Group Alumni

Group Alumni

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Anikeya Aditya

Anikeya joined the Ping Group on August 27, 2018. After working with the group for a year as a junior specialist, Anikeya was accepted into the PhD program in the Material Science department at University of Southern California. Contact: aaditya AT ucsc.edu

Mingpeng Chen

Mingpeng joined the Ping Group on January 17, 2018. He graduated from Tianjin University with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. He is currently working on his Ph.D in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSC and is primarily advised by Professor Yat Li. He has since began work as a Software Engineer at Microsoft.

Remi Leano

Remi joined the Ping Group on June 15, 2018. After working with the group for a year as a junior specialist, Remi was accepted into the PhD program in the Chemistry & Chemical Biology department at UC Merced. Contact: rleano AT berkeley.edu

Dr. Bingzhang Lu

Bingzhang joined the Ping Group on October 1, 2016. He will graduate with a Ph.D in Chemistry at UCSC in the winter of 2020. He will begin postdoctoral work in January 2021, when he will begin researching at Northwestern University with Prof. Linsey Seitz.

Zachary Sanders-Bellis

Zack joined the Ping Group on April 20, 2018. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from UCSC in the spring of 2019. Zack moved on to become an R&D chemist at AnaSpec.

Dr. Tyler Smart

Tyler joined the Ping Group on August 8, 2016. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Physics in June 2021. He has since began work as a Software Engineer at Intel.

Dr. Hiroyuki Takenaka

Dr. Hiroyuki Takenaka joined the Ping Group on July 31, 2020 as an Assistant Project Scientist. He has a wealth of postdoctoral experience including positions at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Carnegie Institution for Science, University of Pennsylvania, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He previously graduated with a PhD from the School of Science and Engineering at Meiji University.

Dr. Rafi Ullah

Email: rullah@wisc.edu

Dr. Rafi Ullah joined the Ping Group on February 01, 2023. He has spent the past two years as a faculty member in the Department of Physics, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan, and previously graduated with a PhD from University of the Basque Country, Donostia-San Sebastain, Spain. Currently Rafi is a Staff Scientist in the Materials Science and Engineering department at UW-Madison.

Valentin Urena Baltazar

Valentin joined the Ping Group on April 24, 2018. He graduated from UCSC with a B.S. in Physics and is now working on his Ph.D in Chemistry at UCSC.

Dr. Feng Wu

Dr. Feng Wu joined the Ping Group on February 10, 2017 as a Postdoc and worked with us for two fruitful years before leaving in March 2019. Feng now works as a scientist in the quantum computing group at Alibaba. Inc., developing quantum computation technology. Contact: wufeng.works AT gmail.com

Dr. Junqing Xu

Dr. Junqing Xu joined the Ping Group on December 19, 2018. He spent the past year as a postdoc at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany and previously graduated with a PhD from the National Synchotron Radiation Laboratory at the University of Science and Technology of China. Currently Junqing Xu is a full professor in department of physics at Hefei University of Technology in China

Zizheng Yang

Email: zyang735@wisc.edu

Zizheng joined the Ping Group on Sep 1, 2022.