Principle Investigator:

Mehmet A. Orman
BS/MS: Chemical Engineering (Minor in Sociology), METU, Ankara, Turkey
PhD: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ, USA.
Postdoc: Princeton University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Postdoctoral Fellows:

“Two extremes, space and microorganisms, prove that we should be so humble. Along with research, in order to make my life journey sweeter, I never ignore soccer, music, classic movies, and Persian poems .”
Aslan Massahi
BS: Chemical Engineering – Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, IRAN
MS: Chemical Engineering – Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, IRAN
PhD: Biotechnology – Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TURKEY

“I have dedicated my professional career to implement R&D projects. During my career, I have worked in multidisciplinary research areas to develop, to discover, and to commercialize technologies.”
Vahideh Angardi
MS: Chemical Engineering-Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TURKEY
PhD: Chemical Engineering-Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TURKEY

Ph.D. Students:

In my previous life I used to enjoy running, skiing, soccer, table tennis, doomsday prepping, investing, and memorizing pi digits (shooting for 3500 digits this December). But now I have much cooler interests namely: bacterial persistence, omics, and genetic engineering.”
Adesola Saba
BS: Chemical Engineering, Cleveland State University, Ohio, USA.

“I enjoy playing basketball, reading graphics novels and indulging in the world of gaming”
Prashant Karki
BS: Chemistry and Mathematics, William Carey University

“I used to do karate. I enjoy watching TV shows and I love burgers.”
Pouria Kavousi
BS: Chemical Engineering – University of Tehran, Tehran, IRAN

“I love reading detective novels. I am a great soccer player.”
Sayed G. Mohiuddin
BS: Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh.

I believe in hard work, a good attitude, and great work ethic. “A human can alter his life by altering his attitude” – William James. I love yoga, snacks and sleep.
Hanny Ngo
BS: Chemical Engineering – University of Houston, Texas, USA.

Undergraduate Students:

“I’m Tahimy Landestoy Acosta, a Chemical Engineering Junior, minoring in Chemistry and Energy & Sustainability. I’m first-generation, Cuban born and raised. In my free time, I enjoy doing arts & craft, painting and writing. My ultimate professional goal is to invent a vaccine against cancer and many other terminal diseases. I want to demonstrate that I can apply my parents lessons in the field, as well as give back to the community where it all started.”
Tahimy Landestoy Acosta

“I am a fourth year chemical engineering student at the University of Houston. In my free time, I enjoy baking, running, watching movies and spending time with my dog.”
Laura Rossodivita


Maria Bolanos (High School student)
Diego Figueroa (Undergraduate)
Cristian Oviedo (Undergraduate)
Alex Huynh (Undergraduate)
Uzo Anwaegbu (Undergraduate)
Thao Vy Nguyen (Undergraduate)
Nga Lee (Undergraduate)
Thuy Hoang (Undergraduate)
Sofia Martinez (Undergraduate)
Tam Nguyen (Undergraduate)