Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The creative research process benefits immensely from a multitude of personal experiences, and we value the rich perspectives, skills, and ideas from all backgrounds in our lab.

At Stanford, we work with equity and inclusion initiatives (SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and SERGE: Stanford Exposure to Research and Graduate Education) that develop frameworks to address the shortage of underrepresented minorities (and other identities broadly defined) earning doctoral degrees and pursuing research careers in academia, public, and private sectors. We are committed to cultivating a diverse-equitable student body at Stanford and within Stanford’s School of Engineering to empower all students to become change agents and thought leaders. Our group provides spaces to leverage diversity and excellence so students can thrive and be their full, authentic selves on their academic pathway to becoming leaders in our 21st century workforce.

Principal Investigator

Andy Mannix

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Kadanoff-Rice Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Chicago

Ph.D. - Materials Science, Northwestern University

B.S. - Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contact: ajmannix [at]

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Naomi Tudor

Administrative Associate, Materials Science and Engineering

Contact: ntudor [at]

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Graduate Students

Gregory Zaborski

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Ph.D. Student, Materials Science and Engineering

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley

Gregory is currently working on the development of novel scalable crystal growth and van der Waals integration schemes of low-dimensional nanostructures.

Contact: gzjr [at]

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Risa Hocking

Ph.D. Student, Materials Science and Engineering

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan State University

(Co-Advised, Prof. Debbie Senesky)

Risa is currently working on synthesizing large-scale monolayer hBN for harsh-environment electronics, such as sensors for Venus.

Contact: mhocking [at]

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Yuntian Li

Ph.D. Student, Applied Physics

B.S., Physics, University of California Santa-Barbara

Yuntian's research interests focus on the physics of 2-dimensional materials synthesized by MBE and CVD.

Contact: yuntian [at]

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Pooja Reddy

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Stanford Graduate Fellow Recipient

Ph.D. Student, Materials Science and Engineering

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Pooja is interested in scalable nanostructure and heterostructure growth of low-dimensional materials.

Contact: poojadr [at]

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