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Past Group Members

Graduate Students

S. Parker Singleton

B.S. University of South Carolina – 2015 – Chemistry

M.S. Cornell University – 2017 – Chemistry

Parker's Bio
S. Parker Singleton III was raised by wolves deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. While pursuing a B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks), Parker never forgot his childhood companion Issac, a small woodland sparrow residing in his beard. Parker’s beard provides Isaac with a safe and warm environment, while Isaac keeps his beard clean. This ensures Issac never misses a meal and strengthens their symbiotic relationship. After a short stint in professional wrestling as El Whiskers, Parker is currently pursuing a PhD at Cornell University. He continues to donate his beard trimmings to an organization that builds the self esteem of whiskerless cats.

Undergraduate Students


Mason Wu

Cornell – 2016 – Chemistry

Mason's Bio
Mason began his Pokémon journey at the age of 10 as a warm-hearted and well-intentioned but stubborn, rash, and amateur Pokémon Trainer in the small town of Palo Alto, CA. He was forced to accept a stubborn Pikachu from Professor Oak as his starter Pokémon because he woke up late on the day he was set to get his first Pokémon. He was determined to achieve his goal, however, and when Pikachu saw that he was willing to compromise his own safety to keep it safe, the two of them formed an extremely strong bond that has been noticed and remarked upon by many. This unbreakable friendship would set his course for the future. Soon after, Mason left Palo Alto on his quest to Catch ‘em All, and to be the very best, like no one ever was. Mason’s first Gym Victory came against L.T. Fors, “The Lightning American”, in Fall of 2014. Mason was rewarded with the Thunder Badge for this victory and is continuing to pursue his dream of being the best Pokémon Master so that one day his hometown may be known world-wide. Mason’s mastery of electric type Pokémon has translated well to his research, as he is blazing a new trail for the future of batteries.


Kathleen Naeher

Cornell – 2017 – Human Biology, Health, and Society

Kathleen's Bio
Kathleen ran to Ithaca from her native Long Island. On her trek, she met Brett who convinced her to join the lab, just after telling her that she had arrived in the “gorges town”; without this providential intervention, she might still be running. Kathleen brings to the lab her genuine happiness and deep love of T-Swift, to the great delight of her labmate Jacob, who now has an excuse to play “Shake It Off” on repeat, all day. Her work with sensitive monomers has rendered Kathleen a distillation expert, while her soft touch with experimental set-ups has lead to a close friendship with Dave, our glassblower. When she is not studying for her major in Human Biology, Health, and Society (or watching a chick-flick!), she dedicates her time to strenuous training for both rowing and track in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games. Her favorite restaurant is the Cheesecake Factory, which (despite her impassioned petition) has yet to open a location in Ithaca, a fact that- while unfortunate for her tastebuds- might be better for her Olympic dreams.


Mengyuan Jin

Cornell – 2017 – Chemistry

Mengyuan's Bio
Our sweet baby Qipa grew up in Shanghai, China, where she first became a master of League of Legends. Qipa is fluent in many forms of alchemy, including: chrysopoeia, immortality elixirs, and the like. Her most applicable use of alchemy has been in the development of a universal solvent to clean Jacob’s NMR tubes. She has a great relationship with Jacob, her mentor, who also hates cheese. Though Qipa insists that her favorite celebrities all live in the animated world (as no real person deserves her adoration) that may begin to change as Jacob has introduced her to the world of Taylor Swift. Qipa is an adamant denier/skeptic of tomatoes, ignoring the 99.9% of scientists who confirm that the tomato is, in fact, a fruit. Though she misses the great Singles’ Day celebrations back home, she is able to find happiness in Lady M Cheesecake. An excellent cook, Qipa commonly enjoys intestine, goat, frog & chicken feet, chicken heart, monkey’s brain, and raw baby rat.

Brittney Moncrieffe

Cornell – 2020 –

Former Post Doctoral Scholars


Dr. Dongbing Zhao

 Former REUs

Shelby Shankel

UC Santa Barbara, California – 2018 – Chemistry

Allison Wu

Williams College, Massachusetts – 2018 – Chemistry


Hazel Chimei Davis

Furman University, South Carolina – 2017 – Chemistry


Lauren Dupuis

Montana State University – 2019 –  Chemical and Biological Engineering