Joseph R. Clark, PhD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: 633TW

Telephone: 414-288-7859

Dr. Lingzi Li (

Harbin University of Science and Technology

B.S. Chemical Engineering 2012

Marquette University

Ph.D. Chemistry 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher

Zoua Pa Vang (

Zoua Pa graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 2018 with a BA in Chemistry. She enjoys navigating through airports and traveling, solving puzzles, and empowering women. 

Graduate Student

Genesis Chase (

Genesis Chase is a biology major and psychology minor at Marquette University. She is from Chicago, Illinois and plans to continue her education after graduation to eventually become a psychiatrist.


Nick Hansen (

Marquette University Class of 2020


Emanuel Rivera Torres

University of Puerto Rico Cayey

Expected graduation: Spring 2020

Enjoys jazz in the park and cool summer days in Milwaukee.

Has the spirit of a wolf.

 2019 Undergraduate Summer Intern

Aniel J. Rivera Arzola

University of Puerto Rico Cayey

Expected graduation: Spring 2022

Official Bad Bunny lyrics translator

for the laboratory. Fluent in the language

of the streets of Puerto Rico. Awarded

multiple trophies while in the Clark Lab.

 2019 Undergraduate Summer Intern

Chrissy Fox 

Marquette University class of 2021.

Chrissy is from Long Island, NY and is a Biomedical Sciences Major with a Business minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as a minor in Health Studies.  


Samantha Sloane (

Samantha graduated from Miami University in Ohio in 2016 with a degree in Chemistry and then went on to work in Chicago at a chemical manufacturing company for 2 years. She started at Marquette University in August 2018 and enjoys traveling and being in the sunshine while not in lab.

Graduate Student

Mitchell Mills (

Mitchell graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2016 with a BA in Chemistry. He worked for Carestream Health as a synthetic organic chemist for 1 year and decided to join the Marquette chemistry department in August 2018 to work on natural product synthesis. In his free time he enjoys bird watching, listening to Prince cover bands and eating Chipotle.

Graduate Student

Albert Reyes (

Marquette University Class of 2021

Albert Reyes was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He started at Marquette University in August 2017 and is a chemistry major. In his free time, he likes to read books and visit Chicago. 


Sam Hintzsche (

Sam was born and raised in Byron, IL. He is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2020. In his free time, he enjoys swimming in nearby rivers and the occasional day at the spa.


Nicole Colón Rosa

University of Puerto Rico Cayey

Expected graduation: Spring 2022

Salsa enthusiast. Enjoys listening to Héctor Lavoe

while working late nights in lab.

 2019 Undergraduate Summer Intern

Maria Velarde Villalaz (


Marquette University Class of 2021


Maria is currently a Biomedical Science major in the College of Health Science and part of the Urban Scholarship Program at Marquette University. Although Maria was born in Peru, Milwaukee has been her home for the majority of her life. In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time in the sun and trying new foods. 


Olivia Starich

Wauwatosa High School 

Olivia started at the Clark Lab in April 2019. In her time outside of the lab she is the captain of her high school’s tennis team and plays the violin. She enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and uber eats. She plans to major in chemistry in college.

2019 High School Intern