There are currently no open postdoctoral or undergraduate research positions available. Prospective graduate students interested in synthetic polymer chemistry are encouraged to apply to the GT chemistry program.
Tianqi was born in Xiangyang, a small city with long history in China and then moved to Shanghai with her family. She graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in chemistry major and actuarial science minor. In Fall 2016, she joined Dr. Gutekunst’s group as a graduate student, and her current research focuses on ring-opening metathesis polymerization
Krista received her B.S. in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, she conducted computational research on silyl ketene polymerization and CO2 absorption in ionic liquids with Dr. Daniel Lambrecht. During the summer of 2016, Krista received the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship through the Department of Energy at the National Energy Technology Lab in Pittsburgh, where she did computational research of the electrochemistry of CO2 with AuNPs. In the summer of 2017, Krista worked in polymer R&D at Sherwin-Williams. She is currently a recipient of the Renewable Bioproducts Institute fellowship, and co-advised with Dr. Gutekunst and Dr. Mohan Srinivasarao with Georgia Tech’s School of Materials Science and Engineering. Krista’s current research is in polymer – cellulose nanocrystal composites.
Monica was born and raised in San Diego California. She graduated from University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. There she worked on plasmonic gold nanostructures. In 2015, she interned at Solvay Specialty Polymers in Alpharetta, GA where she worked on polymer nanocomposites. She is currently a Graduate Partner for W.S.T. (Women in Science and Technology) where she runs the outreach program GEMS (girls excelling in math and science) at Inman Middle School. She is co-advised by Dr. Kalaitzidou and Dr. Gutekunst and working on antimicrobial silicone.
Ronald Smith grew up in Delaware, Ohio. He attended college in Westerville, Ohio at Otterbein University where he performed research on the phylogenetic relationships between achlorophyllous and chlorophyllous orchids with Dr. Jeffrey Lehman. In 2015, he graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, a B.A. in Physics, and a minor in Chemistry. After college, Ronald worked as a Product Development Scientist at the startup company Undercover Colors. Here he worked to develop a cosmetic technology that could detect date rape drugs in a variety of beverages. In the fall of 2017, he began his PhD program in Chemistry at Georgia Tech and joined Dr. Gutekunst’s lab in the winter. He is currently working on new methods for radical polymerization.
Mizhi was born in Hangzhou, Eastern China. He graduated from Fudan University with a B.S. in chemistry. In 2017, he received his master’s degree in chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. Mizhi joined the Gutekunst group in 2018. His research focuses on new methods for amide polymerization.
Sterling was raised in Butteville, Oregon, where he remained while earning his B.S. in Systems and Structural Biology from George Fox University. His undergraduate research was focused on thermo-responsive amphiphilic homopolymers for micellar drug delivery under the supervision of Dr. Jing Hao. Sterling joined the Gutekunst group in Summer of 2018 when he began research on dynamic polymers.
Xuelin Sui was born in Yantai, a coastal city in the northern China. He received his B.E. in polymer materials and engineering and M.S in polymer physics at University of Science and Technology of China. At the time, his research focused on coordination polymertization. Xuelin joined the Gutekunst’s group in 2018. Now, he is interested in ring-opening metathesis polymerization. When not doing chemistry, Xuelin can usually be found cooking, reading, listening music, and hanging out with his girl friend.
Dongqi was born in Changchun, China. She graduated from Nankai University with a B.S. in pharmacy. In 2018, she received her master degree in biotechnology at Northwestern University. There, she worked on synthesis of GABA-AT inhibitors under the supervision of Dr. Richard Silverman. In fall 2018, she started graduate study in chemistry at Georgia Tech. Currently, she is co-advised by Dr. Agarwal and Dr. Gutekunst working on polyketide synthases.
Research Scientists & Postdocs
- PhD in Chemistry, Emory University, 2016. Advisor: Professor Huw M. L. Davies.
- M.Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry, Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2011. Advisor: Professor Ke Ding.
- BS in Pharmacy, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2008
Owen is a fourth year chemistry student planning on pursuing PhD in organic or polymer chemistry after graduation. His research under Ronald Smith has been on the synthesis of degradable thioester-containing polymers. Recently, his research has been on polymer synthesis using photo-induced electron transfer RAFT polymerization.
Aja Nicely is a fourth year biochemistry student interested in pursuing a doctorate’s degree in organic chemistry after undergrad. She enjoys vintage shopping, music, gardening, and brisk hikes.
Yasmin is currently pursuing a degree in Chemistry and a minor in French. As a student TA for Synthesis Lab I, she is developing and refining a polymerization protocol. Additionally, she spends her time in the Biochemistry department, working on protein crystallization.