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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.

Antonio Alcazar

Antonio entered the PSM Nanoscience program as a full-time student during the Spring of 2019, and is concurrently working on his B.S. in Physics at ASU. His interests include epitaxy of nanostructures, and the use of nanomaterials for energy production/storage.

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.

Tyler Altamirano

Tyler entered the Nanoscience 4+1 PSM program as a full time student in the Spring 2019 semester. He is interested in how the particle physics and nanoscience can combine to improve technologies for society as a whole, especially in fields such as quantum computing.

Kyle Asmundson

Kyle entered the PSM Nanoscience program as a full-time student in the Spring of 2018 as a senior (4+1) in the ASU Physics program. His interests include experimental condensed matter physics and spintronics. His research with Professor Tingyong Chen focuses on synthesis and analysis of magnetic thin films for use in Josephson magnetoresistive random access memory.

Dalton Bode

Dalton joined the PSM Nanocience program in the Fall of 2018. He graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the University of Denver with a concentration in Nano-physics. His interests involve applications of quantum entanglement in both quantum information and computing systems, strongly-coupled electron systems, and learning how to model these systems using density functional theory and coupled cluster methods.

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.

Andrew Hamidy

Andrew entered the PSM Nanoscience program as a full-time student in Fall 2018.  He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University. Andrew’s main focus is in quantum diagnostics. He is interested in utilizing nanoparticles to target specific cell types or proteins that can then be imaged using MRI technology. This emerging technology could reduce diagnostic costs and potentially eliminate the deleterious effects associated with invasive traditional methods.

Ryan Heilman

Ryan joined the PSM Nanoscience program in Spring 2018. He attended ASU for his undergraduate studies as well, majoring in physics and minoring in astrophysics. He is interested in thin film deposition. He is currently working in Dr. Tingyong Chen’s lab characterizing magnetic materials for their use in Josephson Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory.

Salehi Hessam

Hessam joined the PSM Nanoscience program in Fall 2018 with a B.S. in Medical studies from Arizona State University. By pursuing the Biochemistry/Sensing option in this program he seeks to expand his knowledge and understanding of biochemical reactions and mechanisms in the human body. Hessam is also interested in how nanotechnology can shape future developments in medicine and lead to safer and more efficient surgical procedures.

Megan Householder

Megan joined the PSM Nanoscience program in Spring 2018 after completing a B.S. in Physics from Arizona State University and worked in the Nanoscience Laboratory with Dr. Robert Nemanich studying nanowire deposition and imaging their properties with Atomic Force Microscopy. Her interests include the characterization, optimization, and future application of nanomaterials including magnetically controlling ferrofluids.

Nia King

Nia joined the PSM Nanoscience program full time in Fall 2018. She graduated from Spelman College in May 2016 with a B.S. in Physics. She then graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in May 2018 with a M.S. in Medical Physiology. She is interested in how nano-science can be applied to medicine and medical devices. She is particularly interested in radiology and medical imaging techniques.

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.

Dongyao Wang

Dongyao joined the PSM Nanoscience program as a full-time student in Fall 2018. Before coming to ASU, he earned a (2+2) B.Sc. degree in Nanomaterials and Technology from Jiaotong University (Beijing, China) and University of Waterloo (Canada). His current interests include synthesis of nano-structures which can be used to develop heterogeneous catalysts.