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]

Pronouns: he/him/his


Visiting Scholars

Naomi Tudor

Administrative Associate, Materials Science and Engineering

Contact: ntudor [at]

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Alan Fang

Staff Scientist

Ph.D., Physics

Stanford University

Alan is designing the next generation of automated van der Waals transfer systems.

Jinyoung Koo

Visiting Scholar

Ph.D., Materials Science

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

Jinyoung is interested in coordination chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and in-situ crystallography.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Graduate Students

Zhepeng Zhang

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry

Peking University

B.S., Physics

Northwest University

Zhepeng is currently working on the growth of 2D semiconductors and the fabrication of their heterostructures.

Contact: zhangzp [at]

Pronouns: he/him/his

Risa Hocking

GFSD Fellow

Ph.D. Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering

Michigan State University

Risa is currently working on synthesizing large-scale monolayer hBN and investigating twisted bilayer hBN structures.

Contact: mhocking [at]

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Lauren Hoang

Ph.D. Student, Electrical Engineering

(Co-Advised, Prof. Eric Pop, EE)

M.S., Electrical Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

B.S., Materials Science and Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

Lauren works towards large-scale growth and fabrication of 2D semiconductor devices.

Contact: lahoang [at]

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Cristian Ruano Arens

Ph.D. Student, Materials Science and Engineering

B.S., Chemical Engineering

Princeton University

Cristian is currently working on twisted TMDC heterostructures.

Contact: cruanoar [at]

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hank Peng

M.S. Student, Materials Science and Engineering

B.S., Materials Physics

Sichuan University

Hank is interested in 2D materials and their heterostructures, particularly twisted TMDC structures.

Contact: peng525 [at]

Pronouns: he/him/his

Undergraduate Students

Johnny Dollard

Materials Science and Engineering

Johnny is currently working on substrate preparation for hBN synthesis.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Christina Henzinger

Materials Science and Engineering

Christina is currently working on 2D materials analysis using a DUV-VIS-NIR microscope.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Honorary Members

Sir Isaac Newton (Newt)

Felis catus, Domestic shorthair

Newt addresses novel phenomena in reflected beams using modulated acoustic stimuli.


Felis catus, Domestic mediumhair

(personal webpage)

HIBOU applies ultrafast kinetic probes towards understanding subsurface topographical features.