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IonelPopa

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Principal Investigator
Email: popa@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-5086
Room: KEN 3180

Ionel Popa received his B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Gh. Asachi Technical University in 2005 and his Ph.D. in Physical and Analytical Chemistry from University of Geneva in 2010, under the direction of Prof. Michal Borkovec. He then joined the group of Julio M. Fernandez at Columbia University to study protein biophysics, where he held the positions of Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Research Scientist. Since fall 2015, he joined the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor.


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isrealflagLuai Khoury
Post-Doc
Email: khoury@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4039

Luai Khoury is a postdoctoral fellow in Popa Lab. His current research interests involve development of protein hydrogel for biomedical applications. Luai Khoury received his B.Sc. (2010) and M.Sc. (2011) and Ph.D. (2016) in Biomedical Engineering from Ben- Gurion University. His Ph.D. project focused on the development of gold nanoparticles in order to harvest, concentrate and detect low molecular weight (LMW) biomarkers for disease diagnosis in collaboration with Dr. Giora Enden and Prof. Joseph Kost. He likes to travel, and talk with people about food and science.


Flag_of_the_United_States Annie Eis
Associate Research Specialist
Email: eisal@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4020

Annie Eis received her BS degree in Urban Horticulture from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and her MS degree in Plant Pathology from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The research bug bit hard in graduate school, so with limited research opportunities in the plant sciences at the time, Annie accepted a Research Assistant position in Maternal/Fetal Medicine with Dr. Les Myatt at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Finding medical research to be very rewarding, upon relocating to Wisconsin with her family, she joined a Neonatology research group at the Medical College of Wisconsin as a Research Associate. Shifting gears once more, Annie is very pleased to have recently joined Dr. Ionel Popa’s research group in the Department of Physics at UWM.


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Narayan Dahal
Graduate Student
Email: npdahal@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4020

Narayan Dahal completed his Bachelor and Master’s degree in physics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2011. After having three years of experience in teaching high-school physics, he joined the Physics department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a graduate student in Fall 2014. Currently, Narayan is working on the surface chemistry and magnetic tweezer measurements.


 

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Joel Nowitzke
Graduate Student
Email: nowitzk2@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4028

I joined the physics department as a graduate student in 2014 after receiving my BS in Physics from St. Cloud State University in 2013. I am currently working on single molecule magnetic tweezer experiments along with assisting Luai with protein hydrogels. I have many interests in physics ranging from astronomy/gravitational waves down to single molecule mechanical systems. I am an avid bowler and have been bowling most of my life with a high game of 299. I enjoy movies, reading, and bonfires even if it is a sub-zero night during the Minnesota winter.


 

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Flag_of_the_United_States Nicholas De Leo
Undergraduate Student
Email: ncdeleo@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4028

Nick is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering working with Dr.Popa to develop a tool for analyzing muscle fiber mechanics. His interests include cats, good food, physical activity, and sailing on Lake Michigan. In his free time he takes care of his son and works at Discovery World on the weekends.


 

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Sanjna Girdhar
Undergraduate Student
Email: sgirdhar@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4028

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Psychology. I am working with Annie Eis on protein purification. Anything related to Molecular Biology interests me. In my free time, I like listening to music, chit chatting, and reading novels.

 


 

Flag_of_the_United_StatesOlivia Gloria
Undergraduate Student
Email: ogloria@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4020

I am a Sophomore majoring in Biology and Pre-Dental. I will be working with Annie Eis on antibody columns. Anything biomedical-related interests me, and I also enjoy hiking, running, playing tennis, and reading.


 

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Flag_of_Armenia Gevork Seifert
Undergraduate Student
Email: gseifert@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4020

Gevork is a Senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Cellular and Molecular Biology. He is working with Annie Eis designing and cultivating specific proteins. Gevork spends his free time working on his parents’ farm, doing outdoor activities and volunteering as an EMT with a rural fire department.

 


 

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Undergraduate Student
Email: shmilov2@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4028

Kirill Shmilovich is a senior Physics and Mathematics double major. His work focuses on reconciling the molecular character of protein hydrogels with their mechanical properties through experiments and computer simulations. Kirill is the recipient of UWM’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Biology and Mathematics and has interned at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Dr. Alexander Katz’s Laboratory for Theoretical Soft Materials. Kirill has presented his work at seven conferences around the nation and maintains a personal science blog (Kirills.com) where he communicates his passion for science through educational content. As a professional, Kirill aspires to use computational and mathematical tools to model and simulate biological and physical systems providing a telescope to investigate elusive nanoscale phenomena.


 

Flag_of_the_United_StatesLauren Andrews
Undergraduate Student
Email: andrew75@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4020

I am a freshman majoring in Civil engineering. I am working with Ionel Popa on testing mechanical characterizations of BSA protein hydrogels through computer simulations on the force clamp rheometer. My interests include running, hiking, and playing with my cats. I have four of them.


 

Flag_of_the_United_StatesPhillip Fossell
Undergraduate Student
Email: pfossell@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-229-2296
Room: KEN 4020

Phillip Fossell is a student in his fourth year at UWM. He is majoring in Physics and seeking a minor in Mathematics. He is practicing with Joel and Luai to be proficient with the force-clamp Rheometer, and enjoying his entry to undergraduate research.