Sheyda joined as a graduate research assistant in Dec 2016. She is investigating how interactions between biomolecules (e.g. proteins) and natural organic matter affect their adsorption to nanoparticle surfaces, as well as characterization and health and safety aspects of nanomedicines. Sheyda previously earned her B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Economics from Sharif University of Technology in Iran.
Rufeng joined as a graduate research assistant in Sept. 2017. Her current research involves investigating the effects of biomolecules and natural organic matter (NOM) on the photoreactivity of the engineering nanomaterials (ENMs), as well as photo-transformation of coatings on ENMs surfaces. She earned her M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Beijing Normal University in China.
Sergio De La Fuente
Sergio earned his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Houston in 2015. His current research involves investigating the extent of macromolecule adsorption onto nanoparticles. He also developed a hands-on water treatment activity for the Children’s Museum of Houston. Outside of academia, Sergio is a casual musician who records his own musical creations. He also enjoys exercising, video games, and playing with his two dogs.
Jennifer joined the lab in Summer/Fall 2017 as a Clements High School student for her senior Capstone project! She is helping to test and improve an outreach activity for the Children’s Museum of Houston.