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Current Committee Members

 Luis Ruiz Pestana

Luis is a postdoc at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, working with Teresa Head-Gordon. He uses molecular simulation techniques to study a variety of problems ranging from radioactive ion exchange in clays, to how chemical reactions are affected by nanoconfinement, or how amyloids aggregate into fibrils. Luis enjoys hiking, playing soccer, the wine region, and teaching 2nd graders about sound! .





Elena Lichtenthaler

Elena is a visiting PhD student analyzing China’s food security policies. She is an avid advocate for science communication and always interested in connecting research with the outside academia world. Elena enjoys singing, playing improv and traveling by bicycle, last from Florida to Berkeley.


Martin Lichtenthaler

Martin joined the Arnold group at UC Berkeley as a DFG Fellow in 2017. His research interests are group 4, 5 and f-block chemistry. Beyond communicating his findings to the general public, Martin enjoys traveling (e.g. sailing across the Atlantic Ocean), playing the violin as well as practicing Judo and improv.


Raz Bar-Ziv

Raz is a postdoc at UC Berkeley, working with Professor Andrew Dillin. He is interested in how cells maintain a healthy cellular environment, and how cells lose this capacity during aging. Raz is also interested in science education, outreach, and science communication. He was teaching Biology to high-school students during his PhD, and has been volunteering in student organizations to make the academic experience both productive and fun for everyone.


Darryl Diptee

Darryl started his PhD at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education in 2018. When he's not reworking blueprints for his time machine or innovating a cure for cancer (seriously, let's chat!), you'll find him in his lab researching how we might keep minority students in the STEM pipeline and increase the diversity of our STEM workforce. Darryl's always happy to chat about anything STEM, so hit him up! Go Science!