Group Members

 

Principal Investigator

Randall Goldsmith

Professor
Room 3309A
rhg@chem.wisc.edu

When Randall Goldsmith was an undergraduate, he was one of those chemistry majors who couldn’t quite figure out which type of chemistry he liked best.  He later learned that it was ok to be interdisciplinary.  When not doing or teaching chemistry, he can be found chasing frisbees or cooking lentil soup.  His least-favorite part of being a chemistry professor is having to (sometimes) tuck in his shirt.

 

Postdoctoral Reseachers

Dr. Sudheer Vanga
Room 3223
svanga@wisc.edu

Sudheer joined the group in March 2016 after he completed his graduate studies in physics and a post-doc from NUS, Singapore. His interest lies in the field of optics, particularly working with micro-resonators. He is the only non-chemist in the group but never complains about it! In his spare time, he likes to play sports, watch movies and experimen in the kitchen.

 

Graduate Student Researchers, 5th Years

Katie Lupo

Graduate Researcher
Room 3223
klupo@chem.wisc.edu

Katherine Lupo joined the Goldsmith Group in Fall 2012. She has dabbled in many areas of chemistry, but she prefers the areas that allow her to use lasers. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys knitting (and can generally be found wearing at least one thing she made herself), dancing (although she is very likely very bad at it), and adventuring (preferably in exotic locales, but anywhere will do).

Angela Marquard

Graduate Researcher
Room 3223
amarquard@wisc.edu

Angela is a first year graduate student in inorganic chemistry. Her research interests include synthesis, catalysis and spectroscopy. Outside of chemistry she enjoys watching movies and football. And she loves the Hawkeyes.

James Ng

Graduate Researcher
Room 3223
jdng2@wisc.edu

James is one of those Liberal Artsy-Jack of all Trades people who decided to major in chemistry when he decided he didn't like writing. He was always in the pit orchestra in high school, not cast, or even crew, and didn't learn how to write a good bio (or anything). In his free time, he enjoys an occasional sleep, and feelings of guilt for having free time.

 

Graduate Student Researchers, 4th Years

Daniel Hinton

Graduate Researcher
Room 3223
dhinton@chem.wisc.edu

Daniel is interested in synthesis and catalysis.  His research goals include synthesizing fluorescent ligands and utilizing macromolecular architectures for investigating the dynamic behavior of catalytic systems.  Outside the lab, he likes to bomb hills on his cruiser board and listen to music.  His favorite artists fall under the categories of shoegaze, dream pop, and general laid-back rock n' roll.

Kassandra Knapper

Graduate Researcher
Room 3223
kknapper@chem.wisc.edu

Kasie is a graduate student in analytical chemistry.  She was drawn to the Goldsmith lab by the intrigue of seeing single molecules.  Her research interests involve doing whatever it takes to make the single molecule dream come true (including the occasional wearing of a bunny suit).  When not doing chemistry, Kasie enjoys running outside and baking. 

Lydia Manger

Graduate Researcher
Room 3223
lmanger@chem.wisc.edu

As a graduate student, Lydia feels just like a character in “Dexter’s Laboratory”. She spends her free time counting amino acids and isolating specific molecules in Wisconsin cheese curds. At least this is what her sister thinks she’s doing in graduate school. In actuality, she is thinking about light, and especially fluorescence, as a way of tracking single molecules. In her somewhat limited free time she enjoys photography, knitting and spending time with her fellow graduate students.

 

Graduate Student Researchers, 3rd Years

Alex Foote

Graduate Researcher
Room 3223
afoote@chem.wisc.edu

Erik Horak

Graduate Researcher
Room 3223
ehorak@chem.wisc.edu

Erik joined the group in Fall 2014.  He likes all kinds of chemistry, although he wasn't very good at organic chemistry.  Outside of school he enjoys traveling (favorite place so far: Yosemite), hiking, and watching movies.  He prefers cooler weather and during the summer will often complain about heat and humidity.

 

Graduate Student Researchers, 2nd Years

Morgan Rea

Room 3223
mrea3@wisc.edu

Morgan was first introduced to the Goldsmith group as a REU student in 2014. After having an awesome experience, she decided to come to grad school at UW-Madison. While in lab, Morgan enjoys shooting lasers at different materials and talking to her amazing group members. Outside of lab, she enjoys running, reading, baking, and playing with her dog-niece Pickles. 

Andrew Cavell

Room 3223
acavell@wisc.edu

David White

Joint student with Baron Chanda
dwhite7@wisc.edu

Although David joined the neuroscience graduate program, he could never abandon his love affair with chemistry. Fortunately, he is a joint-student in the Goldsmith and Chanda groups and can pursue both of his scientific passions. His primary research interest is to use single-molecule fluorescence microscopy to study the function of the voltage-gated ion channels found in neurons. Out side of lab, he enjoys trying new beer, attempting to catch up on sleep, and waiting for the return of his favorite season- winter. 

 

Graduate Student Researchers, 1st Years

Feng Pan

Room 3223
fpan22@wisc.edu

Feng was born and raised in China. In 2013 he went to Texas A&M becoming an Aggie. He has worked on laser diagnostics of high-speed non-equilibrium gaseous flows under the guidance of Prof. Simon North. After obtaining his master degree, he now steers to the route of studying single-molecule spectroscopy. We’re excited to see how this Aggie will play with the tiny and ultrasensitive thermometer—microresonator, to shed light on the world of single molecules in the Goldsmith group. In addition to spectroscopy, he loves traveling, cooking, and playing badminton.  

Levi Hogan

Room 3223
lhogan2@wisc.edu

Levi joined the Goldsmith Group in Fall 2016. He wants to spend his scientific career teaching, learning, and trying to merge as many disciplines of science as possible in the name of discovery. Some of Levi's favorite hobbies include reading books, running, playing and listening to music, firebreathing, and aspiring for world conquest

 

Undergraduate Researchers

Nicolas Padilla

Undergraduate Researcher
Room 3223
npadilla@wisc.edu

He's in his third year as a chemistry undergraduate and he is still debating in his mind whether or not to pick up a classics or physics double major. Both his interest in the world's energy consumption and his desire to understand macroscale systems by understanding their singular components led him to ask his former Chem109H professor for the honor of working in his lab. Other interests include card/board games, running, philosophy, theology, and the search for truth.