Current graduate students
Nathan is a physics graduate student working on lipid vesicle and liquid crystal droplet mechanics using optical trapping and pickering eumulsions.
Makiko is a physics graduate students working on liquid crystal/nanoparticle composites in a collaborative project with Profs. Sayantani Ghosh at UC Merced.
Joe is a physics graduate student looking at the role of membrane fluidity on kinesin based transport. He is currently collaborating with Prof Jing Xu at UC Merced.
Tayebeh is a physics graduate student working on liquid crystal/nanoparticle composites.
Amanda is a physics graduate student working jointly with the Xu lab. She is currently working with Joe on the role of membrane fluidity in kinesin based transport.
Ahmed is a physics graduate student working on liquid crystal/nanoparticle composite materials.
Current undergraduate students
Devon is a senior in the UC Merced physics program, he will be completing his senior thesis project with the Hirst lab on liquid crystal nanocomposites.
Kyle first joined the lab as a summer student in the UC Merced CAMP program. He is continuing to work on liquid crystal nanocomposites for his junior year in the physics program.
Abigail is collaborating with Amanda Tan on the microtubule project, investigating active materials.