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Current Lab Members
Principal Investigator

Professor Jennifer A. Maynard

ZD Bonner Professor of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin

BA, Human Biology with Honors, Stanford University

PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Postdoc, Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University

* National Academy of Inventors, senior member

American Institute of Medical & Biological Engineers Fellow

* University of Texas “Emerging Inventor of the Year” Award

* Texas Exes Teaching Award for the College of Engineering
* Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge Award 
* Packard Fellowship, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
* Dreyfus New Faculty Award
* National Research Service Award, NIH F32

Senior Scientist

Dr. Annalee W. Nguyen

BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara


  • NIH NRSA F32 award

  • NSF GRFP award

Senior Administrative Associate

Tanya Hamlin

BS, Psychology, Texas A&M

Graduate Students

Laura Azouz

BS, Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University 

PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering (5th year)


Dzifa Amengor

BS, Biology, Upper Iowa University 

MS, Biology, Southern Illinois University

PhD Candidate, Microbiology (5th year)


Rebecca Wilen

BS, Chemical Engineering, with Biochemistry/ Biophysics minor,  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering (4th year)


Alison G. Lee

BS, Molecular Biology/ Biochemistry,  University of Pittsburgh 

PhD Candidate, Cell and Molecular Biology (4th year)


Samuel Blackman

BS, Biological Engineering, NC State University 

MS, Chemical Engineering, UC Boulder 

PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering (3rd yr)



Sumit Pareek

BS, Chemical Engineering, Penn State University 

Chemical Engineering (2nd year)


Kelli Hager

BS, Animal Science, Ohio State University 

MPH, Infectious Disease and Vaccinology, UC Berkeley

Microbiology (2nd year)


McKenna Flynn

BS, Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin 

Biochemistry (2nd year)

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Agata Turula

BE Chemical Engineering, The City College of New York 

Chemical Engineering (1st year)

​(co-supervised with Lydia Contreras)

Research Assistants

Charles Sanders

BS Biochemistry,  Texas State University


Mathew Soto 

BS Biology: Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, UT-Austin

Undergraduate Researchers
  • Maha Ikram, Biology Honors, class of 2023

  • Justin Owens, ChE, class of 2023

  • Matthew Ocanas, ME, class of 2024

  • Katie Tehas, Biology, class of 2024

  • Anna Prestwood, ChE class of 2024

  • Ridhi Patel, BME class of 2024

  • Jayden Aleman, Biology, class of 2024

  • Grace Lai, ChE class 2025

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