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Randy Lawrence

/ˈrandē/  (He/Him/His)

Research Specialist (started August 2019)

AKA: Randy
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas
Hometown: Bel Air, Maryland (since 1999)

rlawre12 [AT]


  • Undergraduate: University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD; BS; Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2005-2009
  • Graduate: University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL; PhD; Discipline: Chemistry with a focus in Nanomaterials; Thesis Advisor: Marc R. Knecht PhD; Thesis Title: “Photoswitchable Materials for Catalytic Modulation of Nanoparticles” 2012-2018
  • Postdoctoral: TBA


  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 2015-2017
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 2017-2018

Research Interests:
Bio-insipred Nanomaterials, Nanopharmaceuticals, Proteins, X-ray Crystallography, Organic Synthesis, Surface Chemistry, Synthetic Biology

Interests outside the lab:
Video Games, Camping, Flow Arts, Collecting Art Books, Cooking, My Cats

Fun fact:
I’m a certified SCUBA diver