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.

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 Ruby are our most recent addition, and Amir graduated with his PhD. Many undergraduates have worked in the group as well, contributing in invaluable ways!

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


Rafael Rodriguez

Undergraduate - Senior


Jeffrey Martin

Undergraduate - Freshman


Jakub Toman

PhD Candidate

Ruby (Runbo) Jiang

PhD Student


Emma Dickinson

Undergraduate - Sophomore


Grant Merkel

Undergraduate - Sophomore

Erica Stevens

PhD Candidate


Pierangeli Rodriguez

Undergraduate - Junior

Kaylene Stocking

Kaylene Stocking

Undergraduate - Senior

Chmielus Lab Alumni

Xingjian (Dagger) Chen

Aaron Acierno

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 - now at Carnegie Mellon University

Shannon Biery - now at Honeywell Aerospace

Meredith Meyer - graduated with a BS in Bioengineering from Pitt

Raymond Mattioli - interned with Westinghouse, BS in Mechanical Engineering from Pitt