Postdoctoral Scientist Sep 13 - Nov 16 Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University
Isabel Strohkendl Rotation Student Dec 15 - Feb 16 UT Austin
Ashley Susan Lab Manager Sep 16 - Feb 17 TX
Scott Tucker Rotation Student Feb 17 - May 17 UT Austin
Marie Warburton Graduate Student Apr 14 - Aug 14 Paris
Soo-Hyun Yang Postdoctoral Scientist Jan 15 - Jul 16 Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) Research Educator at UT Austin
Jesus de la O Undergraduate Jan 14 - May 16 Austin, TX
Armando de la Torre Lab Manager Sep 13 - Sep 16 Austin, TX