Allison C. Vander Wall
Allison has a B.S. in Chemistry from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. She is currently working on the kinetics and mechanisms governing how gaseous species interact with and grow particles in secondary organic aerosol. Fun fact: She enjoys hiking and identifying different plant and animal species.
Andrea (Annie) Rohrbacher
Annie joins us from Chicago where she worked on environmental and employee health concerns in the pharmaceutical industry. She was most recently responsible for developing quantitative analytical methods for next-generation active pharmaceutical ingredients in environmental and occupational health studies, and was previously responsible for the company’s environment, health, and safety (EHS) regulatory program run in 28 countries. Annie earned her B.S. in chemistry from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. in 2011. In her free time, she enjoys cooking new recipes and running the trails in Orange County.
Jing Xu, PhD (coll. with Pr. Benny Gerber)
Jing earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Jilin University, in Changchun, China, in 2015. She is working in Prof. Benny Gerber’s group as a postdoctoral scholar at UCI. She is studying the multicomponent small clusters in the atmosphere.
Mike J. Ezell
Mike received his M.A. degree in 1970 from California State University at Fullerton. From about 1980 until the present, he has worked in the Finlayson-Pitts labs on multiple projects and presently on reactive uptake of gas-phase amines on solid dicarboxylic acids.
Veronique Perraud, PhD
Veronique earned a B.S. in Chemistry (with a minor in Natural Sciences) and a M.S. in Analytical Chemistry. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University Aix-Marseille I in France in 2007. She has been working on many projects in the Finlayson-Pitts research group since April 2008 (link). She loves solving challenging analytical problems in the lab and blogging about how cool science can be! (Chem blog)
Lisa M. Wingen, PhD
Lisa earned her B. S. in chemistry at California State University, Fullerton and her M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry at UC Irvine in 1999. Her research projects have included almost everything under the sun — gas-phase chemistry of VOCs, photo-oxidation of sea salt aerosol, heterogeneous hydrolysis of nitrogen dioxide, composition and growth of laboratory-generated secondary organic aerosol, and others. She enjoys being able to take part in a variety of research projects with lots of instrumentation.
Weihong Wang, PhD
Alisa Ezell Smith
James N. Pitts Jr.
Simone Andersen (exchange student from Denmark)
Simone graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Copenhagen in 2016. She is currently studying for the M.S. in Green and Sustainability Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. She is spending her first year of M.S. as an exchange student at UCI (she is considered here as an undergraduate students since her B.S. took only three years). She is studying the photolysis of different neonicotinoids using FTIR. Fun fact: She likes to paddle races down waterfalls.
Kristine D. Arquero
Kristine earned her B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) and her M.S. in Science Education from the City University of New York – Lehman College. She taught high school chemistry prior to coming to UC Irvine. Kristine is currently working on understanding the fundamental chemistry of how new particles form from gases in the atmosphere using a custom-built aerosol flow system. Fun Fact: Kristine enjoys listening to podcasts and practices Shine Theory (look it up!).
Michelle has a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in Chemistry from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA and a M.S. in Chemistry from California State University, Los Angeles. She is currently working on elucidating the kinetics and mechanisms of particle growth using atmospherically relevant reaction systems. Fun fact: she can ride a dirt bike (no crazy stunts).
Matthew L. Dawson
Kifle Z. Aregahegn, PhD
Kifle graduated from Addis Abba University in Ethiopia with a B.Ed. degree in Chemistry and M.S. in Molecular nano- and Biophotonics from the Erasmus Master Program. He received his PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry from University Claude Bernard-Lyon 1, IRECELYON, France in 2014. Currently, Kifle is working on the atmospheric fates of neonicotinoid pesticides.
Sambhav Kumbhani, PhD
Sambhav did his Bachelors and Masters in Chemistry from University of Mumbai, India. In 2015, he finished his Ph.D. in atmospheric Chemistry at Brigham Young University, Utah. Currently, he is working on understanding the mechanism of extractive electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (EESI-MS). He likes to do photography in his spare time.
Tracy Caldwell Dyson
Ann Louise Sumner
Mychel Varner (coll. with Pr. Benny Gerber)
Project Scientists / Visiting researchers
Barbara D’Anna (visiting researcher)
Lambert Doezema (visiting researcher)
Jean-Francois Doussin (visiting researcher)
Teri Longin (visiting researcher)
Yan Li (visiting researcher)
Saloua Saidane (visiting researcher)