People of the Kaufman Group

Group Photo

Kaufman Group: June 2017

Top Row (left to right): Hoa Tran-Ba, Eva Farkas, Alyssa Manz, Michelle Vancura, Alex Devanny, Jaesung Yang; Bottom Row (left to right): Mika Aly, Asja Guzman, Laura Kaufman and Hickory Kaufman-Reichman, Nicole Mandel, Daniel Lee, and Karen Kwon

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 Fellows

Asja Guzman

Diplom Georg-August-University, Goettingen, 2005.
Ph.D. Freie Universitaet, Berlin, 2012.
Khanh-Hoa Tran-Ba

B.S. Justus Liebig University, Giessen, 2008.
Ph.D. Kansas State University, 2015.

Graduate Students

Karen Kwon

Fourth Year Graduate Student
B.S. Korea University, Seoul, 2011.
M.S. Korea University, Seoul, 2013.
Alyssa Manz

Fourth Year Graduate Student
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
B.A. Grinnell College, 2013.
Alex Devanny

Third Year Graduate Student
NIH Biophysics Training Grant Fellow
B.A. Providence College, 2015.
Nicole Mandel

Second Year Graduate Student
B.A. Macalaster College, 2016.
Rachel Avard

First Year Graduate Student
B.A. Assumption College, 2017.

Undergraduate Students

Daniel Lee
Columbia College, c/o 2018

Michelle Vancura
Columbia College, c/o 2019

Masih Babagoli
Columbia College, c/o 2018

Cameron Danesh-Pajou
Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science, c/o 2020

Former Members

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Former Postdoctoral Associates

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
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Sungkyunkwan University

Kevin Stokely
Data Scientist

Ronen Zangi
Professor of Chemistry
University of the Basque Country

Zhihua An
Clinical Assistant Professor of Chemistry
New York University

Tobias Herman
Faculty, Department of Physics
Montgomery College

Former Graduate Students

Dat Hoang
Investment Analytics Analyst

Michelle Ziperstein
Patent Agent

Jieling Zhu
Senior Consultant
Deloitte Consulting

Yen Nguyen
Everest Education

Lindsay Leone
Product Manager
Opera Solutions

Matthew Wilhelm
Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering
University of Connecticut

Stephan Mackowiak

Yali Yang
Clinical Studies Coordinator
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Evangelos Gatzogiannis
Imaging Facility Director at Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
Princeton University

Cheng Guo
Former Graduate Student

Stephanie Motte
Former Visiting Graduate Student

Former Undergraduate Students

Mika Aly
Columbia Undergraduate, Summer 2017-Spring 2018
Undergraduate student at Columbia College, c/o 2020

Eva Farkas
Columbia Undergraduate, Spring 2017-Spring 2018
Undergraduate student at Columbia College, c/o 2020

Meng Lou
Amgen Undergraduate Student, Summer 2017
Undergraduate student at University of Wisconsin, c/o 2019

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
Undergraduate Student at Columbia College, c/o 2018

Akul Arora
Columbia Undergraduate 2013 - 2014
Product Development Intern at Johnson and Johnson

Matthew Levine
Columbia Undergraduate 2012 - 2014
Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University

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 student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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

Lindsay Leone
NSF-REU Summer Student, 2008
Product Manager at Opera Solutions

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