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Joseph R. Clark, PhD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: 633TW

Telephone: 414-288-7859

Graduate Student

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.

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Graduate Student

Dana Stambekova

Dana graduated from Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2017 with a B.S. in Chemistry and then she worked as a teaching and laboratory assistant at Nazarbayev University until 2019. She started at Marquette in 2019. When she is not working hard in the lab, she likes to run to stay active, travel, and drink coffee. 

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Graduate Student

Emanuel Rivera Torres

2021 Research Associate

2020 BS Chemistry University of Puerto Rico Cayey (UPR-Cayey)

2019 Undergraduate Summer Intern at Clark Lab 

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

Has the spirit of a wolf.


Graduate Student

Lihan Qi

Lihan graduated from Shaanxi University of Science & Technology in 2020 with BS in chemistry. He enjoys sandbox games and playing with reptiles.

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Mykaela Podoski

Mykaela is currently an undergraduate chemistry major at Marquette University and joined the Clark Lab in Spring 2022. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and listening to music.



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. 


 2019 Undergraduate Summer Intern

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.



Nick Hansen

Marquette University BS Chemistry Class of 2020

Currently working as a Scientist at Stepan Company



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.



Dr. Lingzi Li 

Harbin University of Science and Technology

B.S. Chemical Engineering 2012

Marquette University

Ph.D. Chemistry 2018


Graduate Student

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

Sam Hintzsche

Sam was born and raised in Byron, IL. Sam graduated from the Marquette University in 2020 with a BA in Chemistry. In his free time, he enjoys swimming in nearby rivers and the occasional day at the spa.


Graduate Student

Mitchell Mills



Isabella Alansari

Isabella is currently an undergraduate chemistry major at Marquette University and joined the Clark Lab in Fall 2019. In her spare time she enjoys making Tik Toks, texting ZP, going for long runs, longboarding and painting.



Katie Smith

Katie Smith is an undergraduate chemistry major from Schaumburg, IL. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer for the Marquette club team and watching movies. 



Albert Reyes


Marquette University Class of 2021


Albert is currently a graduate student in the Neufeldt lab in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Montana State University.

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 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.



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.  



Kiera Behlow 

Marquette University MS in Chemistry 2021


2019 High School Intern

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.