Meet the New Graduate Class: Azmain Taz

Azmain Taz
Azmain Taz

Azmain Taz joins Emory from the University of Richmond. She is an international student from Bangladesh. She was attracted to Emory both for Emory’s research excellence and for her love of Atlanta and its weather!  

Divisions of Interest: Biomolecular, Inorganic, Organic

 

Meet the New Graduate Class: Elaine Liu

Elaine Liu
Elaine Liu

Elaine Liu comes to Emory Oberlin College where she was an active member of the chemistry community—while also taking classes in psychology, sociology, history, religion, and beyond. Elaine has also worked with the organization Graduate Women in Stem (GWIS). A particular focus of her work with GWIS was a series of articles on the struggles of women and feminists in STEM fields published in the GWIS quarterly magazine. After college, Elaine spent a year as an au pair in Paris, France, giving her an opportunity to explore Europe, including meeting family living in Denmark for the first time. She is excited to begin her next adventure at Emory and has a particular interest in catalyst synthesis. In addition to her strong chemistry background, Elaine is an accomplished dancer. She minored in dance in college and previously danced up to 24 hours per week as a pre-professional. Once she is settled in to Atlanta, Elaine hopes to take dance classes with the Atlanta Ballet.

Divisions of Interest: Inorganic, Organic

Meet the New Graduate Class: Cameron Pratt

Cameron Pratt
Cameron Pratt

Cameron Pratt comes to Emory from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. At Hope, he had the opportunity to be involved in multiple research projects that sparked his love of chemistry as well as his interest in teaching at a primarily undergraduate institution in the future. This summer, Cam joined Emory as a summer rotation student in the Davies Group. He also became involved with Pi Alpha Chemical Society, helping stage demos for visiting summer camps. At Emory, he looks forward to getting excited about new research projects and learning more about teaching as a TA. Outside of chemistry, Cam enjoys theatre and improv and hopes to eventually start a graduate improv troupe at Emory.

Divisions of Interest: Inorganic, Organic, Physical

Meet the New Graduate Class: Ian Pavelich

Ian Pavelich
Ian Pavelich

Ian Pavelich comes to Emory from the Milwaukee School of Engineering—“it was an extremely difficult four years, but it left me a focused engineer with a unique skill set.” In Milwaukee, Ian also had the opportunity to participate in both educational and scientific research, preparing him to hit the ground running at Emory. Ian identified Emory as his top school early in the application process and felt at home after coming to visit Atlanta. He joined the Emory community this summer, doing research in the Salaita Lab.

“Just to show the dedication I had to moving my life to Atlanta, I drove for 14 straight hours with the help of my partner to manage the move-in just days after I graduated. On top of the 14 hours, I also finished the move-in and unpacked everything once my parents showed up with all the food needed to refuel!”

Division of Interest: Biomolecular

What Ian is Most Looking Forward to at Emory: “Everything! Taking specialized classes, learning to teach, and performing impactful research are all exciting prospects. Furthermore, I’m looking forward to being a part of LGS and the Emory community.”

Meet the New Graduate Class: Ha An Nguyen

 

Ha An Nguyen
Ha An Nguyen

Ha An Nguyen comes to Emory from the University of Richmond. Originally, she intended to study engineering in college, but sitting in on a philosophy class during a campus visit convinced her that she would benefit from a liberal arts education. Beyond Emory’s liberal arts mission, Ha An was drawn to Emory because of our research strengths and our close-knit community. She says: “I would like to do exciting, interdisciplinary research that will let me learn and master various laboratory techniques and gain a deep understanding of the chemistry behind a cellular process.”

Division of Interest: Biomolecular

What makes Ha An Unique: I was born in India and grew up in Turkey, Vietnam and Pakistan. And I really, really love food!

What Ha An is Most Looking Forward to at Emory: Everything!

Meet the New Graduate Class: Micah Eller

Micah Eller
Micah Eller

Micah Eller comes to Emory from Tennessee Technological University—the same school attended by his parents and siblings! The small chemistry department at TTU gave Micah the opportunity to get to know the faculty and to participate in undergraduate research. At Emory, he is particularly interested in getting involved in spectroscopy research. He is also interested in dynamics and kinetics. In his free time, Micah enjoys video games and has spent “way too much time” playing World of Warcraft. In future, he is interested in being a faculty member at a PUI. 

Division of Interest: Physical

Meet the New Graduate Class: Siying Cen

Siying Cen
Siying Cen

Siying Cen comes from Liuzhou, a southern city in China. As a result, she feels comfortable about Atlanta’s weather. Siying Cen gradated from Wuhan University, China. Her research background is in synthesis and analysis, but she is now interested in biophysics. Siying loves singing a lot and want to set up a “chemrus” in the Department of Chemistry.

Divisions of Interest: Biomolecular, Physical

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: Dave Bruns

 

Dave Bruns
Dave Bruns

Dave Bruns comes to Emory from Vanderbilt University. Dave appreciated that Vandy—like Emory—offers “outstanding academics and great athletic programs that are not football.” After graduation, Dave worked for a year and he is excited to get back into the classroom. Dave says, “I chose Emory because the faculty were proactive in reaching out to me during the decision-making process and made it clear that they were concerned with developing me into the best chemist I can be. The beautiful new building also played a considerable role in my decision.” After Emory, Dave’s dream job would include teaching, whether as a research professor or lecturer.

Research Interests: Catalyst development, mechanistic and kinetic studies of catalytic conversions

Divisions of Interest: Inorganic, Organic, Physical

What makes Dave Unique: I once had a mullet that gave Joe Dirt’s a run for its money.