Shang Jia

Shang Jia obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at Peking University and earned his Ph.D. degree at University of California, Berkeley, under the direction of Prof. Christopher Chang. When outside the lab, he spends his free time either exploring areas around the large city of LA, or at home playing with computer and networking stuff.

jiash416 [at] g [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Heidi van de Wouw

Heidi van de Wouw graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 2019 from Prof. Rebekka S. Klausen's Group.  She received her B.S. in Chemistry and in Environemental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State University in 2012.  In her free time, she enjoys film photography and gardening.  

hvandewouw [at] g [dot] ucla [dot] edu


Fifth Year Graduate Student

Emily (Maly) Cosco

Maly Cosco graduated from Denison University in 2015 with a B.S. in Chemistry. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, she enjoys playing the mandolin, swimming, and making smoothies.

ecosco [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu


Fourth Year Graduate Students

Rachael Day

Rachael Day graduated from Dordt College with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys bike rides, hiking and trying to be artistic.

rachaelday [at] ucla [dot] edu


Daniel Estabrook

Dan Estabrook graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2016. Being from New Hampshire, he enjoys skiing, hiking and music.

destabrook [at] ucla [dot] edu


Joseph Jaye

Joe Jaye received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. When not in the lab, he enjoys canoeing, camping, exploring California, and going to the beach.

jaye4028 [at] ucla [dot] edu


Anna Kataki-Anastasakou

Anna Kataki received her MSci degree from University College London (UCL) in 2016. Originally from Greece, she enjoys spending her free time at the beach swimming, surfing or reading.

akataki14 [at] g [dot] ucla [dot] edu


Ga Young (Gina) Lee

Gina Lee graduated from UC Irvine with B.S in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In her free time, Gina enjoys music and exploring restaurants/dessert shops. Gina is a joint student between the Sletten and Houk groups.

gylee [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu


Margeaux Miller

Margeaux Miller graduated from Barnard College in New York City with a B.A. in Chemistry in 2016. Originally from Arizona, she enjoys yoga, reading, and eating chocolate.

margeaux [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu


Monica Pengshung

Monica Pengshung graduated with her B.S. from the University of Portland in 2016. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and in her free time enjoys music, going out to eat, movies and tv shows.

mpengshung [at] ucla [dot] edu


Third Year Graduate Student

Irene Lim

Irene Lim graduated with her B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College in 2016. A born and raised Southern gal, she loves to read books about the chemistry of food and using the kitchen as a laboratory.

lim [dot] irene [dot] 16 [at] gmail [dot] com


Second Year Graduate Students

Cesar Garcia

Cesar Garcia graduated from San Diego State with a B.S. in Chemistry.  Originally from Mexico, Cesar loves rock climbing, video games, sports, and playing guitar with his mariachi band.  

cegarturo95 [at] gmail [dot] com


Anthony Spearman

Anthony Spearman graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Chemistry in 2018. Originally from the city of Chicago, Anthony enjoys listening to music, watching TV, and looking at clouds.

anthony [dot] l [dot] separman [at] gmail [dot] com


First Year Graduate Students

Erika Aguiluz Ramirez

Born in El Salvador and raised in southeast Los Angeles, Erika Aguiluz received her B.A. in chemistry from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, hiking, and spending time with her five-year old niece.

eaguiluz [at] g [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Joseph Garcia

A life-long Californian, Joseph received his B.S. in chemistry at the University of California Irvine. In his free time, he enjoys making music, playing video games, going to shows, and exploring the L.A. area.

josephg1 [at] g [dot] ucla [dot] edu


Kelly Wong

Kelly earned her B.A. in biological chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018. Originally from the Bay Area, she spends her spare time baking tasty treats and playing jazz flute and trombone.

kellycwong [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Jessica Zeng

Born and raised in Ohio, Jessica Zeng obtained her B.S. in biochemistry in 2019. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking and collecting insects.

jgzeng [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Undergraduate Students

Gisella Austine

Kyle Bui

John Chapman

John Chapman is a 4th year Chemistry major, currently working under Daniel Estabrook. Originally from Auburn, AL, he enjoys backpacking, surfing, and fly fishing in his free time.

Elizabeth Hu

Sham Jamal

Junho Kwon 

Junho is currently a 4th year Biochemistry major working with Monica Pengshung. In his free time, he likes to visit new places and play surviv with his friends.

Olivia Leland 

Olivia is a 4th year biophysics major and currently working with Maly Cosco. She is passionate about research in pharmaceuticals and alternative energy. Outside of the lab you can find her stress baking, walking her cats, or resisting the urge to add to her 200+ book collection

Carolyn Wu


Jonathan Axtell (postdoc, now at Dow)

Wei Cao (postdoc, now at Northwestern University)

Rachel Ehrlich (undergraduate, now at UCSD for graduate school)

Jay Gietzelt (undergraduate, now at Leiden University)

Selena Hernandez (undergradaute, now at UIUC for graduate school)

Ryan McLaughlin (undergraduate, now postbac at NIH)