Fall 2019


Gerardo Gamez, Ph.D.

Gerardo Gamez was born and raised in Mexico. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), USA, summa cum laude & with Departmental Honors in Chemistry, where he performed research with Prof. Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey in the area of environmental chemistry pertaining to the use of plant tissues to filter aqueous media from heavy metal contamination. He also performed his Master of Science Thesis work in the Gardea-Torresdey group in which he developed methods to recover noble metals from aqueous media and new processes to produce noble metal nanoparticles. He obtained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at Indiana University-Bloomington, USA, with Prof. Dr. Gary M. Hieftje, where he employed laser and optical emission diagnostic techniques in fundamental studies of plasmas used in analytical spectrochemistry. During this time he obtained the American Chemical Society-Division of Analytical Chemistry fellowship as well as the MERC fellowship. His work on the development of GDOES elemental mapping won him the first Richard Payling Award. He also co-developed a plasma based ambient mass spectrometry source. His postdoctoral work at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, with Prof. Dr. Renato Zenobi, involved developing methods for ambient ionization mass spectrometry and exploring the possibilities of near-field laser ablation techniques. He then worked as a Scientist in the Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, EMPA Thun, Switzerland, where he developed methods and instrumentation in glow discharge spectroscopy. In the fall of 2013 he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University. He was awarded the inaugural Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry Emerging Investigator Lectureship in 2016. He received Tenure at Texas Tech University in Spring 2019 was promoted to Associate Professor in Fall 2019. He obtained the Arts and Sciences Excellence in Research Award for the Natural and Physical Sciences at Texas Tech University in 2019. He has coauthored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 29). In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and playing drums.

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Members in the group get experience in several disciplines outside of chemistry, including biology and materials science. The multi-component character of the research projects allows the early-stage and experienced researchers to obtain and hone skills in instrument development (from design to implementation), method development, and fundamental experiment design.


Kevin Finch (Graduate student)
Kevin Finch obtained his dual major Bachelor of Science degree at Western New Mexico University (WNMU), USA, cum laude with honors in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics. During his time, he performed proteomic research on wasp venom with Prof. Dr. Shawn White and collaborated with Prof. Dr. Jennifer Brodbelt who has a research group based in University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). He is currently working towards his Doctoral degree in Analytical Chemistry at Texas Tech University (TTU), USA, with Prof. Dr. Gerardo Gamez, where he is implementing laser scattering diagnostics for the improvement of plasmas utilized in chemical analysis. He is a second-year graduate student and has co-authored 2 peer-reviewed publications. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and exploring nature’s

Yinglei Pu (Graduate student)
Yinglei was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She graduated from East China Normal University with a bachelor degree in Applied Chemistry. In her undergraduate years, she worked in Prof. Pingang He’s research group in which she developed methods to detect trace heavy metals and organic pollutants from water by flow injection-chemiluminescence and simultaneous determination for multiple lung cancer biomarkers by scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). After spending the first 23 years living with her parents in Shanghai, she moved to Lubbock to start her graduate years with Prof. Dr. Gerardo Gamez. She is developing reactive flowing atmospheric pressure afterglow (FAPA) – mass spectrometry for monitoring chemical reactions. In her spare time, she enjoys eating green vegetables and lying on bed daydreaming.

Yue She (Graduate student)
Yue She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Lanzhou University, PRC, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. During that time, she joined Dr. Rulong Yan’s organic research lab as an undergraduate assistant developing the methodology for organic synthesis reactions. She also has experience working in Dr. Yuanjiang Pan’s analytical research lab in Zhejiang University learning HPLC-MS. In the fall of 2017, she became a Ph.D. student at Texas Tech University and joined Dr. Gamez group. The project she is focusing on is compressed sensing hyperspectral imaging. Outside the lab, she enjoys playing computer games as well as walking her cat.

Dong Zhang (Graduate student)
Dong Zhang was born and raised in China. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at the China University of Petroleum, China. He obtained his Master of Science in Physical Chemistry at Xiamen University, China. He is now a graduate student in Dr. Gamez group, and his research interest is time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

Mohsen Latif (Graduate student)

Mohsen Latif Obtained his Bachelor of Science in Solid-State physics. He continued his studies as a master student in Plasma Engineering form Laser and Plasma Research Institute (IRAN). In his master’s degree, he focused on the design and construction of Ion Mobility Spectrometry with Plasma Source. He also worked on the various applications of Low-Temperature Plasma including water sanitation, nanoparticles synthesis, and surface modifications. He is interested in honing skills in spectrometry and plasma, especially in instrumentation.

Maureen Oliva (Graduate student)
Maureen Oliva is a graduate student getting her Masters in Forensic Science. She is from San Antonio Texas, but got her Bachelor`s of Science from Hofstra University in Hempstead New York. In undergrad she did research with Gun Shot Reside by analyzing samples provided by the NYPD with Total X-Ray Fluorescence (TXRF) Spectroscopy.  She has decided to move back to Texas and is excited to be perusing her masters at Texas Tech!

Aldo Hernandez (Undergraduate student)



Dr. Songyue Shi
Dr. Gong obtained her PhD on December 2018. She is currently a Research Associate at the Texas Tech University Center for Biotechnology and Genomics.

Cody Baker (Undergraduate student, Undergraduate Research Scholar Program, Honors College)

Spring 2018

Jong Min Lee (Undergraduate student)

Zachry Kempf (Undergraduate student)

Chad Pesek (Undergraduate student)

Evan Boneta (Undergraduate student)

William Woodward (Undergraduate student)

Inah Embile (Undergraduate student)

Holden Fried (Undergraduate student)

Marcel Kroschk (Undergraduate student)

John Usala (Undergraduate student)

Mohammad Choudhury (Undergraduate student)

Sumin Son (Welch scholar high school program, Texas)

Vineel Mallepalli (Welch scholar high school program, Texas)

Spring 2016

Visiting scientists

Thibaud Allaman (Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)

Fall 2015

Adrian Maag (Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Nelis (Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)

Prof. Dr. Hongtao Zheng (China University of Geoscience, China)