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.

Adam Bratland

Undergraduate Researcher
(CHEM 4930)
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.

Lander Stone

UW Research Scholar

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.

Natalie Foss

Undergraduate Researcher

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.

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.


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.