Current Group Members

Dr. Teddy

Dr. Teddy came from Costco in Houston, TX.  He is a 53-inch-high chemist bear.  He joined the Lee group in 2017 as the Group Mascot / Assistant Lab Manager.  His research duties include group entertainment and stress relief.  He enjoys watching the students write in the student office.

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 earned her Ph.D. in Organice Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. T. Randall Lee in 2017 with a research focus on the structure and properties of organic thin films. 

Long Han

Long Han was born in Quy Nhon, Vietnam.  In 2012, he joined the Lee Research Group.  He received a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering in 2015.  He is currently pursuing his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His research focus is on corrosion inhibitors that are used after acidizing treatments to protect drilling equipment or pipelines.



Arati Kolhatkar

Currently a post-doctoral associate in the Lee group, Arati Kolhatkar received her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry under the guidance of Professor T. Randall Lee and Professor Richard Wilson 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.

Yi-Ting Chen

Yi-Ting Chen is from Taipei, Taiwan.  She received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from National Taiwan Normal University in 2010 and her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry at the University of Houston.  The focus of her research is on the synthesis and application of iron oxide particles and titanium dioxide nanoparticles coated with gold.
Hung-Vu Tran

Hung V. Tran is a postdoctoral fellow in the Lee group.  He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University of Houston and B.S. degree at Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University (VNU), both are in Chemistry.  His previous research included new reaction development, carbon-hydrogen bond functionalization, carbon dioxide transformation, molecular catalysis and computational catalysis.  Hung’s research will focus primarily on the synthesis and characterization of organic adsorbates for the use as self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on metal substrates.
Johnson Hoang

Johnson Hoang was born in Houston, Texas.  He earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2018 at the University of Houston under the guidance of Professor T. Randall Lee and Professor Preethi Gunaratne.  He previously received his B.S. degree in Biochemical and Biophysical from the University of Houston in 2011.  Johnson's research focus is on interfacial properties of self-assembled monolayers to maximize conjugation of miRNA onto flat surfaces and nanoparticles to be used as a transfection delivery system.

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.
Tingting Liu

Tingting Liu, was born in ShanDong, China.  She earned her Bachelor’s 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.
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 14 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 with a focus in characterization of anti-fouling properties of organic thin films with mixed interfaces.
Tianlang Yu

Tianlang Yu, was born in Guangzhou, China.  He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Sun Yat-Sen University in China followed by a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Houston in 2015.  He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. T. Randall Lee with a research focus on mimicking the surface of industrially relevant polymers using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on metal surfaces. 

Riddhiman Medhi

Riddhiman Medhi was born in Guwahati, India.  He received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 2013 from Cotton College, under Gauhati University.  He further completed his M.Sc. degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 2015, also from Gauhati University.  He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree under the guidance of Dr. T. Randall Lee with a research focus on different metal oxide-based nanoparticles for energy and catalytic applications.

Pannaree Srinoi

Pannaree Srinoi was born in Bangkok, Thailand.  She earned a B.S. degree and M.S. degree in Chemistry from Kasetsart University, Thailand. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. T. Randall Lee with a research focus on plasmonic nanoparticles for photocatalytic applications.


Siwakorn Sakunkaewkasem

Siwakorn Sakunkaewkasem was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He obtained a B.S. degree in Chemistry at Silpakorn University in 2014. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. T. Randall Lee with a research focus on the development and characterization of organic thin films.


Parisa Ansari

Parisa Ansari is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Lee's group. She was born in Tehran, Iran. She got her Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry from Sharif University of Technology under Prof. G. A. Parsafar's guidance. She is currently working on her Ph.D. project under Prof. T. Randall Lee's and Prof. Richard. C. Willson's supervision. Her research focuses on the synthesis, functionalization and application of gold nanostars.


Yunsoo Choi

Yunsoo Choi was born in Donghae, South Korea. He earned a M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from KonKuk University in 2016. He is currently pursuing his 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. 

Nhat Ngo

Nhat M. Ngo was born in Vietnam. He earned a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Science in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam in 2011. He is pursuing his PhD in Chemistry under Dr. T. Randall Lee's guidance with the research interest in nanoparticles for energy applications.
Jiyoung Lee

Jiyoung Lee was born in Changwon, South Korea. She received a B.S. degree in 2010 and Master's degree in 2012 in Chemical Engineering, from Korea University. After her education, she worked in the industrial field for 4 years in Korea. She joined the Lee group in 2018 to pursue her Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Mario Gonzalez

Mario Gonzalez was born and raised in Houston, TX. He is currently pursuing a B.S degree in Biochemistry. He is currently focusing on research relating to SAM’s derived from thiols.