People


Post-doctoral Students

Yara Aceta

Email:yaceta@iastate.edu

Yara Aceta obtained her M.Sc. Electrochemistry from Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and her Ph.D. from University of Rennes 1, France with Dr. Yann Leroux and Dr. Philippe Hapiot. She spent two years at University of California – Irvine, U.S.A. as a postdoctoral researcher, in the group of Prof. Robert Corn. In October 2020 she returned to Europe for a one-year project funded by the CNRS at University of Nantes, France. In January 2022, Yara will join Prof. Anand’s group as a postdoctoral researcher, where we will pursue the electrochemical detection and analysis of circulating tumor cells. She occasionally enjoys arts (opera and museums), music (almost all types of music), running, and gardening.


Graduate Students

Joe Banovetz

Email:joebano@iastate.edu

Joe Banovetz is a sixth year graduate student with a B.S. in Chemistry from Hillsdale College in Michigan. He is working on a project to capture well-defined cell clusters at wireless electrodes arrays. In his free time, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife Haley, who does organic chemistry in the Stanley group, and his newborn son Joe, Jr. Joe does not consider anything else in his life interesting enough to include in this bio.


Janis Borchers

Email:jborch67@iastate.edu

Jan Borchers is a graduate student in the Anand group. She joined the Anand group in November 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Jan is currently working on developing an approach to obtain voltammetric information from wireless electrodes. She is further working with undergraduate, Claire Campbell, to develop a means to amplify their signal. Jan has mentored 7 undergraduates in the Anand Group. In her free time, Jan likes to spend time with family and to travel to new places.


Han Chen

Email: hchen@iastate.edu

Han got B.A. in Chemistry department of Beijing Normal University in 2018. Her research involves the use of ionic liquid-based materials for microfluidic applications in bioanalytical chemistry. In her free time, Han likes to play cello, play with her cute pets and take care of plants.


Aparna Krishnamurthy

Email: aparnak@iastate.edu

Aparna received her B.Sc. (Hons.) and master’s in chemistry from Gargi College, University of Delhi, India. She is a third-year graduate student at the Anand group and will be exploring ion concentration polarization and its applications. Aparna loves everything related to music, instruments (including scientific instruments) and art.


Sommer Osman

Email: syosman@iastate.edu

Sommer is a graduate student in the Anand group. She graduated from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with an honors baccalaureate degree in chemistry. Her research at Iowa State focuses on two different projects 1) developing an electrochemical immunoassay for the diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome at the point-of-care and 2) quantifying the isolation of melanoma cells from buffy coat by dielectrophoresis. Sommer loves spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, and reading in her free time.


Darshna Pagariya

Email: darshna@iastate.edu

Darshna Pagariya received her integrated masters from NIT-Surat, India. Prior to joining Iowa State she was a project assistant at IIT-Bombay. Her work in the Anand Group is focused on developing microfluidic devices for digital and single-cell PCR. She enjoys swimming and trying out new things. Also, she is a big fan of sci-fi movies.


Umesha Peramune

Email:peramune@iastate.edu

Umesha is a graduate student in the Anand group. She received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. Her research interests include bioanalytical chemistry based on ion concentration polarization.


Kira Rahn

Email: krahn@iastate.edu

Kira received her B.A. in Chemistry and Math from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2017. She is currently working on using electrochemiluminescence as an indicator of catalytic activity, and using electrochemistry to yield kinetic rate data for catalysts. Kira enjoys hiking, traveling the world, and crocheting in her free time.


Morgan Clark

Email: mjclark1@iastate.edu

Morgan is a second year graduate student with a B.A. in chemistry from Texas A&M University. She is passionate about chemistry and student learning. Morgan loves decorating her apartment for every season, painting, and reading historical fiction novels.


Echo Claus

Email: edevries@iastate.edu

Echo Claus received her B.S. in biochemistry and mathematics from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. She is a second year graduate student at Iowa State and has a passion for Analytical Chemistry, specifically in separations. Echo enjoys being outside, spending time with her family and friends, and making and eating S’mores.


Thilini Rathnaweera

Email: thilinir@iastate.edu

Thilini Rathnaweera received her B.Sc. (special) degree in Chemistry from the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. Her research interests are bioanalytical chemistry and development of microfluidic devices for single-cell analysis. Her hobbies include singing, traveling, cooking, and baking.


Tianyi Zhang

Email: ztianyi@iastate.edu

Tianyi Zhang received her B.S. in chemistry from Shandong University in China. She is a first year graduate student in the Anand group majored in Analytical Chemistry. Tianyi enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends in her free time.


Ethan Leung

Email: eleung@iastate.edu

Ethan received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His work in the Anand group involves exploiting favorable features of electropolymerizable materials for the production of platforms that can be used to solve pressing analytical challenges related to human health. In his free time, Ethan enjoys swimming, playing instruments, and experiencing new places and activities.


Ben Schelske

Email: bschelsk@iastate.edu

Ben received his B.A. in chemistry from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2021. He is a first year graduate student interested in single-cell analysis. Ben enjoys solving puzzles, rollerblading, and learning new hobbies.


Sanduni Devasinghe

Email: sandunid@iastate.edu

Sanduni received her B.Sc. (Honors) degree in Chemistry from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Her research interests focus on bioanalytical Chemistry. Sanduni enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.


Md Ruhul Amin

Email: ruhul41@iastate.edu

Ruhul received his B. Sc and M.S in Chemistry from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. He is a graduate student at Iowa State University and has a passion for analytical chemistry. Ruhul enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with his friends.


Undergraduate Students


Savanah Van Scoy

Email: svanscoy@iastate.edu

Savanah is a senior majoring in Chemistry with a Pre-Medical track. This is her first year working with the Anand group. She is currently researching cancer cell capture via an Interdigitated Bipolar Electrode biosensor array. Among other things, Savanah enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Pooja Kasiviswanathan

Email: poojak@iastate.edu

I am currently a sophomore majoring in Biosystems Engineering with a minor in Biology on the Pre-Health track. I am excited to be working on a part of the COVID diagnostics project! Other than research, I enjoy volunteering, traveling, performing cultural dances, and being involved with ISU’s Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers!


Quinlan Pollak

Email: qgpollak@iastate.edu

My name is Quinlan and I am a chemical engineering undergraduate and research assistant in the Anand group lab. I am working with DEP, microfluidic devices, and the lateral flow assay project for COVID-19 testing. I love thrifting, reading, and any sport I can play outdoors with a group of friends! My goal is to start my own project and experiments, or to work as an engineer for a company specializing in chemical research and development.


Madison Strait

Email: mastrait@iastate.edu

Madison is a undergraduate student expected to graduate in May of 2024 with a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics and a minor in Music. She is passionate about forensic sciences and intends to go to graduate school to become a forensic chemist. She enjoys working in the lab, being apart of the Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band, watching Doctor Who and visiting her family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Seth Larson

Email:sethl20@iastate.edu

Seth is a sophomore from South Dakota working toward his B.S. in Chemistry with Spanish as a secondary major. He is also one of the peer mentors for the Chemistry Learning Community. He is potentially going to graduate school in order to become a professor at the university level. Besides working at the Anand lab, Seth enjoys baking various cakes and pastries, playing the piano, and reading as many books as possible in his free time.


Alumni


Min Matthiesen (Li) graduated in December 2018. Current position: Technology Development (TD) Engineer at Intel. Previously: Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Utah under supervision of Prof. Shelley Minteer.


Beatrise Berzina graduated in August 2020. First position after Anand Lab: Postdocoral Research Fellow at Technische Universität Dresden.


Sungu Kim graduated in March 2021. First position after Anand Lab: Postdocoral Researcher at Stanford University under supervision of Prof. Sindy Tang.