OUR TEAM

Scientific Minds

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Principle Investigator

Gül obtained her Ph.D. from Lehigh University in 2017. After working for four years at Princeton University as a postdoc, she joined UH Chemical Engineering faculty in January 2022. 

Outside being a traditional chemical engineer, she is a master in almost all kinds of card games (former professional bridge player), enjoys yoga and martial arts, has a secret love of playing classical Turkish musical instruments and baking. 

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ATANU BAKSI

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Atanu has earned his Ph.D. from Jadavpur University in 2021 and has joined the team in January 2022.  He is working on a computational project where we aim to understand the molecular picture of a vital phenomenon in biological complexity: liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) in crowded environments.


He is curious about almost everything, always ready to learn and he consciously strive to become a better person each day. He wishes to put his scientific efforts towards making our environment a better place for all the living species not only for the 'hoomans'.🙂

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AYUSH GUPTA

Graduate Student

Ayush completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering at IIT Kanpur and joined our lab in January 2022. He is interested in investigating the phase separation of IDPs via coarse grained models and machine learning techniques. 


Outside the lab, he enjoys swimming, dancing, cooking, playing air hockey and absolutely doesn’t claim to be an expert in either of these. In his room, you will mostly catch him reading fiction novels or watching Friends.

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KARIM MALEKZADEH

Graduate Student

Karim obtained his BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and joined the lab in January 2022. He is studying RNA structure and dynamics in a variety of contexts, ranging from ribonucleoprotein assemblies to viral replication, using high-resolution computer models and advanced sampling techniques.

Outside the lab, Karim is highly focused on self-exploration in trying to find his true self 🤓🧐

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KOSAR RAHIMI NASRABADI

Graduate Student

Kosar got her BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and joined the lab in January 2022. She is working on strategies to back-map the course-grained trajectories of protein condensates on the atomistic scale using machine-learning techniques.

She is interested in hiking, traveling, psychology, and genuinely looking for new experiences.

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MINH NGOC NGUYEN

Undergrad Student

Minh is a rising junior (as of Summer 2022) at the University of Houston studying Biochemistry. She is working on back-mapping the coarse-grained portrayed aberrant TF condensates on atomistic resolution.

In her free time, she works on her online graphic design courses and reads mystery-solving novels. She is a very curious person and is interested in every little mystery of life.

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IBAD SIDDIQUI

Undergrad Student

Ibad is a sophomore Honors Chemical Engineering undergraduate student at the University of Houston. He joined the lab in July 2022 and is currently working on a computational project studying the endocytic pathways of carbon nanotubes for drug delivery systems.


Outside of the lab, he has a passion for watching and playing sports including cricket, football, basketball, and table tennis, among others. He strives to give achieve the best that he can in whatever opportunities he is given.

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MELISSA UNLU

Undergrad Student

Melissa is a sophomore (as of September 2022) in Electrical Engineering at the University of Houston, working on intrinsically disordered regions of transcription factors.

Outside the lab, she is interested in classical guitar, piano, sculpture, electronics/software, and martial arts.