Graduate Students

Joe Banovetz

Joe Banovetz is a fourth 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

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


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


Aparna received her B.Sc. (Hons.) and master’s in chemistry from Gargi College, University of Delhi, India. She is a first-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


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


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

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


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


Morgan is a first 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 DeVries


Echo DeVries received her B.S. in biochemistry and mathematics from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. She is a first 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


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.

Undergraduate Students

Savanah Van Scoy


Savanah is a sophomore 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


I am currently a Freshman 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


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.

Kaitlyn Whitehill


Kaitlyn Whitehill is a junior majoring in Kinesiology on the Pre-Physician Assistant route. This is her first year working with the Anand group as a research assistant. Kaitlyn enjoys making trips home to Minnesota to see her family, exploring new places, and hanging out with friends.

Madison Strait


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.

Noella Masengesho


Noella is an undergraduate senior student at Iowa State University. She is passionate about the pharmaceutical industry, the science of drug synthesis methods and its manufacturing technology. She is one of undergraduate researchers in Dr. Anand’ slab The project of her research is about the application of statistical data analysis methods to evaluate cell-to-cell differences that drive cancer progression and response to therapy. Noella in her free time enjoys spending time with her friends, meeting new people and traveling to new places.


Min Li graduated in December 2018. First position after Anand Lab: 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.