Principal Investigator


Swarnapali De Silva Indrasekara
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, August 2018- Present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University & Rice University
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University
B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

The Team

Thushara Arja
(Undergraduate Student)

1I am currently a nursing student here at UNCC. I was born in India and brought up in Cary, North Carolina. I love to dance, spend time with family and friends, and travel. I’ve always been interested in the medical field as it is a field of opportunities. As an aspiring healthcare professional, I value the fundamentals of this field and hope to expand and share my knowledge of medicine.

Casey Folks
(Graduate Student)


I received my Bachelors degree in chemistry from Wingate University with a double minor in math and criminal justice. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and riding my horse. I’m interested in joining a federal or state agency specializing in crime scene investigation and analysis after graduation. 

Logan Hamm
(Graduate Student)

logan-hamm.pngI am a master’s student at UNC Charlotte.  I am originally from a small town called Hanover, Pennsylvania.  I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina (Go Mountaineers!).  I enjoy watching sports and reading about science in my free time.  My hope is to continue doing scientific research throughout my professional career.

Mahima Rajesh
(Undergraduate Student)

I’m a Psychology major minoring in Chemistry and Biology on the pre-med track at UNC Charlotte. After getting certified as a Nurse Aide, I realized how much I love direct patient interaction and working in a professional healthcare setting. I strive to become a physician involved in clinical trials and research, applying knowledge from various fields of science for the betterment of medicine and human health. 

Bhavana Reddy
(Undergraduate Student)

Bhavana ReddyI’m on a Pre-med track at UNCC and leaning towards declaring a major in Biology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. I love travelling, volunteering at hospitals and clinics, as well as spending time with my loved ones. My lifelong dream is to become a doctor and serve others through medicine or research.

Uttam Sharma
(Postdoctoral Associate)

Picture1I am originally from Kathmandu, Nepal.  I obtained my Ph.D. in environmental science from Tennessee Technological University. I am particularly interested in optical spectroscopy of noble metal nanoparticles and their applications in bio-sensing. Outside the lab, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love travelling, hiking, and watching soccer.

Allison Stadick
(Undergraduate Student)

20190827_213158I am currently a junior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am majoring in a bachelor’s degree for chemistry with a minor in mathematics. I moved to North Carolina from Tampa, Florida after 14 years to enjoy the mountainous environment this campus and state has to offer. I was working as a staff assistant in the Department of Global Health at the University of South Florida,  so my interest for chemistry migrated to the medical applications of chemistry such as nanotechnology and biochemistry.


Madeline Hicks (Undergraduate student, 2018-2019)
Michael Gladden (REU Students-Summer 2019, Winthrop University)
Joshua Taylor (REU Students-Summer 2019, North Carolina A&T University)
Amira Gee (Graduate student)