3. People

Current Group Members

Photo courtesy of Jason Grow

Photo courtesy of Jason Grow

Dan Cziczo
Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry
Curriculum vitae
Dan joined the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences as Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in 2011. His research focuses on the role that particulate matter plays in atmospheric chemistry, visibility, and cloud formation. Examples include understanding how aerosols nucleate water and ice clouds, improving the quantification of meteoritic ablation products, and determining the abundance of aircraft and rocket exhaust. Dan’s undergraduate work was in Aerospace Engineering (BS, 1992) and he spent two years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory performing spacecraft navigation before starting his graduate work. Dan received an MS (1997) and PhD (1999) in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago for work with Professor Jon Abbatt (now at the University of Toronto). His post doctoral fellowship was with Dr. Daniel Murphy at the NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory (now the Earth Systems Research Laboratory) and he spent three years at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) working with Professor Ulrike Lohmann. Before coming to MIT Dan was a Research Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he directed their Atmospheric Measurement Laboratory.
Simon Proud
Visiting Scientist
Simon will be a Visiting Scientist through the fall of 2014. Simon conducts modeling studies of aerosol / cloud interactions and will participate in laboratory work on water uptake and freezing while in the group. His home page can be found here.
Yi-wen Huang
Post-doctoral Fellow
Yi-wen joined the Cziczo Group at MIT in the fall of 2011. Yi-wen received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Wesleyan University in 2000. She went on to join the Anderson Group at Harvard University and earned her PhD from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in 2010. She worked on experimentally investigating the temperature and pressure dependence of the rate constant of the reaction between OH and acetic acid. As a postdoc in the Anderson Group, she transitioned to do field work and was a scientist on the Harvard Total Water team during the MACPEX mission. She joined the Girguis Group in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University in June of 2011 to work on calibrations of an instrument that measures methane isotopes from hydrothermal vents the deep ocean. Yi-wen is currently building an experiment to study the effect of contact ice nucleation.
Karin Ardon Dryer
Post-doctoral Fellow
Karin joined the Cziczo Group in the fall of 2012, after receiving her PhD in cloud physics from the Department of Geophysics, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and in the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University. In her PhD, Karin measured atmospheric ice nuclei concentrations in condensation, deposition and immersion freezing modes using the FRIDGE-TAU. In the Cziczo group, Karin will work on contact freezing mode of different types of ice nuclei using the new contact chamber which being built by the group.
Beth Friedman
PhD Student, University of Washington
Beth hold an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. She has been a Ph.D. student working jointly with Prof. Joel Thornton in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington and Dan Cziczo at MIT. Her graduate work has included studies of droplet and ice nucleation both in the laboratory and field. Currently, Beth is working on a project to separate droplets from unactivated aerosol for subsequent compositional analysis.
Sarvesh Garemilla
Graduate Student
Sarvesh joined the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences as a Graduate Student in Climate Physics and Chemistry in the fall of 2011. His undergraduate work was at the California Institute of Technology (BS, 2011) in Planetary Science and Environmental Science and Engineering. Sarvesh is working with the SPectrometer for Ice Nuclei (SPIN) instrument. Using SPIN Sarvesh will determine ice nucleation conditions required for cloud formation. This work is being done at MIT and the AIDA facility in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Maria Zawadowicz
Graduate Student
Maria joined the Cziczo Group in the fall of 2012, after receiving her B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Lake Forest College. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D in Atmospheric Science at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. She is interested in design and construction of analytical instruments that characterize of the atmosphere both in laboratory and field studies. Her favorite techniques are optical spectroscopy in infrared, visible and UV regions, as well as mass spectrometry. In the group, she currently works on designing a flow tube experiment to study deliquescence and efflorescence of aerosol particles by FTIR spectroscopy.
Shaena Berlin
Senior Thesis / M.S. Student
Shaena joined the Cziczo Group in the spring of 2013 as a senior undergraduate in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). She plans to pursue a 5th-year Master of Science in EAPS with a thesis based on research with the group. Shaena will use an electrodynamic balance (EDB) to perform ice nucleation studies, first under terrestrial conditions with results obtained concurrently with SPIN, then later at very low temperatures and pressures that simulate Martian conditions.
Group Alumni

Dr. Hanna Herich
Post-doctoral Fellow, EMPA
Hanna was a joint Ph.D. student with Ulrike Lohmann and Dan Cziczo at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Hanna is currently a post-doctoral fellow with EMPA (the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology) in Dubendorf, Switzerland where she is studying aerosol properties.
Dr. Gourihar Kulkarni
Research Scientist, PNNL
GK was a post-doctoral fellow with Dan Cziczo during his tenure as a senior scientist at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. GK is currently a research scientist at PNNL where he conducts ice nucleation experiments with a focus on parameterizing the results for inclusion in cloud resolving and global climate models.
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Dr. Stephane Gallavardin
Post-doctoral fellow, MPI
Stephane was a post-doctoral fellow with Dan Cziczo during his time at ETH (July 2005- June 2008). Stephane used mass spectrometry to determine the chemical composition of aerosol single particles. His research emphasized mineral dust and their potential to form ice. Stephane is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Max-Plank Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany where he is developing advanced ion trap based mass spectrometers for aerosol composition.

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