Current Group Members



Arati Kolhatkar

Currently a post-doctoral associate in the Lee group, Arati Kolhatkar received her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry/Chemical Biology under the guidance of Professor T. Randall Lee and Professor Richard Willson in 2014.  Her research focus continues to be synthesis, functionalization, and applications of magnetic nanoparticles.  As a chemical engineer (B. Chem. Eng. from University of Bombay, India, M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Tulsa, OK), her prior areas of research and experience include biotreatment of wastewaters, biodesulfurization of crude oil, microbially enhanced oil recovery, development of hydraulic fracturing fluids, and soil/groundwater bioremediation. 

Johnson Hoang

Johnson Hoang was born in Houston, Texas. He earned a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and graduated from the University of Houston in 2011. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Biochemistry under the guidance of Professor Preethi Gunaratne in collaboration with Professor T.Randal Lee, with a research focus on drug delivery vehicles to therapeutically target and deliver miRNA into different cancer cell lines.



Yi-Ting Chen

Yi-Ting Chen is from Taipei, Taiwan. She received a B.S. degree in Chemistry at National Taiwan Normal University in 2010. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. T. Randall Lee and Dr. Shoujun Xu. The focus of her research is on the synthesis and application of magnetic particles.

Long Han

Long Han was born in Quy Nhon, Vietnam. In 2012, he joined Lee Research Group. He received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineer in 2015. He is now  currently working as Research Assistant. His research focus on corosion inhibitors that are used after acidizing treatment to protect drilling equipment or pipeline.

María Márquez

María Márquez was born in Houston, Texas. She earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry (minors in French and Global Business), graduating Cum Laude from the University of Houston in 2011. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. T. Randall Lee with a research focus on the structure and properties of organic thin films. 



Tingting Liu

Tingting Liu, was born in ShanDong, China. She earned her Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Nanjing University of Technology in 2012. She is pursuing her Ph.D.  degree under the guidance of Dr. T. Randall Lee with a research focus on nanoparticle technology for use in energy applications.

Daniela Rodriguez

Daniela Rodriguez was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. She earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry, graduating Cum Laude, from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2013. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. T. Randall Lee and Dr. Steven Baldelli. Her research interest is in sum frequency generation spectroscopy and electrochemistry of self-assembled monolayers on metal surfaces.



Lydia St. Hill

Lydia St. Hill, originally from Sellersville, Pennsylvania, received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Jackson State University in 2012, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  She continued her education and received a M.S. degree in Science Education from Pensacola Christian College. She has worked in education for the past 10 years. Her desire and passion to further science education and teaching has encouraged her to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. T. Randall Lee.





Siwakorn Sakunkaewkasem

Siwakorn Sakunkaewkasem was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry from Silpakorn University where he is pursuing a Bachelor's degree under the guidance of Dr. Nantanit Wanichacheva.  His undergraduate research focuses on the synthesis of fluorescence compounds for binding heavy metal ions.  Currently, he is an intern at the University of Houston with Dr. T. Randall Lee and Dr. Andrew C. Jamison advising him on the synthesis of partially fluorinated compounds.