Current Grad Students
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



Eric Teeman

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

B.S. in Chemistry, 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

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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 nonequilibrium magnetic nanoparticle dynamics for biomedical applications. Outside of research, she enjoys skiing, hiking, drawing, photography, and jazz piano.

Read an interview about some of her latest work here.

Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, 2016
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Outstanding First Year TA, UW 2015
Natural Sciences Dean's Fellowship Award, UW 2014
Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, Brown University 2013



Zandra Rojo

Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington (Sept 2017 - Present)

B.S. in Nanoengineering, University of California, San Diego (Sept 2013 – June 2017)

Zandra studied Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego. As an undergraduate researcher, she altered and characterized the polymer graft density on inorganic nanoparticles to study protein corona adsorption while in vitro.  At the University of Washington, she will focus on the study of superparamagnetic nanoparticle magnetization dynamics for applications in diagnostics. Outside of the lab, Zandra enjoys spending time with her pets, finding new brunch places, and crafting.

ARCS Foundation Fellow

NACME Scholar