Alumni

Post-Doc Fellows

Santosh Gurung

Currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Sandia National Lab

 

 

 


Graduate Students

 

Shekhar KC

M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Ph.D. in Chemistry, The University of New Mexico

Shekhar was born in Syangja, a western part of Nepal. He received his M.Sc. Degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Tribhuvan University and did his research under the supervision of Dr. Paras Nath Yadav. Later he joined St. Xavier College, Kathmandu, and worked there as a lecturer for three years. Shekhar then resumed his higher studies at UNM in Fall 2014 and joined Dr. Giri’s research lab in 2015. He graduate with his Ph.D. in the Giri group in spring 2019. Shekhar is currently a post-doc fellow at the University of California San Diego with Professor Valerie Schmidt.

 

 

Namrata Khanal

M.S. in Chemistry, UTEP

Namrata Khanal received B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Later, she moved to USA and joined University of Texas at El Paso. After graduating with M.S. in Chemistry from UTEP, she moved to UNM for doctoral study. Namrata is currently a graduate student at the University of New Mexico with Professor Christine Le.

 

Prakash Basnet

M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Ph.D. in Chemistry, The University of New Mexico, 2018

Prakash Basnet was born in Tanahun, Nepal. He completed his MSc in organic chemistry and graduated with Distinction from Tribhuvan University under the supervision of Dr. Bimala Subba. As a graduate student, he conducted research related to the natural products. He worked as a chemistry instructor at Araniko H.S. Boarding School. Enthralled by the power of education, he aspired to obtain higher degree and moved to the U.S. in 2013 as a graduate student at UNM. In the Fall of the same year, he joined Giri Research Group and graduate with his Ph.D. in the fall of 2018. Prakash is currently a post-doc fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with Professor Marisa Kozlowski.

 

Bijay Shrestha

M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Ph.D. in Chemistry, The University of New Mexico

Bijay Shrestha was born in Kathmandu, Nepal. He graduated with distinction from Tribhuvan University (Nepal) with an M.Sc. in organic chemistry in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Surya Kant Kalauni. After graduation, he worked as chemistry lecturer in Morgan International College (Nepal) for 3 years. He joined Giri Research Group in the Fall of 2013 and graduate with his Ph.D. in spring 2018. Bijay is currently a post-doc fellow at UIUC with Professor Scott Denmark.

Surendra Thapa

B.A. in Chemistry, South Dakota State University

Ph.D, in Chemistry, The University of New Mexico

Surendra Thapa was born in 1987 and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. He graduated with a BA in Chemistry from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD in 2010. In 2012, he began his graduate studies at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM where he worked with Dr. Tatiana Timofeeva, Dr. Kaiguo Chang and Dr. Carol Linder. He joined the Giri group in the summer of 2013 and graduate with his Ph.D. in spring 2018. Surendra is currently a post-doc fellow at Harvard University with Professor Jarad Mason.

 

Ryan Pike

B.A. in Chemistry, The University of New Mexico

M.S. in Chemistry, The University of New Mexico

Ryan graduated from Los Lunas High School, located 20 miles south of Albuquerque in the class of 2010. In his final year at UNM, Ryan joined the Giri research group in the Fall of 2014. Outside of class, he enjoys hiking, exercising, and playing sports. Ryan graduate with his Master’s in Chemistry in the Giri group in fall 2017.

 

 


Undergraduate Students

Elaf Alasadi

Elaf was originally from the Middle East. She graduated from Highland high school in 2011 and currently an undergraduate student at UNM majoring in chemistry. She joined the Giri Group in Fall 2015 to develop advanced laboratory skills and enhance her learning experience as a chemistry major. In her free time, Elaf likes reading novels, dancing, working out, and snow boarding.

 

 

John Max Dawkins

Max was born in Fountain Hills, Arizona in 1992. He moved to New Mexico in 1996, where he attended high school at Albuquerque Academy. Graduating in 2011, Max began attending the University of New Mexico in the fall of 2011. He spent a year on the National Student Exchange at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for 2012-13 and returned to spend the remainder of his undergraduate career at UNM. Max joined the Giri research group for the summer of 2015. When Max is not in the lab, he enjoys playing golf, skateboarding, cycling, and playing the guitar.

Jamie Fenton

Jamie was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from La Cueva high school in 2016 and is currently an undergraduate student at Dartmouth college. She is studying biochemistry and cultural anthropology with an emphasis on Asian and Middle Eastern studies in the hopes of attending medical school and furthering her research in both disciplines. She joined the Giri group in 2018 to hone her laboratory skills and begin to develop techniques for my own future research projects.

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Kira Hughes

 

 

Currently a graduate student at the University of Washington.

 

 

 

Christine Lucky

Christine graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, located in Virginia in 2013. She is currently an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis. She joined the Giri group as a REU student for the summer of 2015. In her free time, Christine likes to read, spend time with family, and play ultimate Frisbee.

 

 

Adam Montoya

Adam graduated from Española Valley High School, located in Northern New Mexico, in 2010. Currently in his fourth year attending UNM, Adam joined the Giri research group in the summer of 2014. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, playing guitar, and visiting his family back home.

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Riedel

Patrick was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1994. He graduated from Del Norte high school in 2012. In the spring of 2014 Patrick joined the Giri Research group. Outside of taking classes and being in the lab, he enjoys reading, cycling and watching films. Patrick is currently a graduate student at the University of New Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Rodriguez

Amanda is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Volcano Vista H.S. in 2012. She is currently an undergraduate student at UNM. With passion for research, Amanda joined the Giri research group in Spring of 2015. In her free time, Amanda likes to do yoga, spend time with family and friends, and play the violin.

 

 

 

Devin Rollins

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from Cibola High School in 2017. I am currently an undergraduate student at UNM studying Biochemistry and Psychology. In my free time I am an avid runner, and I also enjoy biking and hiking.

 

 

 

 

Natalia Tenorio

Natalia Tenorio was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. She studied Geology at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT), in Socorro, NM, for 3 years before transferring to UNM in the Fall of 2015. She is currently a junior undergraduate Chemistry major, minoring in Earth Science and Mathamatics. She joined Dr. Giri’s team in the Summer of 2016 as a Research Aide. Natalia is currently a graduate student at the University of New Mexico.

 

 

Adarsh Vangala

Adarsh Vangala was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1995. He attended high school at Albuquerque Academy, and after graduating he started attending the University of New Mexico in the fall of 2012. Adarsh joined the Giri group during the summer of 2013. In his free time, Adarsh enjoys reading and playing tennis.


High School Students

Ariana Munoz

Hello, my name is Ariana Munoz. I am a high-school student looking to pursue a career in the medical field. I am currently attending South Valley Academy and am really excited to be a part of Professor Ramesh Giri’s Lab with this summer internship opportunity.

 

 

 

Edgar Portillo

Hi, I am Edgar Portillo and I volunteer in the chemistry lab lead by Mr. Giri. I started working in the Lab since June 1st, 2015 and I’ve used my great Math skills and applied them to the lab as I go along. Ever since I was a little I’ve always wanted to become a cop and as I grew older my career interest changed to becoming an Engineer to be exact a Biomedical Engineer. But this year I discovered I was really good at another field in the Engineering field and that other field is Civil Engineer. Since my Father works in a Civil Engineer business I’ve discovered my changes in landing a good job in the civil engineering field was great. I joined the lab because I ‘m great with numbers and my professor recommended me and even though my mind not be set in the a chemical or biology field my mind might change again and this volunteer internship is definitely helping. I continue working in the Chemistry Lab and my math skills continue to help me get the job well done.

 

Jackson Rider

Jackson is currently a student at Albuquerque Academy, class of 2015. He has lived in New Mexico for his whole life, and loves to play and watch soccer. His favorite teams are Arsenal and Barcelona. Jackson also ran track and cross country while in high school. He will be attending Colorado State University and intends to major in Mechanical Engineering, and minor in Aerospace Engineering. He is also highly interested in all the different types of sciences and Chemistry has always been something very interesting to him.

 

 

Jasmain Rodriguez

Jasmain Rodriguez is currently a high school student. She attends South Valley Academy and is part of the class of 2016. Jasmain was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She loves being with family and friends and she enjoys going out to different places. Jasmain has always been interested in science but her high school chemistry class was quite different and more interesting to her.