Photo credit: Seth Affoumado

Photo credit: Seth Affoumado

PI: Aurora Pribram-Jones

Current Position Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at UC Merced.

Education After completing her PhD in Chemistry from UC Irvine, where she studied with Kieron Burke as a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow, Dr. Pribram-Jones completed Lawrence and UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowships at LLNL and UC Berkeley.  She received her BS in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, and her AS degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics from Foothill College. 

Research Dr. Pribram-Jones develops finite-temperature and ensemble electronic structure methods for use in materials science, quantum chemistry, and warm dense matter theory.  Dr. Pribram-Jones also collaborates with researchers at Harvey Mudd College, using high-performance computing to simulate ordered and disordered complex alloys. 

Community Her activities within the community have included coordinating the Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Summer Institute at LLNL, co-organizing fellowship writing workshops at UC Irvine, mentoring students at Harvey Mudd College and UC Irvine, and visiting elementary schools to discuss the many ways to be a chemist and how superheroes rely on metallurgy in the Marvel Universe.


Brittany Harding

Graduate Student, CCB

Brittany Harding is a doctoral student in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology graduate program. Her research falls under the discipline of physical chemistry with a focus on density functional theory. Brittany earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her undergraduate research with Dr. Martin Moskovits focused on the physics and chemistry that arises for nanosystems. Before undertaking doctoral studies in 2018, Brittany worked as a laboratory technician at an industrial oil analysis lab. Her current research interests include studying finite-temperature density functional theory and warm dense matter systems. Her hobbies include playing the viola, hiking, and giving back to the community through volunteer programs that work for underprivileged children and their families


Vincent Martinetto

Graduate Student, CCB

Vincent Martinetto is a doctoral student at the University of California, Merced. He obtained his B.S. in chemistry from Santa Clara University where he worked in an organic chemistry lab. He is interested in the development and exploration of Ensemble Density Functional Theory methods.

Remi Leano

Graduate Student, CCB
Started June 2019


Zachary Mauri

Undergraduate Student

Zachary is currently working towards a BS in Physics from the University of California, Merced. As a part of the Carson House sustainability community, he is motivated by the pursuit of a more environmentally conscious and eco-friendly future. This passion for conservation has driven his interest in the path towards ICF ignition through the modeling of warm dense matter with finite temperature Density Functional Theory and the Hubbard model.