Sarazen Research Group


Rachel A. Yang, CBE Graduate Student

BS, Rutgers University, Chemical Engineering, 2018

Rachel was born and raised in New Jersey. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University in May 2018. During her undergraduate years, she was an experimentalist in the Celik Catalysis Group where she studied supported metal nanoparticle catalysts for energy and chemical production applications. She aspires to an academic career and is excited to continue exploring catalysis with the Sarazen Research Group. In her free time, she enjoys running, drawing, and brewing coffee.





Hayat Adawi, CBE Graduate Student

BS, Virginia Commonwealth University, Chemical and Life Science Engineering, 2018

Hayat’s home city is Richmond, Virginia. She’s thrilled to join the Sarazen Research Group in its earliest years. As an undergrad at VCU, she dabbled in molecular organic framework (MOF) synthesis with Dr. Hani El-Kaderi, downstream process development at Merck, and nanoparticle exposure research with Dr. Nastassja Lewinski. Apart from staying busy with her grad school work, Hayat enjoys reading nonfiction or walking.





Michael Smith, Chemistry Graduate Student

BS, California State University, Chico, Chemistry, 2018

Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended California State University, Chico for his undergraduate career and worked on a variety of research projects. His principle work was in the field of Chemical Education under Erik Wasinger, where he developed flipped classrooms and active learning modules for general chemistry courses in order to reduce student achievement gaps in STEM courses for underrepresented minorities, first-generation college students, low income college students, and women. Michael aspires to have an industrial career in the field of carbon utilization. In his free time, Michael enjoys cooking and going to the gym.





Sir (Navier) Stokes, Research Assistant

Rescue pup from SAVE Animal Shelter, 2019







Florence Odigie, Undergraduate Student

Princeton University '20, Chemical and Biological Engineering







Serge Priam Nsanzineza, Undergraduate Student

Princeton University '20, Chemical and Biological Engineering







Matthew Ko, PCCM REU Student Summer 2019

BS, Cornell University, Applied and Engineering Physics, anticipated 2021