Group Photo

Kaufman Group - June 2023

(Back Row) Seoa Park, Joe Hammer, Alex Devanny, Iris Sybesma, Karen Yu, Alec Meacham
(Front Row) Han Yang, Hyung Jun Kim, Laura Kaufman, Mindle Shavy Paneth, Jaladhar Mahato

Professor Laura Kaufman

Professor of Chemistry
B.A. Columbia University, 1997.
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2002.

Laura Kaufman graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1997 with a B.A. in Chemistry and English. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2002 from the University of California, Berkeley. There, Laura worked on multi-dimensional Raman spectroscopy of simple liquids in the laboratory of Professor Graham R. Fleming. She went on to do postdoctoral work at Harvard University under the guidance of Professors X. Sunney Xie and David A. Weitz, where she used CARS microscopy to study colloidal glasses and cells in gels.

Laura has been named a NYSTAR Young Investigator, a Beckman Young Investigator, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar, and a Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Member.

Her laboratory is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on the dynamics of complex, crowded systems. In particular, the laboratory studies heterogeneous dynamics in supercooled liquids with single molecule microscopy, the mechanical properties and structure of biopolymer gels using rheology and microscopy, and brain and breast cancer cell invasion in tissue approximations of tailored architecture and biochemistry. In addition to research and teaching, Laura likes to read, run, and explore the city with her family.

Postdoctoral Scientists

Hyung Jun Kim

B.S. Dankook University, 2009.
M.S. Dankook University, 2011.
Ph.D. Seoul National University, 2018.
Alex Devanny

B.A. Providence College, 2015.
Ph.D. Columbia University, 2021.
Jaladhar Mahato

B.S. Jagannath Kishore College - University of Burdwan, 2012.
Ph.D. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 2021.


Graduate Students

Han Yang

Fifth Year Graduate Student
B.S. University of Science and Technology of China, 2018.
Alec Meacham

Fourth Year Graduate Student
B.A. Rutgers University, 2019.
Karen Yu

Fourth Year Graduate Student, Department of Physics
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2019.
Iris Sybesma

Third Year Graduate Student
B.S. Pace University, 2019.
Joseph Hammer

Third Year Graduate Student
B.S. Kansas State University, 2020.
Mindle Shavy Paneth

First Year Graduate Student
B.S. Union College, 2022.

Undergraduate Students

Anish Nanjappa
Columbia College, Class of 2024

Seoa Park
School of General Studies, Class of 2023

Seojin You
Science Research Fellow, Columbia College, Class of 2025

Former Members

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Former Postdoctoral Associates

Stephen Spinella

Asja Guzman
Associate Research Scientist, Department of Biology
Columbia University

Khanh Hoa Tran-Ba
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Towson University

Jaesung Yang
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Medical Chemistry
Yonsei University - Wonju

Heungman Park
Assistant Professor of Physics
Texas A&M University - Commerce

Keewook Paeng
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Sungkyunkwan University

Kevin Stokely
Data Scientist

Ronen Zangi
Professor of Chemistry
University of the Basque Country

Zhihua An
Clinical Associate Professor of Chemistry
New York University

Tobias Herman
Faculty, Department of Physics
Montgomery College

Former Graduate Students

Rachel Avard
Mary Miles Bibb Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor
Framingham State University

Nicole Mandel
Integrated Physical Sciences Instructor
Western Governors University

Karen Kwon
Associate Editor
Optics and Photonics News

Alyssa Manz
Life Sciences Senior Consultant
Blue Matter

Dat Hoang
Data Product Manager
Emerson Collective

Michelle Ziperstein
Lawyer, Knobbe-Martens

Jieling Zhu
Associate Director

Yen Nguyen
Chemistry teacher
Albert Einstein School, Vietnam

Lindsay Leone
Vice President
J.P. Morgan Chase

Matthew Wilhelm
Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering
University of Connecticut

Stephan Mackowiak
Software Engineer
Beckman Coulter

Yali Yang

Evangelos Gatzogiannis
Research Scientist
Princeton University

Cheng Guo

Stephanie Motte

Former Undergraduate Students

Cheyanne Sparkman
Spelman College, Leadership Alliance Program, Summer 2022

Megan Broad
Cardiff University, Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Emily Coty
Columbia Undergraduate, Fall 2021

Max Edeson
Columbia Undergraduate, Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Julia Parsley
Columbia Undergraduate, Spring 2020

Lucas Kampman
Amgen Undergraduate, Summer 2019
Undergraduate Student, University of California, Berkeley

Michelle Vancura
Columbia Undergraduate, Spring 2016 - Spring 2019
Research Technician, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University

Cameron Danesh-Pajou
Columbia Undergraduate, Summer 2017 - Fall 2018
Undergraduate student at Columbia SEAS, c/o 2020

Ethan Chen
Columbia Undergraduate and Beckman Scholar, Spring 2018 - Fall 2018
Undergraduate student at Columbia College, c/o 2021

Daniel Lee
Columbia Undergraduate, Spring 2015 - Spring 2018
Graduate Student in Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

Masih Babagoli
Columbia Undergraduate, Spring 2017 - Spring 2018
Medical Student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

Mika Aly
Columbia Undergraduate, Summer 2017-Spring 2018
Clinical Application Analyst, BronxCare Health System

Eva Farkas
Columbia Undergraduate, Spring 2017-Spring 2018
Clinical Research Coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital

Meng Lou
Amgen Undergraduate Student, Summer 2017
IRTA post-bac at the NIH

James Oh Sang Kweon
Columbia College, 2014-2017
Graduate student in Chemistry at Yale University

Andrew Proto
Columbia Postbac Premed Student, 2015-2016
Dental student at Boston University

Catherine Zhang
Columbia Undergraduate 2015
Research Associate at The Broad Institute

Akul Arora
Columbia Undergraduate 2013 - 2014
Senior Consultant, Oliver Wyman

Matthew Levine
Columbia Undergraduate 2012 - 2014
Graduate Student in Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Caltech

Esha Maharishi
Columbia Undergraduate 2013 - 2014
Software Engineer at MongoDB, Inc.

Holly Hajare
AMGEN Summer Student, 2013
Graduate Student at Stanford University (Chemistry)

John Raffles Durbin
AMGEN Summer Student, 2013
dancer at Neville Dance Theatre

Alana Warhit
Columbia Undergradate Fall 2012
Medical Resident, Psychiatry, Weill Cornell

Hector Acaron
AMGEN Summer Student, 2012
Graduate Student at University of Chicago (Molecular Engineering)

Chaitanya Medicherla
Columbia Undergraduate 2009-2012
Medical Resident, Neurology, NYU

Ben Kwok
Columbia Undergraduate 2009-2012
Medical Resident, Internal Medicine, NYU

Jade Noble
Columbia Undergraduate 2010-2012 (excluding Summer 2011)
Graduate Student at Cornell University (Chemical Engineering)

Amanuel Beyene
NSF-REU and GSAS-SRP Summer Student, Summer 2005
Consultant at Accenture

Allison Cohen
Columbia Undergraduate, 2005-2006
Imaging Research Scientist at Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science

Jessica Cohen
Columbia Undergraduate, 2005-2006
Scientist at GSK Vaccines

Brenda Rubenstein
NSF-REU Summer Student, Summer 2006
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Brown University

Michael Agne
Columbia Undergraduate and Rabi Scholar, 2007
Senior Associate at Charles River Associates

Krithika Kavanoor
Barnard Undergraduate, 2006-2008; Research Technician, Fall 2008
Department of Family Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center

Christian Gluck
Columbia Undergraduate, 2006-2008; Resesarch Technician, Fall 2008 - Summer 2009
MD/PhD student at SUNY Buffalo

Megan Choy
Columbia Undergraduate and Rabi Scholar, 2006-2009
Actuarial Analyst at Milliman

Charlie Sun
IGERT Summer Student, 2009
Application Developer at JPMorgan Chase

Laura Fox
NSF-REU Summer Student, 2010
Assistant Teaching Scholar, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University

Sriram Garikapati
Summer Student, 2011

Anna Starikovsky
Columbia Postbac Premed Student, 2010-2011
Medical Resident, Neurology, NY Presbyterian

Milna Rufin
Columbia Postbac Premed Student, 2011-2012
Medical Resident, Primary Care, NYU Langone

Dave Lieberman
Columbia Postbac Premed Student 2011-2012
Medical Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania