Dr. Kateri H. DuBay

Assistant Professor of Chemistry since 2014
The University of Virginia

Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University, 2010-2013

Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley, 2009-2010

Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 2009

M.S. Cambridge University, 2004

B.S. Georgetown University, 2002

Graduate Students and Postdocs


Jessica Niblo

Fourth Year Graduate Student in Chemistry

B.S. Stockton University, Galloway, NJ, 2017

Jess uses simulations to investigate the role of oscillatory energy landscapes and spatially dependent interactions on the self-assembly of coarse grained viral capsid systems.


Jacob Swartley

Fourth Year Graduate Student in Chemistry

B.A. Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, 2016

Jacob uses configurational-biased Monte Carlo to model the self-assembly of mixed-ligand monolayers on the surface of silver nanoparticles.


Nhu Nguyen

Third Year Graduate Student in Chemistry

B.S. University of Maryland Baltimore County, Maryland, 2017

Nhu uses Dissipative Particle Dynamics simulations to study the predictive capability of Flory-Huggins theory for copolymer phase behavior as the copolymer sequence varies.


Spencer Lovrinic

Second Year Graduate Student in Chemistry

B.S. Pennsylvania State University

Spencer uses lattice models to study how protein folding is influenced by a time-variant environment.

Ryan Hamblin

Second Year Graduate Student in Chemistry

BS Physics, University of New Mexico, 2019

Ryan works on combining molecular dynamics and computational fluid dynamics to explore how solvent interactions influence the polymerization and self-assembly of copolymers.

Undergraduate Students

Pablo Fernandez

Undergraduate Researcher


Austin Cheng

Undergraduate Researcher


Lauryn Power

Undergraduate Researcher

Former Group Members


Dr. Steven Merz

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2018-2020.

PhD Students

Dr. Zhongmin Zhang

PhD Student, 2015-2020. Currently doing a postdoc with Zhiyue Lu at UNC-CH.

Dr. Qizhang Jia

PhD Student, 2014-2020.

MA Students

Kelly Carr

MA Student, 2016-2017.

Undergraduate Students

Adam Antoszewski

Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2017. Currently a graduate student in Chemistry at The University of Chicago.

Artemie Jurgenson

Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2016. 

Cory Kim

Undergraduate Researcher, 2018.

Amy Wang

Undergraduate Researcher, 2018.

Xuanye (Claire) Zhu

Undergraduate Researcher, Fall 2017-Fall 2018. 

Qishen Huang

MA Student, 2015-2016. Currently a graduate student at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Samba Venkata Somisetti

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014-2015.