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Current Students

Name Bio
John Adams John Adams

John joined the PSM program full time in Fall 2015. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Physics. He is interested in the area of applying Nanoscience to Biology and is looking to further his career in this field.

Mark Allen

Mark entered the PSM program as a part-time student in Spring 2016. He earned a Biotechnology Certificate at Mesa CC before graduating from NAU with BS degrees in Chemistry and in Microbiology. He is interested in exploring how nanotechnology can help provide safe, clean, and sustainable water sources. He currently works as a molecular technologist in a local Pharmacogenetics clinical laboratory.

Zain Bukhari

Zain joined the PSM in Nanoscience program in Fall 2016 as a senior (4+1) in the Biochemistry program at Arizona State University. His background in biology, mathematics, and biochemistry enables him to pursue opportunities in the life sciences as well as in physics. His research work utilizes gold nanorods to quantify and analyze the biophysics of an enzyme known as the FoF1-ATP synthase.

Matthew Cash

Matthew joined the PSM in Nanoscience Program in Fall 2016 as a senior (4+1) student in Biochemistry. His interests include fabrication of nanotube-based drug delivery systems, and endogenous gene labeling and modification. His research focuses on investigating potential applications of titanium dioxide nanotubes.


Brett Clark

Brett joined the PSM in Nanoscience program in Fall 2016 with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Arizona State University. He is interested in creating nanoscale drug delivery systems for applications in clinical settings. Currently, he is conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Nicholas Stephanopoulos with a focus on creating DNA-protein hybrid nanostructures as viable drug delivery vehicles.

Blake Lew

Blake started the PSM in fall 2014 as a part-time student, with a BA in Biochemistry (ASU, 2007) and extensive experience in Chemical industry. He currently has a semiconductor R&D role on nanoparticle suspensions; he hopes to increase his knowledge of semiconductor fabrication, thin film properties and metrology applications of electron microscopy, to advance electronics industry.

Peyton McChesney

Peyton joined the PSM in Spring 2014, after receiving his BS in Physics and his bachelors in Mathematics from ASU In May 2013. He is interested in the materials side of nanotechnology: in future he hopes to do research on surface plasmon resonance and explore possible applications of the phenomena. He is currently starting a project with Maxim Sukharev.

Anthony Mesa

Anthony joined the PSM program in spring 2016 as a 4+1 senior in Medicinal Biochemistry. He is interested in alternative synthetic chemistry methods and is currently working in Biodesign’s Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics. His research focuses on using computational protein modeling to design enantiomerically selective metalloenzymes.

Sarah Rupprecht

Sarah joined the PSM in Fall 2013 with a BS in Physics from ASU. She has worked with Dr. Robert Nemanich in the Nanoscience Laboratory studying the UV effects of DNA deposition onto ferroelectric materials. She is interested in the fabrication and characterization of biomaterials and their applications in sensors, and is currently starting her project.

Steven Shapiro

Steven joined the PSM in Nanoscience program in Fall 2016. He graduated from Arizona State University in Spring 2016 with a B.S. in Health Sciences. He is interested in how nanoscience can be applied to future medicine. Additionally, he plans to focus his nanoscience studies in the area neurological biophysics to further understand the intricacies of the nervous system at the atomic and molecular level.

Sarabjot Singh

Sarabjot joined the PSM in Nanoscience program in Fall 2016 with a master’s degree in Nanotechnology from Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University (Fatehgarh Sahib, India). He is interested in the development of semiconductor nanomaterials for applications in energy storage and generation. He wants to pursue his career in industry after completing his PSM in Nanoscience degree.