Members

Connor Callaway

Postdoctoral scholar

Hello! I'm Connor Callaway, a Risko lab postdoc. I received my BS from the University of Kentucky and my PhD from Georgia Tech, both in materials science. I love video games, dogs, hiking, and discovering new world music. Teaching is one of my greatest joys, so I'm always happy to try to help if I can!

Joel Bombile

Postdoctoral scholar

Siamak Mahmoudi

Postdoctoral scholar

Hi! I received my BS and MS in Iran and then my PhD from the University of Kentucky, all in mechanical engineering, and then joined Risko's group where I engage in the automation of electrochemistry experiments. I spend my free time with my dog. 

Uswaththa Perera

Graduate student

Rebekah Duke

Graduate student

I obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Lipscomb University in May of 2020. My current research focuses on polymeric dihedral angle rotations. I am a researcher and developer for D3TaLES. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking and baking, exploring the outdoors with my husband and dog Maxwell, and dabbling in amateur philosophy.

Moses Ogbaje

Graduate student

I obtained my bachelor's degree in industrial chemistry from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in May of 2028. I am currently focusing on the development and implementation of computational approaches to study and discover organic semiconductors. Outside research, I am a big fan of chess, music and Marvel movies.

Kehinde Fagbohungbe

Graduate student

Hello! I am a graduate student in the University of Kentucky (UK) Department of Chemistry, with affiliation to the UK Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER). I currently do computational materials chemistry research, with a focus on atomistic molecular dynamics simulation of conjugated polymer systems for flexible electronics and renewable energy applications.

Sashen Ruhunage

Graduate student

I am a chemistry graduate student with a strong interest in computational chemistry. I have completed my undergraduate studies at the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka. Alongside my academic pursuits, I am passionate about video games, basketball, and traveling.

Jordan Chelle

Graduate student

Hello all. I am Jordan. I am a pre-qualified chemistry graduate student emphasizing in computational chemistry. I earned my undergraduate degree from Doane University in the spring of 2019, where I Majored in Chemistry and Minored in Mathematics. My current focus of research is use of Bayesian Optimization in Chemistry. 

Megan Brown

Graduate student

Hi, I am Megan Brown, a graduate student in the Risko Group. I received my Bachelors of Science in Chemistry in the spring of 2022 from Centre College. My research currently focuses on characterizing the chemistry and morphology of polymer-electrolyte interfaces involved in charge transport. Outside of research, I enjoy crocheting, baking bread, and spending time with my pets.

Sahar Bayat

Graduate student

Hello! I am Sahar!  I received my bachelor and master degree in catalyses chemistry from Shahid Beheshti Uiversity, Iran. Currently I am a graduate student at University of Kentucky at Risko's lab. My  areas of work include transition metal chalcogenide catalyses and MD simulation. Aside from my studies and research I enjoy outdoor activities and of course love to spend time with my cat!

Kyle Eldridge

Undergraduate student

Shasanka Lamichhane

Undergraduate student

I am an undergraduate chemistry major and I have been working with the Risko group since 2023. Currently, I am interested in studying the crystallization dynamics of redox-active molecules and developing ways to automate the computational study of small systems. In my free time, I love to travel and run.

Vijaykumar Karthikeyan

High school student

Hey! I am a student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School ’24. I am in the MSTC Program at Dunbar and that has allowed me to pursue research. I love science and I am grateful I have been able to learn so much here at Risko Lab. Outside of that I love sports and spend a lot of my time outside on the Soccer Field!

Risko Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Scholars

Hussein Hijazi

Ying-Li Huang

Uma Shantini Ramasamy

Sean M. Ryno

Karl J. Thorley

Karol Jarolimek

Adam Rigby

Graduate Students

Keerthan Rao (PhD)

Vinayak Bhat  (PhD)

Chamikara Karunasena  (PhD)

John C. Quinn

Josiah Roberts  (PhD)

Walker Mask  (MSc thesis)

Edward Kirkbride Loya

Qianxiang Ai  (PhD)

Shi Li  (PhD)

Undergraduate Students

Khamil Allen Thomas

Parker Sornberger

Corey Roberts

Eesh Kulshrestha

Andrew Smith

Hanna Suarez

Jodie Canada

Mitchell Stokan

Stephen Goodlett

Camron De’vine

Kate E. Fraser

William Smith

Asare Nkansah

Brandyn Thompson

Michael Heifner

Nicholas Telesz

Kristen Brooks

Maxwell Duff

Tristan Finn

Corrine F. Elliot

High School Students

Sophia Mancini

Tenzin Nangsel

Franklin Marrs

Ally Watrous