Group Members

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Current Group Members:

Group Photo

Group Photo, May, 2016 Shpyrko group, May 2016. (l-to-r): Oleg Shpyrko, James Wingert, Nelson Hua, Olesya Kovalchuk, Josh Ruby, Roopali Kookerja, Andrej Singer, VIdya Premkumar, Devin Cela, Robin Knox, Amie Diza
Group Photo, March 25, 2013 (l-to-r): Oleg Shpyrko, Jim Wingert, Jong Woo Kim, Sebastian Dietze, Leandra Boucheron, Edwin Fohtung, Marion Fuhrman, Andrew Ulvestad, Jacob Stanley, Yeling Dai

Principal Investigator

Prof. Oleg Shpyrko
Oleg Shpyrko
Professor, and Vice-Chair Department of Physics

University of California San Diego
Ph.D. 2004, Physics, Harvard University

Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University, 2004 (CV)

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Stjepan Hrkac
Stjepan Hrkac, Postdoctoral Scholar 2017-present

Dr. rer-nat, CAU Kiel
Diploma Physics, CAU Kiel

Anatoly Shabalin
Anatoly Shabalin, Postdoctoral Scholar 2016-present

Ph.D. Physics, University of Hamburg, 2016
M.S. Physics, Moscow State University, 2010
Research Topic: I believe that the unique capabilities of state-of-the-art X-ray sources, such as new generation of synchrotrons and free-electron lasers, are the key to the revolution in the current understanding of physics of nanoscale systems. In this big picture, my research focuses on probing the structure and dynamics of functional materials, such as resistive-switching based nanodevices for neuromorphic computing, advanced battery materials in operando conditions, and self-assembled biophotonic structures for optical computing applications.

Ivan Zaluzhnyy
Ivan Zaluzhnyy, Postdoctoral Scholar 2018-present

Ph.D. Physics, National research nuclear university "MEPhI" (Moscow), 2017
Research Topic: x-ray diffraction studies of soft condensed matter

Peter Oliver Sprau
Peter Oliver Sprau, Postdoctoral Scholar 2018-present

Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University, 2017
Research Topic: I'm interested in the study of strongly correlated quantum materials that have the potential to shape the future of our energy and information technologies.

Graduate Students

Nelson Hua
Nelson Hua, Graduate Student 2015-present

B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
B.A. Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, 2013

Devin Cela
Devin Cela, Graduate Student 2015-present

M.S. Physics, UCSD 2014
B.S. Physics, MIT 2013
Research Topic: Studying defects and dislocations in energy storage and conversion materials using coherent diffractive imaging.
Mayer Hall 3681

Erik Lamb
Erik Lamb, Graduate Student 2018-present

B.S. Physics, UCLA 2016

Undergraduate Students

Annamarie Paganelli
Annamarie Paganelli, Undergraduate Student 2017-present
Sarah Lim
Sarah Lim, Sarah Lim, Undergraduate Student 2017-present


Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Andrej Singer
Dr. Andrej Singer, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2017
Ph.D. Physics, University of Hamburg, 2013

Research Topic: My research focuses on understanding of the structure and its dynamics in nanoscale materials by using new generation x-ray sources.

Currently an Assistant Professor at Cornell University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Andrej's site

Dr. Roopali Kukreja
Dr. Roopali Kukreja, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2016

Phd Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford, 2014
MS, Stanford
BS, Materials Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

Currently an Assistant Professor at UC Davis in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Roopali's website

Dr. Edwin Fohtung
Edwin Fohtung, Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-2013
B.Sc. Technical Physics, Minor - Physical Electronics, St Petersburg State Technical University, Russia 2005
M.Sc. Technical Physics , Minor - Physical Electronics, 2007
Ph.D. Physics\Material Science, University of Freiburg, Germany 2010
Research Topic:

Combination of first-principles, semi-empirical techniques. Novel coherent x-ray diffraction imaging techniques to study the fundamental physics of novel materials with potential technological importance. Strain Mediated Magnetoelectric Coupling as a route to Novel Hybrid Multiferroic Devices Switching of Ferroelectrics Domains and Magnetoelectric coupling in heterostructures

Dr. Jyoti Mohanty
Dr. Jyoti Mohanty, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2009

Research Topic: X-ray magnetic dichroism studies of magnetic thin films, magnetic and orbital domains in manganese oxides, charge density wave systems.

Currently a Scientist at Technical University Berlin.
Jyoti's website

Graduate Students

James Wingert
James Wingert, Graduate Student 2013-2018

After graduating obtained a job at General Atomics working on the tokamac, where he is now. (2018)

Leandra Boucheron
Leandra Boucheron, Graduate Student, 2010-2015
B.S. Physics, New Mexico Tech, 2010
M.S. Physics, UC San Diego, 2012
Ph.D. Physics, UC San Diego, 2015
Research Topic: Soft Matter and Liquid Surface Scattering

After graduating obtained her first choice of lecturer positions at the University of New Mexico, where she currently teaches. (2018)

Andrew Ulvestad
Andrew Ulvestad, Graduate Student, 2012-2015
B.S. Physics, UC San Diego, 2010
M.S. Physics, U Chicago, 2012
Ph.D. Physics, UC San Diego, 2015
Research Topic: Coherent Imaging and XPCS

After graduating took a postdoctoral position at Argonne National Lab. Now working as a Senior Cell Research Engineer at Tesla. (2018)

Sebastian Dietze
Sebastian Dietze, Graduate Student, 2008-2015
B.S. Physics, U Texas Austin, 2008
M.S. Physics, UC San Diego, 2010
Ph.D. Physics, UC San Diego, 2015

Research Topic: Magnetic nanostructures.
Applications Engineer at SUSS Microtec. (2018)

Jacob Stanley
Jacob Stanley, Graduate Student, 2008-2015
B.S. Physics and B.S. Math, UC Santa Cruz, 2007
M.S. Physics, UC San Diego, 2009
Ph.D. Physics, UC San Diego, 2015
Research Topic: Surface Scattering
Moses Marsh
Moses Marsh, Graduate Student, 2009-2013
B.S. Physics, Univ. of California Santa Barbara 2009
M.S. Physics, UC San Diego 2011.

Research Topic: Superconductivity and Correlated Electron Systems
Instructor and Senior Data Scientist at Galvanize Inc. (2018)

Jong Woo Kim
Jong Woo Kim, MSE Graduate Student, 2009-2015
M. Sc. Seoul National University
Ph.D., UC San Diego, 2015

Research Topic: Superconductivity and Correlated Electron Systems
Postdoctoral appointee at Argonne National Laboratory. (2018)

Yeling Dai
Yeling Dai, Graduate Student, 2008-2013
B.S. Physics, The University of Science and Technology of China, 2006
M.S. Physics, UC San Diego, 2008
Ph.D. Physics, UC San Diego, 2013
Research Topic: Dynamics of nanoconfined materials, Liquid Surface Scattering.

Logistics analyst in Quickprime LLC (2018)

Ash Tripathi
Ash Tripathi, Graduate Student, 2007-2012
B.S. Electrical Engineering, U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2005
M.S. Physics, UC San Diego, 2007
Ph.D. Physics, UC San Diego, 2012
Research Topic: Novel coherent x-ray imaging techniques, ptychographic iterative engine, lens-less imaging. Nanodiffraction studies of metal-insulator transition.

Undergraduate Students

Josh Ruby
Josh Ruby, Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2017

CT Engineerging Graduate Student Intern at Apple. (2018)

Olesya Kovalchuk
Olesya Kovalchuk, Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2017

Working in the Aeronatics division at General Atomics as an Analysis Engineer (2018)

Christopher Parzyck
Christopher Parzyck, Undergraduate Researcher, 2012-2013
Eva Isaacs
Eva Isaacs, Undergraduate Researcher, 2012-2013
Gurleen Bal, Undergraduate Researcher. After graduating became a physics graduate student at UCLA. (2018)
Brandon Stevenson
Brandon Stevenson, Undergraduate Student 2006-2010
B.S. Physics, UC San Diego 2010
Research Topic: Fresnel Coherent Diffractive Imaging, Two-color imaging. After graduating became a physics graduate student at UCLA. (2018)
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Sam Stanwyck, Undergraduate Researcher,

Research Topic: Dynamics of Jammed Systems. Light Scattering.
After graduating became a physics PhD student at Stanford. Currently a Quantum Engineering Manager at Rignetti Computing. (2018)

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Veronica Burnett, Undergraduate Researcher

Portfolio Accounting Product Specialist at Black Mountain Systems. (2018)

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LLuvia Rodriguez, Undergraduate Researcher
Anashe Bandari, Undergraduate Researcher. A physics graduate student at the College of William and Mary. (2018)
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Charles Neill, Undergraduate Researcher

Research Topic: Light Scattering
After graduating became a physics Graduate Student at UC Santa Barbara until 2017. Now a Quantum Electronics Engineer at Google. (2018)

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David Kirszenblat, Undergraduate Researcher

Research Topic: Light Scattering.
, After graduating became a student in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne.

Magnus Heinz
Magnus Heinz, Undergraduate Researcher, 2009-2010

After graduating completed a Master's program in Computational Science, University of Frankfurt, Germany. Now a software engineer at SyroCon Consulting GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Sarah Garcia, Undergraduate Researcher, 2008-2009

Teaching Physics at High Tech High, a San Diego-based charter school system. (2018)

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Andrew McLeod, Undergraduate Researcher, 2008-2009

After graduating became a physics graduate student at Stanford University. (2018)

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[Kevin Duggento]], Undergraduate Researcher, 2008-2009

Visiting Students

Marion Fuhrmann
Marion Fuhrmann,visting student, March-June 2013
Loic Jacot Dewcombes
Loic Jacot Descombes, visiting student, Nov 2008-April 2009

Masters Student at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Masters Thesis: Dynamic Light Scattering studies of fluid microdynamics (PDF)
B.S. Physics, Ecole Polytechnique federale de Lausanne, Switzerland 2007
Research Topic: Light Scattering Studies of micro- and nano-particles.
Current Whereabouts: ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

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Michael Folkerts undergraduate researcher, 2008-2010

Research Topic: Dynamics of Jammed Systems. Light Scattering.
Mike is currently a UCSD Physics Ph.D. student in Medical Imaging at UCSD Cancer Center.

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