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Sophya Garashchuk

Professor Sophya "Sonya" Garashchuk

M.S., 1992, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Ph.D., 1999, University of Notre Dame
Postdoc 1999-2001, University of Chicago in the group of John Light

Niranji Thilini Ekanayake

Niranji Thilini Ekanayake

Niranji joined the group in October 2015.  She is from Kurunegala, Sri Lanka and received a B.Sc. (honors in computational chemistry) in 2014 from the University of Colombo.  Her undergraduate research was done with Professor Samantha Weerasinghe on, " Investigation of the association of caffeine with aromatic drug molecules."

 Recent Graduates

Bing Gu

Bing Gu

Bing joined the theory group in November 2011and graduated with a Ph.D. in August of 2016.  In his doctoral research, he explored estimation of the quantum effects of nuclei in large molecular system.  He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Ignacio Franco at the Department of Chemistry, University of Rochester, NY.

Jim Mazzuca

Jim Mazzuca

Jim joined the group in the Fall of 2009 and graduated with a Ph.D. in May of 2014.  In his doctoral research, he explored the effects of substrate motion and of the quantum behavior of the proton during the rate-limiting step of the Soybean Lipoxygenase-1 reaction.  He is currently teaching chemistry and doing research at Alma College, Alma, Michigan.


Vitaly Rassolov

Vitaly Rassolov

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina

Jacek Jakowski

Jacek Jakowski

Center for Nanophase Materials Science, Oak Ridge National Lab

Former Members 

 Postdoctoral fellows

  • Tijo Vazhappilly
  • Michail Volkov
  • David Dell'Angelo
  • Lei Wang


  • Mallory Muller
  • Travis Harris
  • Ellen Heath
  • Megan Gee
  • William Petroff
  • Kelby Killoy

Visiting students

  • Vaibhav Dixit
  • Narla Darnish
  • Ievegniia Savchenko

Pre-College students

  • Nathan Sairam
  • William McAdams
  • Micahel Slattery
  • Albert Wang

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