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Professor Emilia Morosan - Principal Investigator

Emilia Morosan is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Materials Science and Nanoengineering at Rice University in Houston TX. She joined Rice in 2007, following doctoral work in Physics at Iowa State University and Ames Lab, and a postdoctoral position in Chemistry at Princeton University. She received several early career awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) and the NSF CAREER, and was recently selected as a EPiQS Investigator by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. When not "cooking" in the lab, Emilia enjoys baking, gardening, kayaking, rock climbing, and most mornings you can join her for a bike ride or a run. 

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BRK 339 - p: 713-348-2529 - e: emorosan_at_rice_dot_edu

Yuxiang Gao - Graduate student

Yuxiang is from Beijing, China and graduated from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from Physics department. He came to Rice and joined the Morosan lab in the fall of 2019. He is interested in the characterization and synthesis of frustrated magnets with 3d transition metal elements and/or rare earth elements. On his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, following soccer and spending time with family and friends.

BRK 263 - p: 713-348-2877 - e: yg61_at_rice_dot_edu 


Kevin Allen - Graduate student

Kevin is from Arizona, United States and graduated from University of Costa Rica in 2020 with a degree in Physics. He came to Rice and joined the Morosan lab in the fall of 2020. He is interested in the interplay between structural, magnetic and electronic properties that give rise to emergent phenomena, like unconventional superconductivity and non-colinear magnetic structures. On his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

BRK 265 - p: 713-348-2877 - e: kja3_at_rice_dot_edu 

Karthik Rao - Graduate student

Karthik is from Mumbai, India and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2021 with degrees in Physics and Computer Science. He came to Rice and joined the Morosan lab in the fall of 2021. He is interested in the characterization and synthesis of quantum spin liquids with rare earth elements. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, visiting new places, hiking and spending time with friends and his cat.

BRK 263 - p: 713-348-2877 - e: ksr5_at_rice_dot_edu 


Aparna Jayakumar - Graduate Student

Ph.D. student in Physics(co-advised by Dr. Hanyu Zhu)Aparna is from Portland, Oregon and came to Rice after graduating from UT Austin with a BS in Physics, and works jointly with Dr. Zhu's group for synthesis, fabrication, and optical characterization of 2D materials. Outside of research, Aparna enjoys playing violin, making art, and spending time out in nature.

Rose Albu Mustaf - Graduate Student

Rose is from Southern California, and graduated from the University of La Verne in 2023 with a degree in Physics and a minor in Biology. She came to Rice and joined the Morosan lab in the fall of 2023. She is interested in the synthesis and study of compounds with itinerant magnetism. In her spare time, she enjoys weightlifting, reading, baking, and listening to podcasts.

Through the years...

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Former Group Members

     Graduate Students


  • Vishwa Nellore (MS 2010)

  • Liang Zhao (PhD 2012)

  • Justin Chen (MS 2014)

  • Eteri Svanidze (PhD 2015, group leader Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics)

  • Jiakui Wang (PhD 2015)

  • Chih-Wei Chen (PhD 2016, Module and Integration Device Yield Engineer, Intel Corporation)

  • Jessica Santiago (MS 2016, Physicist II - Quantum Computer Operator, Quantinuum)

  • Binod Rai (PhD 2017, Senior Scientist A, Savannah River National Laboratory)

  • Kyle Bayliff (MA 2018)

  • Macy Stavinoha (PhD 2019, Research Engineer, LyondellBasell)

  • Jesse Choe (PhD 2019)

  • Vanessa Espinoza

  • Long Qian (PhD 2022)

  • Jaime Moya (PhD 2022, Postdoctoral Associate Princeton University)

      Undergraduate Students


  • Michael Mehlman  (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Alexander S. Lambert  (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Victor Leyva (MEMS Department, Rice University) 

  • Joshua Yip ( Century Scholar, Rice University)

  • Vlad B. Ghita (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Stephanie Padley (Chemistry, Rice University)

  • Jamie Stone (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • John Luke Garcia (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Karl Pierce (Chemistry, Rice University)

  • Alura Vincent (Mechanical Engineering, Rice University)

  • Cam Gutgsell (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Haihao Liu (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University) 

  • Chris Georgen (Chemical Physics, Rice University)

  • John "Tommy" Stasko (Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, Rice University)

  • Matthew Thibodeau (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Errol Jordheim (Physics and Astronomy, Rice University)

  • Spencer Kawachika (Chemistry, Rice University)

Visiting Researchers and Summer Interns


  • Kazunari Arai   (Graduate student, Kyoto University, Japan)

  • Ellen Kunzeman  (REU undergraduate student, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL) 

  • Stephanie Rosales  (High school student, Harmony Science Academy, Houston, TX)

  • Mark P. Hendricks  (REU  student, Harvey Mudd College)

  • John Alex Eukel (Summer undergraduate student, University of Texas Austin)

  • Dr. Rhett Woo (RET teacher intern) 

  • Alvenia Chambliss (RET teacher intern)  

  • Keisuke Takamizawa (NanoJapan graduate student, Hokkaido University, Japan)

  • Hikaru Iwata (NanoJapan graduate student, Tohoku University, Japan)

  • Douglas Bollinger (NanoJapan undergraduate student, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Jose E. Tusell (REU  student, University of Houston) 

  • Katherine Celestine (RET teacher intern)

  • Sonja Khan (REU student)

  • Phuan Vo (REU student, MIT)

  • Ralph Cox (RET summer researcher)

  • Emily Maxwell (REU student, Denison University)

  • Makiko Ogino (Tomodachi-STEM at Rice University)

  • Helen He (GT Mentorship program, Clements High School)

  • Andrea Revelo (REU student, Lone Star College)

  • Bianca Spiess (Graduate exchange student from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz)

  • Eria Imada (Tomodachi-STEM at Rice University)

  • Daniel Ramirez (RET summer researcher)



      Postdoctoral Associates


  • Dr. Andrea Marcinkova

  • Dr. Alannah Hallas (Assistant Proffesor, University of British Columbia)

  • Dr. Chien-Lung Huang (Assistant Professor, National Cheng Kung University)

  • Dr. Shiming Lei (Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

  • Dr. Onur Tosun

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