The Sigman Group Members

 

5th Year Graduate Students 

 
Iris

Iris Guo

Graduate Student (2015 – )

e-mail:  jingyao.guo@utah.edu

Education:

B.S. Chemistry, South University of Science and Technology of China (2015)

Interests: movies, music and musicals, books, art, Star Trek, and food

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Matt Prater

Graduate Student (2015 – )

e-mail: mattp222@gmail.com

Education:

B.S. Chemistry, Southern Utah University (2015)

Interests: Spending time with my wife, archery, classical music

sophia

Sophia Robinson

Graduate Student (2015 – )

e-mail:  sophia.robinson@utah.edu

Education:

B.S./M.S. Chemistry, DePaul University, Chicago, IL (2015)

Interests:  Using the word "Meow" as much as possible, painting snail shells,  sedimentary rock, beef jerky, Basset hounds.

 

4rd Year Graduate Students

 

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Buthaina Al Rifai'e

Graduate Student (2016 – )

e-mail: buthainah.alrifaie@utah.edu

Education: 

 B.S. Biochemistry, University of North Carolina Greensboro (2015)

Interests: Exercise, hiking, reading, tryng new foods.  

 

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Jen Crawford

Graduate Student (2016 – )

e-mail:  Jen.Crawford@utah.edu

Education:

B.A. Mathematics and Chemistry,St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (2016)

Interests: Biking, rugby, physical therapy, sqaure roots, rational numbers

3nd Year Graduate Students

 

Sam

Samantha Grosslight

Graduate Student (2017 – )

e-mail: grosslightsamantha@gmail.com

Education:

B.S. Biochemistry, Western Washington University (2017)

Interests: Pump Maintenance, Smartfood white cheddar popcorn, Black Mirror (ep. 1), Jolene and Sean (see below)

2nd Year Graduate Students

 
 hanna  

Hanna Clements

Graduate Student (2018 – )

e-mail: u120986@umail.utah.edu

Education:

B.S. Biochemistry, Gonzaga University (2018)

Interests:Outdoor activities, chips and salsa, crafting, tea, beanies with pig tails.

 Adam  

Adam Pancoast 

Graduate Student (2018 – )

e-mail:Adam.Pancoast@utah.edu

Education: 

B.S. Chemistry, Augsburg University (2018)

 

Interests: Reading, hiking, traveling, playing with my dog, electrodes, water, carpet

 El  

Ellyn Peters

Graduate Student (2018 – )

e-mail:ellyn.peters@utah.edu

Education:

B.S. Chemistry, Augsburg University (2018)

Interests:Dogs, outdoors, and northern Minnesota , static electricity, ivory combs   

 sleight  

Sleight Smith

Graduate Student (2018 – )

e-mail:u0949148@utah.edu

Education:

B.S. Chemistry, University of Idaho (2018)

Interests:Cooking, music, podcasts, card games

1st Year Graduate Students

 
 Brit  

Brittany Haas

Graduate Student (2019 – )

e-mail: brittany.haas@utah.edu

Education:

 B.S. Chemistry, University of St. Thomas (2019)

Interests: cooking, traveling, French onion soup, farmers' markets, cheese curds, hiking, and the color pink

 Jordan

Jordan Liles

Graduate Student (2019 – )

e-mail: 

 

Education: 

B.S. Chemistry, Mercer University (2017)

 Interests: Playing instruments, singing (poorly), snowboarding, Always Sunny, and Ethiopian food

 josh  

Josh Tang

Graduate Student (2019 – )

e-mail: tianhua.tang@utah.edu

Education:

B.S. Chemistry, Nankai University, 2015

Interests: Comics, movies, Marvel and DC.

 Postdocs

 
 Ana

Ana Bahamonde

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017 – )

e-mail: bahamonde.ana@gmail.com

Education:

Ph.D. Chemistry, ICIQ (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia), 2017, Mentored by Paolo Melchiorre.
B.S. Chemistry, Universidad de Oviedo, 2012, Spain.
 
Interests: TV shows, partying and Real Sporting de Gijón, growing crystals, Spanish rice
 Ryan C

Ryan Cammarota 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2018 – )

e-mail: rcammaro@gmail.com 

Education:

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2018, Mentored by Connie Lu
B.A. Chemistry,Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2012
 
Interests: Soccer, basketball, hiking, board and card games.  
 Jeremy

Jeremy Griffin 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2018 – )

e-mailjeremygriffin429@gmail.com

Education:

PhD Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018

B.S. Chemistry and Biology, Gardner-Webb University, (NC) 2013

Interests: Civil War Reenactment, woodworking, flip phones, bow fishing, Blink 182, black widows, African Safari Animals (but not Giraffes), just kidding - Giraffes too.  

 julie

Julie Hofstra

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019 – )

e-mailjhofstra91@gmail.com

Education:

PhD Chemistry, Caltech, 2019. Mentored by Sarah Reisman


BS Chemistry, California State University, Fullerton, 2014. Mentored by Paula Hudson and Peter de Lijser
 
Interests: Hiking, climbing, volleyball, baking desserts, eating desserts, board games, bucket chemistry, and running very big columns.
 cian

Cian Kingston

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2020 – )

e-mail:  cian.kingston@utah.edu

Education:

Postdoc, Scripps Research, 2020
Mentored by Phil Baran
PhD, University College Dublin, 2017
Mentored by Pat Guiry
B.Sc., University College Dublin, 2013
Mentored by Paul Evans
 

Interests: 7 wonders duel, audiobooks while hiking, terrible Adam Sandler movies

 Jaq

Jacquelyne Read 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2018 – ) 

e-mail:  jacquelyne.read@utah.edu

Education:

 B.S. in Chemistry, Wheaton College (IL), 2012.

Ph.D. in Chemistry, New York University, 2018. Mentored by Keith Woerpel.

 

Interests: Avid foodie, bubble-tea addict, musician, and extrovert.

 jolene

Jolene Reid

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017 – ) 

e-mail:  jolenereid43@gmail.com

Education:

PhD Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK, 2017. Mentored by Jonathan Goodman.

MSci Chemistry, Queens University Belfast, UK, 2013. 

Interests: Shopping,  trumpets, rock collecting, Celtic music, Boston Celtics, snakes, tall Leprechauns.

 Sean

Sean Ross

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017 – ) 

e-mail: rosss314159@gmail.com

Education:

B.S. Chemistry, The University of Nevada, Reno, 2011 Mentored by Robert S. Sheridan
M.S. Chemistry, The University of Minnesota, 2013
Ph. D. Chemistry, The University of Minnesota, 2017
Mentored by Thomas R. Hoye

Interests:Spending time with my wife and kids, PB&J's (only toasted), NMR theory, red pandas, safety, Lt. Jim Dangle, the D.E.N.N.I.S system.  

chris

Christopher Sandford

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017 – ) 

e-mail:   christopher.sandford@utah.edu

Education:

PhD Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK, 2017. Mentored by Varinder Aggarwal
MChem Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK, 2013. Mentored by Darren Dixon

Interests:  Music, reading, running, Jammie Dodgers, and 007.

 jake

Jacob Werth

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019 – ) 

e-mail:   jacobjwerth@gmail.com

Education:

PhD, Purdue University, 2019
Mentored by Christopher Uyeda
B.S., University of Minnesota, 2012
Mentored by Wayland E. Noland 

Interests:  Dave Matthews Band, Seinfeld, yada yada yada, and free tshirts

Research Assistant Professor

 
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Ryan DeLuca

Research Assistant Professor (2016 – )

e-mail:  ryanjamesdeluca@gmail.com

Education: 

Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Utah, 2014, Mentored by Matthew S. Sigman

NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University, 2016, Mentored by Justin Du Bois

Interests:  Reading, climbing, dachshunds, movies.

Undergrads

 

tyler

Tyler Ball

Undergrad  (2019 – )

e-mail: tyler.ball0611@gmail.com

Education:

BS Chemistry, University of Utah, 2022 

Interests:80's music, Jeff Goldblum, orangutans, and ice cream.

lydia

Lydia Fries

Undergrad  (2018 – )

e-mail: frieslydia8@gmail.com

Education:

BS Chemistry, University of Utah, 2021 

Interests: Animals, hiking, sleeping, Oreos.

 shelby

Shelby Galinat

Undergrad  (2020 – )

e-mail: shelbygalinat@gmail.com

Education:

BS Chemistry, University of Utah, 2022

Interests:Biking, dogs, ice cream, tea, the failures of public transit

 sam

Sammy Kraus

Undergrad  (2019 – )

e-mail: 1999samanthak@gmail.com

Education:

BS Chemistry, University of Utah, 2021 

Interests: Swimming, alternative rock, rodeos, breakfast food, skiing, baking, snorkeling, tuna sandwiches, potatoes, the Aldol condensation.  

 

Last Updated: 4/14/20