Meet the New Graduate Class: Chenxi Cai

Chenxi Cai
Chenxi Cai

Chenxi “CiCi” Cai comes to Emory from the South University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China. She chose Emory for the excellent research and the beautiful environment and in her first year, Chenxi is most looking forward to completing research rotations and serving as a TA. She is particularly interested in biophysics research. On her journey to Atlanta, Chenxi transferred planes in Korea and had an unexpectedly great time spending a day and night in the airport, exploring new food and stores.

Division of Interest: Biomolecular

Meet the New Graduate Class: Dale Combs

 

Dale Combs
Dale Combs

Dale Combs joins Emory from Middle Tennessee State University where he earned both a B.S. in biochemistry and an M.S. in chemistry. He chose Emory because of the many different biomolecular projects that interest him. He started his research this summer in the Salaita Lab. Outside of chemistry, Dale enjoys camping.

Division of Interest: Biomolecular

Meet the New Graduate Class: Zhe Su

Zhe Su
Zhe Su

Zhe Su received her B.A. from Zhengzhou University and her M.A. from Case Western Reverse University. She also already has research experience at Emory, having worked in the Egap Lab for over a year. Her previous research has focused on synthesis and property studies of polymer materials, like the study of photo-switchable  dendrimer Nanocarrier.

Division of Interest: Biomolecular

Meet the New Graduate Class: Rong Ma

Rong Ma
Rong Ma

Rong Ma comes to Emory from the City University of Hong Kong where she earned an M.Sc in environmental science and technology. She previously earned her B.Sc in environmental science from Wuhan University in Wuhan, China. At Emory she is looking forward to getting to know different research areas and learn new things. She has a particular interest in researching biosensing systems. Rong’s interest in science extends to science fiction and she is a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkein. When she isn’t in the lab, Rong enjoys listening to music and visiting museums.

Division of Interest: Biomolecular

Meet the New Graduate Class: Yixiao Dong

Yixiao Dong
Yixiao Dong

Yixiao Dong comes to Emory from Wuhan University of Technology in China where he majored in polymer materials engineering . He also completed three years of research as a master’s degree student and one year as a research assistant where he gained experience in materials synthesis, characterization, and computation. His work during this time resulted in seven publications. Yixiao chose Emory for the great professors and he is looking forward to the rotation experience. His research interests include polymers and nanomaterials.

Divisions of Interest: Biomolecular, Organic, Physical

 

 

Meet the New Graduate Class: Kevin Fish

Kevin Fish
Kevin Fish

Kevin Fish comes to Emory from the University of California, San Diego. At Emory, he is excited about pushing the limits of his knowledge and progressing in research. Outside of chemistry, his interests include playing the guitar and the piano and working out. On his drive to Atlanta, he lived in a tent for a week while passing through Utah.

Divisions of Interest: Biomolecular, Organic, Physical

Meet the New Graduate Class: Dayna Patterson

Dayna Patterson
Dayna Patterson

Dayna Patterson comes to Emory from Houston Baptist University. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Dayna is the youngest of four siblings. She chose Emory because of its academic reputation as well as the facilities and the strong community—“when I visited Emory, I knew it was the perfect fit for me.” Dayna is excited to meet new people and explore the greater Atlanta area—and to get involved in research.

Divisions of Interest: Biomolecular, Inorganic, Theoretical

Meet the New Graduate Class: Brendan Deal

Brendan Deal
Brendan Deal

Brendan Deal comes to Emory from Davidson College. Looking ahead to the first year, he is most excited about joining a research lab and beginning research. Brendan chose Emory because of our reputation and location as well as “the opportunities that will be provided to me through the chemistry PhD program.” His research interests are “chemistry that has the ability to positively impact human health, particular chemistry related to medicine.” Outside of chemistry, Brendan enjoys sports, particularly basketball and tennis.

Divisions of Interest: Biomolecular, Organic

Meet the New Graduate Class: Alisina Bazrafshan

 

Alisinia Bazrafshan
Alisinia Bazrafshan

Alisina comes to Emory from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Alongside receiving excellent undergraduate training in chemistry at Sharif, Alisina was a drummer in the indie rock band Taadol and recorded a studio album that will be released in Iran this year. Alisina was attracted to Emory because of the cutting edge research and the availability of state-of-the-art instruments and facilities. In his first year, he is looking forward to working with these instruments as well as starting his own research. His research interests include developing new methods for chemical sensing and understanding how nature and biology works with a chemical perspective. When he isn’t studying or working in the lab, Alisina enjoys applying his scientific curiosity to the arts, whether practicing drums, cooking, or learning about photography and other artistic mediums.

Division of Interest: Biomolecular