Caltech Graduate Student Ambassadors
Are you interested in having in-depth discussions with graduate students about their experiences at Caltech or would you like to find out about the many resources available to Caltech graduate students? If so, we can connect you with a Graduate Student Ambassador. Our ambassadors are current Caltech graduate students who come from a variety of differents options, but all share the common interest of supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment at the Institute. If you would like to find out more about the program or would like to request a meeting with an ambassador, please contact Helen Duong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-395-1578.
2016-2017 Graduate Student Ambassadors
Hometown: Hesperia, California
Undergraduate School: UC Riverside
Advisor: Dr. Kai Zinn
Research Interests: Immunology, Molecular Biology, Drosophila neurobiology
Hometown: Northbrook, Illinois
Undergraduate School: MIT
Advisor: Dr. Markus Meister
Research Interests:I am interested in developing deep learning techniques for system identification in neural circuits.
Hometown: Winchester, Massachusetts
Undergraduate School: Barnard College
Advisor: Dr. Geoff Blake
Research Interests: I am interested in using high resolution spectroscopy to learn information about the physical properties of hot Jupiters, and ultimately, Earth-like exoplanets.
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Undergraduate School: Columbia University
Advisor: Dr. Robert Grubbs
Research Interests: Polymer chemistry and polymer physics
Hometown: Boring Maryland
Undergraduate School: University of Maryland
Advisor: Dr. Philip Hopkins
Research Interests: I study super massive black holes, and in particular, the first super massive black holes in the universe. My current focus is on how they form, but I am also interested in how they co-evolve with galaxies, as well as how they launch radiation jets.
Hometown: Jackson, New Jersey
Undergraduate School: UC San Diego
Advisor: Dr. Evan Kirby
Research Interests:I am interested in galactic chemical evolution, nucleosynthesis, and star formation. I use cosmological simulations of galaxy formation and evolution to draw comparisons to observations of Local Group dwarf galaxies. I also use world-class telescopes to make measurements of the chemical composition of stars in these nearby galaxies.
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Undergraduate School: University of Ibadan
Option: Materials Science
Advisor: Dr. Julia Greer
Research Interests: Nano-mechanics of high performance materials (especially metals and alloys) at extreme conditions
Hometown: Shenyang, China
Undergraduate School: Harvey Mudd College
Option: Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. John Seinfeld
Research Interests: Properties of atmospheric aerosol particles
Hometown: Richmond, BC, Canada
Undergraduate School: University of British Columbia
Option: Planetary Science
Advisor: Dr. Heather Knutson
Research Interests: I investigate the formation and migration history of gas giant planets around other stars in our Galaxy (exoplanets). I use telescopes to look at these "exoplanet" systems and find evidence of other objects, such as companion stars or planets, that might have influenced the histories of the exoplanets.
Hometown: O’Fallon, Illinois, Boulder, Colorado and Gerhardsbrunn, Germany
Undergraduate School: University of Colorado
Option: Environmental Science and Engineering
Advisor: Dr. John Seinfeld
Research Interests: Air pollution, atmospheric aerosol formation, air quality modeling, and aerosol measurement instrumentation.
Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia
Undergraduate School: Virginia Tech
Research Interests: I am interested in studying the function and structure of neural circuits.
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Undergraduate School: Harvard College
Option: Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Advisor: Dr. Jackie Barton
Research Interests:I am interested generally in the development of targeted therapeutics. I'm currently working to synthesize metal complexes able to specifically induce death in cancerous cells by targeting DNA mismatches, a biomarker unique to several malignant cell types.
Hometown: Flagstaff, Arizona
Undergraduate School: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Advisor: Dr. Yanbei Chen
Research Interests: Gravitational Waves, Theory & Tests of Relativity
Hometown: Bay Area
Undergraduate School: Swarthmore College
Advisor: Dr. Sarah Reisman
Research Interests: Organic synthesis