Sarazen Research Group


Rachel A. Yang, 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, 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.





Sir (Navier) Stokes, Research Assistant

Rescue pup from SAVE Animal Shelter, 2019







Matthew Ko, REU Student

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