People

Principal Investigator:
Jacob H. Olshansky

Prof. Olshansky (he/him/his) grew up in Urbana, Illinois, where he got his start in scientific research by spending summers in the research corn fields of the University of Illinois. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Physics from Haverford College (’12) where he worked in Alex Norquist’s solid state chemistry group, studying the hydrothermal syntheses of amine-templated metal oxides. He then moved to California to pursue his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at UC Berkeley. His dissertation research aimed to understand the mechanism of charge transfer from photoexcited quantum dots and was advised by Paul Alivisatos. He completed his postdoctoral studies at Northwestern University under the guidance of Michael Wasielewski. At Northwestern, he studied spin dynamics of photogenerated charges in synthetic DNA. He joined the Amherst College community in the summer of 2020.

Shoshanna Peifer ’23

(she/her/hers)

From: Golden Valley, Minnesota

Fun facts: I have been a cross country skier for six years and I love baking.

Favorite wavelength of light: 500 nm

Autumn Lee ’23

(she/her/hers)

From: Pacific, Washington

Fun facts: I play softball at Amherst, I love to hike, and I can talk about sneakers for a very long time. I would like my last meal to be the cashew chicken dish from the China House restaurant located nearby.

Favorite wavelength of light: 550 nm

Frida Hernandez ’24

(she/her/hers)

From: California and Virginia

Fun fact: I am the oldest out of five children, and I am also the first person in my entire extended family to attend a four-year college

Favorite wavelength of light: 600 nm

 

Karime Hernandez-Perez ’24

(she/her/hers)

From: San Diego, CA

Fun fact: I once rode a boat operated by a 15 year old. Afterwards, I ate a fish and became friends with a stray dog

Favorite wavelength of light: 570 nm

Amisha Jain ’25

(she/her/hers)

From: Charlotte, North Carolina

Fun fact: I like travelling and foreign languages, and I love spicy foods.

Favorite wavelength of light: 510 nm

Sunnie Noh ’25

(she/her/hers)

From: Bethel, AK

Fun fact: I like running, playing word games, sending cat pictures to my friends, and showing people that it is physically possible to lick your elbow 🙂

Favorite wavelength of light: 450 nm

Maggie Yang ’25

(she/her/hers)

From: Rome, NY and Bridgeport, PA

Fun fact: I love K-Pop, so much so that I started K:NETICS Dance Crew here at Amherst.

Favorite wavelength of light: 580 nm

 

Kyle Hur ’25

(he/him/his)

From: Southern California

Fun fact: I am a big fan of red bean mochi bread, and I love using emojis

Favorite wavelength of light: 425 nm

 

Former members

Thesis Students

Nejc Nagelj ’21, Chemistry Ph.D. program at Harvard

Max Hoffman ’22, Chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Washington

Troy Colleran ’22, Materials Science Ph.D. program at University of Colorado, Boulder

Other Students

Hyery Yoo ’22

Hasham Warrich ’23

Sonja Lazovic ’22

Daniya Ali ’25

Jovan Markovic ’25 (MIT)