Current Grad Students                                                    
Olivia Lenz

Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington (Sept 2011-present)

BS Chemistry, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle WA.

During my graduate work, I am working towards the design of novel synthesis of FeS2 nanomaterials for use in low-cost, non-toxic photovoltaics. Outside of graduate work, I enjoy sewing, cycling, rock climbing, and am trained in classical ballet.

My research seeks to develop a low-cost, non-toxic material for solar energy generation.

NASA Space Technology Research Fellow
Awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship


Ryan Hufschmid

Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington  (Sept 2012– present)

Bachelor of Science in Physics, minor Mathematics, University of California, Santa Barbara 2011

Ryan was born and raised in Goleta, California. He studied Physics and Mathematics at the nearby University of California, Santa Barbara. As an undergrad he was involved in several research projects, and fell in love with experimental science. He has recently joined the Krishnan group and is beginning the Materials Science and Engineering PhD program in Fall 2012. Outside of his scientific interests, he is an avid musician, primarily a trombonist, and dancer of a variety of social and ballroom dances from swing to tango, and everything in between.

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Delimitros Fellowship, UW 2012-2013
Academic Honors, UCSB Physics Department June 2011
UCSB Regents Scholar 2007-2011



Byung Seok Kwon

I was born in Seoul, South Korea. I moved to the Philippines when i was in 6th grade. After graduating from International School Manila, I moved onto Duke University in North Carolina, to major in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. I initiated my research career in 2009 in Professor Zauscher's lab, and continued until graduation in 2012.

My research interest lies in Surface and interface engineering of thin films of bio/chemical materials, including surface characterization and lithography. I am joining Professor Krishnan's lab in Fall of 2012 in University of Washington as a graduate student, and possibly further on as a ph.D candidate.



Eric Teeman

Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington (Sept 2013 - Present)

BS in Chemistry, minor in Materials Science, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Aug 2009 - May 2013)

I studied Chemistry and Materials Science at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN. The aim of my undergraduate research was the development of carbon nanotube growth techniques using PECVD for application in microfluidics. I joined the Krishnan Research Group at University of Washington in the Fall of 2013. My research will focus on determining the nanotoxicology and mechanism of toxicity for functionalized iron oxide nanoparticles through the use of high resolution microscopy and spectroscopy techniques.

ARCS Foundation Fellow



Carolyn Shasha

Ph.D in Physics, University of Washington  (Sept 2014– present)

Bachelor of Arts in Physics,  Brown University 2013

Carolyn is from Boston and studied physics at Brown, with an emphasis on nanoscale biophysics. She has worked with both solid-state and biological nanopores in research labs at Brown, Northeastern University, and UW. She has since shifted her focus to nanoparticles, and has joined the Krishnan group to study the biodistribution of nanoparticles using magnetic susceptiblity measurements. Outside of research, she enjoys skiing, hiking, drawing, photography, and jazz piano.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Outstanding First Year TA, UW 2015
Natural Sciences Dean's Fellowship Award, UW 2014
Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, Brown University 2013