our group

Laura de Sousa Oliveira

Principal Investigator

Laura is interested in using computational strategies towards an atomistic understanding of nano- and bulk-scale phenomena, as well as designing inorganic materials.

Alathea Davies

PhD Student

Ali (short for Alathea) is hoping to use computational strategies to study the fundamental interactions of chemical systems. Outside of school, her hobbies are rock climbing, playing piano, reading Tolkien, and growing herbs and wildflowers.

Masoumeh Gahrouei

PhD Student

Masoumeh is hoping to use computational strategies to predict property-structure relationships of materials. Her hobbies include playing basketball, watching soccer and volleyball, watching movies, going out with friends and listening to music.

Oreoluwa Adesina

PhD Student

Ore is interested in using and developing computational methods to study chemical systems at the atomic scale. Hobbies include watching K-Dramas, listening to music, especially K-Pop, and online shopping.

Emmanuel Odogwu

Undergraduate Researcher

Emmanuel is an undergraduate chemistry major who wants to pursue a research career and is interested in seeing what is possible in the area of computational chemistry. Hobbies include running, weightlifting, and reading.

Nikiphoros Vlastos

Undergraduate Researcher

Nikiphoros (Niki) is interested in using computation strategies to better understand and predict materials properties at an atomistic level. Outside of his research he enjoys backpacking, hiking, playing the piano and writing/reading poetry.

Alison Jensen

UW Research Scholar

Alison is an undergraduate mechanical engineering major and math minor who wants to pursue a PhD in the future. She is currently researching materials for nuclear energy applications. She enjoys math, weightlifting, reading, and cooking in her free time.

Taylor Kelsey

Undergraduate Researcher

Kelsey is a chemistry major interested in computational chemistry. She hasn't chosen a career path but is excited to try out as much as possible. Her hobbies are reading, running, and trying new things.


Debugging Guru

Duckie is an excellent listener, always ready to help the group with debugging.

On its free time, Duckie enjoys splashing and squeaking.



Quincy Reynolds

REU Student
(Summer 2021)

Quincy Reynolds hopes to use computational chemistry as a new way to look at and study chemistry. Hobbies include rodeo, hanging out with friends, playing video games, and finding new music.

Bethena Balanon

Talaria by Athena student
(Summer 2021)

Bethena is a college freshman from the Philippines, interested in the application of computational strategies to study compounds for environmental sustainability. During her free time she likes reading fiction, watching Korean dramas, baking pastries, and having fun with her friends.

Simon Beer

Undergraduate Researcher
(Spring 2021–Fall 2022)

Simon is hoping to use computational strategies to learn more about artificial intelligence and how that can be used to better society. For fun, Simon likes to play video games, stream on Twitch, watch soccer, and code mini projects.

Matthew Coy

REU Student
(Summer 2022)

Matt is interested in using computational strategies to aid in materials research and design. He is using computational chemistry to model metal catalysts on an alumina substrate. In his free time Matt enjoys fishing, hunting, and playing guitar.

Adam Bratland

Undergraduate Researcher
(Spring 2022–Fall 2022)

Adam is working on polymers of intrinsic microporosity for post-combustion carbon capture. He is interested in the individual monomers' effect on the polymers. Hobbies include snowboarding, skateboarding, hikes, and fishing.

Natalie Foss

Undergraduate Researcher
(Fall 2022–Spring 2023)

Natalie is a senior undergraduate computer science student who is passionate about making complex systems and methodologies accessible to anyone. Her hobbies include reading, photography, art, and more reading.

Lander Stone

UW Research Scholar
(Spring 2022–Spring 2023)

Lander is interested to advance environmental science and investigate solutions to climate hazards, such as water shortages. He is working on COF discovery for desalination applications. In his free time, Lander enjoys canoeing, snowboarding, and drumming.

Andres Lee

REU Student (Summer 2023)

Lee is interested in learning more about physics and chemistry through computational methods for future research. He is currently investigating Si–Ge heterojunctions using classical MD. His hobbies are working out, martial arts, studying topics that challenge him, listening to music, and taking naps.

Lane Snively

Intern (Summer 2023)

Lane is interested in software development and cloud computing. He is working on the generation of hypothetical COFs/MOFs and the implementation of ML algorithms for high–throughput materials discovery. In his free time, Lane enjoys skateboarding, making pottery, and road trips.