Group Members

Ben Stottrup, Ph.D. | Adjunct Professor

Ben Stottrup

   Current Position(s): 
  • Associate Professor and Department Chair of Physics, Augsburg University
  • Adjunct Research Associate Professor, CEMS
  • B.A. Physics, University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Washington
   Ben Stottrup has been at faculty member at Augsburg University since 2005.  His research
   focuses on the mixing of phospholipids and sterols in membranes and general applications of
   surfactant films.  He has been fortunate to collaborate with several groups at the University of
   Minnesota and joined the Zasadzinski group in 2016.  He enjoys working with the Zasadzinski lab
   and sharing his expertise in Langmuir experiments, membrane biophysics, and scoring good deals
   on scientific equipment on eBay.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Sourav Barman

Sourav Barman   Education:
  •    Ph.D. Mech. Engg., Texas Tech University
       Adviser: Dr. Gordon Christopher
  •    M.S. and B.S. Mech. Engg., Bangladesh
       University of Engg. And Tech (BUET)
       Adviser: Dr. Md. Ehsan

   Current Position:

   Post-doc, Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science.
   Adviser: Dr. Joseph A. Zasadzinski 

   Research Interest:  Interfacial Rheology (Shear and Dilatational), Surfactant Transport (Lung
   surfactant), Colloids.

Hobbies: I love watching Marvel and Western movies. I also enjoy traveling to places and tasting food from different cultures. I am a news addict and love political drama, international affairs, and sports. If I’m not doing any of these, you’ll likely find me sleeping.

Profile: Google Scholar, Linkedin


Steven Iasella, Ph.D.

Steven Iasella  


  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

  Research Intrests:

                Colloidal and Interfacial Science, Interfacial Rheology, Surfactant Transport and Surfactant-Driven Transport, Treatment of
                Pulmonary Diseases

  Hobbies:  Board games, video games, cycling, reading




Anisha Veeren

Anisha Veeren   Education: 

   BSc (Hons) in Chemistry University of Mauritius (2009)
   Master's Certificate in Pharmaceutical
   Technology, Drug Delivery, and Regulatory Aspects -
   University of Mauritius/ University of Geneva (2010)
   PhD in Polymers, Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine (2016) 
   Post-doctoral Fellow- Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (Mauritius) (2016)
   Hobbies: Traveling, Cooking, Exercise and Reading

Graduate Students

Clara Ciutara

Clara Ciutara   
   Education: BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, 2017

   Research Interest: Bulk and interfacial shear rheology of lung surfactant

   Hobby: Kayaking, reading

Cain Valtierrez-Gaytan

Cain Valtierrez-Gaytan

   Education: B.S. Physics, Augsburg University, 2016


   Research Interest: Atomic force microscopy and confocal microscopy of surfactant films


   Hobbies: Soccer, tennis, cooking, and chess



Jeong Eun Shin

jeong_eun   Education: 

  • Graduate Research Assistant in Chemical Engineering, 2012 – Current
    University of Minnesota, Twin cities, Minneapolis, USA
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering, 2011
    Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea


   Research Interest: "The development of photo-triggered intracellular biomolecule delivery



Undergraduate Students

Khanh Kieu

Khanh Kieu 

  Education: B.S Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2020 (expected)
  Research Interest: Confocal microscopy of synthetic surfactant films. 



Mitchell Kohler

Mitchell Kohler

   Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2020 (expected)

   Research Interest: Confocal microscopy of surfactants on Langmuir monolayers





Tung Nguyen

Tung Nguyen  Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2017 – 2021 (expected).

  Research Interest: Lysolipid – DPPC Binary Phase Behavior.

  About: I like playing soccer, travelling, and bicycling with my girlfriend.
  If possible, I wish there exists a magical door so that I can come back to Vietnam, my home country, every day.
  I hate cockroaches, especially when they start flying.