Summer 2020 Lab Group:

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Summer 2017 Lab Group:


Our Approach

Scientific curiosity is very important to us. We enjoy having a diverse group where everyone has a desire to learn while contributing to the scientific knowledge base.


Summer 2019

Our Story

Markus Chmielus, PhD began working at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Jakub joined the group as the first graduate student, then Amir and Erica. Katerina and Aaron are our most recent addition, and Amir graduated with his PhD. Many undergraduates have worked in the group as well, contributing in invaluable ways!


Spring 2018

Meet the Group

We believe in useful collaboration, hard work, and a healthy amount of fun.
Our group consists of both graduate and undergraduate students. For position opportunity availability, email!

Markus Chmielus

Principle Investigator

Katerina Kimes

PhD Student

Tyler Paplham

Undergraduate - Senior


Emma Dickinson

Undergraduate - Junior


Warren Lester

Undergraduate - Sophomore


Jakub Toman

PhD Candidate


Aaron Acierno

PhD Student

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Grant Merkel

Undergraduate - Senior

Ryan Loebig

Ryan Loebig

Undergraduate - Junior


Jeffrey Martin

Undergraduate - Sophomore


Alyson Marcus

Undergraduate - Freshman

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Alireza Fadavi Boostani

PhD Student


Pierangeli Rodriguez

Undergraduate - Senior

Danielle Brunetta

Undergraduate - Junior

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Dingding Tan

Undergraduate - Junior


John Davison

Undergraduate - Sophomore

Chmielus Lab Alumni

Lorenzo Monteil

Ruby Jiang - now a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University

Rafael Rodriguez - now a graduate student with Dr. Xiong at the University of Pittsburgh

Kaylene Stocking

Xingjian (Dagger) Chen

Kelsey Shields

Amir Mostafaei, PhD - now a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University

Maxwell McIntyre, MS

Colleen Hilla

Samantha Schloder

Eamonn Hughes

Taylor Russo

Eli Sullivan

Yuval Krimer

Shannon Biery

Meredith Meyer

Raymond Mattioli