Holger Schmidt is Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Narinder Kapany Chair of Optoelectronics at UCSC. He directs the Applied Optics group and the W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics, and has served as the Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering. For more on Prof. Schmidt's background, please click here.
Dr. Tom Yuzvinsky
Tom runs the SOE Cleanroom and the Nanofabrication Lab for the W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics. He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, where he worked on carbon nanotube devices. He is interested in the application of nanotechnology at the interface between physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. For more on Dr. Yuzvinsky's background, please click here.
Ruiting joined the Applied Optics Group in 2023. She is conducting postdoctoral research in the area of nanopore-based devices for studies in infectious disease diagnosis and live cell genomics and integration of detection capability with sample processing on PDMS devices. She obtained a PhD from The University of Akron, where she worked on multiplexing sensor for micro and nanoscale bio-objects.
Nafiz is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and joined the Applied Optics group in 2017. He obtained his B.Sc. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Bangladesh.
Tyler is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Physics in 2018. His current research interests are in optofluidic dye lasers and their applications.
Mohammad Julker Neyen Sampad
Sampad is a PhD student in the Electrical Engineering department and joined the applied optics group in 2018. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2017. Sampad is the recipient of a first-year QB3 Fellowship through the W.M. Keck Center for Nanoscale Optofluidics
Sujung is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering and joined the Applied Optics group in 2018. She obtained her M.S. in Physics from Ewha Womans University in Korea in 2016. Before joining the group, she was a student researcher in the department of Material Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley. She is the recipient of the Chancellorís Fellowship. Sujungís research interests include nanomagnetic materials and spintronic devices. Sujung's personal site.
Ravipa is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering and joined the Applied Optics group in 2021. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Applied Physics (2016) and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2018). Before joining the group, she previously worked as a lab technician in nanopore sequencing technology at CSU Northridge. She is the recipient of the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship.
ZoŽ is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering and joined the Applied Optics group in 2021.
S M Saiduzzaman (Abir)
Abir is a Graduate Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCSC and joined the Applied Optics Group in Fall 2021. His research interests include single-molecule sensing, nanopore-based optofluidic devices, integrated optofluidics, optics, and photonics. He is a recipient of the Chancellorís Fellowship and the QB3 Fellowship. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka. During his undergraduate, he worked on modeling nanoscale electronic devices.
Helio is an Electrical Engineering PhD student who joined the Applied Optics group in 2023. He graduated from Whitworth University with a BS in Engineering, where he was part of the Microdevices Lab.
ALUMNI < Name / Role in AO group / Employer after leaving the group >
Dr. Vahid Ganjalizadeh / PhD student / Fluxus, Inc.
Dr. Weigang Yang / Postdoc / TDK Headway Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Han Zhang / Postdoc / Atila Biosystems, Inc.
Dr. Alexandra Stambaugh / PhD student / Applied Biomedical Science Institute
Dr. Mike Jaris / PhD student / Sandia National Laboratories
Dr. Gopikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Meena / PhD student /
Adrian Takemoto / Undergraduate student /
Dr. Aadhar Jain / Postdoc / IMEC
Dr. Cassidy Berk / PhD Student / LBL
Dr. Md. Mahmudur Rahman / PhD Student / Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology
Yucheng Li / PhD Student / Fluxus Inc.
Dr. Josh Parks / PhD Student, Postdoc / Fluxus Inc.
Dr. Damla Ozcelik / PhD Student /
Dr. Jennifer Black / PhD Student / NIST, Boulder
Dr. Hong Cai / Postdoc / KLA Tencor
Dr. Bipul Kumar Mahato / Postdoc / National University of Singapore
Dr. Yu Yahagi / PhD Student / Santec Corporation
Dr. Shuo Liu / PhD Student / Cymer (ASML)
Dr. Kaelyn Leake / PhD Student / Assistant Prof. of Science & Engineering, Sweet Briar College
Dr. Aiqing Chen / Postdoc / Apple
Dr. Anjan Barman / Postdoc / Assistant Prof. of Physics, IIT Delhi
Dr. Bin Wu / PhD Student / KLA Tencor
Dr. Dongliang Yin / Postdoc / Innolume
Dr. Mikhail Rudenko / PhD Student / Oclaro
Dr. Naser Qureshi / Postdoc / Associate Prof. of Physics, UNAM, Mexico City
Dr. Philip Measor / Postdoc / KLA-Tencor
Dr. Rebekah Brandt / PhD Student / Apple
Dr. Sergei Kühn / Postdoc / Scientist, Max-Born Institute, Berlin, Germany
Dr. Suqin Wang / PhD Student / Cobalt Biofuels
Dr. Wenge Yang / PhD Student & Postdoc / Gemfire
Dr. Zhigang Liu / Postdoc /
Luke Hibbard-Libow / Masters student /
Raul Reyes / Undergraduate student /
Sarah Walker / Undergraduate student /
Mark Harrington / Undergraduate student /
Aleksandr Polyakov / Undergraduate Student / Grad school (UC Berkeley)
Bruno de Fanti / Visiting Researcher
Benjamin Trendelkamp-Schroer / Visiting Researcher / Grad school (University of Dresden)
Heather Levin / Undergraduate student / Intel
Jeff Peterson / Undergraduate student /
Jessica Ashizawa / MS student / Novellus
Anik Duttaroy / MS Student / Ventana Medical Systems
Kavit Kumar / Undergraduate student / Grad school (Columbia University)
Kevin Louchis / Undergraduate student / Grad school (UC Davis)
Melissa Eberle / Undergraduate student / Grad school (UC Riverside)
Mark Lum / Undergraduate student /
Palmer Taylor / Undergraduate student / Independent film maker
Payton Marshall / Undergraduate student /
Peter Minogue / Staff /
Reed Johnson / Summer Intern / Undergraduate school (UC Berkeley)
Robert Hoelle / Staff /
Samantha Downey / Undergraduate student /
Senait Gebredingle / Undergraduate student / Grad school (Cal Poly SLO)
Shamik Mascharak / High School Student / Stanford University
Stephane Grenat / EAP exchange student / National Instruments, France
Steve Kuhn / Undergraduate student / Law school (Santa Clara University)
Tamara Pico / Undergraduate student / Princeton University
Tianxiang Xiong / Undergraduate student / Duke University
Trevor Vogt / Undergraduate student /
Wesley Zuber / Undergraduate student / ASIC Advantage
Will Melitz / Undergraduate Student /Grad school (UC San Diego)
Aaron Szasz / Undergraduate Student /Harvard University
Trevor Bailey / Undergraduate Student /Princeton University
Soren Almquist / Undergraduate Student / Cymer (ASML)