Principal Faculty Members

Jie
Jie Xu (Gail) Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
jxu2@utep.edu
319 Geological Sciences

Jie is an interdisciplinary scientist aiming to understand the smallest components of Earth and their biogeochemical roles; she is also a passionate educator trying to make science education attractive and thought-provoking. Jie got her doctoral degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011. 

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Postdoctoral Scientists

Muammar
Muammar Mansor Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
mbmansor@utep.edu
320C Geological Sciences

Muammar was a postdoc in the lab from July 2017 - Nov 2019. Muammar's work focused on the precipitation and transformation of multiple metal-sulfide systems in anoxic low-temperature aqueous condition. Muammar obtained his Ph.D. (specialized in Isotopic Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology) from Penn State.  

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Graduate Students

Humayra
Humayra Afrin
PhD Student
hafrin@miners.utep.edu

Humayra received her M.D. degree from Bangladesh. Her research interest lies in environmental microbiology, especially that in extreme environments.


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Hugo
Hugo Alarcon
PhD Student
hvalarcon@miners.utep.edu

Hugo was born in Mexico. He completed a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.S. in Chemistry at UTEP.  Hugo is mostivated to use his multidisciplinary background to help solve some of the complex environmental problems that we face today. Hugo's work focuses on the roles of anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria in a range of environments as well as on their interactions with associated sulfide nanominerals.

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Rachel
Rachel Phillips
PhD Student
rfphillips@miners.utep.edu

Rachel is a recipient of the Excellence Fellowship. Rachel's work focuses on the reactivity and fate of thiomolybdate in biogeochemical contexts. 

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Undergraduate Students

Erica
Erica Herrera
Undergraduate Student

Erica's work focuses on the abiotic sequestration pathways of molybdate in euxinic conditions. 


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Tony Malanche
Undergraduate Student

Tony's work focuses on the extraction of nucleic acids from environmental samples and also the amplification of these extracted nucleic acid. 


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Alumni

Matt
Matthew Costa
Masters Student
macosta27@miners.utep.edu

Co-advised by Lin and Jie. Matt studied the trace metal behavior in the nanoscale components of coal fly ashes using combined geochemical and microbiological approaches.

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Brandon
Brandon Lajoie
Masters Student
blajoie@miners.utep.edu

Brandon has double majors in Geology and Chemistry and joined us from upper state of Michigna. Brandon's work focused on the relationships of S-cycling bacteria and their mineralogical environment in White Sands and Badwater Basin. 


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Ezequiel
Ezequiel Moreno
Masters Student
eamoreno4@miners.utep.edu

Born and raised in Mexico, Ezequiel moved to the United States just in time for high school, where his passion for the earth sciences flourished. Ezequiel's work focused on capturing the transformation of biogenic versus abiogenic iron-sulfide nanoparticles in anoxic low-temperature aqueous environments.

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Jason Pizzi
Undergraduate Student

Jason worked on analyzing the mineralogical compositions of samples obtained from the White Sands using XRD and SEM. 

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