Carlos R. Baiz


Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Postdoc: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (2011-2013)
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2013-2015)
Group of Prof. Andrei Tokmakoff

Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2006-2011)
Group of Prof. Kevin Kubarych

B.S. Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI (2002-2005)

Curriculum Vitae

Outside the lab: Carlos is interested in enhancing student diversity in the physical sciences. He is a member of the CNS Diversity and Inclusion Committee as well as a member of the Chemistry Graduate Admissions Committee.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Kwang Im

Kwang-Im Oh


Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania (2013-2016)
Group of Prof. Feng Gai

Ph.D. Korea University (2011)
Group of Prof. Minhaeng Cho

Main Project: Hydrogen bonding in highly heterogeneous environments.

Graduate Students


Christopher Baryiames


Graduate Student

B.S. Providence College, Providence, RI (2016)

Main Project: Interfacial solvation dynamics in reverse micelles.

Outside the lab: Chris is a member of UT’s Council of Graduate Chemists. He has participated in professional development workshops, and pedagogy seminars to advance his teaching skills.


Jennifer C. Flanagan


Graduate Student

B.S. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY (2015)

Main Project: Biophysics of peptide-membrane interactions.

Outside the lab: Jenny has worked with Dr. Kate Biberdorf founding an organization called Bold Women in Chemistry (BWIC), which focuses on chemistry-related community outreach and includes mentorship opportunities for women at all levels of chemistry. Additionally, she leads a Virtual Presentation program where chemists at UT can visit K-12 classrooms over video chat to talk about what it means to be a scientist, answer their own science questions, and show them fun visual chemistry experiments to cultivate young student interest in science careers and higher education.

Ji Yeon

Ji Yeon Kim


Graduate Student (joint with Prof. C. Grant Willson, Department of Chemical Engineering)

B.Eng. National University of Singapore, Singapore

Main Project: Photoacid diffusion in thin polymer films.

Outside the lab: Ji Yeon has been participating at Austin’s children’s museum, the Thinkery, to introduce simple science experiments to both children and adults. Ji Yeon is also a NASCENT (Nanosystems Engineering Research Center) student and is actively collaborating with industries to promote applications of fundamental science to industrial activities.

Stephanie Liu


Graduate Student
B.S. University of Pittsburgh (2018)

Main Project: Protein-ion interactions and channel gating mechanisms.



Matt Mlsna


Graduate Student
B.S. Mississippi State University (2018)

Main Project: Protein in complex environments, heterogeneous dynamics and crowding.



Mason L. Valentine


Graduate Student
B.S. Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT (2015)

Main Project: Hydrogen-bond dynamics at the lipid-water interface in highly heterogeneous lipid membranes.

Outside the lab: Mason is planning on doing research and development in either industry or government. He’s been involved in Exxon’s Partners in Academic Lab Safety (PALS) program and has taken courses through UT’s communication school to develop skills for  working outside of academia.

Undergraduate Students

Kavya Rajesh


Undergraduate Researcher

University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry, Class of 2020

Main Project: Thermodynamic protein stability in mixed solvents

Outside the lab: Kavya is an officer in the Undergraduate Research Journal and a member of the Dean’s Scholars Honors Program to promote research and host events on campus and in the community. She is also a member of BWIC and participates in virtual presentations with Jenny. In her free time, she volunteers at CD Doyle to provide healthcare to homeless populations and works with kids at the Helping Hand Home for Children.

Maya Waterland


Undergraduate Researcher

University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry and Art History, Class of 2021

Main Project: DMSO-water interactions in crowded complex environments



Infrared Spectrometer

Born: Ettlingen, Germany (2015)
Spike looks forward to a productive career in the Baiz Group.




After UT

Sean Edington Postdoc Postdoc in the Johnson group at Yale
Emily Ma Undergrad Graduate student in chemistry at Northwestern