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
Nicole Johnson
Joined: February 2017
"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." - Richard Feynman

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Early morning runs at Walnut Creek, Brushy Creek, or Lady Bird Lake.
    • Kayaking around Lake Travis.
    • Enjoying a crisp sour beer at Blue Owl or Jester King breweries.
Postdoctoral Scientists
John Hawkins
Joined: May 2015
"Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." - John von Neumann

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Backyard BBQs with friends
    • Watching local filmmakers’ movies at Alamo Drafthouse
    • Kayaking on Town Lake to watch the fireworks on 4th of July
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.
Shane McDevitt
Joined: June 2018
"Never memorize something that you can look up" - Albert Einstein

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Cooking
    • Exercising
    • Drinking craft beers
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
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
Yoori Kim
Joined: September 2013
"Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self." - Erich Pinchas Fromm

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Beautiful sky
    • Cheap, juicy beef steak
    • Highway
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
"...men 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
Undergraduates
Giaochau Nguyen
Joined: June 2018
"Meep" - Beaker from the Muppets
Rotation Students
Kamyab Javanmardi
Joined: June 2018
"Invention is 93% perspiration 6% inspiration 3% perspiration and 2% butter scotch ripple." - Willy Wonka

Favorite Austin Activities:
    • Saturday morning soccer at Zilker
    • Nighttime lounging at Spider House café
    • Sport climbing on that slippery limestone
Alumni
Name Position Dates Last Whereabouts
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 Proffesor 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