Former Members

Graduate Students and Postdocs:

Amanda Houk Amanda Houk, Ph.D. Chemistry (2015)
Thesis: Nonlinear Excitation of Photoactivated Molecules: Two-Photon Absorption Spectroscopy, Dynamics, and Quantum Yields
M.S., University of New Mexico (Nanoscience and Microsystems)
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)
Currently: Senior Scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory


Cassie Ward Cassandra Ward, Ph.D. Chemistry (2014)
Thesis: Controlling the Cycloreversion Reaction of a Diarylethene Derivative Using Sequential Two-Photon Excitation
B.S., University of Nebraska- Omaha
Currently: Postdoc with Gerald Meyer, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Igor ZheldakovIgor Zheldakov, Postdoc (2010-13)
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University (2010)
Currently: Spectra Group Limited (Toledo, OH)



Jenna Wasylenko Jenna (Wasylenko) Lindsay
B.S., Sweet Briar College (VA)
Currently: Atchison High School (KS)



Visiting Faculty:

Jordan Mantha Jordan Mantha, Summer 2016
Associate Professor, Midamerica Nazarene University
Ph.D., University of Nevada- Reno
B.A., University of Montana Western



Summer REU Students:

Jayhawk Ryan Hamelin, REU Summer Research (2015)
Currently: Undergraduate at Fitchburg State University (MA)




Jayhawk Darien Morrow, REU Summer Research (2014)
B.S. Chemistry, Missouri Western State University (2015)
Currently: Graduate Student at University of Wisconsin-Madison



Samantha Allen Samantha Allen, REU Summer Research (2013)
B.S. Chemistry, Agnes Scott College (2014)
Currently: Graduate student in Chemistry, University of Colorado-Boulder



Tyler TommeyTyler Tommey, REU Summer Research (2011)
B.S. Chemistry, Northwest Missouri State University (2013)
Currently: Graduate student in Polymer Science, University of Akron (OH)



Joe Varberg Joe Varberg, REU Summer research (2010)
B.S. Chemistry, Rockhurst University (2011)
Currently: Indiana University School of Medicine BioMedical Gateway Program



KU Undergraduates:

JayhawkJohn Bliss, B.S. Chemistry (2015)
Hometown: Olathe, Kansas



Will Cleek Will Cleek, B.S. Chemistry (with Honors, 2013)
Currently: University of Kansas Medical School



VictoriaVictoria Gunderson, B.A. Chemistry (2016)
Hometown: Riverside, Rhode Island



Thomas HurleyThomas Hurley
Currently: pursuing B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Parsons, Kansas



Heidi LeSageHeidi LeSage, B.S. Chemistry (2011)



Alyssa Auld Alyssa (Auld) Meyer, B.S. Chemistry Education (2010)
Currently: Chemistry/Physics teacher at Mill Valley High School (Shawnee, KS)



Jayhawk Graham Oltjen, B.S. Chemistry (2014)
Currently: Halliburton



Jorge Jorge Perez
Chemistry undergraduate (UKanTeach; McNair Scholar)
Hometown: Olathe, Kansas



Jayhawk Jung Moon Suh
Chemistry undergraduate (UKanTeach)



Elles Group Highlights
  • Chris Otolski, Matt Barclay, and Emmaline Lorenzo all take home awards from the departmental spring honors banquet for their outstanding work. Great job!
  • Matt Barclay passes his comprehensive oral exam. Nice work, Matt!
  • Our 2PA papers with Anna Krylov highlighting Amanda's 2PA measurements are published in JCP. (Click here and here.)
  • Sadegh and Emmaline present posters at the ACS Meeting in San Francisco.
  • Emmaline is awarded an Honorable Mention for the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Congrats!
  • Chris Otolski successfully completed his comprehensive oral exam. Nice work, Chris!
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