OuR Team

Principal Investigator

Dr. Mariam N. Ismail

Prof. Ismail earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (2011) from Northeastern University under the advising of Dr. Albert Sacco, Jr. Throughout her work at the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing Center (NASA-sponsored Lab, Northeastern University), she developed a method for the hydrothermal synthesis of vanadosilicate AM-6 for enhanced visible light photocatalysis. She’s currently an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts – Boston. [CV]

Graduate Students

Catherine Schrader 

Email: c.schrader001 at umb.edu

Chemistry, UMass Boston (2021-present)

B.S. Chemistry: Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA (2021)

Shahrzad (Sherry) Radpour

Email: shahrzad.radpour001 at umb.edu

Chemistry, UMass Boston (2022-present)

B.S. Applied Science & Chemistry: Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. (2022)

Visiting Scholars


Surya Kumar

Email: SuryaKumar.Vatti at umb.edu
Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry: National Center for Catalysis Research, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
M.S. Catalysis Technology: National Center for Catalysis Research, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India (2013)
M.S. Organic Chemistry: Osmania University, Hyderabad, India (2009)

Undergraduate Students

Sam Nagel

Email: Samuel.Nagel001 at umb.edu

Chemistry, UMass Boston (2023)

Hannah Ramos

Email: Hannah.Ramos001 at umb.edu

Chemistry, UMass Boston (2023)

Diti B. Patel

Email: d.patel013 at umb.edu

Biology, UMass Boston (2024)

Lab Outings and Events

Group Alumni

Emily Buttafuoco ('21)

Ph.D. student in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Texas - Austin

Bianca Boschetti ('20)

Chemist I at CapeSym, Inc.

Joie Mastandrea (’18)

Registered Nurse, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Eriko Hishiya ('20)

Julia Hart ('21)

Maddie Karod ('19)

Ph.D. Student in Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Kayla Kilduff ('18)

Product Development, Living Proof, Inc.

Sophie Lawsure ('20)

Sydney Oliver ('21)

Research Associate at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Sophie Streimer (’19)

Marketing Assistant, Credo Beauty

Jordan Mattheisen ('17)

Ph.D. student in the Tri-Institutional Program in Chemical Biology, The Rockefeller University

2019 NSF REU Students

(left to right) Brian Purisky (Stonehill College), Alexis Willis (San Jose State University), Nathan DeMello (Worcester State University), Bianca Boschetti (Simmons University).